Having lived in Fulham for the past 5 years, whilst not at university in Bristol Jade has taken it upon herself to find the best hidden spots and delicious restaurants in London. We spoke to Jade (@jadecheli) about her ideal day in the city and she has kindly shared some of her top tips with us!
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
My best brunch suggestion would have to be to head straight to the Portobello Road and Notting Hill area, which personally I think is unrivalled in terms of options for a yummy breakfast. My top picks are Farm Girl,where you might have to queue but the wait is so worth it to try their ‘Island Eggs’, Babajani for Arabic- influenced shakshuka and wraps, and the Electric Diner for the best full English in London. The Pear Tree Café in Battersea Park and Glasshouse Coffee in Bishops Park, Fulham, are lovely local alternatives for a summery day surrounded by nature.
What is your favourite place to grab lunch?
My favourite place to grab lunch would have to be Borough Market– it is perfect for when you can’t choose just one cuisine, there are so many food options and tasters. Ottolenghi Deli and Scotchtails (scotch egg stall) are my faves! Also, Phat Phuc on the Kings Road does the best Thai street food, that is another go to of mine.
What is an ideal afternoon activity in a city like London?
Charity shopping in London is probably my most common past time, the New Kings Road just outside of Chelsea never fails to provide with amazing bargain designer pieces, and the charity shops on Putney High Street are also where most of my wardrobe is from.
Liberty’s is also one of my favourite shops to walk around as they sell the most beautiful items, perfect if you’re looking to treat someone or just yourself! On a Friday or Saturday during the summer, I usually just head to a beer garden or an outdoor pub to soak up London’s lively atmosphere.
Where is the best place to have dinner?
So many, I can’t choose one! Here are a few of my favourites:
La Famiglia in Fulham is the best Italian and has the cutest setting; think blue check tablecloths and candles, it looks so unassuming from the front but is such a beautiful spot. Mes Amis in Fulham is a quirky Lebanese restaurant that I love, they do yummy sharing plates and have the coolest décor, just make sure you book ahead to reserve a table! Spring Restaurant in Somerset House is also another beautiful spot and has top-quality food in an amazing setting.
In the evening what is the city like and where do you usually find yourself?
London in the evening is so bustling, it took me a long time to find the places I love; you can really get lost in the city and end up spending hours stressing about where to go without breaking the bank! This is where I’d usually be:
Hanging out with friends for some relaxed drinks, I would usually head to some of my favourite pubs such as The Prince near West Brompton, The Golden Lion in Putney, or The Windsor Castle in Notting Hill. My favourite event venues would have to be Bussey Building in Vauxhall and Printworks for bigger nights- you can find their resident DJs and events on their website. It is also worth checking out Resident Advisor for event tickets each weekend, especially if you’re interested in particular artists as chances are they’ll be playing in London!
In a busy city like London, is there anywhere to chill?
I love going for walks along the Thames path from Putney to Chiswick, the houses are beautiful and there are so many places to pop in for a drink along the way- it makes you feel like you are on a walk in the countryside which is such a nice feeling in amongst the bustle of London! I also like taking a picnic to The Serpentine in Hyde Park if the weather’s nice. The Photographers Gallery in Soho, the Tate (Modern and Britain) and Victoria Miro are my favourite galleries in London, as they can often be a nice relaxing break on a busy day.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
There are so many things to do in London you will never find yourself short of ideas, but some of my favourite activities are going swimming in Hampstead Ponds or going to Wimbledon during The Championships in June (if you go early during the day you can watch from Murray Mount for free- remember to take Pimm’s and strawberries for your picnic!). If you love the theatrical side of things, go to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where you can get £5 tickets on the door for the standing area, which is exactly what people would have done in the Elizabethan times!
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
Personally, living in London I don’t think I’d know this as well as a seasoned traveller, but if it was to recommend some areas I’d check out Peckham, Clapham, Brixton or Hackney. Accommodation is usually cheaper around here and there is a much younger vibe than other parts of London- you’re bound to find some likeminded travellers!
What season would you recommend visiting?
Definitely summer! London springs to life in the summer months and you can’t beat those warm evenings spent in a beer garden.
Is London best for family holiday/friends holiday/ couple holiday?
All of the above! My top tip would just be to plan in advance to save time and money on the tube, especially if you are travelling with kids or big groups.