A day in London with Olivia



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What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?

I think if you’re visiting, you have to get a fry up one morning you’re here. There are tons of fancy versions, but honestly, I’d say google your nearest cafe (/greasy spoon) and pop in for a Full English. E Pellicci on Bethnal Green Rd is a classic however, and I’d definitely recommend.

E Pellicci Full English | Picture credit : @kate.ovens

Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?

Lunch has to be a sandwich. Bodega Rita’s and Monty’s Deli are great for food you can grab and go.

What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like London?

Boris bikes! They’re our version of whatever rent-a-bike scheme you have in your city. My favourite thing to do is grab one and cycle around Hyde Park in the summer.

What are the best places for dinner?

I like a food market. They’re full of choice and I am the most indecisive person you could meet, so this means I can eat it all! Market Halls and Arcade Food Theatre are two that have popped up recently that do great variety, and Bang Bang Oriental is an Asian food hall in North London. It’s a little out of the way but worth the trip if you’re craving some great Asian food. Dinerama in Shoreditch is also a shout as you can combine dinner and some night life.

Dinerama | Picture credit: Link

In the evening, what is it like and where do you find yourself?

Like a true Brit, you can probably find me somewhere abusing my liver. Mare Street Market in London Fields come summer is one of my favourite places – if you can get a seat that is. It’s also great for food all day. It has a really chill vibe, like hanging at a friends. Sit outside on summer evenings, or cosy indoors come winter. If you get there a little early (advised if you want to grab a seat) there’s always a new pop of some kind; be it ice cream or jewellery.

Our hotel lobbies are great for this too, especially around the Shoreditch area. Ace Hotel has my favourite type of music, the drinks are a little steep, but the vibe is good – again, get in early for a seat.

In a busy city like London, is there anywhere to chill?

Our parks in summer are the best places to chill. Most of our bars and restaurants turn al fresco when the sun is out too, and if you wander down a backstreet, you’re sure to find somewhere to sit outside with a drink, and some (kind of) quiet.

I also love the Barbican in summer if you’re here on a day it’s open. You can sit outside the main building by the water with a beer and people watch. Of course, a walk around the grounds is interesting too, you can also catch a film inside the centre.

What is there to do for or something fun and different?

The South Bank always has something going on, and of course the London Eye is (usually) always open for a ride there. On the same theme of heights, the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford looks fun. It’s been on my bucket list for a winters evening (so it’s dark and the lights are amazing) for a while.

ArcelorMittal Orbit| Picture credit: Link

Where is the best place to stay/sleep for young travellers?

Do your research on some things you’d like to do and wherever the majority is, stay there. Our transport is great, but especially in the summer, you do not want to spend half of your day on it getting everywhere.

East London is probably the more popular choice but West London, and although I don’t know much about it, South, are not to be forgotten.

What season would you recommend visiting?

There is nowhere like London in Summer. I avoid holidays in the height of summer here because it is my favourite place in the world. Look out for rooftop pop ups and outdoor events because there’s always something going on. Christmas time is also special!

Is London best for family/holiday friends or couple holiday?

Friends or couples, but family could work too. Friends mostly because our partying (read: heavy drinking) culture is very fun.

My name is Olivia (@oliviacapell) moved from East to North West London in my late teens, and so it shaped much of my early adulthood – but East is where my heart really lies. I’ve travelled to a lot of cities including New York and Paris, but I stand firm (and perhaps a little bias) that London is the best city in the world!

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