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PLACES TO GO…

BLIXEN….BLIXEN

In the heart of Spitalfields market you’ll find one of my favourite places to brunch and catch up with friends. Blixen is a real visual treat, like stepping into a tropical paradise. Wooden panelling toughens up the opulence of the marble and evergreens hanging from the ceilings. Brass pineapples twinkle next to the impressive bar. The service is always warm and welcoming, the drinks list is pretty much endless and the food menu is to-die-for – I highly recommend the Baked Eggs for breakfast! So, next time you’re wandering around Shoreditch make sure to treat yourself to a cocktail or two at Blixen.

VISIT BLIXEN

The Café at HOTEL CAFÉ ROYAL…

CAFE ROYAL

Celebrating the European tradition of café culture, The Café offers a light menu of seasonal dishes alongside an espresso bar and counters lined with cakes, pastries and chocolates; these are created fresh everyday by Hotel Café Royal’s executive pastry chef, Andrew Blas. If you are looking for a sweet treat or visiting London, you should definitely make a booking and have tea and a cake here. The setting is opulence galore and a real delight!

VISIT HOTEL CAFÉ ROYAL

OTTOLENGHI…

Ottolenghi

If you’re a foodie, be sure to head to one of the several Ottolenghi locations across London. The food has a Mediterranean influence and mostly all ingredients are sourced within Britain and Europe. It’s full of harmonious contradictions: it’s vibrant and bold yet familiar and comforting; it’s beautiful to look at yet close to its original form; it’s full of surprising drama yet always comes together as one; it’s noisy yet peaceful, lip-smacking yet warm, simple yet daring. Book a table, order a dish or two and start planning who to share a bottle of wine with over a colourful salad…

VISIT OTTOLENGHI

ALBION…

Albion

Located a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Overground station lies Albion, a gorgeous little restaurant/market shop hybrid. The food is hearty and simple with the bakery making some of the most delicious bread and pastries in town. I highly recommend visiting Albion if you’re exploring Columbia Road Flower Market or Spitalfields as it’s off the ‘Main path’ of the tourist map and the food here is hearty and there’s a real buzz to the place. They’ve recently extended their hours and menu at weekends so you can avoid the dodgy kebab shops to soak up those gin and tonics…

VISIT ALBION

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