Have you ever felt nostalgic in a place you’ve never been to before? I have, and it was the oddest sensation. I couldn’t figure out if it was the rich history or the fact that I’ve seen many of the sights in London in movies and photos from others’ travels. I felt like I had been missing the streets that I’d never walked before.
London was an absolute treat. I’ve jotted down a few of the highlights in case you ever find yourself skipping down the historic streets.
Grab a happy hour drink at Bike Shed
2 for 1 drinks from 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday.
Great food (get the burger wit the goat cheese, you won’t regret it), chill atmosphere, outdoor and indoor seating.
Fantastic (and well priced) Aperol Spritz.
Relax at the Casa Spa
Family owned and operated, Casa Spa brought the authentic Arabian Hammam rituals to London. From the beginning to the end, the team at Casa makes you feel comfortable, taken care of and like you’re part of their family. The full body scrub takes off an entire layer of your dead skin… sounds gross but the sensation is so soothing and it leaves your skin feeling so soft. After the full hour treatment (which takes place in a steam room) we were guided to a relaxing room where we received reflexology and a fresh bowl of fruit. If you have the time, I would seriously recommend you go visit them! Make sure you book ahead of time though, they sell out of spots fast!
Workout at Tempo Pilates
Have you ever tried Pilates?! If you have, you know how freakin’ tough it is! The entire workout takes place on a reformer (see picture >>), so it’s super friendly to your joints.
The teachers at Tempo were so kind and very helpful (especially since I was such a newbie!). The classes were all different, but equally difficult. The difference between Tempo Pilates and regular is that they blast great tunes and have you working out to a beat.
Meet-up with The Yonder Collective
Check their schedule and see if there is an event while you’re in London! For creatives, this event is a dream come true. The evening included a bespoke menu from Giovanna Ryan and Benjamina Ebuehi more recently known for their time on Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off. We spent the evening conversing over delicious food, wine and phenomenal cocktails. At the end of the evening, we heard from Joshua Coombes, founder of the charity initiative #DoSomethingForNothing – a perfect fit as all of the profits were donated to the Hackey Winter Night Shelter.
Hang out at Mare Street Market
This place has it all, a flower shop, liquor counter,record store, cafe, restaurant, antique shop and podcast room.
There is a huge communal space to work out of and an outdoor hangout area. If you’re looking for a place to chill, definitely check out Mare Street.
Grab a treat at Peggy Porschen Cakes
The most delicious cupcake I’ve ever had and the cutest little shop. If you have a sweet-tooth and an appreciation for pretty things, #treatyoself to a little pastry. Maybe a tad overpriced but I’d say well worth it.