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Destination: My London

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Pacific Social club, 8 Clarence Road, E5 8HB

For breakfast and brunch, this is a wonderful little place to chill out for a few hours! The food is inexpensive and tasteful. Inventive sandwiches, beautifully layered fruit and granola, healthy smoothies and great coffee, served in mismatched china. The walls are lined with vintage album inner sleeves and there’s a great collection of books and a good amount of kitsch all adding to the relaxed atmosphere. Always good music playing in the background too. Best place to nurse a hangover. They also host a great Japanese pop-up by Sho Foo Doh, serving japanese savoury pancakes and beer.

Hula Nails, 203 205 Whitecross Street EC1Y 8QP

This place is gorgeous! If you’re going to treat yourself you might as well do it properly. This is a place full of vintage, retro pin up girl vibes. It’s all about kitsch, pampering, and cocktails served in plastic pineapples. And getting your nails did. The staff is sweet, beautiful and the treatments are top-notch.

Shane’s on Chatsworth, 62 Chatsworth RD E5 OLS

Shane’s is a small restaurant on Chatsworth Road in Clapton doing British tapas from seasonal ingredients. Shane himself forages in Hackney marshes for nettles, dandelions, wild garlic, comfrey and elderflower and beautifully incorporates them into his menu, which is focused on British game and fish. Not the cheapest but good value. Perfect for a romantic date. This restaurant is tiny so you might want to book ahead. 

Hampstead Heath ponds

A lido can provide much joy but sometimes it just won’t do. I love the Hampstead Heath swimming ponds after getting over the initial “yuck” feeling. Don’t worry, the ponds are actually cleaned by underwater streams! The ladies pond is the best and biggest but the mixed one is great if you fancy a swim with the opposite sex. There’s also a male only pond. Nothing beats the Heath! Walking around here makes me very happy.

Dirty Burger, 79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL

These burgers manage to be both dirty and fresh at the same time. They are addictive. When the staff is on first-name terms with you it is a bit worrying but when the burger are this good it’s acceptable. Perfect medium rare beef on a soft bun with cheese and pickle and tomato. It’s simple but done very well. They serve pale ale from Camden Brewery too, which goes great with the burgers. Perfect fries too.

Cookies and Scream, Camden Lock Market, NW1 8AF

After one too many dirty burgers, I sometimes feel the need to ease down on the animal intake. Well it’s just good then that this gluten free and vegan bakery and ice cream shop in Camden market exists. I don’t know how they can make their stuff taste so good without any butter but hey, I’m not sure I want to know. Their ice cream is divine, you can have it whatever you want, like cookie dough and salted caramel sauce with a cherry on top. Yum. If it’s vegan it’s like totally healthy right? Ok, maybe not, but it’s darn tasty!

Biddle Brothers, 88 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QR

This east London gem is a great boozer and has been on Lower Clapton Road for ten years. Lots of trendy pubs have popped up in the area lately but Biddle’s keeps it charm and still has character and soul. It’s not fuzzy, it’s not fancy, so don’t come here expecting cocktails…or being able to pay for your drinks by card! But, you can expect a good night out and interesting people. And beer. The crowd is mixed to say the least. There’s live music and DJ’s several nights a week, ranging from Folk nights to spoken word to skateboard hangout. Great pizzas to order from the next door Italian restaurant for the hungry of you!

Astrid Madberg is from Sweden, and believes that food and drink is at the heart of human existence and that they are the answer (and sometimes cause!) to many of life’s problems. Apart from being an avid eater, she is a musician and a budding video journalist. She has previously written for Dazed & Confused.

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