While I always strive to live like a local when traveling as a tourist, there are always a few slots in my itinerary planning that are must-see’s, do’s, and eats. Especially eats. Here follows a few bits and pieces to make up the perfect London weekend for the next time you take off. Don’t forget to wander around and get lost around the city a bit, that’s when
you usually stumble around the best findings.
I’m going to go with lunch at Nopi– renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s great Mediterranean inspired outpost. (Must get the eggplant with almond yogurt and make a reservation). Then a stroll to Carnaby Street, with a stop at Liberty department store. Then…Balance this off with something cultural, like a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Depending on how ambitious your eating habits are, you can pay a visit to St. John Bread and Wine for dinner. Bone marrow, anyone?
Next day, visit the Tate Modern, than walk along the Thames River for about 10 minutes to get to the Borough Market, where you’ll find everything from veggies to spices to truffles, and more. If you realllly want to be touristy, take a spin on the London Eye. Or…Is that pushing it?
Sunday morning, head to the Columbia Road Flower Market to see a really special assortment of flowers. It gets very, very packed and opens at 8 am, so plan accordingly. Everything was absolutely gorgeous. From here, take a stroll up to Brick Lane while heading to the Old Spitalfields Market (where you should eat the falafel at Pilpel). If you need a tea fix after your market stroll, there’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall just across called Verde & Co., that has a nice little selection of Mariage Freres and pastries (it’s tiny inside). And then of course…dinner.
The thing with this city is that the options are endless. If you’re craving Italian, Il Baretto is delicious. (Note: truffle pasta). If you need a French fix, La Petite Maison does the trick. And for Peruvian craving, Coya has a great nighttime vibe and tasty food.
By Alexis Bendjouia