Neighbourhood guide: London

Our hometown of London is one of the best cities in the world and we feel lucky to call it home. Read our local tried and tested tips of where to eat, drink and visit in London town.
Neighbourhood guide: London 5
BRAT London

Eat: Brat

Based on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, Brat has had quite an impact on the food scene since launching in spring 2018. After only six months in action, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star thanks to chef, Tomos Parry’s “instinctual and primal” approach to cooking. The atmosphere is buzzy, busy and very down to earth. Getting a reservation can be tricky, even if you try weeks in advance. However, if you turn up at 6pm, they offer walk-in tables at the bar. Order their speciality of roast whole turbot – it won’t disappoint.

4 Redchurch St, Hackney, London E1 6JL

Tate Modern - Olafur Eliasson

Visit: The Tate Modern

The vast space of the turbine hall is something to behold in itself, not to mention that the majority of exhibitions throughout the gallery are free to the public. We recently took a trip to see Olafur Eliasson‘s hypnotic exhibition, In Real Life. The show focuses deeply on society and the environment in an immersive and thought provoking way. Showing until Januray 2020, tickets cost £18 and can be purchased from the Tate’s website.

Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Design & That Shop

Shop: Design & That

New to our local Hackney neighbourhood is interior design studio and homeware store, Design & That. Founded by interior designer, Emma Shone-Sanders, the store embodies her taste as a designer, from the minimal but luxurious furniture to the immaculately curated home accessory collection. Offering interior design services and the option to shop exclusive items all under one roof, Design & That have truly tapped into something quite unique. If you’re looking for a great present or simply a beautiful object for yourself, this is the place to come. Design & That is open six days a week, Tuesday – Sunday.

61 Hackney Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 7NX

Gloria's Restaurant London

Eat: Glorias

If you like Italian (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) this is a must visit. You can make a booking for any time of day apart from dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. They do keep a large proportion of their tables for walk-in parties only, so you always have the chance to get a table. Our personal favourites are the Pasta Al Truffle and the La Gran Carbonara, served in none other than a whole round of pecorino.

54-56 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3QR

Neighbourhood guide: London

Visit: DryBy

If you’re looking for a little treat whilst in the city, then look no further than DryBy – a much-loved a nail and blow-dry salon, right in the centre of London. Based on Mortimer Street, a stone throw from Oxford Street, it’s the perfect place to stop off, relax and let the wonderful team work their magic. The nail art is our personal favourite, with original but classic designs to suit every occasion. Look carefully and you might even spot our candles while you’re there.

74 Mortimer St, Marylebone, London W1W 7RZ