Hidden Gems: London

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Welcome back, readers!  I hope you’ve had fun exploring the new site – I still get ridiculously excited whenever I log on.  The colours!  The design!  Our little blog isn’t so little any more, Toto!

Today I want to tell you about our new Hidden Gems series.  Many of us enjoy travelling, discovering new places, people, cultures, food.  We’ve all got a favourite place, somewhere we can’t live without recommending, a place that captured the essence of a trip.  We aren’t very flashy here on Any Other Woman, and we’re proud of that.  We don’t become Agatha Christie characters, wearing linen suits, striding across the deserts of Jordan…or SATC characters hanging out at the latest clubs in NYC.  That’s not what this series is about. 

Sometimes, you want a home away from home.  You want to go to a city and have recommendations of  places you know you’ll feel right, be that a café where you can while away the hours people watching, a bookstore  you can browse for hours, a quirky shop, a hotel that just gets what you’re about.  Somewhere you don’t have to try.  Somewhere different, but different in a good way.  Somewhere with a story.         

We started thinking.   And we realised we could use the AOW community to collect recommendations of those places, city by city.  And when readers visit those cities…they have a whole host of tried-and-tested recommendations; the best cake, the best people watching, the best place to have a picnic, the best view.  All collected together on one handy map.      

Does that sound good? 

So we thought we’d start with an easy one.  London.  We know of my torrid past and eventual love of the city …but let’s face it, talking about the poorest of the poor in Bethnal Green does not a travel guide make.

I’ll kick off with some of my favourite places, and why.  Add yours in the comments.  And let’s start building some great recommendations, city by city….so Any Other Woman readers can arrive in any given place, armed with top tips from likeminded people!        

40 Winks Hotel

40 Winks hotel isn’t easy to find.  A small plaque announces itself on the wall of a four-story townhouse in the heart of east London.  You knock. You may well be greeted by David Carter, the expressive, enigmatic owner of this hotel.  He may or may not be wearing a top hat.

Once you step into 40 Winks, you enter a magical place, where decadence, creativity and history reign supreme.  Up the winding staircase, you glimpse half-open doors leading to rooms of playfulness and delight: mannequins with feather boas and masques; soft, luxurious bedspreads; furniture with dramatic angles; ornate mirrors; fascinating objects begging to be touched, and for their stories to be unearthed.  A bath with lion’s feet.  Armchairs from various eras that beg you to sit and read, indulgently, until you finish the book.

My bathroom is like this. Isn't yours? From 40 Winks Hotel

There are only two bedrooms. The rest of the hotel is yours, to wander at your will, for as long as you stay there.  This hotel is an escape, a place to dream, write and re-connect. It is an exercise in imagination in a city where uniformity often triumphs.

 

Columbia Road Flower Market

I took my Mum here once and she kept saying she expected Dick Van Dyke to leap out from behind a vase of petunias.  I know London is full of markets, some are excellent, some are tourist traps, all are fun.  This market is real.  It’s only small – maybe 100m end-to-end, but it’s packed to the rafters with beautiful blooms, with men and women (and kids) shouting out their wares, handing over bunches of flowers, exchanging money, making the locals laugh, competing with each other.  It’s pure East End.  It makes me happy.  Get there early – it gets rammed quickly – it’s easy to find because people wander away from it, hand in hand, clutching paper-wrapped peonies and baskets of pot plants and huge, elaborate floral creations.  

Beautiful. Image from Columbia Road Flower Market

There are diverse, good-quality, independent stores all around the market, and you could while away a whole afternoon popping in and out of the stores, picking up a card here, earrings there, quirky homewhere there, oops looks like I just bought a vintage bag.  You’ll want a coffee and a cake after all that.  You will, trust me.  And for that you can pop into a courtyard flanked by second-hand furniture on one side, and an art gallery on the other.  Right at the opposite end is Lily Vanilli Bakery, which serves up fantastic coffee and delicious cupcakes and brownies.  It’s a ramshackle place where you sit with others round a heavy oak table and mishmash chairs.  They even do Breaducation classes.

Secret Dinner Club

This is brilliant.  Pure brilliance.  You are given a secret location, you turn up in someone’s front room, pay cash and eat some of the best food you’ll ever eat.  Surroundings are intimate, food is superb, and they take as many people as can fit.  They’re known as London’s underground restaurants, and I’ve been to this Vietnamese one and to the Salad Club in Brixton (£20, first Saturday of every month).  People guard the location of their favourite secret supper club fiercely because as soon as everyone knows where they are, the tickets sell out, and that’s a disaster.  The first rule of Secret Dinner Club is that you don’t talk about Secret Dinner Club.       

Postman’s Park

This park makes me cry, every single time.  It’s simply extraordinary. 

Set right in the middle of the bustling City, millions of people pass by it every day, unaware of what it holds.  It’s a tiny park.  Go at the weekend.  In the park is the Watts Memorial, where ordinary people are remembered for the extraordinary way in which they died to save someone else’s life.  

Image from Nothing To See Here

These short, poignant stories are beautifully hand-painted onto Royal Doulton tiles.  Thomas Simpson “died of exhaustion after saving many lives from the breaking ice at Highgate Ponds (1885)”.  George Stephen Funnell died in a fire at the Elephant and Castle, who “after rescuing two lives, went back into the flames, saving a barmaid”.  

Mystery Theatre

Accomplice is sheer genius.  It’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  There’s a growing trend in Mystery Theatre – where the audience become the actors – and Accomplice is London’s version.  You are told, 48 hours before the show begins, where to meet.  A group of you descends upon the Tate, and that is where the magic takes over.  An actor approaches you, sets the scene, and it’s up to your group to solve the mystery.  Your journey takes you along the South Bank, solving puzzles, finding clues, happening upon actors (or are they?), following cryptic clues that lead you through alleyways, into courtyards, exploring London the way you never could any other way.

 

So, readers….where are your London Hidden Gems?  Tell us….and we’ll start to put together a guide!

And don’t forget…come back at 10am for a brilliant London and Sussex-based giveaway!  Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

 

Categories: Hidden Gems, Travel, Written By Anna
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  1. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Awesome kick-off! I love the Postman’s Park in particular. Will definitely be making an effort to take some of these in next time I’m in the Smoke. The underground supper club movement is massive all over the country check for a good resource on tracking down one near you. I’ve been to the Secret Tearoom in Leeds twice now, and it’s been immense both times. The first time I went I met Edd and Ruth who ended up being the two finalists in the first series of the Great British Bake-Off!

    Px

  2. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Nggg, my enormous comment just got eaten!! Oh well. Check this link for an underground supper club near you, they have ‘em all over the country and not just in London! http://supperclubfangroup.ning.com/

    Px

  3. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Sorry… morning impatience got the better of me!
    *whistles and looks around innocently*
    Ah! There’s my “enormous” comment. Looking slightly less enormous in my post-coffee calm.
    Px

  4. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Lol Penny you crack me up!

    Loving this new series! My all time favourite market in London is Spitalfields – SO much beautiful stuff to look at ranging from fashion (I love Enienay’s stuff! http://www.enienay.com/) and jewellery to gifts and food and just generally pretty things! I love spending a Sunday wandering around, having brunch in one of the many restaurants surrounding the bustling market and perusing what’s on offer that week.

    x

  5. Beth
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Hello Anna, Hello AOW!
    First off, what a great great site. I followed the link to your piece about London a few weeks ago, it struck a real chord with me (especially as our different London stories crossed in Camden near the start) and I’ve been hanging around since, lapping up the wisdom. The re-vamp is fantastic – and perfectly timed for me because I will no longer run the risk of looking like I’m secretly plotting a wedding with an imaginary groom when I send on links to friends!

    Anyway, back on topic. Towpath Cafe, N1, on the Regents Canal! A sun trap on the canal with coffee and tasty treats. Or a glass of wine and glass of prawns dripping in mayo. It’s a gem certainly, if perhaps not so hidden anymore. Mark Hix is a fan. I’m looking forward to checking out Postman’s Park.

    Beth x

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Welcome, Beth! So glad you like the site. I’ll be heading to Towpath Canal as soon as the sun starts shining!

  6. Zan
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Oooh I’m going to LOVE this series! One of the things I did love when I lived in London was discovering new hidden away places and then raving about them to anyone who would listen!

    So, a couple of my favourite places (all food related!). Some of the best Indian/Pakistani food you will eat outside of those countries (or my mum’s kitchen) can be found at Mirch Masala(http://www.mirchmasalarestaurant.co.uk/restaurant.htm). They have a few branches now in London, east and west but I found them first in Southall – their salt and pepper chicken wings will actually make you weep with joy…really….

    And for any veggies, the best vegetarian Indian food I had in London (recommended by all my vegetarian Indian friends and boy were they right!) was at Sakonis (http://www.sakonis.co.uk/). There are 2 restaurants (1 on Ealing Road in Wembly and 1 in Harrow on Station Road) and they do fantastic food. They also have a buffet lunch/dinner option that means you can try a little bit of everything (and it’s all the stuff they have on the main menu anyway).

    And finally – an little hidden away Italian restaurant in Ealing – Osteria del Portico (http://www.osteriadelporticoealing.co.uk/default.asp?textpage=home). A former flatmate of mine was a huge fan and insisted we went there one day years ago and I was hooked. It’s easy to miss from road, but it’s got a gorgeous courtyard to sit in during the summer and does an amazing fish stew in the winter.

    Now I’ve made myself really hungry…! Will be back later if I think of some more places :D

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Zan, I too am a Mirch addict. I know it’s not so hidden gem anymore, but what do you think of Tayyab’s in Whitechapel?

      • Zan
        Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

        Oooh I have to say I’ve not been there, my East London knowledge is a bit lacking ;) What’s it like?

        • Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

          Excellent – especially the grill. Queues out the door and the queuing experience not partcularly pleasant but the food is worth it. Let’s go one day – I live close by!

          • Katielase
            Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

            If you go, can I come? Love Tayyabs (queuing is a pain in the doodah but completely worth it)

            K x

            • Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

              Of course you can come! Queuing may be a bit less painful if we have some AOW readers together to whilse away the time!

              • Zan
                Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

                Oooh I’m in! It’s like an AOW curry club :)

                • Katielase
                  Posted March 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

                  Yay! AOW curry club sounds epic :-D

                  K x

  7. Roz
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I want to do everything listed above! Mostly I would like a bunch of those pink beauties for a £5 they would cheer me up today. Think I am going to like this series :D Unfortunately I’m not sure I have much to add on London, despite visiting a number of times when I lived near Reading it was usually on a scoopathon with the boy’s work mates (pub crawl!) or to do really touristy stuff like the London Eye and Madam Tussauds. I did manage to stay in the Waldorf Astoria in Holburn once with work which was amazing as a 21 yr old xx

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      Wow, the Waldorf?! I want THAT job!

      Doesn’t matter if you can’t add places, Roz, the important thing is that when you DO come to London, you’ll have a whole list of places to visit!

      • Roz
        Posted March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

        Hahahaha I think the hotel booking was a slight error, going by the phone call I received 3 months later by the finance department asking me who authorised me to make the booking (I didn’t it was booked for me!). I stayed for 4 nights, so who knows how much that cost?! Plus the other hotel option I was given at the time was the Novotel at Tower Bridge…I’m thinking I made the right choice :D

  8. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    It’s not very secret but the Regency Cafe near St James’ is a proper London gem, it’s been there since the 1940′s and I don’t think it’s actually changed in that time. It’s also been in a few films and things. http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/regency-caf%C3%A9-london-2

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Oh, Amy. Wow. I work right next to this and never knew it existed!

  9. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Hello ladies

    Glad this series is proving popular! You never know…one day we might have AOW guide books (peach, grey with accents of navy blue)…and you’ll all be quoted!

    There are so many restaurants I could recommend too. London is one of the best places in Europe to eat really, really well for under a tenner. The Vietnamese places on the Kingsland Road (Song Que is my current favourite, the spicy soft shell crab will make you weep), or My Old Place for proper, proper Chinese food in Bethnal Green and Liverpool Street.

    But then again, not even fine dining is out of reach. You can eat lunch in incredible, Michelin-starred restaurants for £17-£25 a head. My favourite is The Lauriston in Notting Hill, but I also like Kitchen W8 in Kensington. Perfect for trearing parents to a meal.

    I was incredibly restained with this post….could definitely have been longer!

    Does anyone have a good bookshop recommendation in London? I love the second-hand book stores around the British Library and Bloomsbury.

  10. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Love the sound of Postman’s Park – will definitely have to check it out soon.

    Here’s a few of mine:

    Best pizza in London has to go to Santa Maria in Ealing – worth making the (not-too-long) trek out west for, I promise! It’s a tiny, intimate little place, serving up gorgeous, proper, pizzas and wine by the carafe – invariably you have to queue (but you can wait in the pub next door), but it’s well worth the wait.

    Daunt Books remain among my favourite bookshops – I love the one on Marylebone High Street, but the one in Hampstead is my favourite for being the first one I discovered – not least for their fabulous travel section, which is always stocked with a great mix of guidebooks and fiction and non-fiction relating to each destination (they all sit alongside each other, which I love).

    Approaching Old Isleworth from along the river is a bit like discovering a tiny Cornish fishing village in London – unfortunately the pub is a little disappointing, but on sunny days with a cold drink you’ll be too won over by the village-like charms to notice.

    My latest discovery, although the food blogs have been abuzz with it for months, is Brockley Market, which is held on Saturdays and everything a farmer’s market should be. The main reason to head here is for the burgers, which are proper American-style and absolutely amazing, though there’s loads of other food stalls to choose from too, not to mention ridiculous amounts of gorgeous produce. Oh, and the chocolate stall is to die for – the salted caramel ones in particular are amazing – and everyone is ridiculously friendly. This place alone is enough to make me excited that we’re moving southeast in two weeks.

    I could go on an on, but think that’s enough for now! x

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Oooh, the chap who runs ‘Mother Flipper’ at Brockley Market is a chum of mine – great burgers!

      • Posted March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

        Now that’s a good friend to have!

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Emma – best comment yet – haven’t heard of any of these! I can feel an amazing Saturday coming on…my favourite food market at the moment is Broadway Market in Hackney.

      • Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

        I’m not a guidebook writer for nothing! ;-)

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      This is where I confess that Brockley market is just down my road and I’ve still not been. Going to have to remedy that situation!

    • Zan
      Posted March 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Have just realised that when I’m in London in a few weeks, will be staying literally down the road from Santa Maria! Would be rude not to go eat fabulous pizza then I think…. ;)

  11. Katielase
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Anna, there is an amazing bookshop in Wimbledon. One of those incredible ones where books are stacked to the ceiling and you walk in and think “I’ve found my spiritual home, I shall never leave”… except you do eventually have to leave, laden down with as many books as you can physically carry (suddenly understanding why you bothered to work out all those years, it was to maximise book buying potential… yes!)

    Unfortunately I can’t remember the address. I shall look it up!

    I love Postman’s Park. Although it does ALWAYS make me start singing Postman Pat in my head, which isn’t actually entirely appropriate.

    K x

  12. Jeanie
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Hello ladies, never been dan safff far enought to get to London (although I have flown in and out of it a few times) and after reading this am def planning a trip soon!

    The site looks so wonderful, and I think this hidden gems idea is fantastic. Can’t wait to buy the guide book!!!

    xx

    • Jeanie
      Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      ps – suggestion for the recommended reading list – A Practical Wedding!

      • Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

        Jeanie – it’s there already! We love that site!

        • Jeanie
          Posted March 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

          I must have missed it!!!
          Good stuff. That book really needs to be read! :)
          xx

  13. Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I love, love, love living in London. Some of my favourite things to do are:

    1 – walking through the Square Mile on a Sunday. It’s deserted and the mixture of architecture is incredible – there’s nothing quite like being stood at the bottom of a 40 storey building to get a sense of scale!

    2 – http://kulukulu.co.uk/ a tiny Japanese conveyor belt restaurant. Very basic, unlimited help-yourself green tea in printed mugs, great value and exceptional soft shell crab handrolls. I love the aubergine and miso paste dish too. Grab a friend, be prepared to cosy up to strangers (it is small!) and stuff yourself silly. Pretty healthy too!

    3 – http://mosob.com/ a small but fabulously friendly Eritrean restaurant near Maida Vale, West London. Well worth a trip. You’ll eat, with your hands, from a shared platter. The staff are friendly, laid back and very informative. Incredible coffee – bitter but definitely something special.

    4 – The view from the top of Primrose Hill – understandably popular on a sunny day, you can see for miles. You’ll see London Zoo (and its huge aviary) in the foreground and the instantly recognisable city sky line. Take a picnic, a bottle of wine and enjoy the view.

    5 – http://www.gordonswinebar.com/default.php Gordon’s Wine Bar is a mere hop, skip and a jump from Embankment/Charing Cross station. Incredibly atmospheric underground bar that’s been in its present form since 1890. Sit in the candlelit cellar, on a rickety table and cuddle up to the lucky person you’ve brought with you. A must for a cosy night in the winter – red wine fans, this is one for you.

    6 – Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, always held on the first Bank Holiday weekend of May each year. The leafy oasis that is Little Venice (short walk from Paddington) is transformed into a riot of colour – canal boats pack this part of Regent’s Canal, their brightly coloured bunting blowing in the breeze. Plenty of food stalls, a CAMRA beer tent or two, a local pubs joining in. The highlight is the illuminated boat parade on Sunday evening.

    Plenty more but I thought I’d add these for now!

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Gordon’s is great. I’ve heard a good Gordon’s tip too, if you go late enough they apparently sometimes give you free cheese!

      • Katielase
        Posted March 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        Free cheese. The most beautiful words in the English language.

        K x

  14. Kate
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I almost hate giving away my hidden gems but in reality nothing is really ever hidden in London so if it saves some visitors a trip to a horrible overpriced venue then I’m happy to share!
    Bars – Bourne and Hollingsworth on Rathbone place is tucked away and looks like your grandma’s living room, it’s close to work so I’m often in here for a cheeky cocktial. I also love The Swan and Edgar by the same people in Marylebone.

    Markets – Maltby Street is the “new Borough market” and is getting better every week, more for actual shopping and going for coffee than random browsing but on a sunny day you can’t beat a coffee from Monmouth and an ice cream from La Grotta and sitting on the kerb.

    Shopping – Lamb’s conduit street is full of those shops that you aren’t quite sure what you’d buy from there but they are very pretty, I love Persephone books, and round the corner Espresso Room is a great coffee shop in the footprint of an average size cupboard.

    Other…Exmouth Market isn’t a market but a street with cafes and bars etc on, as it’s not next to a tube stop it is suprisingly quiet and free of the normal tourist trappings. I’d recommend Morito and Cafe Kick (Caravan is also great but the service can be a little hit and miss)

    Looking forward to hearing other recommendations, I’m totally in love with London (I’m spending my honeymoon here even though I live here!) and discovering new places is my favourite thing about it.

  15. Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Is postmans park in the Notting Hill movie?

    I really want to go there now.

    My favourite thing isn’t hidden at all but it is a gem and it is free and a lively place to have a wander- the portrait gallery. I really love going there.

  16. Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Lovely not lively. It’s not lively at all. Autocorrect is a bit keen.

  17. Steff
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Amazing – I’m in London for the weekend in 2 weeks with the girls so will definitely be checking some of these out (and I may even send in some pics as proof if I’m feeling really daring!).

  18. Posted March 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Top tip for visitors to London: gorgeous and inexpensive afternoon tea is served at The Wolseley – next door to the Ritz but a fraction of the price! Beautiful decor, delicious food, a really special place to go. And it’s full of celebs!

    I also love Buona Sera at the Jam on the Kings Road. Gorgeous family run Italian place, opposite the Bluebird Cafe. I call it the bunk beds restaurant as you climb up little ladders to your table (MAKE SURE YOU ASK FOR A ‘TOP BUNK’ WHEN BOOKING).

    For anyone in North London, get yourselves to Banners in Crouch End. My words won’t do it justice but think hippyish, homely, amazing brunch, very friendly, great atmosphere.

    Pop to Dirty Martini if you’re in Covent Garden of an evening. The girls took me there for the start of my hen night and the lychee martinis are pretty much the nicest thing you could ever drink. I really mean that.

    Oh and if you’re exhausted in central London, and can’t think of where to go, go to Waterstones on Piccadilly and they have a relaxing bar on the top floor with wide range of drinks – expensive but nice.

    fxx

  19. Flick
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, I love this, so maybe possible wonderful things in London. Following the secret places theme I really like the spate of hidden bars/speakeasy’s that keep popping up:

    http://themayorofscaredycattown.com/ – a secret bar downstairs in the the Breakfast Club in Spitalfields – you have to climb through a Smeg fridge door to get to the secret staircase down – what’s not to like!

    Nightjar at Old Street roundabout is a proper old speakeasy style place with some lovely Jazz

    http://www.calloohcallaybar.com/ on Rivington St has a cocktail menu designed to look like Ikea instructions – what’s not to like?

    That’s all – a girl’s got to keep some mysteries after all!

  20. Rach M
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Sarah that’s amazing you mention Canalway Cavalcade- I’m quite inched with the charities that run that! First year I was with M I brought him thee and left him bankside when I lept onto a barge. Great fun day and great charity to support. This year one of my best mates is decorating a boat at the illuminated boats parade on 6th May. Get yourselves down there! Last time I was there one of the stalls was selling home- recorded Video tapes : “Barrymore” (!!) “Corrie Xmas Day 1993″. Mental.

    London is brilliant. My favourite things are: the Rivoli ballroom Crofton Park for jive party (google it, it’s brilliant), Hampstead Heath, Colombia Road Market, Spitalfields Market, portobello Road Market…. That’s all off the top of my head. So great to have this space to share our tips xx

  21. Rach M
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Involved I meant!

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