Stripped Down by London
Where to go from here? — November 2017
December lurks around the corner, and each day the weather gets colder and our commutes become more of a burden. Leaving our comfort zone behind for the nourishing independent ground called London was a welcomed and well-needed escape.
Getting our Bearings
Autumn was still peckish in London but pockets of gloomy light couldn’t help but catch our eye. With this in mind, we took our chance to see as much as possible in the warmth of the sun. We took a day-long stroll from Mid-West London via Westminster and Covent Garden to Angel and headed South to the River Thames to make the most out of this bold last greeting of autumn.
Heading in direction of Exmouth Market and Angel, the city started to tell a more relaxed, modern and open story about culture where ricotta pistachio rosé croissants and truffel street pasta represent the new normal in taking a delish afternoon break.
Over the first mulled wine of the year, pecking at cheese, and enjoying some over-the-counter oysters, London left our heads and cameras whirring after our first glimpse into the city.
Stripped Bare and Hungry for More
“Everyone thought print was dead a few years ago, but the scene picked up and people don’t buy magazines anymore just to put them on their desks, they find true inspiration in them. It’s the time for a new generation of magazines.” — from our chat with Shreeji News & Mags in Chiltern Street
Between where Old Spitalfields Market’s shiny business towers merge into Brick Lane’s raw narrow street style atmosphere, the district of Shoreditch caught us with stories around every corner and provided the perfect area to stay.
With an open lobby framed by bricks and industrial book shelves, and a warm fire, the Hoxton is a welcome dose of English hospitality. With fine service and details like a Breakfast Emergency Bag on your door every morning, it’s easy to imagine we are guests in an English castle. That is if there wasn’t this young and active crowd opening MacBooks, sipping on their coffee specialties and indulging over avocado toast with poached eggs and dried tomatoes. It’s the best of both worlds: modern amenities with old-world charm.
The location made it easy to explore the neighborhood between productive bursts in the Hoxton’s cafe. Just a camera, two souls and streets to guide us — Shoreditch didn’t disappoint. We were finding the smokey, rough London vibe in the crisp air and the day turned into a pure one.
When we returned back to the hotel to cap off our day, our bones were stiff but moral was high. London’s bold, honest, and progressive spirit had provided us with a healthy dose of inspiration.
Back home now, London’s creative spirit still resonates. And with the last month of the year ahead of us, we’re already looking ahead, grounded and hungry for more.
1. Taberna Do Mercado, Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street / 2. Rok, 26 Curtain Road / 3. Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St / 4. The Hoxton Hotel Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern Street / 5. Kricket, 12 Denman Street / 6. Monocle Café, 18 Chiltern Street / 7. The Attendant, 74 Great Eastern Street / 8. Brixton Market, Brixton Village / 9. Chicama, 383 King’s Road / 10.The Shaklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Ln