This autumn London is definitely a place to visit. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Olympics are finished – we like sport but hanging around London with millions of tourists from all over the world is definitely not easy! Now that the Olympics and Paralympics have finished you can finally enjoy the city at its best. And definitely at much cheaper rate.
Early autumn is my favourite time to travel in Europe – most of the tourist are gone, local people are back from their holidays and things seems to be back to normal, like they should be. So come to London now to see what its everyday life looks like.
2. Farringdon – I will be honest with you, it wasn’t a love from the first sight. Two years ago my company moved the office from my beloved Marylebone to Farringdon for few months and it took me some time to understand the beauty of this part of London.
Farringdon is a funny mixture of bankers, artists and hipsters who naturally coexist together there. It has young professionals, nightclubs (with famous Fabric), restaurants, designer furniture showrooms, offices of London’s leading architects and diamond shops. To get the best of it come during the week as like most places in the City it gets quiet and empty during weekends.
Farringdon definitely deserves a post of its own here so now just few suggestions where to eat there and more will come soon:
Smiths of Smithfield, SOS (67-77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ) – an incredible restaurant of 4 floors just opposite to the meat market. The best place for Saturday brunch.
Farm (91 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BH) – honest British food directly from a farm. I love starting my day with their porridge and espresso. Closed at weekends.
Cellar Gascon (59 West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS) – great wines with tapas, favourite place of city bankers to celebrate their successes and drink away tough days.
3. Shopping in Marylebone – as some of you already know Marylebone is one of my favourite parts of London. If it wasn’t that expensive I wouldn’t mind spending there most of my time while in London.
Marylebone High Street is one of London’s best kept secrets. Travel books, cutlery, designer items, French pastry, candles, perfumes – there is a specialty shop for almost everything you can imagine. In the nearby Marylbone Lane there are places which sell only buttons, ribbons or ballerinas for children.
And if you get hungry check our guide with the best places to eat in this part of London.
4. Celebrity chefs – if you think that British food is only fish and chips eaten from a paper you definitely need a trip to London. Its culinary scene is now as exciting as in Paris and the number of leading chefs who move to London is constantly growing. Claude Bosi, Jamie Olivier, Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsey, brothers Roux, Marco Pierre White, Tom Aikens to name just a few… Come to London and check how those chefs are changing English gastronomy and decide yourself what you think about British cuisine nouvelle.
5. …. and fish and chips is still as good as ever! A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without this British institution.
If you are looking for a traditional place check Golden Hind (73 Marylebone Lane London W1U 2PN), for more modern approach check Fishworks (89 Marylebone High Street) or Fish! (Borough Market, SE1 9AL).
Here you can find more places we recommend in London.