Wandering: . Sit on the DLR and go out east to see weird old/new London - shiny tower blocks and ancient factories and the river
No much around it though and bit of a walk from the tube
My fav for books is Skoob http://www.skoob.com
If you’re looking to treat yourself then Yotam Ottolenghi’s NOPI is an incredible restaurant. https://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/nopi
And if you want to play some fancy pianos, Steinway Hall is pretty great - even though I clearly wasn’t buying anything they were happy to show me around and let me try out the pianos.
The London Review of Books bookshop has an excellent selection - and is very central. If you go to the British Museum it’s well worth visiting at the same time
also: good cake in the LRB cakeshop next door.
I was a kid living in East London when the DLR first opened…
Anyway, Canary Wharf in the Docklands is a hyper surreal place to visit.
Also if you’re that far out east, catch the Emirates Air Line cable car from Royal Victoria, then get the Thames Clipper back to central London from the other side (both can be paid with Oyster card/contactless).
If you’re planning on doing the more touristy things (museums, galleries, etc), it’s work being aware of when the school holidays are (26th March – 6th April), as they will get very busy. More dates here. If you’re able to visit in term time, then most of the museums will be really quiet at opening and after about 16:00 once the school parties have left.
That must have been like something from the future… were they always driverless?
Yep. However my dad took me on one very soon after they had opened and they were having teething troubles, so they had drivers on them. There is a fold out set of controls at either end of the train, along with a message about having to give up the seat for a driver if needed.
I took my daughter to London last year, she was 4 at the time and she thought it was amazing that there was no driver and that you could sit at the front and pretend you were driving the train.
If any of you London folk are interested, I’m playing at Ambience Chasers (run by Ulrich Schnauss and Sonic Cathedral) at the Social in Soho on Tuesday 27th March http://www.thesocial.com/events/ambience-chasers-13/ The last one had a nice chilled vibe.
Also thanks for the Spiritland recommendation @edbkt - went yesterday, it’s great!
Late to the party but I was in London at the weekend and checked out the recommendations Cafe OTO and Spiritlands. Both are wonderful, very appreciative of the tip.
I’ll be in London from Oct 20th to the 26th. Anyone know of any events during this time? Already planning on checking out OTO, London Modular, Hundred Years Gallery, and Spiritlands. Any good blog suggestions would be great too!
Will also be in London around then. Planning to check out Hunee and Palms Trax at XOYO on 10/26.
I’m from hackney so will go by my experience below
For an all In one food coffee records experience - mare st market (indoor)
Jim’s cafe on chatsworth road followed by a walk along the canal 2 minutes away on hackney marshes where their is a secret spot I like to go swim 51°33’38.2"N 0°01’58.2"W
For natural wine here in Clapton go to - P Franco whilst next door either side you can pick up some beer from clapton craft or get a nice pizza from yard sale.
Also on the beer top a great bar is - The mermaid and also along the arches in hackney central is - pressure drop x verdent brewary and bar.
Broadway market as mentioned here is a great place on Saturday to go if a little busy so you also have the flower market close by on Columbia road with a nice wine bar called brawn, then your a walk away from Shoreditch and brick lane etc
For a chill with the skaters you have Mile End skate park or the south bank followed by a trip into the Tate
I could go on but their is just so much
For a cool small space check out the pickle factory that always has good nights on
The current exhibition at Store is worth a peek:
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just a tip - check London Modular is open before you go (like, ping them on Facebook or something). They are sometimes closed when you think they won’t be, and… it’s a long way to go if you’re not remotely near Hackney Wick.
Hackney wick is pretty crazy with bars and food right now too so nothing list if they are closed.