London: our favorites in 2017

Time flies and London2ofakind is already 1 year old! No better idea to celebrate our baby blog than digging into our first year of discoveries. Restaurants, galleries, bar, pop up, musical, exhibition, walks in the borough, we love London, its diversity and its permanent renewal. It’s a hard choice to select our favorite addresses but also a good exercice and definitely an emotional moment to remember everything we shared the two of us. We hope you will like our – utterly partial – list and we can’t wait to discover which is you preferred place.

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A walk in East London

Loafing Café, East London

Our last day as official Londoner bloggers since Charlotte eventually left her flat the day after…It will be the opportunity to develop our London/Paris newsletter and she has already planned to come in August. Phew! The blog will go on. No visit of museum for this special occasion but just a chill and sunny walk in East London. The recipe for some perfect little moments shared with a friend? It can be summarized as below: start with a picnic at Victoria Park, in front of the lake and the Japanese House, talk for hours and explore the surroundings. Find a nice little street, such as Lauriston Road, and chose the tiniest-cutest coffee shop which has a small hidden garden: Loafing. Treat yourself by sharing a chocolate bouchée with your ice coffee. Then, after a 30 minute walk, meet some friends at Old George, a beer garden and a vintage pub close to Bethnal Green. If you still have little time, book a spectacle at the Rich Mix Art Center. Happy East London Day!

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An afternoon in Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington, Church Street, London

We have spent an afternoon in Stoke Newington, the new trendy district at the North of Dalston (still the Hackney Borough) defined by some people as the “new Shoreditch”. A bit exaggerated for me, because Stoke Newington is the not the place-to-be to chill out but above all because its architecture is far more beautiful – oh the lovely Victorian houses – and its atmosphere evokes a trendy village. Even if all our addresses are located in the Stoke Newington Church Street, we advise you to come from the Canonbury station to enjoy the neighborhood and feel the calmness and the sweetness of the area. In the main street, you won’t find the usual utilitarian stores: Boots, Supermarket, falafel and co..but some design shops, stylish coffees and a small furniture flea market (Marton Street). Have lunch at the Antica Pizzeria di Michele to taste the famous double Mozza pizza (simplicity is sometimes effectiveness) and the adorable Green Room café hidden in a flowers shop. Enjoy then a glass of wine at the Stoke Newington Tea House (jazzy nights and beer garden). Look for the hidden Bansky “Royal Family” in the streets nearby and admire at the design Shop the English chess game conceived with UK famous buildings.

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Lunch, drinks and dinner in Shoreditch

Barber and Parlour, Shoreditch, London

Close to the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch, you can find some quieter places to enjoy a lunch, drinks or a dinner. Except for the Box Park (but how could we avoid to mention this first pop-up malls created in 2011 in containers?), we have selected 3 addresses not located on the Shoreditch High Street, the perfect stops to pair with your street art walking. For a lunch: choose Rochelle Canteen, located in an old Victorian house which has since evolved into a co-workers hub. The perfect hidden place to treat yourself with a home-cooked flavors thanks to a short (and affordable) menu changing every day. To have a drink, seat at Barber and Parlour, an unusual building which is simultaneously a grocery, a barber, a bar and which houses The Electric Cinema. A must-do to live a 30’s cinema experience in a comfortable leather sofa. And to end your day with a more refine atmosphere and really qualitative italian food, Bottega Prelibato is definitely the perfect choice. Find all the addresses below.

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Street art walk in Shoreditch

Star Yard, street art, Brick Lane, London

Super classic as they can say, nevertheless we can’t help sharing our version of a Street Art’s walk in Shoreditch with you. Thanks to the Google Map’s screen shot below, discover the unmissable streets: Rivington Street, Redchurch street, Princelet Street, Fournier Street, Heneage Street, Fashion Street to admire the greatest modern artists: Banksy for sure, but also 2 Frenchies: Zabou and Thierry Noir and a lot of Londoners taggers. Coming from the US at the beginning of the 90’s, the Street Art which is not only about tags but more generally “a ephemera art seen by a large audience” has reached its state-of-art in London. Discover these artworks which raise political and social issues with provocation but not without emotion.

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Hackney walk, the new luxury outlet

Hackney Walk is the new luxury outlet opened last summer. You couldn’t have missed the ads in the tube. A lot of British brands, as iconic as Burberry, and few international brands:, Ugg, Bally may help you to find the perfect Christmas gift or accessory for your precious one. Continue reading “Hackney walk, the new luxury outlet”