PlacesSnackchatTravel 12 December 2016
CHAPTER FRIDAY’s big fat London hotspot list

Every girl on the Chapter Friday team has been in London this year. Everyone? Yes, everyone. It’s because it’s one of the most exciting cities in the world. This city has absolutely everything, and there are unlimited treasures to be found. There’s something for anyone: whether it’s a new pop up, a festival, interesting art exhibitions, street food, vintage shops or rooftop bars.

And as we’re true believers of the whole sharing is caring-concept: you’ll find a big long list of all our favorite London hot spots below. Did we forget a cool place that definitely deserves a place on the list? Let us know in the comments. We’ll add it!

Ace Hotel  
A beautifully designed hotel in London’s most creative district. It’s not just a hotel: inside you’ll find That Flower Shop, a flower shop extraordinaire, several art galleries, an organic juice bar, restaurant Hoi Polloi (from the same guys as Bistrotheque), Square Mile Coffee roasters for your caffeine and bike shop Tokyo Bike. Oh, and they have a club as well: The Basement. You know what they say: you can check in any time you like, but you can never leave.
100 Shoreditch High St

Fancy something good, but not too expensive? Check out Beagle, a nice restaurant, bar, and coffee shop set in three beautifully restored railway arches in Hoxton. Good for brunch, too.
397-400 Geffrye St, London E2 8HZ

The Book Club
This spot doesn’t sound like it’s the place for an exciting night out, but it surely is. The Book Club is a cultural/creative bar in the heart of Shoreditch and seems to have two faces. It’s perfect for meetings, lunches or a quick game of ping pong during the day and great for partying too. Make sure not to miss the Thinking & Drinking events!
100-106 Leonard St

Bourne & Hollingsworth
A very stylish and cozy brunch spot, restaurant and cocktail bar. The interiors are out of this world and so is the bottomless brunch.
42 Northampton Rd

The Breakfast Club
Looking for a great place to start your day? Make sure to get your avocado toast at mini-chain The Breakfast Club. From a good old English breakfast to pancakes or a breakfast burrito, this place offers numerous delicious breakfasts at 10 different spots in London. Drop in early or late for brunch during the weekends, it can be crowdy.
Multiple locations

Café Pistou
This French café is a real treat. Pistou brings Provence’s fresh, vibrant ‘sunshine food’ to Exmouth market, whatever the weather. Nibble the night away or booze the day away with bottomless bubbles for 8 pounds with every brunch dish. Top tip!
8-10 Exmouth Market

The Cat & Mutton
Broadway market we love you! Looking for a laid-back evening at a pub? Cat & Mutton is a good choose. Expect big chesterfield couches, a great selection of beers and instant winter vibes.
76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Cereal Killer Café
How do you like your cereal? This is the world’s first International Cereal Cafe. It’s hipster paradise for sure. Expect more than 120 cereals, plus a selection of milk and toppings. The nostalgic cafe displaying hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from the 80s and 90s for you to feast your eyes on.
139 Brick Ln

Columbia Road Flower Market
The perfect place to get some fresh flowers and take some very Instagrammable shots as well: the Columbia Road Flower Market. Great vibes with live music, enough coffee to go spots to keep you going and small boutique shops. Opened on Sundays only from 8 AM – 2 PM and always busy.
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG

Conservatory Archives
All plant fanatics eat your heart out! The Conservatory Archives sells the most beautiful plants in the universe Hackney.
493-495 Hackney Rd

This popular restaurant pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. Open for Bombay breakfast, lunch, afternoon Chai, dinner, and tipples. As it can be quite busy for dinner, make a reservation or go to this place for a delicious lunch instead.
7 Boundary Street (multiple locations)

Duck & Waffle
Located on the 40th floor, Duck & Waffle is famous for its fantastic views over London + great food. This restaurant is the upstairs neighbor of that SushiSamba, well known for its exquisite sushi. Whatever you do, try the duck & waffle with crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, and mustard maple syrup. Despite it’s a 24-hour restaurant, you might want to make a reservation.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate

Fabrique Bakery
Let’s get Swedish! Fabrique is a stone oven bakery from Stockholm. All their bread is made with traditional methods. Besides great bread and Swedish pastries, they sell great coffee too.
Arch 385, Geffrye St

Fika coffee
Fika is a Swedish expression for a real coffee break. Settle down at Fika, treat yourself to some good quality coffee and Swedish snacks like meatballs and gravadlax and relax. That’s what the Swedes would do.
161 Brick Ln

Lily Vanilli
Just off Columbia road, you’ll find this cute bakery. Expect a typical London style interiors and an overload of cakes which are almost too pretty to eat.
6 The Courtyard, Ezra St.

Maltby St Market
Are you a street food fan? Satisfy your appetite at one of London’s finest food markets on Maltby Street, in the southeast of London. Make sure to try Monty’s Deli sandwiches and St John Bakery’s sourdough and freshly filled doughnuts. Open each Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.
41 Maltby Street

Pelicans & Parrots
Once described as the ‘first proper shop’ in Dalston. Dalston used to be a rough area, but it’s cool now, thanks to some serious Shoreditchification. Pelicans & Parrots opened in 2010 and sells a mixture of classic tailored and trend aware vintage fashion, furniture, and interiors. Perfect for treasure hunters.
40 Stoke Newington Road

Your new favorite vintage store. Rokit opened it’s the first shop in Camden in 1986 and has expanded ever since. It’s the perfect place for non-overprized retro treasures. What we like the most: the shop is nice and well organized, the clothes hand selected and freshly laundered.
107 Brick Lane (multiple locations)

Rough Trade
The perfect place to buy your records. Purchase the latest LPs, check live bands, pop into the booth and treat yourself to some good coffee. All music lovers need in one place.
91 Brick Ln

Shoreditch Grind
Sex, coffee, and rock ‘n roll. An awesome place for coffee, food, and cocktails up to 18 hours a day. Smashed avocado and on chili on toast, all day every day.
213 Old Street (multiple locations)

An Instagram classic. A place with the wow factor. This hot pink over the top restaurant in Mayfair is perfect for food, drinks, art and music. The restaurant (well, actually, Sketch has two main dining offerings – but the upper restaurant is Michelin star chic) is over a decade old and it’s interior changes every couple of years. It’s not cheap, but definitely worth the money. Make sure to book your afternoon tea at least a month (!) in advance.
9 Conduit Street

Looking for an exclusive pair of sneakers? Make sure to drop by Sneakersnstuff, widely known for always carrying carefully selected items. The first shop opened in 1999 in Åsögatan, Södermalm, Stockholm and has since opened stores in Malmö, London, and Paris. Expect many limited-edition styles and the brand’s own ‘SNS’ apparel range.
107 Shoreditch High Street

Sunday Up Market
An all time favorite: the Sunday Upmarket in Shoreditch. This market opened its doors in 2004 and houses more than 140 creative traders selling everything from fashion, accessories, art, interiors, music, food and bakes. It is undoubtedly one of London’s most exciting and imaginative markets. Open every Sunday 10 – 5 PM.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln

Tate Modern
Even if you’re not into art, Tate is a very interesting place to go to. As almost all museums in London are free, you can just pop in and have a quick look. The museum opened a new, pyramid-like extension this year. Expect an enormous amount of new exciting art + a breathtaking view over London from the tenth floor.

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    Love the Breakfast Club. Such a great place!

    Deze guide houd ik in mijn hoofd voor de volgende keer dat ik in Londen ben!

    x Sophia

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    The Book Club!! Loved it. I visited London last spring and had the best scones in Shoreditch at the Albion hotel. Definitely would recommend that one! xx Roos

    Sounds good! Thanks voor your tips Roos!

    Don’t forget South London!

    Next time you’re here, check out the Brixton Market! It’s the heart and soul of south-west London with the best cheap eats in the city.

    Afterwards, walk to the old Ritzy cinema to see an indie flick, then go to the windmill to see a cool indie band….and if you’re a Bowie fan, you can always leave a note at the flower mural at the end of the night.

    Hope to bump into you guys next time you’re in town!

    This makes me want to go to London again!

    We can imagine :)

    I went to London this summer and I loved Tate so much! I really wanted to go to Sketch too but it was out of my budget :( Maybe next time!

    – Charmaine

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