Continuing my London staycation guide, this week we head to North London to see what’s hot. There’s actually a little bit of friendly rivalry between North and South London, but to be honest, I think they both have their merits. North of the river, you’ll find a cool cosmopolitan vibe with an array of vibrant areas and multicultural hangouts with a great buzzing social scene. A stone’s throw from Central London, are some of our best parks, food and entertainment.
To start with, kick off your morning working up a sweat with the crew from Frame. On the banks of Regent’s Canal, Frame’s expert trainers will guide you through a low-impact, full body Barre workout. You will leave feeling energised and limbered for your busy day ahead. After your workout, enjoy a healthy breakfast served by their friends at Rude Health.
For more information on the class timetable, click here.
After breakfast, craft lovers and kitsch enthusiasts will adore nearby Drink, Shop & Do. Once a quirky pop-up shop, now with permanent roots, these guys are a café by day and atmospheric bar by night, with lots of FUN things to do. Check out there their upcoming interactive workshops where you can try your hand at creative skills such as henna art, papercutting or modern calligraphy. They even have a Justin Bieber dance class!
Next, just around the corner, you will find Coal Drops Yard. The former Victorian coal depot is part of the King’s Cross Central development scheme, one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects. Here you will find inspiring architecture and a whole host of trendy galleries, alternative boutiques, bars and restaurants.
I like Dishoom, a stylish chain of post-colonial Irani cafés of Bombay. Although, you will be spoilt for choice for where to eat. Enjoy their retro design features and a distinctive Irani café food menu.
Popups can also be found in the former Victorian horse-stalls. Discover new up and coming talents, whilst taking in various performances and festivals.
There’s no shortage of wonderful things to do in North London. Next, escape the busy city streets and head to Regent’s Canal for a beautiful afternoon stroll towards Primrose Hill. Along the way, you will see a colourful collection of narrowboats and various floating enterprises including the quaint Word on the Water bookshop and The Boston Belle Café.
Pass by Camden’s famous markets whilst taking in the crowds and delicious aromas of street food, and head towards Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill.
Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany always has fantastic seasonal pop-ups. This summer welcomes the Rum Shack, a tropical oasis tucked away in their rear courtyard.
Private beach-style shacks decorated with bamboo, palm trees, and loud floral prints and are the perfect place to add some sunshine to your day. Enjoy a selection of delicious rum cocktails and Caribbean-inspired dishes, whilst relaxing and taking in the summer vibes.
For more information and to make a booking, click here.
Next take a short walk away along the edge of Regent’s Park, via London Zoo and Primrose Hill, where you will find Lemonia. The traditional Greek restaurant is a Primrose Hill institution that often attracts a glitterati crowd, and has seen the likes of Kate Moss, Harry Styles and Rita Ora flocking through the front doors.
Low hanging vines, faded black and white photos of old Mediterranean ports and the theatrics of jostling waiters entice diners to this understated restaurant. Whilst the quality of the meal may be questionable, sometimes a hit and sometimes a miss, it has done nothing to drive the crowds away. Personally, I’m drawn to the authentic charms of the restaurant and think it’s well worth trying for yourself. Just remember to appreciate it for the overall dining experience and soak up the atmosphere.
After dinner, make your way to Regent’s Park, where you will find the summer open-air theatre season in full swing, with performances nightly from 19.45.
Spend a memorable warm summer’s evening watching the theatre at London’s largest auditoria, in this idyllic setting.
The exciting season’s line-up includes works by William Shakespeare and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s moving rendition of Evita.
For further information about up and coming shows and ticket prices, click here.
And if you’re keen on late night drinks, North London has some fab watering holes on offer. Head up towards lively Camden Market towards the stables, where you will find a selection of late night bars to choose from.
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Until next time, safe travels.
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