Lovdon

As you might have seen on my IG page, there’s a place I call home, where I have been countless times and couldn’t get enough. EVER!

London has been my home for a while and my first visit goes back to 2007. It has changed a lot since then and that’s one of the thing I like the most. You can never get used to it.

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Last weekend I spent three amazing days wandering through the city, visiting some of my fav places and discovering new ones.

During summer, you can enjoy sunset and/or Wimbledon matches on several rooftops, so, if you are planning to travel to London in the next two months, you can’t miss two of my top-5-list: Frank’s Cafe for the sunset and Madison for Wimbledon. However, matches can be also watched along the Thames at the Summer by the River Festival.

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On this special stay, I had finally the chance to visit two new places (at least, for me): Pop Brixton and Neal’s Yard. The first one is a kind of community land, where many containers have been piled up with shops and restaurants inside. Sooooooo underground! The second one is, instead, such an iconic venue, just a few minutes walking distance from Covent Garden. A colourful and iconic little square.

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Last, but not least, my boyfriend and I took part to the Saturday Pride parade in Regent street, which also inspired the title of this article: LOVDON. Cause London is itself synonym of Love. Love for life, Love for freedom, Love for respect, Love for Love.

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Yummy south of England

Who said you can only have fish and chips in England?

Apart from my frequent trips to London, I have been recently in the south of England and had the chance to eat in many restaurants or pubs. What I appreciate most is the wide and international choice; you just need to step into the right place.

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In my culture (I’m Italian), food means tradition, health and togetherness. That’s why, in planning my trips, I never ever leave the meals issue to chance. In England, thanks to its vast multicultural population, you can taste pretty almost the entire planet.

On today’s article, I’ve selected 3 of my favourite places to share with you.

  1. The Alice House is an intimate, yet vibrant, venue located in north-west London and it can be easily reached by tube (Bakerloo line), overground or bus (line n. 6). It offers fresh seasonal dishes and drinks, but I highly recommend it also for Sunday brunch or just a couple of pints on Friday night. Being far from the tourist zone, you can join locals and immerse yourself into the real London life.
  2. The Quod Restaurant & Bar is an easy-chic restaurant located in the Oxford city centre, just in front of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. The quietness and elegance of the place mirrors in its dishes and drinks.
  3. The Skewer House is a Portuguese restaurant located in the Taunton city centre. The food is just WOW! You can have meat, fish or vegetables grilled and flavoured on a skewer. Do not forget to try also the delicious and spicy sides.

 

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And now… Enjoy your meal!

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pub/Restaurant: The Alice House (London – Queen’s Park Tube station)
  • Restaurant: Quod Restaurant (Oxford)
  • Restaurant: The Skewer House (Taunton)

London calling – Day trip

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Samuel Johnson

London is definitely the city of my heart.
You can breath history, poetry, literature, innovation, music, art and above all freedom. It can offer whatever you need or like. It is a melting pot; old and new, east and west, north and south.
London never looks like the way it was. It changes a few times since then. Restaurants, pubs, markets, skyline, etc. keep changing over and over again. You can’t say you know London perfectly, neither do Londoners. There will always be something new you’ll be mesmerised by.

 

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My motto is: “If you can love London on a rainy day, imagine when the sun shines!”.
That’s why, in this very first article, I’d like to share with you some of my favourite spots where people can have a good time during spring or summer.

If the weather is clement, there’s no need to take buses or tube, you can reach nice spots and landmarks just walking through the city.
The river Thames walk, for instance, allows you to sightsee at no cost: Big Ben, House of Parliament, London Eye, Globe Theatre, Tate Modern museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and much more.
Along the way do not forget to stop by Borough Market where cuisines from all over the world meet and melt, mirroring the history of cultures living in London. But, as you may already know, every melting pot comes at a price. As a matter of fact, London hasn’t always been a welcoming and open-minded place; its history recalls hard times and episodes of racial discrimination. In this regard, I warmly suggest you to read, before or during your trip, the novel by Samuel Selvon: The lonely Londoners.
Moving forward the path, you can also stop at the London Riviera. A modern concept of beach along the river Thames where you can enjoy a beer on a beach lounger watching a Wimbledon competition or singing songs during a karaoke session.

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During summer many terraces give access to their roofs to tourists and Londoners.
My favourite venue of this kind is definitely the Frank’s Cafe.
Fancy a beer or a Spritz while chatting and waiting for sunset? Well, this is the place you are looking for.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Restaurant/Pub: Frank’s Cafe (Peckham Rye Overground station)
  • Book: The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon