Monday, April 01, 2013

One Fine Day.....London

No matter where you live, there are always places nearby that evoke special memories of times gone by, provide a sense of community, sell or make products or produce that you love, or just make you feel as if you belong.  

One Fine Day is a tribute to this. An assortment of guest bloggers from all over the world will tell us about the places they adore and their unique style in their own words.   

As I have started this project, I thought it was only fair that I begin with my very own One Fine Day in London. I have lived in London for 5 years after moving here from Sydney, Australia and it is now one of my favourite cities in the world..... 

On the weekends, I love starting the day with a walk in Greenwich Park Flower Garden followed by lunch at Hand Made Food which is the best cafe in Blackheath in my opinion. I love the salmon and dill cakes, lentil salad with pomegranate and pine nuts, artichoke and goats cheese bruscetta + chickpea casserole. If you have a sweet tooth, the baked cheesecake and handmade fudge is delicious.

Another great place to start the day is the Columbia Flower Markets with tea and cake in Lily Vanilli which is all to die for!  

In the evenings I would pop to The Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill for the most delectable flavours. Rich Caribbean food with a kick – try the Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry, their famous spiced up Chicken supreme and the sweet little cocktail by the name of Strange Fruit!  

I also adore The Riding House Cafe for perfect modern tapas – the spiced beetroot fritters with mint ricotta or the smocked haddock kedgeree with boiled eggs are delicious as are their brunches and cocktails in old fashioned milk bottles.

Dock Kitchen is also one with an amazing menu that changes weekly and is well worth a visit. Well known furniture designer Tom Dixon kitted this place out and you can pop downstairs to his shop after lunch to pick up a cool piece for your house! 

For after dinner cocktails I love ECC Chinatown and Both really quaint little places with friendly staff and amazing drinks! Plus Fernandez and Wells has an amazing array of sherry (yes - I am 90!!!) 

I also couldn’t write about my favourite places in London without giving the markets a mention. The ones I adore are Blackheath Farmers Markets for the almond croissants, Malty Street for food and  cocktails out of teacups, Broadway Markets for people watching and lovely boutiques + Alfie’s Markets for amazing antiques and jewels  

You would be hard pressed to do the above all in a day but I could go on and on about London - so many places to see and things to do....... 

Stay tuned for our next post One Fine Day - The English Countryside from Lorna who is the founder of the lovely blog