I rarely look for things to do in London, because more often than not the best recommendations and the “Have you seen this amazing show/been to this great bars” come freely and often in general conversations with friends. Because I could never dare to even cover half of London, I have gathered a few friends in the field to give their spin on London.
Here one of my longest-serving and dearest friends, Jenny, gives us the low down on her London. I met Jenny in sixth form, when we were both studying Politics together. She always is going to new places and has great recommendations. I would say it is par for the course with her job, but she’s always been this way – a truly inspiring lady.
Job: Deputy Travel Editor at the Daily Mail
My Neighbourhood: Battersea
I live in London because… it is ever-changing, inspiring, full of creativity
London is at its best when… the sun shines
My ideal day off in London would be… running along the river from Battersea to Chiswick Bridge, nosing around Colombia Road Flower Market, lunch on my friend’s Bloomsbury roof terrace, cocktails in the Connaught and a long black cab ride home.
I absolutely love this little-known place called… Nancy Lam’s Thai restaurant, Enak Enak, on Lavender Hill
The best night I ever had in London was… my 30th birthday at Kensington Roof Gardens. It was November so the flamingos were in hibernation.
If I had £2000 to blow, I’d spend it all in… Liberty
My favourite museum/gallery/theatre is… The British Museum or the Wallace Collection. The Royal Academy – and the fantastically colourful exhibition Matisse and his textiles. The intimate Donmar Warehouse is my favourite theatre.
One thing I didn’t know about London until I moved here is… how green it is
London is great, but one thing that really annoys me is… the screeching foxes and dog poo – WHY don’t people clear-up after their pets?
I’ll leave London when… “I am old and grey and full of sleep”
You can read Jen’s travel pieces here.