The London Designer's Guide from Eszter

Eszter with London Bag

“If you're curious, London's an amazing place.” David Bailey

I made London my home eight years ago because there is always something new to discover. I constantly encounter places I haven't been to before and new things to explore. London is the city where you can never get bored. London has an incredible creative energy that makes it a world capital of design, architecture, food and music.

Notting Hill is one of my favorite areas in London. I used to live here, so I was lucky enough to have plenty of time to explore it. Golborne Road is just a step away from the famous Portobello Road. This street is not just famous for the Notting Hill movie with Hugh Grant, the street market or antique shops; it is much more than that. For the authentic Portuguese experience, Lisboa Patisserie is number one in London. Make sure you stop for a Pastel de Nata or Bola de Berlim, relax and forget about the calories. If you want a proper brunch, Snaps & Rye, the Danish cafe is a nice place for a Scandinavian style breakfast or open sandwiches and coffee.

For architecture lovers, the brutalist estate Trellick Tower is a must-see at the end of Golborne Road.

Snaps & Rye, Golborne Road
The Design Museum is one of my favorites in London, set next to Holland Park in Kensington. I never miss out on the annual Beazley Design of the Year exhibition, which celebrates the most exciting concepts and designs of the time.
If you fancy lunch before or after the exhibition, head to Dishoom on High Street Kensington. I love its Art Deco style interior, and the Bombay inspired cuisine is seriously addictive. Be prepared to wait for a table but make the most of this time and check out the Japan House next door.

Rent a Santander city bike and explore nearby Hyde Park. Don't forget to visit the Serpentine Gallery and enjoy a coffee at the Serpentine Lido.

Design Museum and Dishoom

On the south side of the river is the famous Borough Market at London Bridge, where you can find some of London's finest ingredients and culinary artisans. Perfect for finding handmade pantry treats and presents. If you're into contemporary art, White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey is just a short walk away.

White Cube Gallery
If you're out and about in North London, it is worth exploring Kings Cross, which has been transformed into a cool area over the past few years. Enjoy an Aussie style weekend brunch in Granger & Co. or Spanish tapas in Barrafina. For shopping, head down to Coal Drops Yard for independent shops and boutiques, like Wolf & Badger, ba&sh or Earl of East.Granger and Co
Earl of East

Fitzrovia is probably my favourite area for restaurants. I like Bao, the Taiwanese restaurant for its small sharing plates and oriental atmosphere and Rovi, owned by chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
In Central London, I love to pop into Liberty for inspiration and see the newest trends. My other big favorite is Conran Shop in Marylebone for its contemporary furnishing and well-curated design pieces.

Liberty & Conran Shop

For more art and architecture, head to the Barbican Centre, famous for its '70 brutalist design. It has a theatre, cinema, art gallery, restaurants and even a conservatory on the top.

Barbican Centre
If you want to escape from Central London, catch a train to Kew Gardens and take a walk at the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. In Summer, they even have some evening cycling events. If you like cycling, beautiful surroundings and picnics, make sure you save those dates in your calendar!Kew Botanical Garden
What to wear on a day out in London? 
Trousers: Paula's Ibiza Pants - Loewe
Shirt: Marty Shirt - Samsoe Samsoe
Bag: The London Pack - The Essentials Story
Ring: Oli Ring - Daphine
Sandals: Pippa Vegan Sandals - Matt & Natt

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