The London Designer's Guide from Eszter
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.