If there's one city in England I know I will never tire of falling in love with again and again, it's London. Every day I feel incredibly lucky to live in such an exciting and vibrant place (cheesy, but true) and the fact that I still haven't seen the half of it is pretty amazing- and keeps it exciting when looking for a new place to eat, that's for sure. So, when ASOS got in touch asking me to be their London student representative, and dig out my favourite hidden gems in the capital- ready for new students, and one's still looking to discover the hot spots- I jumped at the chance. If there's one thing I love doing more than most, it's sharing my favourite places with you guys- and getting to discover some more myself.

This edition seems to be my more 'East London' version, with another part coming in the next few weeks- it's incredibly difficult to narrow down everything I like in London to a list of ten, but I'm trying- let me know if you have any recommendations too!

Borough Market
Borough Market If I'm ever stuck for lunch, or a nice inspiring way of passing an afternoon (especially if I want to get in the mood for baking) I'll head to Borough Market. Whether picking up fresh dinner ingredients, a cheeky afternoon snack (I seriously recommend brownies and little bags of homemade honeycomb) it's the perfect way to while away an afternoon, and switch off a little. Plus, if it's all good enough for Bridget Jones, it's good enough for me.

BOXPARK Shoreditch- 2-4 Bethnal Green Road/Hoxton Square
Boxpark Shoreditch Shannon Wardrop Both good places for an evening of food and dancing, Boxpark has some really cool places to grab a bite (such as Bukowski's for burger lovers) and Hoxton Square offering places such as The Breakfast Club, Byron and Red Dog. Additionally for evening entertainment, Queen of Hoxton, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen and Underbelly, are all great places to grab a drink or see a live band or two (see my good pal Shannon above)! If you're heading during the day, be sure to check out the cool pop up's at Boxpark- there's been some seriously cool designers round those parts.

Blitz Vintage- 55/59 Hanbury Street
Blitz Vintage London Brick Lane There's a lot of cool vintage hide outs in London, especially East- but when it comes down to serious business I think Blitz comes up tops. Although one of the newer stores, Blitz has an endless selection- all incredibly clean and well organised (a VERY impressive trait with vintage) and oozes everything from this seasons most covetable (read: tartan trousers galore, statement coats etc), an enviable record collection to browse and even gizmos for the home (and a small cafe area to grab a cuppa afterwards). It's a no fuss vintage store, with staff always more than happy to help- and with that you can never go wrong.

Rough Trade East- Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane
Rough Trade Este Haim The first time I visited Rough Trade, was for Record Store Day 2009 (and coincidentally mine and Joe's first date)- and it was one of the best days ever. Not only had they just launched that now infamous, photobooth- but the fact I could pick up some of my favourite records and catch some seriously amazing acts live seemed pretty cool. Now, before ever purchasing an album, I'll see if Rough Trade are hosting an instore- what could possibly be better than seeing that band as a freebie with your album pick up? Nothing, that's what. They've also started doing cracking cups of tea and coffee, so you can now sit down and catch up after a long winded peruse. And yes, that is Haim up there.

Kahaila Cafe- 135 Brick Lane
Kahaila Brick Lane Cafe Kahaila Cafe Brick Lane Sandwiches Without a doubt, my favourite place to grab lunch in East London is Kahaila. Whether it's a fleeting visit, or I need to sit down and work with my laptop (yup there's biig communal style tables and wifi) it's the perfect place to unwind with the panini of dreams (mozzarella, parma ham and basil FYI), a slice of rich red velvet and a sugary cup of tea. Plus, the staff are some of the nicest ever, and it even made an appearance in my Barbour video- go go go!

Stay tuned for my next selection in the next couple of weeks!

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If there's one city in England I know I will never tire of falling in love with again and again, it's London. Every day I feel incredibly lucky to live in such an exciting and vibrant place (cheesy, but true) and the fact that I still haven't seen the half of it is pretty amazing- and keeps it exciting when looking for a new place to eat, that's for sure. So, when ASOS got in touch asking me to be their London student representative, and dig out my favourite hidden gems in the capital- ready for new students, and one's still looking to discover the hot spots- I jumped at the chance. If there's one thing I love doing more than most, it's sharing my favourite places with you guys- and getting to discover some more myself.

This edition seems to be my more 'East London' version, with another part coming in the next few weeks- it's incredibly difficult to narrow down everything I like in London to a list of ten, but I'm trying- let me know if you have any recommendations too!

Borough Market
Borough Market If I'm ever stuck for lunch, or a nice inspiring way of passing an afternoon (especially if I want to get in the mood for baking) I'll head to Borough Market. Whether picking up fresh dinner ingredients, a cheeky afternoon snack (I seriously recommend brownies and little bags of homemade honeycomb) it's the perfect way to while away an afternoon, and switch off a little. Plus, if it's all good enough for Bridget Jones, it's good enough for me.

BOXPARK Shoreditch- 2-4 Bethnal Green Road/Hoxton Square
Boxpark Shoreditch Shannon Wardrop Both good places for an evening of food and dancing, Boxpark has some really cool places to grab a bite (such as Bukowski's for burger lovers) and Hoxton Square offering places such as The Breakfast Club, Byron and Red Dog. Additionally for evening entertainment, Queen of Hoxton, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen and Underbelly, are all great places to grab a drink or see a live band or two (see my good pal Shannon above)! If you're heading during the day, be sure to check out the cool pop up's at Boxpark- there's been some seriously cool designers round those parts.

Blitz Vintage- 55/59 Hanbury Street
Blitz Vintage London Brick Lane There's a lot of cool vintage hide outs in London, especially East- but when it comes down to serious business I think Blitz comes up tops. Although one of the newer stores, Blitz has an endless selection- all incredibly clean and well organised (a VERY impressive trait with vintage) and oozes everything from this seasons most covetable (read: tartan trousers galore, statement coats etc), an enviable record collection to browse and even gizmos for the home (and a small cafe area to grab a cuppa afterwards). It's a no fuss vintage store, with staff always more than happy to help- and with that you can never go wrong.

Rough Trade East- Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane
Rough Trade Este Haim The first time I visited Rough Trade, was for Record Store Day 2009 (and coincidentally mine and Joe's first date)- and it was one of the best days ever. Not only had they just launched that now infamous, photobooth- but the fact I could pick up some of my favourite records and catch some seriously amazing acts live seemed pretty cool. Now, before ever purchasing an album, I'll see if Rough Trade are hosting an instore- what could possibly be better than seeing that band as a freebie with your album pick up? Nothing, that's what. They've also started doing cracking cups of tea and coffee, so you can now sit down and catch up after a long winded peruse. And yes, that is Haim up there.

Kahaila Cafe- 135 Brick Lane
Kahaila Brick Lane Cafe Kahaila Cafe Brick Lane Sandwiches Without a doubt, my favourite place to grab lunch in East London is Kahaila. Whether it's a fleeting visit, or I need to sit down and work with my laptop (yup there's biig communal style tables and wifi) it's the perfect place to unwind with the panini of dreams (mozzarella, parma ham and basil FYI), a slice of rich red velvet and a sugary cup of tea. Plus, the staff are some of the nicest ever, and it even made an appearance in my Barbour video- go go go!

Stay tuned for my next selection in the next couple of weeks!

x

53 comments:

  1. This is such a great post, I love it!! I go to London every year or so, and know all the touristy areas really well, but I've never had the time to discover cool places like this, I think I'm going down in a few months so I'm bookmaking these posts that you're doing to visit the places you recommend! :D
    Eleanor x

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  2. Dying to visit Blitz now so thank you for this! Also love Rough Trade, one of the few finest left sadly

    Lauren xo
    http://whatlaurensayss.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Amazing photos. I love London too. Can't wait to visit again. Will definitely check out these places next time.

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  4. Love this! I've heard such great things about Borough Market, and the whole of Brick Lane! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Love this! I've heard such great things about Borough Market, and Brick Lane! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Your blog is amazing! One of my favourite bloggers - your dress from the photographs in France is beautiful!

    www.fashionxkryptonite.com

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  7. sadly I'm not about to become a student in london, but these suggestions look and sound so wonderful, I must visit them one day.

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  8. Living on the translucent borders of Essex and East London, I can happily say that Shoreditch and the like are my favourite places to venture around. Awesome post.


    Danielle x
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  9. Haha I work for the company that sells those cakes you took of a photo of at Borough Market
    x

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  10. i love this! i've recently moved a lot closer to london and i can't wait to explore all these places! (i can't wait to see you on friday!)

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  11. hmmmmmmmm look at tat cheese, even thinking about it is making me gets spots :') i eat too much dairy

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  12. Great post Olivia! I used to work by BoxPark, so many great lunch places!
    I'm living in Paris at the moment, and keeping a visual diary. Check it out here: www.worthwakingupfor.co.uk

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  13. This is perfect for what I was looking for! I live in East and needed some ideas for this weekend so THANK YOU :)

    Amy xoxo
    amybyram.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. London is such an amazing place to live and we apparently have some favourite spots in common! Have you ever been to Café Kipferl in Islington? The Vanillekipferl are incredible there and their coffee is actually really good!
    xx

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  15. Ah London my beauty! It really is the best city in the world. I've not tried Kahalia yet so need to desperately add that to my list! I'm a sucker for a sandwich.
    Sophie
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  16. Love this post! I have been looking for such places before I went to England in summer, and this post is what I would have needed back then! I'm definitely going to keep this places in mind and will probably go to some of them next time I'm in London :) x

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  17. I've lived in london all my life and I haven't been to any of these! Thank you for enlightening me :)

    Roshni’s Journey

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  18. Love this post! I often visit London and this has given me such inspiration to find cute little places rather than the standard touristy areas. These pictures are also fabulous! x

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  19. I moved to London during the summer... There is so much to see and do no matter how long you live here! I will definitely be checking out all of the above. The one thing I can definitely say about London, is that there is always good food to be found! I must check out Borough Market!

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  20. This is one of the best posts I have read about London! It's so nice to hear about some of the less known hang outs! I love rough trade, I took my boyfriend there for his birthday! x

    amuchprettierpuzzle.blogspot.com

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  21. These places all look amazing, so much lovely food!
    emmerliejay.co.uk x

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  22. I LOVE how cuuuute that places are! :D
    xx

    Mónica <3
    lookatmonica.blogspot.com

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  23. I love London soo much xo

    I have always been drawn to the purses in River Island and on a whim, decided it was time to say goodbye to my big blue French Connection purse and hello to my new leopard print purse.

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  24. I'm so excited to see this post! I'm heading back to London in March and I've been hunting for things to do/see/eat that's off the beaten path. I've definitely added these to the list! Looking forward to seeing more! xx

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  25. I was so excited to see this post. I'm heading to London in March and I've been looking for things to do/see/eat that's off the beaten path. I've definitely added these to the list! Looking forward to more posts like this! xx

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  26. I love Borough market. All the food looks delicious x

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  27. great!

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.kr

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  28. Lovely post, it makes me want to visit London even more!

    Charlotte x

    charolivia.blogspot.com

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  29. Such a great post! It's nice to hear about some places other than the classics like the London Eye, etc. These places seem really cool...especially the cafes and the vintage shop! Now I just need to get to London somehow...

    Xx
    Caroline
    coffeeandcaroline.blogspot.com

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  30. I adore taking day trips up to London so this is a really great post for me, I definitely think I'll have a go at Blitz and maybe Kahaila cafe, sounds great :)

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  31. I've not been to London very often but each time I have visited I've had a totally different trip! Definitely something for everyone.

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  32. Blitz vintage looks amazing
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  33. Great post and thanks for sharing your favorite spots! Living in London for 4 years now and I'm also still so excited about it :)

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

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  34. Really cool post, didn't know about half of these even though I live in London so will make sure I visit them!

    www.lestylesecret.com

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  35. this post makes me miss London so much! keep exploring, maybe you will have seen it all one day :)

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  36. Rough Trade is definitely my favourite London hang out!!

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Cool post! Keep them coming!

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  38. Ooo I love all the options, the only I don't know if Kahaila cafe. Need to change that, it looks lovely!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog } X

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  39. Going to London in a couple months, this post is such a great reference for little gems in that city!

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  40. There are some amazing picks here!

    Hmm maybe...

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  41. Great post, hun!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  42. Brilliant post, I've only ever been to London a handful of times in my life so I'm itching to go for a proper visit one day to explore the non-touristy bits!
    Kaz at Sunshine Days x

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  43. Thanks for the suggestions! My husband's work takes us to London and Oxford a few times a year, but I've still never made it east of Tower Bridge. Now I have some places to visit!

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  44. Yeah me too. One day I have fallen in love with London... And today I'm still loving it more and more!
    I can see myself living there. This is my dream.

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  45. Food looks incredible!

    www.lucyslookbook.com

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  46. goodness gracious, I'm drooling now... thanks for all the tips!

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  47. All the food looks to die for! I love London, it's just so different to everywhere else in the world which is what makes it so great :)

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  48. I recently moved to London for Uni and haven't yet had a chance to explore it but thanks so much for this post as i now know some cute places!

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  49. My first trip into London included a visit to Borough Market and that was five years ago!London is the best place to be a student :)

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  50. This was supeeeeer helpful! Can't wait to visit all of these places, thank you!
    And the pictures are very pretty X

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