London with its scattered treasures far and wide and mosaic of cultures is an easy city to enjoy. From modern to bohemian, unconvincing to posh, business to fantasy, this is a city of multiple horizons.
I visit several times per year, and once I’ve got my fix of red buses, black cabs, pop up shops, markets, cafés, galleries, clubs… I relish the quaint englishness.
In recent times, I have stayed in romantic Notting Hill (how could one tire of its Victorian townhouses and locally owned boutiques) just off the picturesque Portobello Road. A peek inside the Cowshed Spa on Clarendon Cross in nearby Holland Park is enough to alter your day’s itinerary… plush sofas, magazine, bio treats with tea galore. www.cowshedonline.com
Sunday morning consisted in wandering East from Hyde Park to Shoreditch, Hoxton, Spitalfieds to capture the newest experimental haircuts and thrift meets chic trend gatherers amid industrial village-type structures. Spitalfields Market gorges with local talents, shopping and foodie temptations.
After my plenty of ethnicity and hipsters, it was time for a respite. Undeniably, Regents Park and its handsome white terraces are a prize and can do no wrong nature therapy!
Parliament Hill steps away affords great views (best just before sundown) of London. Regents Park Road, lined with vintage, card, wine, design shops and cafés is delightful with welcoming service. It led me to Gloucester Road which hides a handful of really sweet shops just before you meet the Canal…
Naturally, I made my way down the stairs to the Canal and pure bliss filled me as I discovered the teak or stone homes lined by weeping willows and canal boats.