6 Hours In London
I love London, or more precisely, I love being able to dip into London for a few hours. I love the innovation and creativity of the capital, finding exciting new ventures and exploring new areas, but I’m also a small city girl at heart so being able to retreat to the reassuring streets of Oxford after a day of anonymity in the big smoke.
We’re lucky enough to live close enough to London to be able to visit for the day, or even the night, as the Oxford Tube runs through the small hours.
So for my birthday this year, I concocted quite a mammoth tour so we could visit two awesomely colourful and unique places; Walala x Play at NOW Gallery and Palm Vaults in Hackney.
My husband Jordan, sister Laura and I headed up the M40, to start our adventure at Shepherds Bush. Heading south east to North Greenwich we arrived at the NOW Gallery ahead of schedule (yes I am *that* girl, gotta have a schedule!) Shoes off, we lost ourselves in the exhibition, finding the design anomalies and take in the maze of spaces.
The exhibition finishes on 24th September if you fancy popping along to have a play!
From Greenwich we hopped on the cable car across the river. It hasn’t got the best view of London, but is quite a cool thing to do unless your scared of heights!
Jumping on the DLR we headed north to Stratford and then west to Hackney Central. Skirting passed some of the shabbier store fronts on Mare Street (Primark, Greggs, Snappy Snaps, Shoe Zone) and dodging the road works, we spotted Palm Vaults resplendent in it’s gorgeous green and pink livery, and channeled in by a cluster of potted ferns leading to the door.
Inside, the welcoming cake-laden counter leads to cool pink marble tables and string upon string of hanging house plants. Anthurium flowers sit on each table, there is a wall of exposed brick and a wall of floor to ceiling mirror adding light and space to the small cafe. In the book corner you can find coffee tables titles such as ‘Cabin Porn’ to browse while you wait. Even the toilet was on brand with beautiful fern wallpaper.
As you may have noticed, I’m quite the fan of pink, so a menu comprising of many pink options had me at the 1st Instagram pic I spotted of the place. I had a Palm Beets juice and Avocado Open Sandwich. We shared a slice of enticingly retro decorated vegan rhubarb cake, and I couldn’t resist trying a Beetroot Tonic Latte – sounds weird but was a tasty alternative to a post lunch caffeine hit.
Before heading back west, we went for a celebratory glass of fizz at Netil360 an awesome rooftop bar and garden atop Netil House near London Fields station. You get an awesome view of the London from here, including the concrete jungle that is the city.
Catching the train back to Liverpool Street, we headed back west after our grand tour.
Sometimes I find picking just one or two places to see in London (and having a schedule!) makes the time you spend in the city far more enjoyable. Packing in too much due to FOMO makes a happy adventure a stressful endurance, and quite frankly if you can avoid the tube at rush hour you’ll feel much better for it.
Have you been to Walala x Play or Palm Vaults? What did you think? Comment below or chat to me on the socials!
Happy adventures folks!
Love, Rosie xxx