It’s been said that if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. The Brit capital is a bustling, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan magnet for tourists from all over the world – so if you want to see more of the real London, we’ve teamed up with vintage maven and style blogger Sara Waiste to create the perfect guide for you.
What to Wear
There’s more to London than Big Ben and the Queen’s Guard – although we give them major fashion snaps for rocking those tall fur hats. London is well established as one of the most stylish cities in the world with any anything goes attitude, the bolder the better.
“I love anything furry and faux for autumn and a great leopard print faux fur is hard to find. I love how this one looks like it could easily be vintage but it’s the perfect fit. London weather is very changeable so it’s all about the layering for the colder weather, although I’m not ready for black tights just yet!”
Sara is wearing the Missguided Kylie Leopard Fur Coat, Dharma turtleneck top, Tacita Crochet Cardigan, Carri Paisley Skirt and Camilla Brogues.
Two Top Tips
1. A chic and comfortable coat is going to be your best friend.
2. If you’re going to see the sights, leave the heels at home. No matter how beautiful they are, stilettos are less than ideal for the escalators on the tube or for the amount of pavement you’ll pound whilst sightseeing.
Where to Shop
‘Broadway market is a great place to hang out on the weekends, it has an incredible market on Saturdays (lots of cheese and cakes) and on Sundays it’s a great place to go for a coffee or brunch, there’s so many little cafes and independent shops. There’s lots of great pubs for evening drinks too.’
‘It’s a short walk over a pretty east London canal to Columbia Road flower market, which is open every Sunday, and full of every kind of flower you can think of. It’s best to go either really early or really late (for discounted flowers) as any other time you can’t move for the amount of people in the street. There’s a few little side streets full of vintage and antiques too.’
‘One of my favourite places to go on a weekend is Princess May Carboot on Kingsland Road, which is great for vintage clothing and furniture and it’s on every Saturday or Sunday, you can grab anything from here from peacock chairs and penny lane coats to rare records and art pictures. It’s great if you love hunting for treasure!’
Where to Hang Out
‘I love walking through London fields, it’s great to have such a big expanse of greenery in the big city, and right around the corner too, they’ve recently even grown a meadow in there which is so pretty and a lovely place to walk through.’
‘Right next to the flower market is Hackney City Farm! Such a fun place to visit, they have so many animals including donkeys, pigs, sheep and chickens, giving you the chance to feel like you’re in the countryside, sometimes you almost forget you’re actually in the middle of London!’
‘If you wander down Kingsland Road afterwards there’s a couple of great cafes and bars. I love the Harvest Organic cafe, perfect to sit in for a coffee and a yummy cake or shopping for any organic products as it’s also a massive healthy supermarket too.’
‘The best pizza in town is Voodoo Rays opposite, they sell pizza by the slice in the most incredible toppings, being veggie my favourite is the Giorgio Moroder (goats cheese, tomatoes, courgette and basil) and the tequila frozen margaritas are amazing too.’
‘Hash E8 is a brand new brunch place at the end of Ridley Road. My new fave there is called beets and sweets – it’s beetroot and sweet potato hash with kale poached egg and hollandaise, perfect after a night out! Next to Hash E8 is Healthy Stuff, a great place to grab a smoothie to go, and they also do brunch too when you’re feeling in the mood to be a little more healthy.’
‘A little further along down Kingsland road there are some great pubs including The Fox, and my favourite little sushi place called Brilliant Corners. They do the best vegan tempura and great wine – it’s my favourite place to hang out with my boyfriend when we want to grab something delicious to eat.’
What to Listen to
Goldsmiths College graduate Guy Baron is delivering a quietly beautiful new take on the art of sampling. Semi Precious reharmonizes his samples, switching up the pitch with eerie vocals to craft something slick, silky and mesmeric.
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