Forever foreign femme Meli dishes all about her favorite spots in lovely London.
A travel buddy of the founders who can't stop and won't stop, there's nobody we'd rather get the scoop on the Town of the Thames from.
FOREVER FOREIGN FEMME: Melissa. Peruvian/Welsh. I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Moved to Texas at the age of 17. Had the best time in Washington DC for an internship in the summer of 2010 and moved to Indy where I helped host the SuperBowl in 2012. Later that year, I moved to London and participated in hosting the London 2012 Olympics and have not looked back since. Londoner at heart. Exploring and experiencing new cultures is my life. Stay tuned for where I go next!
WHY MY CITY ROCKS: Come and find out!
THE VIBE: London is a collection of villages - you will find anything and everything from our posh Royal Boroughs like Kensington and Chelsea to those hidden gems in East London where high art and edgy innovation meet - there's certainly no shortage of artisanal bread shops, vintage fabrics, pop up stores & world class coffees!
DON'T MISS Feeling like a local at any of our Royal and ancient parks. My favourite: Hampstead Heath (or for locals "the heath") - Raw and wild. Do find a spot in Parliament Hill and gaze and the London skyline.
DEFINITELY EAT: In Borough Market. Taste and experience food from all over the world - London is a melting pot of cultures which can be best understood on a plate!
UNDERRATED: Getting lost in the small streets of London. Please, PLEASE, put your phone and maps away. Get lost, explore.
WORTH A TRY: Up at the O2.
KILLER COFFEE: This could be a long list... a few favourites: Monmouth Coffee (you can find this in Borough Market and yes, you need to queue!) & Shoreditch Grind.
DOPE DRINKS: Find a nice speakeasy bar and wonder. A couple to mention: The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town (you need to step inside a fridge to get in there!) or Reverend J W Simpson.
LOOK LOCAL: Go to Notting Hill - wait, no! Not to find Hugh Grant's house with the blue door!! - Go to the back streets, there are wonderful boutiques and eateries where tourists cannot be seen. Have brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails or whatever you fancy at Aussie owned Granger & Co.
DID YA KNOW: London Eye's 32 capsules represent each one of London's Boroughs?
Friday: Well, obviously after work drinks with the mates at the pub!
Saturday: Hoping you didn't drink "too much" the night before take the tube, overground, bus or the clipper (our London transport via the Thames) to Greenwich. Greenwich is rich in history and here you can visit the Queen's House, Royal Observatory, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark (only surviving tea clipper) to name a few.. Greenwich has also it's own brewery so please sit back and relax at the patio and enjoy a flight. Hungry? Take a stroll to nearby Greenwich Market and discover what it has to offer.
Sunday: Head to Shoreditch for some shopping at Spitalfields Market. Visit the London Tea Exchange shop and buy some tea; you're in London afterall! Hungry again? Dishoom is the place! Londoners love their curry on a Sunday and so should you when you're in town. When in London, be a Londoner.