London is calling. The vibe of this huge metropolis is undeniable. There's something about London that constantly manages to attract millions and millions of people every year; from tourists, to new residents, from artists, to celebrities. Be it for the Queen, Big Ben, the excellent shopping experience or the amazing night life, London is becoming the most versatile and cosmopolitan city in the world, where anything can happen!
But we aren't here to discuss what attracted me to London in the first place. Today I am going to take you guys to some of my favourite places, whether it's food related, or a spot that I like to hang out at for fitness regimes and meditation, this is my London guide.
As a former SW1 resident, most of the places I like are generally in the south-west or on the south bank side of the river. I find that particular area generally very beautiful, full of grace and art, compared to the super-modern far-east side of London (think Canary Wharf).
You can find the smartest people, cars and outfits when you walk down the Kings Road, or the down-to-earth quirky people if you go for a meal in Clapham. Whenever I feel like going for a jog or just enjoy a bit of peace and quiet away from the chaos of city life, I venture to Battersea park. Take a walk on Chelsea bridge, overlooking the River Thames, and you will soon reach the big pagoda (and that is quite a sight!)
In Battersea park, you can go for a game of tennis with your best friends, or enjoy the pond while walking the dogs. And during the summer season, how about going for a picnic and avoid the madness of doing it in Hyde Park?
If you feel like having a grand culture day, how about taking a trip to Sloane Square and visit the Saatchi Gallery? Opened in 1985 by British-entrepreneur and business man Charles Saatchi, this gallery has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Generating media controversy and displaying art from upcoming and unknown artists, paying a visit is the best way to fully submerge yourself into modern art. (You can also go to the Tate Britain in Pimlico for further British art)
Now, my favourite part of the weekend, is having to choose and discover new restaurants and trying food from different cultures; and London, being so cosmopolitan, offers its visitors just that.
For a taste of Europe, About Thyme offers a modern twist on French and Spanish cuisine. That's the place where I had one of the best fillet steaks of my life. Head to Thai Square in South Kensington if you feel like having an Asian rendezvous with a bowl of Prawn Green curry or Clarke's in Notting Hill if you wish to treat yourself to a delicious brunch.
So, it doesn't matter if you live in London, love traveling to the capital, or wish to discover the big smoke. One thing is for certain, London is the best place to be right now.
Words: Ronan Summer
Images: Ronan Summers