FLAT IRON, DENMARK ST.
Now with three locations in London's competitive city centre, this inexpensive eatery provides a rustic interior and trendy vibe. It's pared down menu gives main priority to the flat iron steak, with burger and dripping-fired chips coming in at a close second. With a no-booking policy, be sure to pop in before meeting friends for drinks and get your name down on the dreaded waiting list! Here in Dublin, the newly opened featherblade has quickly become my new hot-spot, and with It's menu being derived from Flat Iron's genius steak orientated cuisine, it's no surprise that I'll be revisiting.
London Grind, London Bridge.
London Grind is a riverside espresso bar, cocktail bar and restaurant, housed in a former bank at 2 London Bridge, above Borough Market. With numerous coffee spots scattered throughout London, the first Grind to offer a full restaurant, London Grind is a discerning brunch spot for south of the river, and a favourite dinner destination for the locals. If living in London, this place would be my number one place for a morning of coffee and blogging. But I have a sneaking suspicion, a 'morning' would quickly creep into a full day, where I would have friends join me and before I knew it, I'd be ordering a glass of vino with their delicious meat 'n' cheese board.
Attendant, Foley St.
With spiralling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential goldmines, the city's forgotten spaces, including 19th-century public toilets, are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques. This first picture shows the exterior of "Attendant", a former public toilet that has been converted into a coffee shop and sandwich bar in central London. Even though I'm a natural-light enthusiast, this spot had to be one of my favourite spots, mainly because they provided me with heaven on a plate - toasted banana bread, drizzle in maple syrup, served with mascarpone and mixed berries.
Barrecore, Kensington High Street.
I arrived into London Heathrow at 8am Friday morning and excitedly jumped straight on the tube towards Kensington High Street. I had booked into my first class at Barrecore for 10am. In the days leading up to the class I received many emails of 'welcome' and the staff were very helpful in sharing directions and filling me in on exactly what I would need to bring for the class. In a big city like London, and in such a well-established studio, I was a bit nervous being a first timer. But there was not need to be. The staff were warm and welcoming, and even though the class had my thighs feel like they would catch fire at any moment, post-class I left feeling worked-out and ready to take on the busy city! I will definitely be returning to this beautiful studio.
In my mind, I had planned to get lots of blogging and outfit posts done while in London. But sometimes plans are for dummies! Initially I was frustrated that I didn't put more pressure on myself to get shit done. But looking back at the special time shared with friends, and the handful of eating and coffee expeditions, I have to learn that, in the wise words of John Lennon -
"life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."
In other words, just go with the flow and enjoy what life throws at you! MP x