I spent the day with Culture Trip a couple of weeks ago, exploring London in a local way. Culture Trip have just launched their brand new app, which allows you to explore more than 300+ destination like never before. Culture Trip has grown so much in the past years and is now the go to place online, should you want personalised recommendations for your destination. They showcase little known destination gems and I am going to take you on a day journey, giving you a glimpse of what you can be doing if you download the app, and be in the know-how.
10 am – Start with brunch at Coppa
Have you ever been to Coppa? If not, you really need to sort this out asap. Our first App driven, Culture Trip spot was this absolutely beautiful restaurant/lounge bar.
Overlooking Tower Bridge and the Shard, while sitting under heaps of wisteria – I do not think it gets much better. Wait, it does – the food was also to die for. I had avocado on toast with poached egg, however my lovely @mformorena had the best waffles ever (both yummy and photogenic 10/10). You can take your time when going to this place, every corner is just pure bliss.
1 pm – A tour of East London with Alternative London (and Gary)
We went for a short walk up North East and started our walk together with Gary from Alternative London. Now, if you follow my adventures, you will know, that I am a strictly a West London kinda gal. You can imagine, I was very sceptical about the whole ‘East side appeal’.
I must say though, Gary managed to change my mind (to a certain extent). I think I have a brand new appreciation of art, and how attractive East London is to creativity. Street artists from all over the world come to London to showcase beauty in different shapes and forms. Some are beautiful, some are frowned upon, some are encouraged. Irrespective of the stand point, art is subjective, and London is so pretty because it allows for that diversity.
We went on an East London trail from Aldgate East to Hoxton square. On the way, we saw some epic pieces, and different art techniques. Did you know that some artists contact the owners of the buildings and they get permission to paint the whole wall (usually if it is a massive piece, spreading on a 3-5 meter wall it is authorised by the owner).
I have taken so many pictures of the doors and cars around Bricklane, little did I know their history though.
Gary, explained why the doors ‘Eleven’ and ‘Eleven and a half’ are called that. All the houses around the Bricklane area were big properties, so when the family at N 11 ran out of money back in the day, they literally drew a line across half the house and sold it, hence 11 1/2.
A lot of the buildings are restored, except for this one. Why? Where else would they shoot old looking movies you think? Authenticity 100%. Also, where would I shoot my stride by’s 🙂
Bagels. Yes, NYC is all about the bagel but London is putting up a decent competition. The 2 Bagel shops on Bricklane are actually owned by 2 siblings. They are open 24/7 and serve bagels starting at about 40p and also the queen of bagels – the Rainbow bagel.
Henry, a local legend and now also a street art star. His hands have been painted on the wall right next to the first Bagel shop. Check it out next time you pass by. Give Henry some cash if you can spare and maybe listen to one of his stories. A local cockney, he has seen Bricklane through the years and has many stories to tell.
Just before we finished, we passed by a little coffee stall – Sud’s. You will never pay attention to it. This is where Alternative London can give you so much value. This is the first, original coffee stall in London, operated by Sud after he came back from the war. He uses electricity from the lamp post next to the stall and is the only establishment in all of UK, to be allowed to use public electricity. Technically using free electricity – what a legend.
3 pm – Make your own pizza (and eat it) at Radio Alice
After our walking tour, we headed off to Radio Alice to make our own pizza. This is the time where I expose myself and tell you all that I absolutely suck at cooking. I will show you too 🙂 Radio Alice is in Hoxton square and makes authentic Italian pizza, that tastes delicious.
They make their own yeast in cute jars. They teach you how to feed the yeast, so it lives long and strong, to make your dough all fluffy. We first had a talk from the chefs about pizza and dough – yeast is a bacteria and bacteria likes heat and food in order to blossom. They give you a little manual how to maintain it all happy and healthy, should you want to replicate the dough at home.
Then we got baking in pairs. I got paired with an absolute foodie pro – Anja. Check out her page for some delicious inspiration. I will let you judge for yourself.
OK, cheers to that. let’s eat, chat and smell the jasmine.
If you want to explore London the cool way, download the Culture Trip app, which can guide you to all these fun activities.