May has been a busy month, hopping around London’s beautiful coffee shops and restaurants. I have chosen two clear favourites due to their authenticity, personality and love for tradition. Taking you on a quick trip between Soho and Neal’s Yard.
Lina stores, Greek Street
Talk about perfection, Lina stores has the whole package. Beautiful, pistachio facade, pastel tones interior and the food is mamma mia. Lina Stores (the brand) was established 75 years ago by a lady called Lina, serving authentic Italian produce.
Fast forward, May 2018 and I got to enjoy it too, in the newly refurbished space, now hosting Lina stores Greek street. The pasta is authentic, and made fresh at the Deli every single day since 1944. All the magic could not happen without the dedicated team though. They make killer Negronis to start with.
Now, I rarely fall head over heels for Negronis as I find it difficult to feel the authentic Italian taste anywhere else but in Italy. However, at Lina they just nailed it and 4 Negronis later, it was a fun night to get home on a week day. The team is so amazing, as well, creating an atmosphere of true Italian hospitality. What I mean by that is, that I got transported back into the cobbled streets of small Italian towns, where small, family run restaurants welcomed me through the years. I got to sit down and share a joke or two, listen to their stories and just enjoyed the best food ever. I can now have this amazing experience in the heart of London, and honestly, I am grateful. Italy is such a weakness of mine, as I absolutely love that country, so having such an authentic piece of it in Soho is amazing.
Jacob the Angel, Neal’s Yard
Another hidden beauty I discovered last month, where all items are made from scratch on the day. Ingredients are sourced locally and all package is recyclable. It is the perfect spot to hide away in a corner of Neal’s Yard and do some people watching. Also, just enjoying the beautiful colours and energy of the place. Neal’s Yard is all about holistic medicine and mind, body and soul. I always feel going there makes me a bit more Zen somehow, even though it is full of tourists snapping everything. I had the best gluten and sugar free, coconut based cake in Jacob the Angel, and you just have to try it. The coffee is a beautiful blend as well, complimenting any cake 😉