Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 52
City to Go
"Every Sunday, Columbia
Road Flower Market transforms a beautiful Victorian
street into an open-air flower
market. And check out The
Bike Shed, a really cool café
with outrageous motorcycles."
- Toby Watfa, Virtuoso
travel advisor, London
Clockwise from left: Rebel Rebel flowers at Old Spitalfields Market,
the Dennis Severs' House, Poppie's Fish & Chips, and the old and new
look of Shoreditch.
EAT & DRINK It's impossible to
roam Spitalfields without being
tempted by The Kitchens, which
anchors the market floor with
street-food stalls from some of
East London's favorite chefs.
You can't go wrong with one of
the Dumpling Shack's Shanghaistyle soup dumplings or one of
Happy Endings' ridiculously
good ice cream sandwiches.
The team behind Blixen (65A
Brushfield Street) converted a
bank into a conservatory, creating the feeling of eating in an
arboretum. A few favorites from
the rotating Mediterraneaninspired menu: house-cured cod
with pickled cauliflower, beet
salad with goat cheese whipped
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into a near crème fraîche airiness, and Gresham duck breast
with rhubarb and licorice.
A block east of the market, Poppie's Fish & Chips (6-8 Hanbury
Street) has ranked as a finalist
for years in the UK's National
Fish & Chip Awards. Order the
fried whitebait for the table, and
cod, haddock, or halibut as your
main course. Wash it down with
one of the house-brand beers.
Spike the jet lag with a perfect
macchiato from Origin Coffee
(65 Charlotte Road). Baristas are
serious about their coffee and
pleasantly charming, with no
air of Portlandia pretense about
their house-roasted beans.
DO Look sharper with a haircut
or a wet shave at Huckle the
Barber (340 Old Street). The
space channels a 1920s men's
club vibe with white-tiled walls,
overstuffed vintage barber
chairs that tilt directly into wash
sinks, and pints of local Howling
Hops beer or tumblers of whiskey offered to patrons.
Artillery Lane and Fournier
Street provide some of the best
examples of eighteenth-century
blocks in all of England. To get a
feel for their original residents,
book in advance for a tour of
the Dennis Severs' House (18
Folgate Street), which replicates
1730s life in the neighborhood
with period decor and scenes
from the daily life of French
Huguenot silk merchants.
STAY Live the local life in one of
Onefinestay's 15 Shoreditch
properties. A recommendation: its three-bedroom,
three-story Calvin Street home
a few blocks from Old Spitalfields Market, complete with
a rooftop terrace and views of
the burgeoning East London
skyline. Much like the neighborhood, it blends a modern interior design with exposed brick
walls and oversize windows
that hint at the building's factory roots. Calvin Street home
from $845 per night (minimum
two-night stay), including a
stocked fridge on arrival.