First up, I want to say thanks to people who are still reading, even though my number of posts dropped off a bit the last few weeks. January hit me hard at work, and luckily things should slow to a much more manageable pace once this week is over. Whenever it gets that hectic, I have to shut the lid on the laptop and spend my free-time in an unconnected spot, just to unwind. Salon, spa, bathtub, restaurant, dark London bar, the top of Hilly Fields near my house – even just curling up on the couch with a blanket and a cat. Anything to escape the keyboard and shut down for a few hours.
This weekend, we decided to spend our ‘offline’ time out in London, visiting a few places on our bucket list that we hadn’t managed to drop into yet. So we started with dinner at Pizza East in Shoreditch and I pretty much decided it’s how I will be kitting out our future loft conversion (yep, we’ll be moving from 2 bed flat to a giant warehouse conversion in about four years – when I win the lottery…):
Industrial glam with a few rustic touches, all with great iron-clad warehouse windows that let the natural light pour in. I love all the exposed brick, dark wood and steel mixed with luxe leather and some pretty fab oversized chandeliers. The interior is amazing, cocktails are great, and the food is even better. If you’re out in East London and haven’t been yet, make sure you stop by.
We then headed up the road to Sushi Samba at the top of Heron Tower to see London from 39 stories up, and enjoy a few drinks. If you like super-slick interiors with a playful hint of Brazilian character, then this is definitely the place for you. Sweeping glass staircases connect the different bars, white mixes with neon reds and oranges, velvets with super-slick glass, iron and steel. There are lots of playful little touches, but the best thing about it all is the gorgeous view you get of the city.
The food smelled delicious, and I’m sure that we’ll be heading back in the next few months.
These two places alone show just how much change is happening in London at the moment. The old pub still holds it’s charm, but if you want to mix it up there are plenty of other options. From urban hotspots that would be at home in NYC to slicker-than-slick high-rise developments, it’s an exciting time to live here.