Every 2/3 weeks I am sharing some things I’ve seen and done in London, the things that I liked that you should do too.
HEMA – (pronounced as hey-mah) is a Dutch discount store that is loved by many. It used to be one of those things that I missed from home (together with cheese and feeling safe on a bike). But as of August this year I didn’t have to any more because they opened in London (and planning to take over the rest of the UK – in the mean time you can get your Hema stuff from the web shop ).The chain is known for its low prices and they offer everything from housewares to notebooks to make-up and tea, most of it is made by and for the chain itself so the designs are original. You won’t find food and clothes in the UK stores but if you are near Victoria Station make sure to check out the store.
Abeno & Abeno Too – are one of the few places that you can eat Okonomiyaki in London. Okonomiyaki are Japanese style cabbage pancakes, that are actually nothing like ones we like to toss around in our kitchen.The idea is that you choose your favourite toppings, then they make it in front of you. They have the traditional flavours as well as other interesting ones. So if you are an okonomiyaki fan or would like to try something else from Japanese cuisine then this place is for you.
Camden Town photo-booth – I generally try to avoid Camden Town as much as possible, but there are a few things I still head there for. One of them is the Photomatic photo booth located on the ground floor of Camden Lock Market. If you are visiting Camden (which you kind of have to on your first/second visit) make sure to stop by and pose at the photo booth. And for three pounds is makes a better souvenir than your average key chain.
Brixton Village – with this weather covered places with a roof are always a good destination, and when it comes to markets Brixton Village is the place to be (step aside Borough Market). A few of my favourites are the burgers at Honest Burger, whoopsies cookies at Ms Cupcakes, your not so usual pizza’s at Franco Manca and great Mexican food at Jalisco.There are also places where you can get bread, meat, fish, vegetables, greens and other things you find at markets these days. What are you waiting for? Hop on the southbound Victoria line, cross the river and check Brixton Village out.
Museum of London – hidden in a bit of a concrete maze is this hidden institution. Though it’s much less talked about, it’s still a must visit if you want to know the history of the city. Like most museums in London the permanent exhibition is free of charge and you a great over view of London from Roman times to what the city is today.