I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that there really are so many hidden corners to the city of London. In hope of maintaining this blog as a “lifestyle” blog I thought it was about time I shared with you some recently uncovered corners to my favourite city.
Just north of Paddington lies Little Venice, a picturesque pool of water where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet. House boats neatly line the canals allowing narrowboats to cruises between Little Venice and Camden Lock. We chose a beautifully sunny day to visit and explore the pathways and pretty warren waterways. Releasing our inner nosy-parkers we spent the morning peering into barge windows, ending up at Regents Park to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Columbia Road Flower Market
I’ve wanted to go to Columbia Road Flower Market for ages but with it only being open on Sundays I’ve found it hard to find a free weekend. Columbia Road is a street lined with Victorian shops off Hackney Road in East London. The market is in operation every Sunday from 8am to 2pm with traders arriving from 4am to set up their stalls.
Upon arrival you’re greeted by a beautiful array of colours and fragrances. Rainbow bedding plants, vibrant green shrubs and the soft petals of freshly cut flowers fill the stands. Traders of second and third generation flower sellers beckon the crowds, enticing them with one deal or another.
My housemate and I decided to purchase one bunch of flowers each. I’ve been in love with hydrangeas recently and to my delight the market was full of them. In every pastel shade imaginable, I chose a magical light blue flower alongside white and pale pink.
Returning home we displayed our sweet smelling flowers with pride in vases on the kitchen table.
Rooftop Film Club
From the creativity of the canal waterways, to the smells of an east-end flower market, London tickles so many of your senses. Hidden on the rooftop of a 120 year old multi-level warehouse space, Rooftop Film Club hides one of its locations at the Bussey Building in Peckham.
An exciting outdoor film experience showcasing classic movies of all genres. Deckchair seating and wireless headphones allow you to enjoy the film in surround sound. As the sun goes down, the cinema screen lights up and begins playing the movie of the evening.
We went on a drizzly Thursday evening to watch one of my favourite films, The Intouchables. A french comedy-drama inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo de Borgo and his French-Algerian caregiver Abdel Sellou. A fantastic movie, watched in a fantastic setting.