I have managed to tick off most of the compass points of London, but have now settled in the wonderful Islington right by Highbury Fields.
Over lockdown, a friend of mine, Rollo, set up Nourished Communities – an amazing store that delivered fresh fruit and vegetables, as well other delicious bits and pieces (including Olly’s...) to the local residents. It has now developed into an amazing store that is well worth checking out!
I always let my belly lead the way and you really can’t get much better than the London street food scene! The new Buck Street Market in Camden has some UNBELIEVABLE street food vendors so would highly recommend anyone that likes flavour bombs to head that way.
After launching in Scotland, Six by Nico has opened down in London and WOW! They have a tasting menu which changes each month and will blow you away with its quality, but also how is it not heavy on the wallet?! I discovered their 'At Home' kit over lockdown, but will definitely be flying over and visiting the restaurant in person when it opens back up.
Quite an easy one there – get down to Hyde Park to test the cajonas in the Serpentine!
It would kick off with a dip in Hampstead ponds before making our way up Parliament Hill to watch the sun go down with a Prosecco-powered picnic. That sounds quite romantic!
Olly's (of course!) – I started on the market stalls in West London selling olives marinated in my parents' kitchen in Chiswick. We've now developed the range into a snacking force – Olives, Nut Mixes, Pretzel Thins and Chocolate Pretzel Thins. We’ve got all occasions covered.
FOUR DAY WEEKS!
Survivor of commuting.
View the full Olly's range and order some delicious snacks here
Courtney Bembridge is a TV journalist covering world news for the BBC. She hails from the sun-baked state of Western Australia – and moved to London in 2017. De Beauvoir-based Courtney has spent the pandemic rediscovering the things she loves about her adopted city, from lidos to markets.
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