Originally from Canada, Coralie has been living in Germany for the past 7 years. Passionate about women’s issues, social equality, and human rights, she has been volunteering and interning internationally on related projects while finishing her sociology degree. Now having launched her online business and “Years of Change”, she has been working day and night to build herself an exciting future.
Over the past four years, I moved around quite a lot. First going to Spain, then Holland, Uganda, Morocco and Greece, among others, I finally landed in London to continue my studies. Throughout these years living as what I considered a digital nomad, I learned to love the lack of stability. Nonetheless, now I am going to be living in London (and Hamburg a few weeks every year) for the next three years. I found it was time to start looking around for the spots that make me feel at home right here in London. This week, I am sharing the three places that make me feel this way; places that made me fall in love and appreciate this city on an entirely new level.
Notes Café is one of the first brunch places I visited. Along with Vitoria and Tonje, two of my closest friends here in London, I made my way down to Leicester square to try out their famous avocado toast and pancakes (I know, how millennial of me!). We arrived to find an incredible café which offered state of the art coffee, brunch options and small bites. This place is the perfect mix of good food, pleasant atmosphere and excellent service. It reminds me of the “Rain Café” back home in Hamburg… potentially the reason why it feels so familiar?
Seven Dials may be one of the most famous intersections in London. Simply put, it is an intersection of seven streets. This place is the home of numerous small shops, pop up stores, and where I finally understood the British love for tea. I visited with friends, and we tried a selection of teas at the Pukka tea store, and this was, in fact, one of the first times that a free sample convinced me to buy a product! Seven Dials is almost like a small city within a bigger one and has hidden corners and street art; really something for everyone.
One of my favourite places to visit when I am in Hamburg is the Sternschanze, an area known for its hipster cafés and restaurants and, of course, hipsters. This is something I was somewhat heartbroken to leave behind when I moved away. So finding The Lexington was like a breath of fresh air within this city which, being completely honest, can be extremely overwhelming at times. Well, I say fresh air, but really, it smells just like every other British pub. However, this pub has the kind of atmosphere which is challenging to find. The old but gold music they play on Fridays makes you feel like you are back in the sixties, and the rather acceptable prices are quite enticing to stay for “just another pint”.
In short, London has an incredible array of bars, cafés, and areas to visit. Although it can be too much at times, this city really never sleeps. From free museum entries to Winter Wonderland, relatively affordable student nights or high-end lounges, conferences and all the shows and musicals one can think of, there is really something for everyone. If you decide to stop by, try out one of the places above, I guarantee it won’t disappoint.