Best Summer Hideouts
305 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TD
Tucked away at the most western point of Portobello Road, home to London’s thriving weekend market, lies Lisa’s. Born a Swedish hidden gem, Lisa’s soon morphed into an ecstatic, energetic and lively hub for the locals to dine. The menu is dotted, of course, with Swedish specialities but also a fine array of Italian dishes, making the experience even more intriguing. What’s more, every Thursday through Sunday, live music can be found squeezed into one of the corners of the bustling bar. Once dinner is over, tables are pushed aside opening up to a dance floor fit for anyone up for the challenge! Lisa’s is a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, come rain or shine.
The Farm Girl
Walk along Portobello, towards Notting Hill and you will surely find the notorious Farm Girl. This cute and highly instagrammable location is ideal for breakfast, brunch or just a general pitt stop as you meander through West London. Although there is often a queue snaking well out onto the main road, the final result is well worth the wait. Once seated, you’ll be offered a menu filled with Matcha soaked oats, berries galore and quinoa, kimchi and goats cheese, to name a few. Farm Girl is hidden away behind what seems like a small churchyard but upon entering, you will find a cosy little terrace scattered with chairs and tables and friendly faces, making it the perfect place to re-energize before moving on to the next stop..
The Piano Bar. Where to begin? For those who love a good dance and have a great taste in music, this is surely the place to go. The Piano Bar is a wonderful cocktail bar not even a 5 minute walk from your doorstep, Boasting a large grand piano in the middle of the room, guests are invited to write their song requests on a piece of paper and hand them to the talented pianist. Of course the night unfolds with dancing, singing, cocktails and a genuine good time. Definitely bring your dancing shoes!
Junya Ishigami at the Serpentine
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Head up to Hyde Park (which is literally just a 5 minute walk from the apartment), and soon you will find yourself staring in awe at the Serpentines’ latest installation. Ishigami is a Japanese architect who has created a calm space inspired by stone slates and rooftops. This serene space was created to provide a place to reflect, to take a second, enjoy the peace and be at one with nature. Ishigami has designed this installation as if it were growing out of the ground, almost like a billowing sail, creating an illusionary experience. Just next door, just a stone’s throw away is a beautiful flower garden in memory of the late Princess Diana. Saunter through the deliciously scented paths dotted with rows of stunning flora and fauna and marvel at the inspiring colour palette throughout the space.