London’s Secret Garden: The Roof Gardens in Kensington

Without many words I’d like to introduce you today to The Roof Gardens in Kensington. You would never imagine what’s hiding on top of Kensington’s tube station. From outside the building looks like an ordinary grey warehouse – but hundred feet above Kensington High Street we found London’s hidden paradise.

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Duke of York Square Food Market (+pasta recipe)

The Duke of York Square Food Market is located next to Saatchi Gallery close to Sloane Square tube station. Every Saturday the market sells everything from good quality cheeses and cupcakes to Malaysian cuisine and Moroccan food.

Originally the market was started by the upmarket food shop Partridges back in 2005. The aim was to give small producers and family businesses the chance to trade their goods in this expensive part of Chelsea.

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London by Bike: Kensington Palace and Hyde Park

London has plenty of parks and quiet areas, but it’s almost impossible to walk the long distances in between. My boyfriend and I decided to give the Barclays Cycle Hire a try. We cycled from Kensington Palace across Kensington Gardens to the end of London’s Hyde Park.

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Portobello Market in Notting Hill

London’s Portobello Market is one of the most famous street markets in the world. Located on the Portobello Street itself, it is the vibrant hub of Notting Hill.

Portobello market has a long history and began as a fresh-food market in the 19th century. The shops are lining along the whole street and it’s the charm of the colorful Victorian townhouses that turns the Portobello Road into a special vintage shopping experience.

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Contemporary Art at Saatchi Gallery London

People either hate or love contemporary art. I belong to the “love” category. Even if many art works are incomprehensible, most of them just look great – especially at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

Since its opening in 1985, the gallery exhibits Charles Saatchi’s contemporary art collection to the public. The gallery has provided a springboard to launch many careers in art industry (including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin). Even today many of the displayed artists in the gallery are unknown to the public, which allows a fresh and untouched look at modern art. Sure, you can always argue if a piece is rather crap or art. Fact is, it’s the art of our current age and everyone should at least have a look at it before making up a final opinion.

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Brick Lane Market & Boxpark in Shoreditch

Today we visited the Brick Lane Market in Shoreditch. It’s a typical Sunday flea-market with a range of vintage clothes, furniture, music and other goods. The market takes place from 8am to 2pm every Sunday and the nearest tube station is Aldgate East.

The market spreads along the Brick Lane and spills out onto the side streets. Actually, we were very disappointed today. We rather found a lot of junk and anything for sale than unique vintage pieces for our closet. The streets are also quite dirty and I really missed the typical London market atmosphere. If you’re looking for special vintage bargains I’d rather recommend you to visit the Camden Market or the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

We decided to leave the market and to visit Boxpark, the first pop-up mall in the heart of East London. The concept is easy and unique: Shipping containers are refitted to low-cost ‘box-shops’, including international fashion and lifestyle brands, cafes and galleries. The Popup Mall will only stay in Shoreditch for five years. Afterwards it will literally ‘pop up’ anywhere else in the world. A great idea and definitely worth visiting, if you want to explore one of London’s upcoming areas. Boxpark is located directly next to Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.

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Marylebone High Street

Walking through the streets of London, we recently discovered Marylebone High Street with its lovely bars and shops. The street is connected to Thayer Street and London’s James Street, which is famous for its variety of restaurants and pubs.

Marylebone High Street has the character of some of London’s typical suburb streets. It’s a perfect alternative if you want to escape London’s crowded Oxford Street for a cup of tea or do some shopping apart from the big fashion chains. The closest tube station for a lovely walk is Bond Street. Here are a few impressions.