‘Slow living?! In Central London?!’
As you’ll be aware if you follow me over on Instagram, this week has been one of major burnout for me both creatively and mental health-wise, which has been extremely difficult. Luckily, I had yesterday off both work and university, so I decided to take some time away from Brum and spend the day in one of my favourite cities with one of my favourite people.
My wonderful best mate – who’s currently studying art in London – met me at Euston station, and we headed to Eat by CHLOE, a gorgeous vegan restaurant just off Drury Lane. I also mentioned earlier this week on my Instagram Story that I’m working on minimising my meat intake and, eventually, going vegetarian, and the by CHLOE veggie burger is definitely one I’ll be ordering again (their mushroom bacon is everything).
London is notorious for being a non-stop crowd of rush with every person for themselves which can be completely overwhelming to navigate. But when you know the quiet hidden gems and peaceful shortcuts in the city, you’d be surprised how laid-back a wander in central London can be, and that’s exactly what I needed.
I absolutely adore Covent Garden at Christmas – everything from the delicate decorations to the lively musicians never fail to get me in the festive mood. Basically, the atmosphere is magical.
I stopped off for a latte in Workshop Coffee Co., an independent coffee chain with teal mugs and golden-accented spaces scattered across London. When you look at the store from the outside, its cosy little seating area is almost completely hidden at the back, which means less honking (both from cars and from irritated-by-slow-walking-tourists Londoners) and the hustle and bustle outside. I hadn’t been to one of their branches before and it is the perfect place to get lost in a book and, if you find yourself in central London feeling a little bit anxious or overwhelmed, it’s a good place to head to thanks to its exceptionally chilled out vibes.
I later wandered over to the Lone Design Club’s F*ck Fast Fashion popup concept store on Charing Cross Road, which I’d actually come across on Instagram last week. The ethos behind their work is rooted in supporting independent fashion and lifestyle-focused brands, so I knew I’d love the space! It’s there until Sunday, so if you’re in central London this weekend make sure to pop in and grab a coffee at the LDC coffee bar.
Carnaby Street is a whirlwind of tourists but, if you’re not swallowed up by the temptation that is a high street when the sales are on, you’ll be fine! I enjoy checking out the independent popup stores in the area and, as it turns out, they’ve revamped the whole street to celebrate the (absolutely brilliant) new movie, Bohemian Rhapsody – it’s even got its own popup store where you can check out original instruments played by Queen around the world, soak up the vibe of absolute awe at their talent and, if you’re feeling particularly ballsy, you can get a tattoo there and then of Freddie Mercury’s signature. Permanent merch? This is some next level marketing.
If you know of any secret spaces in London’s city centre that are perfect for the minimalists out there, or for people who just like to walk at their own pace on Regent Street, please let me know – I’d love to check them out!