Join us as we explore the vibrant, eclectic world of Camden Town and some of London’s most iconic establishments.
As we embarked on our 4th day in London, we were eager to explore the eclectic and vibrant Camden Town. This area has long been known for its creative and rebellious spirit, but as time has passed, it has inevitably lost some of its charm. Nevertheless, with a keen eye and a sense of adventure, we managed to uncover the essence of Camden Town that still thrives beneath the surface.
Our day began with a walk through the bustling streets of Camden Town, where we were greeted by a myriad of shops selling all sorts of items – from the unique and creative to the mass-produced and kitschy. Amidst the sea of stores peddling owl-themed knickknacks from China, we found ourselves reminiscing about the good old days of Camden’s edgier vibe.
The nostalgic spirit was surprisingly rekindled when we chanced upon one of the few remaining punks in Camden, eager to pose for a photo with you at a mere cost of £2. This memorable encounter was a delightful reminder of the borough’s punk rock roots and inspired us to continue our exploration with renewed enthusiasm.
- A Tea Lover’s Dream Our first stop was Mei Leaf, located at 99 Camden High Street. Known for its incredible selection of Chinese teas, Mei Leaf is a must-visit for tea enthusiasts. We were welcomed by their knowledgeable staff who guided us through the process of selecting the perfect tea. After sampling a few varieties, we settled on a delightful Da Hong Pao oolong tea – the perfect balance of rich, earthy flavors and a delicate floral aroma.
Hand & Lock
- A Treasure Trove of Embroidery Next up was the Hand & Lock embroidery shop at 86 Margaret St. As we stepped inside this famous establishment, we were transported to a world of intricate craftsmanship and timeless elegance. With a rich history spanning over two centuries, Hand & Lock has become synonymous with high-quality embroidery, attracting clientele from royalty to celebrities. We marveled at the breathtaking creations on display and picked up a few exquisite pieces as mementos of our visit.
ROVI Otto Lenghi
- A Culinary Delight After a morning of exploration, we treated ourselves to a late lunch/dinner at ROVI Otto Lenghi, located at 59 Wells St. Known for its innovative, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, ROVI did not disappoint. Each dish was a testament to the creative genius of chef Yotam Ottolenghi, from the beautifully presented vegetable-centric plates to the delectable desserts. We left with our taste buds singing and our stomachs content.
A Stop at Liberty
- The Grand Finale No trip to London would be complete without a visit to the iconic Liberty department store. With its distinctive Tudor-style architecture and an impressive collection of luxury goods, Liberty is a shopping experience like no other. We spent the remainder of our afternoon browsing through the beautifully curated selections of fashion, accessories, and home décor.
Our fourth day in London was an unforgettable whirlwind of culture, flavors, and experiences. From the lively streets of Camden Town to the refined elegance of Hand & Lock, we embraced the eclectic charm of London in all its glory. As we sipped our newly acquired tea from Mei Leaf and reminisced about our delectable meal at ROVI, we couldn’t help but fall even deeper in love with this extraordinary city. Stay tuned for more adventures as we continue to uncover the wonders of London!