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A Plea­sure Un­known

by Fin DAC on Han­bury Street in Shored­itch


No other city beats Lon­don for green spa­ces. While tourists flock to big names such as Hyde Park and St James’s Park, you’ll find more peace and quiet (and leisure­seek­ing Lon­don­ers strolling, cy­cling and pic­nick­ing) in Bat­tersea Park, south of the Thames, fac­ing Chelsea, or in Hamp­stead Heath, a semi-wooded es­cape in north Lon­don’s rolling hills.


Boosted by its new 10-storey ex­ten­sion de­signed by Her­zog & de Meu­ron, Tate Mod­ern ( con­tin­ues to host ac­claimed ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive of Amedeo Modigliani’s Ex­pres­sion­ist mas­ter­pieces (23 Novem­ber to 2 April 2018). For an al­ter­na­tive art fix, hit the left-field gal­leries and graf­fiti-laced back­streets of Shored­itch. Guided walk­ing tours (shored­itch­stree­tart­ of­fer ex­pert lo­cal in­sights.


As well as its char­ac­ter-filled pubs, Lon­don has a thriv­ing craft al­co­hol scene. Dubbed “mother’s ruin” in Geor­gian Eng­land, gin has made a re­spectable come­back, with City of Lon­don Dis­tillery (city­oflon­don dis­, off Fleet Street, of­fer­ing tours and tast­ings. Pre­fer beer? Many mi­cro­brew­eries open their doors and let you sam­ple the hoppy goods, in­clud­ing Crate Brew­ery (crate­brew­ in Hack­ney Wick, east Lon­don.


Gents af­ter a trim – or up­scale aro­matic oils and creams – should visit Tru­e­fitt & Hill (tru­e­fit­tand­hill. near May­fair. This vin­tage bar­ber shop bears a Royal War­rant is­sued by the Duke of Ed­in­burgh and has, in its own words, been “groom­ing men for great­ness since 1805” (said gents in­clude Charles Dick­ens and Win­ston Churchill). Women may fancy an ap­point­ment at Richard Ward (richard­ward. com), a hair and beauty sa­lon in Chelsea that has counted Kate and Pippa Mid­dle­ton among its clients.


For per­fect views of the Lon­don Eye and the Houses of Par­lia­ment, hop aboard one of the Thames Clip­pers cata­ma­rans (thames clip­ that ply the river, car­ry­ing as many Oys­ter card­clutch­ing com­muters as tourists. The Re­gent’s Canal is another be­guil­ing wa­ter­way. It snakes through north Lon­don for 13 kilo­me­tres and the nar­row­boat jour­ney (lon­don­wa­ter­ be­tween Lit­tle Venice, near Padding­ton, and Cam­den is idyl­lic.

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