I’ve had loads of questions lately about favourite spots in London, be it for food, drinks or just hanging out. So when AG and WhoWhatWear asked me to pick a couple that might not already be on their radar, I had the a few local spots ready and waiting in the back of my mind. While I’m constantly trying to work through that list of ‘new places’ London is never short on, when it comes to the weekends, I inevitably end up revisiting favourite haunts a stones throw from home. Thankfully there are some great ones on my doorstep that to me, are worth travelling to…
Hidden away through a courtyard on Portobello Road, Farm Girl has quickly become a firm favourite. If you subscribe to the avocado-with-everything tribe and fully appreciate almond milk cacao lattes on a menu, you’ll love this place. I actually held a party here last year to celebrate the launch of my Missoma collection in aid of Wellbeing of Women, and have been coming back for their buckwheat pancakes ever since. Plus, they have a resident French bulldog that makes an appearance on the top of every coffee… Worth a caffeine hit every time.
Outfit-wise, this is pretty typical of what you’ll find me in day-to-day right now. Black jeans that fit in that ideal skinny but never tight way, and a featherweight cashmere jumper akin to wearable porridge, i.e warm and all the more comforting for its simplicity. I was always the weird kid at school that sat at my desk with my legs crossed and folded underneath me, and I still feel best in the kind of basics that allow you curl up and fidget to your heart’s content. I love vintage denim but the stretch and ease of these AG’s feels like a much more appealing option when you wake up feeling groggy and worn out on Saturday morning.
Next up, is a bit of a new addition to my hood. Swedish cafe Fabrique already has a couple of boltholes round London, but this latest opening on Portobello is the first one I’ve been to. Its cinnamon and cardomon buns are the stuff of dreams and the perfect sugar high after a day of market trawling, or indeed just a break from the daily grind at my desk in my case. And (apparently I’m always a sucker for novelty drinks) it turns out tea is even better when served in an antique cut-glass tumbler. Something I definitely want to pretend I came up with all by myself at home…
Whoever invented kick flares needs a medal because they really are the most flattering cut of denim I’ve found to date. I love these loafers with just about everything lets be honest, but I’m already anticipating teaming them with brown leather slides, a tanned ankle and some stripes too. I reckon my love of lace-up tops is something lots of you will already be pretty aware of, so its no surprise I immediately snapped this one up. Like most people, when I first thought of AG I thought of jeans, so was kind of pleasantly surprised to find loads of tops too. The kind of tops you want in every colour and suddenly ‘need’ rather than ‘want’. You know you’re in the thick of Spring when you can roll around in one breezy layer too. Just as good for tea and buns as it will be on hot nights in Mexico where I’m headed this weekend….
I got asked about favourite places in London a lot since my first ‘Ask Lucy’ post, so comment below some of your favourite hangouts in the city so we can start making mental notes on our weekend hit lists.
Ph. by Frances Davison
Created in collaboration with AG