Polpettas Mag is glad to present a very special project born thanks to the collaboration with Gaia Mathieu, illustrator and storyteller. Here’s an exclusive illustrated London map with some spots in the city selected for you by this young talent.
We wanna thank so much Gaia to share with us her travel guide of London.
1. Battersea park
London SW11 4NJ
It’s located on the South bank of the Thames and has a huge variety of facilities. Football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, cricket nets, bike and boat rentals, ponds, fountains, flower gardens and even a pagoda, an art gallery and a zoo. Not quite the average British park.
9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG
This place is pure magic. It’s the right place for an incredible afternoon tea, served in a quirky ceramic set by artist David Shrigley and in a surreal and elegant pink room. Pricy but worth it.
3. Primrose Hill
Best view of the city, cute pastel houses and chilled posh vibes.
Want to be a real Londoner? Have a swim in the natural swimming ponds and after that have a picnic on the hill next to the wood, while enjoying a stunning view of the city.
45 Berwick St, London W1F
Best affordable loose leaf tea in town. Go there and try one of their many flavoured teas (try Caramel Sweetheart or the Chai tea latte) and buy some of their cute paper bags to enjoy it back home when you’re going to miss London.
6. Kew Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
To all the plant lovers out there, this is the place. Cacti, greenhouses filled with palm treas and green grass everywhere (also, perfect location for Instagram pictures).
7. The book club
100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
Typical cozy East London bar. Velvet sofas, brick walls and a tennis table. Perfect for working during the day (oh hello fast free WiFi) and partying the night, as the basement becomes a wild dancefloor.
8. The breakfast club
12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7L
You can have amazing breakfasts all day long. Giant pancake piles, creamy egg benedicts and fresh smoothies. Do we need to add more?
9. Columbia Road flower market
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
The most colourful London you’ll ever see. An endless bed of fresh flowers and small plants, cute cafés and vintage shops. Only on Sundays.
10. Pimps & Pinups
14 Lamb St, Spitalfields, London E1 6EA
A nice hair saloon, right next to the Spitafields market. The shop is stunning and the team working there can give you fresh ideas and suggestions. Read hip magazines and drink fancy tea while you have your super custom haircut.
131-141 King’s Rd, London SW3 4PW
Are you looking for a coffee mug with a smily narwahl? You’re in the right place. Incredible choice of homeware and ceramics at fair prices. Lovely clothes and stationary too.
12. Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Best underrated museum of the city. It’s an academy run by artists that offers interesting exhibitions all year long. Every year they run the Summer Exhibition, which displays works (that you can actually buy) by emerging and established contemporary artists.