London Gems: Golborne Road
Off the beaten path London.
This is the London I love! The London I cherish. Away from the crowds, tourists and chaos. The hidden corners of London where you will find locals going about their business. It is here you find the cafes with great coffee and an even better vibe. The perfect sunny spot in a pub, on a winter’s afternoon. The restaurants with the best food. This is where you feel the energy of the city.
I am not going to lie, it took me a while to find these spaces. When I first moved here, I was all about the hustle and bustle of central London: Covent Garden, Oxford Circus and London Bridge. I loved the high energy and the crowds.
Then one day, it all became too much and I started to crave something a bit different. Bored, I started exploring the city by walking more. To my surprise, I found with every walk I would stumble across a hidden cafe, restaurant, building or area.
And this brings us to the first of my quirky, off the beaten track London road:
Portobello Road’s quieter, more mature sibling. Situated just off Portobello Road this unassuming street is a haven from the crowds and chaos, that make up Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate. It is here where you will find those in the know, sitting in the coveted sunny spots, perusing art galleries, and browsing beautifully curated vintage and lifestyle shops. Bohemian and eclectic, you will fine old school Portuguese and Moroccan cafes, up market restaurants and hip little boutiques side by side on this street. It is also home to the best Pastel De Nata in London!
What you first notice when you turn unto Golborne Road is the Brutalist structure, Trellick Tower at the far end of the street. This Brutalist, Grade II, listed building has an imposing presence. Love it or hate it, it is worth a walk over the bridge toward the building. On the ground floor you will find Goldfinger Factory and Cafe which is an award social enterprise, designing furniture and home accessories out of reclaimed materials. The furniture is gorgeous and the cafe (Panella ), a great spot to sit and feast on some Sicilian Street food . http://www.goldfingerfactory.com/about.
From Trellick Tower, you are minutes away from Regents Canal and it is worth taking a walk or cycle along along the canal to Maida Vale, Paddington or Camden.
Highlights on Golborne Road:
For the best Pastel de Nata in London. This small, unassuming bakery is home to some of the finest Portuguese pastries. Order with an espresso, grab an outside table and watch the world go by!
This cosy Palestinian Restaurant has been around for years. Family run it serves great food and the Meze starter is a must!
Product lust! The best smelling shop in London. I love their hand and body lotions!
Beautifully crafted, British accessories. I lust after all their handbags!
Les Couilles Du Chien
Beautiful vintage pieces for your home.
Great pizza and awesome vibe in this corner restaurant.