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Nina’s to do list for London

Written by 23 March 2010 No Comment


As I told you before I am going to a London trip with a friend (her name is Vivien) and I did a to do list to make use of every minute we have. Along with some spots Vivien wants to check out, this is what I came up with:


  • Oxford Street (Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Miss Selfridges, All Saints, Primark, New Look)
  • Vintage at Beyond Retro (110-112 Cheshire Street (Metro: Aldgate East or Whitechapel))
  • East End Thrift Store (Unit 1A Assembly Passage)
  • Absolute Vintage (15 Hanbury St (Metro : Aldgate East or Liverpool Street))
  • Saturday at Broadway Market (Food market in Hackney with loads of cute shops, Hackney)
  • Pop Boutique (6 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden)
  • Camden Town (Stables Market,…)
  • Sunday Up Market (Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane)
  • Lomograhy Gallery Store (3, Newburgh Street, Soho)
  • Bookartbookshop (17 Pitfield Street)
  • Nudge Records (20 Hanbury Street, Brick Ln)
  • Sister Ray (Record store on Berwick Street, Soho)
  • Playlounge (Cute little store with toys and illustrated books, 19 Beak Street, Carnaby Street)


  • Bunhill Fields (Old cemetery with the graves of lots of famous people, Bunhill Row)
  • Primrose Hill (Park with perfect view all over London, Prince Albert Road)
  • Tate Modern Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Royal London Free Tour


  • The Root Master (Vegan Bustaurant, Ely’s Yard, off Brick Ln)
  • Neals Yard Salad Bar (Covent Garden)
  • The Macbeth (70 Hoxton Street)
  • WorkingMen’s Cub (off Bethnal Green Road, thanks to Katherine)
  • Cafe 1001 (Dray Walk, off Brick Ln)

We also faced ourselves with some quests we want to do in London:

  • Buy ID Mag
  • Buy a Lady Diana cup for my mum (she wants it!)
  • Buy an union jack umbrella
  • Check out the museum bookshops for good bookdesigns
  • Have a coffee somewhere else than starbucks
  • Try to find diagon alley
  • Buy some plastic sandwich and a bottle of overpriced wine to have a picnic next to the themse
  • Find some beautiful boots at one of the markets
  • Always look left
  • Fall in love head over heels with some random curly brit in the underground which we would never stop talking about and maybe never has been a real brit
  • Have 5 o’clock tea with delicious scones
  • Make a picture with Big Ben in the back
  • Find free concerts in time out magazine
  • Make sure to “mind the gap.”
  • Make a call from London’s first red phone box and check out if the elevator works
  • Make a video to proof that
  • Try not to get that drunk on that private party on saturday we are on
  • Track down some second hand bookshops
  • Take Bus 15 for 2 hrs for some sightseeing
  • Re-enact the ‘what’s the story morning glory’ cover on Berwick Street/Soho

I guess we’ll be lucky if we manage half of it. I’ll tell you when I’m back.


This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.


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