“There is never a dull moment when you are living in London as there is always something to do. You can check out a theatre show, try out a new restaurant, take a stroll in the park. In London, people are always creating new things, new events and new experiences for others to enjoy.”
Harri’s Travel Itinerary
Our fun and bubbly urban explorer Ms Harri Price, founder of lifestyle brand Habit Haus, shares with us her Top 10 favourite places in London that she swears will cheer you up on any gloomy day. Follow her travel itinerary now.
Coal Drops Yard
Harri reckons that this is one of many great places to explore in London that you probably might not think to travel to. There are numerous cool homeware and clothing stores, generally all independent, as well as some great restaurants like Dishoom, Granger and Co and Lina Stores. Habit Haus is a regular at the Lower Stable Street Markets!
As a new West Londoner, Harri enjoys getting acquainted with Notting Hill Streets – and Golborne Road – which is located at the very top of Portobello Road. It is indeed a little treasure! Also, nestled here is an epic wine store called Golborne Wine and Deli (Do feel free to say hi to fellow Aussie Sam if you see him!), as well as some great homeware stores. This road is renowned for its Portuguese cafes. Harri recommends you sit down inside one of the eateries and try the Pastel de nata, delectable Portuguese egg custard tarts.
The Hillgate and Hillgate Street
Upon stepping on the grounds of Hillgate Street, you’ll find yourself transformed into a picture-perfect film set with rows and rows of pastel-hued terraces – it is hard not to love it. Both Harri and her partner have fallen in love with The Hillgate pub and enjoy taking out-of-towners there as the first pitstop.
This is a place you cannot go wrong! It is a smorgasbord of smells, sights, tastes and culinary delights. It is iconic for a reason.
Cuemars and Brick Lane
Harri has been stocks her Habit Haus lifestyle products with Amaia and Amir at Cuemars for and just adores them. Their curation of amazing colourful textiles, homeware and art is stunning. Plus, the front of the store is choc-a-block with beautiful, lush houseplants. Green thumbs at the ready.
The Churchill Arms
A floral delight. On a sunny London day, Harri enjoys hanging outside The Churchill Arms with a pint and marvel at the overflowing hanging baskets.
Harri has had one of the most special nights here with friends. She describes this tavern as a glorious high-ceilinged, Parisian-feeling room. It is hard not to have one of ‘those gloriously memorable nights’ there.
For a special day out, head down to Kew Gardens and spend a few hours meandering through the Glasshouses and Greenhouses. It is a stunning show of flowers and tropical plants and feels as if you have transported yourself to Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and back – all in a few hours!
Columbia Road Flower Market
To Harri, the flower vendors bellowing ‘3 fu’h a tenner, 3 fu’h a tenner’ feels like a proper London market from way back when. How can you not be happy surrounded by that many flowers?
The River Café
This place is probably most special to Harri, so she saves the best for last. She says, “Earlier this year, I hosted 8 of my closest girlfriends for a night at The River Café. We sat down and chatted over what felt like an endless plate of pasta and a fountain of wine. At the end of the night, the owner Ruthie Rogers sat at the table next to us with friends and I DEFINITELY fangirled hard. I highly recommend her podcast, River Cafe Table 4 where she interviews famous guests at her favourite table in the restaurant. Ruthie is a powerhouse.”