And now for something a little different. This week, London asked some of CUB’s best team members for their favourite spots in London. Whether you are a flu-riddled fresher, or a grizzled veteran of Drapers, there is certainly something here to interest you all…
Seren Morris, Columnist and Photography Editor
Hermitage Riverside Memorial Garden
(In memory of East End residents killed in WW2, the former site of Hermitage Wharf)
I’m letting you in on my best kept London secret… There’s a little garden down by the river in East London with the most wonderful views. It’s definitely a well kept secret, as a part of its charm is how quiet and peaceful it always is. I came upon it by chance whilst I was wandering aimlessly around Wapping a few months ago, and I keep ending up there. While the garden itself isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing space, the views make up for it tenfold. There aren’t many places in London where you can sit and look at Tower Bridge and The Shard while being completely removed from the chaos of city life. It’s a nice place to go when you need some space. If you need somewhere to go and reflect on London life, at a safe distance from the craziness, this is the spot. Maybe I’ll see you there next time!
Alice Barnett, Co-Editor in Chief
Columbia Road Flower Market, Bethnal Green
Columbia Road Flower Market is the ideal location for a picturesque Sunday morning stroll after a messy night out. Located in Bethnal Green, roughly a twenty-five-minute walk from QM, Columbia Road is hidden from the main high-street and is home to a street of traditional Victorian shops, selling things from the best coffee to classic furniture. Every Sunday, Columbia Road hosts its famous flower market, which is definitely worth going to. Famous for its East London charm, the stall holder’s quirks and beautiful array of flowers and succulents, it will leave you coming back for more (and more). But if that doesn’t, then hopefully the sighting of famous faces such as Eddie Redmayne will! From Labradors to Latte’s to lilies, Columbia Road offers everything you need for the perfect Sunday morning. But don’t just take my word for it, why not go and visit yourself?
Abigail Hanley, Co-Editor in Chief
Paradise Row, Bethnal Green
My favourite place in London is Paradise Row, the reason is in the name. Just a short, two-minute walk from Bethnal Green station takes you down the cobbled walkway of Paradise Row with a number of small cocktail bars and restaurants hidden beneath the railway arches. It is a classic British affair with Sager and Wilde offering delicious food and affordable wine, to the London Cocktail Club, which is themed around the London underground and provides free popcorn with its wide selection of cocktails. Trust me, they have every cocktail that you could EVER dream of! The outdoor, undercover patio seating is almost enough to make you forget that you are sitting so close to the not so pretty sights of Bethnal Green Road. It’s a small piece of Shoreditch but in Bethnal and much closer to QM.
Greg Dimmock, Film Editor
The Millennium Bridge
The entanglement that is the Millennium Bridge is perhaps one of my most cherished spots in all of London. It played a significant role in my university journey: supporting my first trip to Shakespeare’s Globe, and becoming the opening for my first article for this very magazine.
What I always notice when I walk across this bridge, the swift wind skidding up from the murky Thames to slap you in the face with all the charm of a hangover, is that as you look north and then south, you realise that you are being ogled by two unwavering monoliths. Each symbolising the traditional and the new: St Paul’s and The Tate Modern.
Here, I like to think I am caught in time, between two worlds, suspended above a river which glides at its own curdling will. Do I go forward? Or do I go back?