1. Sky Lounge at Double Tree by Hilton, Tower Hill
This outstanding bar/restaurant can be located at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton (hotel), just two minutes walk from Tower Hill tube station. The views are breath-taking; with Tower Bridge only a stones throw away and other iconic London buildings, such as the ‘Gherkin’ and The Shard, not too far away either. On a summer’s day, sit on their huge rooftop terrace and watch London go about it’s business, whilst sipping on a cold beer.
2. Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market (located in east London, Liverpool Street or Aldgate tube stations) is a melting pot of original art, cool clothing, great food and the one-off designed products. Best to have a few hours spare when you visit this amazing market, with so much to see and do (and buy!) that an hour is simply not enough. An inspiring place.
3. The Dublin Castle, Camden
A North London musical institution. This pub has been the breaking grounds for many world famous bands; most notably British Ska legends Madness, who made their live debut on the Dublin Castle stage in the late 1970’s. The pub is a traditional beer drinking pub, with a live music hall at the rear. Couldn’t be more different than the Skylounge at Hilton, but well worth a visit to soak up the rock and roll atmosphere. (Amy Whinehouse used to frequent this place quite regularly too.)
4. Plane Clothing
If your visiting Old Spitalfields, you’ll most likely see the Plane Clothing stall. A small London based clothing/design company that produce amazing apparel (screen-printed by hand) inspired by city photography. Very unique approach to creating designs for clothing.
5. Design Museum
The Design Museum, located in East London’s Docklands area, houses the most beautiful collection products and memorabilia celebrating the history of design. Items such as the Angelpoise lamp, 3D printers and historical graphic design items; all sit side by side in this impressive, riverside building. A must for artists and designers everywhere. (The museum shop is also pretty impressive, bring your wallot!)