Last week we brought you five hidden treasures recommended by London blogger Ms Marmite Lover, but when it comes to insider tips we just can’t get enough. Hopefully you feel the same, as It’s a LDN Thing blogger Millie Cotton (pictured below) has come up with five more. And mighty tempting they are too.
The Stairwell, Floor 14, the LCC Tower Block
What may be the one of the least aesthetically pleasing buildings in London also happens to be one of my favourite places. Forget floors 1 – 13 and head straight up to floor 14 where the view of London is outstanding, especially at night. There is little that can’t be seen of the sights surrounding south bank.
Church, Corsica Studios
Church is one of SE London’s best-kept secrets. It a bass/house driven night, full of arty sorts with incredible taste in music. It started in in the basement of a church in Camberwell last March and has since moved to Corsica Studios to house the ever-growing capacity. To top it all off, drinks are cheap and if you sign up to the mailing list entry is free.
The bridge that crosses the Thames just south of Hammersmith is quirky and a total health and safety hazard. What is there not to love? The gaps in the wooden decking have me fearing for my life each time I cross. Crossing the bridge is tricky as there are so many different things that need focusing on; the traffic (within arm’s reach with only vertical bars between you and it), the previously mentioned gaps which let you see straight down to the river, and finally the breathtaking surroundings which give you the feeling that you are anywhere but London.
If you are looking for an authentic Chinese experience, without having to enter the hustle and bustle of China Town, Culture is the place. Before we even had time to find the toilet, a mountain of food was plonked before us – it is fair to say that the staff were not the most gracious. The food was good and we were in and out within half an hour. Culture is quick, tasty and cheap.
The Electric Cinema, Portobello Road
Not exactly an unknown favourite, but nevertheless still a definite one. The cinema (pictured top) first opened in 1910 and is one of the longest running cinemas in the country. Since its refurbishment in 2001, the cinema has gone from strength to strength, offering new films in a vintage-feel environment. My favourite moment is when you are sitting in the wide, red leather seats (or if you’ve splashed out, on a two-seater sofa) and the screen unwinds from inside the proscenium arch. Why anyone would ever chose some itchy fabric-covered, claustrophobic seat that some of the other cinemas in London offer is unbeknown to me. Ashleigh Arnott