Unlike Young Person’s Railcards, buying fireworks and mid life crises, there’s no age limit on looking good. Alyson Walsh, a forty-something blogger and fashion journalist, is out to prove that we can all be stylish, whether we grew up loving The Beatles, Wham, Boyzone or The Jonas Brothers. She’s kindly shared her five secret London spots to be cultured, fashionable and hungover in.
The Cambria (pictured)Ashleigh Arnott
‘This is a top-notch local pub with a friendly atmosphere, good food and some rather glitzy chandeliers. It’s where I watched Mo Farah win his second gold medal (and I’m welling up just typing those words).’
‘I always get my hair cut at this small independent salon – run by Guy Healy and Claire Tavener. It has an easy-going vibe, discerning clientele, decent music and, most importantly, free biscuits.’
‘Precious is a lovely boutique, just around the corner from Spitalfields Market, owned by Kate Evans, a former fashion buyer at Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Here you’ll find chic labels like Crumpet, DVF and By Malene Birger – chosen by someone who knows all there is to know about grown-up style.’
‘Brixton Village is hardly a secret anymore but Federation make the best coffee in south London – and I can never manage a cup without one of their delicious Anzac biscuits on the side. Don’t be surprised to see restaurant critic Jay Rayner out front with an espresso.’
‘My favourite place for a veggie breakfast at the weekend is No 67, a small independent café situated within the South London Gallery. I give you the perfect hangover cure – with a bit of culture thrown in.’