Jewellery designer Alex Monroe chooses his five secret London spots

Posted at 4:30 pm, June 17, 2014 in Secret London, Top 5

Alex Monroe

It’s quite something to be able to say you’ve been around the necks of 10,000 women in London in one night. London-based jewellery designer Alex Monroe did exactly that when he designed the finisher necklace for Nike’s ‘We Own the Night’ 10k run in Victoria Park in May. With a new collection in the pipeline and his book ‘Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things’ hitting the shelves, it’s a wonder he managed to keep still long enough to tell us his top spots. Jude Brosnan

Chelsea Physic Garden

chelsea physic garden
‘Get away from the hustle and bustle of London. I take something to lie on and a sandwich and draw the plants in some hidden corner. Pop into the café for a treat or just lose yourself in amongst the flowers.’

One Tree Hill, Honor Oak, SE23

One Tree Hill
‘Another one to get away from it all. You get a great view of London from this park and there are rarely many people around. I take the dog and just wander around the wooded hills.’

The Anchor and Hope, Southwark

Anchor and Hope Pub

‘I love pubs and this one serves great beer and great food. I go every week for a lunch with my brother. We order a whole tableful of small dishes and eat and chat our way through lunch. It’s very British and very unpretentious. What’s not to like?’

Toasted, East Dulwich

toasted (c) Jamie Lau
‘It’s our local. A great little wine bar with delicious grub. The thing I like about it most is that it’s a proper local; it doesn’t pretend it’s in the West End. They always do their best to sort me out with a table, the wine’s great, the food consistently delicious, the prices fair, and Alex, the manager knows us and plonks himself down for a chat when we pop in.’

Casse Croute, London Bridge

Casse Croute

‘It’s just like being in Paris. A little gem of a place in Bermondsey with French speaking staff and gingham tablecloths. The grub is terrific, but it’s the Frenchie atmosphere that I really love. Very long lunches with a couple of glasses of wine. Ah… Paris, je t’aime.’ 

Alex Monroe

Alex Monroe’s book ‘Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things’ is available on AlexMonroe.com which is also where all his beautiful jewellery lives.

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