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