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Andrea Klettner of Love London Council Housing reveals her top five secret spots

Posted at 10:00 am, July 9, 2014 in Secret London, Top 5
Balfron Tower Andrea Klettner

Editor and writer of Love London Council Housing Andrea Klettner lets us in on her favourite secret places in London.

1. Long White Cloud
‘This is a relatively new café on Hackney Road that does spot-on breakfasts and brunches. I love the organic home-made beans on toast and the scrambled egg and avocado on toast. Actually, one of the best things about the menu is that you can add avocado to anything for 50p – yum! The coffee is ace too.’

Robin Hood Gardens AK

2. Brownfield Estate and Robin Hood Gardens
‘The Brownfield Estate is home to my favourite building in London, the Balfron Tower. Designed by Erno Goldfinger, it’s a smaller, but more perfectly proportioned, version of the infamous Trellick Tower in west London. The building is surrounded by a series of mid-rise blocks, which have recently been renovated, and I like to think of it as an outdoor museum of exemplary post-war architecture. Indeed, the Robin Hood Gardens estate is just around the corner and also worth visiting before it gets demolished.’

3. Lee Valley Park
‘The Lee Valley Park is one of London’s best kept secrets. It’s 26 miles long, starts outside the M25 in Hertfordshire and is effectively a green belt of loveliness all the way down to the Olympic Park. You can walk, run or cycle all day here along canals, rivers and through wooded areas taking in farms, locks and all sorts of nature-y things you wouldn’t expect to find so close to London.’

4. Nelson’s Head
‘My local pub on a side street between Columbia Road and Hackney Road. It’s fun, super friendly and must be the only jukebox in London that has Paris Hilton’s ‘Stars are Blind’ on it – a winner. At weekends they also have excellent table-top sales and the occasional Sibling sample sale.’

5. Frame
‘This is my favourite place to work out in London. They have all kinds of classes from yoga and pilates to hardcore interval training. The vibe here is always upbeat and the instructors really push you! My favourite is Sweat Factory, an hour-long class of interval running on the treadmill, intervals on a bike and weights.’

Follow Andrea on Twitter @aklettnerFind more secret spots: Lady Vélo chooses her five secret London spots.

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