Twenty Something London's Guide to Enjoying Life at Independents

Here are the places to go to when you want some independent, non-conglomerate owned scran in the capital of England...
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Here are the places to go to when you want some independent, non-conglomerate owned scran in the capital of England...


TO HAVE COFFEE – Taylor St, Shoreditch

London cafes are here there and everywhere so when it comes to recommending them they have to have something special. In this case, Taylor St – a string of family run coffee shops has a particular coffee spot in a highly unusual setting – a shed. When I first came here, despite being slightly hard to find, the discovery was well worth it. Great coffee and yummy bites in a cosy shed, or if the weather’s good, basking in the sun on the benches outside. Just remember to bring cash.

TO DRINK – Aqua, Oxford Circus

When you want to impress your friends or a potential date by taking them out for drinks, heading to Aqua London, a top-floor bar with views over-looking Regents Street should certainly do the trick. The novelty of going to the fifth floor in a swanky lift is all part of the excitement coupled with the sleekness of main bar, high-energy music on weekends and the knowledge that getting home from this central London location won’t be too much hassel.

TO SEE ART – FOLD Gallery, Clerkenwell

This Sunday (24th Feb) is the third and final part in the KNOW MORE event series. Nine artists chosen from the 300 submissions to the ‘Inspired London’ Art competition will showcase their work, submitting it into an affordable silent auction, and served alongside a Danish pop-up cocktail bar. It’s free and open to the public. Perfect for your Sunday sociable and cultural fix.

TO DANCE – Hootananny, Brixton

When you want live music, a fun festival feel and an unpretentious night that’s in the setting of a family run pub, Hootenanny in Brixton is the place to come. Entry is only £3 and queues start forming round the corner from 11pm so do get there early if you plan to grab a few tables with friends. The last time I was here I couldn’t stop dancing!


TO HAVE WINE – Salusbury Winestore, Queens Park

Independent wine shops, which double up as impromtu wine bars such as The Salusbury Winestore, are places I am an avid fan of. They tend to be more relaxing than the bustling nature of their self proclaimed wine bar counterparts and suit intimate catch-ups. What’s great about The Salusbury Winestore is that the outside terrace, heated to perfect temperature despite horrible London weather, lets you take that all important break from hectic city life.