Light up your weekend (no pun intended) at the now family run business that was originally born from Chris Bracey’s own personal collection of neon signs. God’s Own Junkyard is a huge warehouse literally stuffed to the brim with every kind of neon creation you can possibly imagine. There are so many amazing signs to look at it’s hard not take pictures of them all and pace around for hours trying to spot every piece. With its neighbours being Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace and the Wild Card Brewery, it’s not a bad place to visit on a weekend. The largest stock of vintage neon lighting and signage in Europe, it’s worth the trip to Walthamstow.
Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ
Open Friday/Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Don’t immediately write it off because of its location. This is hands down one of my favourite finds since being in this city, partially because I am totally biased to anything in East. A mini paradise of mismatched vintage furniture, low hanging light bulbs and an annex filled with quirky trinkets. Incredibly popular for its sunday roasts, this is also one of the best happy hour locations serving drinks from £3. Where I spent my 2nd Christmas getting drunk and playing jenga (yes, it is open Christmas Day), and lounged about in summer. The perfect location for any occasion.
A small corner of busy Central London has been flipped into an authentic tapas bar and called Barrica. Influenced from all regions of Spain, it’s no surprise the tapas dishes are award-winning, literally. The extensive range of drinks is just as much of a highlight at Barrica Tapas Bar, however you would be crazy not to try the cerdo iberico con piquillos.
“I’ll take a jumper and latte”.
As easy position to find yourself in when visiting this neighbourhood hangout. Menswear, womenswear and homeware with barista-style coffee and inspiring events in art, music and design is AIDA rolled into a rose-coloured dream. If the rose lattes weren’t enough to get you in, the boutique clothing will be.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD! Between the endless rooms showcasing exhibitions, beautiful architecture, and a chaotic amount of people you are bound to wonder around aimlessly lost. Home to one of my favourite exhibitions, The Ancient Egyptian holds one of the largest ancient jewellery collections which can keep me occupied for hours. Coming as no surprise The British Museum is the leading attraction in the UK, mostly due to the incredible Great Court. Europe’s largest covered public square, the Great Court is a spectacular two-acre space enclosed by the famous glass roof. With lots to see and do, this is the ultimate place to spend a gloomy day in London.
Naturally, on one of the gloomiest days of the month we decided to check out some of the rooftops in the city. Rain, hail or shine here you can check out some of London’s best views. Plus, you can conveniently find bars at all these locations.
Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Kind of like following the yellow brick road, only you’re following a yellow staircase up to this hidden gem. 100% one of the best places to soak up the sun in summer and get your hands on a jug of Pimms. Not only great to start a night out, here you can find a quick pit stop for lunch whilst looking over the Thames.
Public Rooftop Terrace One New Change
Perched on top of a shopping center, here you can find the One New Change roof terrace. Open to the public all day, you can drop in and out whenever you like. A private bar and restaurants is also found here if you are up for a meal.
Starting as one of the first restaurants and cafes of its kind to open in Bankside, The Table Café is now an award-winning brunch location. Serving everything from homemade baked beans, to evening cocktails making it perfect for any occasion. Make sure you plan a visit to try their eggs benny, I stand with the rest of London in saying you will not regret it.