It has only been five years since I moved to London but most days I forget I've ever lived elsewhere. To celebrate Bench’s #LoveMyHood competition, I’ve teamed up with the brand to showcase my ultimate London favourites for a 24 hour guide. Some are closer to home and less well known, while others are a little more popular. Either way, there's never a moment to be bored in our city.
Whether you're a late nighted or an early riser, watching the sun come up over the skyline while taking a slow stroll along Victoria embankment is something special. A sunny morning will see shadowy silhouettes contrasted against majestic buildings lit up by the early morning rays.
Bench running jacket and leggings*
What better way to kick off a weekend than with a jog? I previously mentioned that, south east, we're spoilt for choice of running routes but my ultimate is up through Camberwell Cemetery down to Nunhead Cemetery. The latter hosts a breath taking abandoned, but restored, Anglican Chapel. On a clear day, the views across London are astounding. It goes without saying that whether or not you're a runner, the 52 acres is worth a walk through. Grab a book, find a bench and take some time for yourself among the peace and quiet of the nature reserve.
I'm a sucker for brunch - I'd even go as far to say that brunch is the key to my heart, no joke. No67 on Peckham Road doesn't have an extensive menu. There's only a few options - although, there are many sides offered to supplement your whatever it is you chose. The 'Spanglish' is my ultimate on their menu. It pushes my brunch boundaries - it's not something I reckon I could successfully make at home myself, and after eating it there, nor would I want to try to. This place also does a killer gluten-free brownie to take away for later too.
South London Gallery
Sat right next door to No67 is the South London Gallery. The gallery plays host to exhibitions, live events, shows and talks. The gallery is free, as are most of the events that it regularly puts on. There's also an adorable book store in the gallery that gets you wanted to read books you've never heard of.
What about the evening? Well, that's an entirely different post in itself...
Disclaimer: This is part one of two posts written in collaboration with Bench. Check out their #LoveMyHood competition to win a VIP trip to a festival in Spain with £500 spending money and a year long supply of hoodies at lovemyhood.me