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Photographs by Elyse Kennedy
The beauty about a city the size of London is that just when you think you know it inside out, something new pops up and changes your perspective of an area all over again. I've been insanely lucky to travel to so many cities around the world but London always calls me back.
It took me a year or so to find my feet here. As a student, London was overwhelming and hectic - neither of which I was prepared for. My second year in the city was about embracing both those characteristics and learning about each part of the city in turn.
There are times when you stumble across incredible locations you forgot existed. From this one spot photographed above you can see almost all of London's iconic buildings and history. I owe this reminder to Third Space gym, which is located discretely in the centre of it all.
Like a classic GANT white shirt, the city is your blank canvas, ready to give back to you whatever you want out of it. It's a white page, waiting for adventures to be written.
With places like The Box, Madame Jojos (RIP), Soho House and The Edition, I've had many an adventure in Soho yet, rarely do I find myself spending much time there during the day. When I do these are some of my favourite places to spend it:
The Breakfast Club, 33 D'Arblay Street, W1F 8EU
The Breakfast Club is London's answer to Williamsburg's Kellogs. Soho's Breakfast Club restaurant is the original and the queue you can see above is a permanent fixture. If pancakes, bacon and maple syrup is your thing, this is the place for you. Savoury options include the 'All-American', which is the biggest breakfast I've eaten to date and left me full until the next day.
Liberty London, Regent Street, W1B 5AH
Another obvious choice but when a store is this old, beautiful and extravagant it'd be stupid not to include it. Liberty London opened in 1875, making it one of London's oldest department stores. Stock in cutting-edge and the store is a maze that deserves hours of your time.
Wardour News, 118 Wardour Street, W1F 0TU
Think of every publication ever written and you'll find it in Wardour News. Then there are all the ones you've never heard of that you'll also find yourself gravitating to. It's easy to spend a small fortune in this place. You'll go in after one magazine and come out with five.
Carnaby is one of my favourite shopping locations in London. A short walk down the street lends itself to everything from The Kooples to Diesel to Cheap Monday to Monki to American Apparel. There are a huge variety of pubs and restaurants such as Dishoom, Cha Cha Moon and Shakespeare's Head. Smaller boutiques can be found up the side streets too.
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