London always feels like it’s going through some form of transformation. I think that’s why I love living here so much – it is a city that is so open to change.
In 2008/2009 I worked for an events company in Farringdon. I must admit, at the time I didn’t think much of the area except that I liked some of the restaurants around, but I never gave the place a second thought and come 6pm (usually later, we worked insane hours in that place) I was often desperate to escape.
What I didn’t know back then was the incredible history of this area that’s on the fringes of the City of London. I knew about Smithfields Market and was always eating at some fantastic places for lunch (the sausages in the pubs in this area are the best you could ever hope for in London), but the culinary scene didn’t excite me nearly as much back then as it does now.
When Friend S asked to meet for coffee and suggested we meet at Leather Lane to check out two cafes, I decided to arrive early and give my old 8-6 hangout a better look. Here are some pictures of places revisited, now held in a new light:
I met S at the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs where we had excellent tea and banana cake (warmed with butter, so yum, demolished before I could take a picture), then moved on to Prufrock where S had one of their famous filter coffees and I hot chocolate.
I always forget that the City of London is absolutely glorious for walking around on the weekends. It is such a stunning place steeped in so much history and evolving into the future. Gosh I love living here.
Where are your favourite places to explore?
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about the area, these guys appear to do a good tour on Sundays: http://footprintsoflondon.com/ciga/our-walks/smithfield-walk/