What's good in London?

over 6 years ago from , Freelance Product Designer

Hey DN,

I'm a designer from SF on a yearlong round-the-world trip and I’ll be London for all of May. (Here now actually!).

It’s my first time exploring the city—any must dos, especially related to design (doesn’t have to be design for a screen)? Recommendations for going out spots, coworking and cafe spots, and don't-miss-this eating tips are also appreciated.

And if any of you are free, I’d love to meet other designers and see what you’re working on. Especially if you happen to be working on a beer.

Cheers, Brendan

email: my first name @brendandmcdonald.com fb/ig: meisterbrendan


  • Adam RobbinsAdam Robbins, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Dinner: Hawksmoor, Spitalfields. Flat Iron, Soho. Koya, Soho. Caravan, Exmouth Market. Blackfoot, Exmouth Market. Franco Manca, various locations. Mangal Oktobiasi, Dalston.

    Breakfast: Albion, Shoreditch. Hackney Bureau, Mare St.

    Gallery: Design Museum, Southbank. Tate modern, Southbank. Saatchi Gallery.

    Markets: Broadway Market, Hackney (Sat). Borough Market, London Bridge (Sat). Columbia Road, (Sun).

    Shopping: Soho. Seven Dials.

    Pubs: The Royal Oak, Columbia Road. Well & Bucket, Bethnal Green Road. The Marksman, Hackney Road. The Dove, Broadway Market. The Cat & Mutton, Broadway Market.

    Parks: Victoria Park, Hackney. Regents Park, Camden.

    Touristy shit: Primrose Hill. Notting Hill. Greenwich. SkyGarden/Shard. Southbank.

    Desk & Coffee: Ace Hotel, Shoreditch. Hoxton Hotel, Holborn.

    Digital designer, lived in Hackney for 6 years. Avoid Camden & Oxford Street like the plague.

    6 points
  • Dave HawkinsDave Hawkins, over 6 years ago


    Portobello road Camden market (both should be rather different)

    If your into electronic music there might be something for you at: http://www.fabriclondon.com/ Amazing soundsystem in there.

    Dalston is the 'hip' place to go these days, better go dressed like a member of Alt-J tho. http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/dalston-area-guide

    Unfortunately you will be gone by the end of this http://www.secretcinema.org/tickets/

    Feel free to reach out if you want more tips buddy

    4 points
  • Tristam GochTristam Goch, over 6 years ago

    They haven't announced a Design+Banter (awful name, great meetup) for May yet, but sign up for their newsletter. If they do one it's a pretty good hang out.

    2 points
  • Thomas RawcliffeThomas Rawcliffe, over 6 years ago

    A list of shit I go to or do on a regular basis.

    Timberyard - Get an Americano and toast. That shit will blow your fucking mind. My favourite coffee in London.

    Dishoom - Best curry. Fuck Brick Lane, it's full of tourists and crack heads.

    Liberty - Even if you don't buy anything, it's the best department store in London. Even just for the building.

    Princess Louise Pub - Straight up the most ornate pub I've ever been to.

    Shake Shack - You know.

    Bistro 1 - Soho, amazing cheap food.

    Craft - Clerkenwell, if you like ale, you'll be spoilt.

    I'm pissed.

    2 points
  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 6 years ago

    I live in SF now, but used to live in London (East Dulwich, then Dalston).

    All the museums. Even the ones that aren't specifically art and design related. I used to wander around the British Museum on lunch breaks when I was at St Martins and it was a great place to see new (old) things and be indirectly inspired. Get a train to Oxford to go to the Pitt Rivers Museum?

    Ride a boat down the Thames between Westminster and Canary Wharf. Ideally one with a tour guide on board that can tell you all about the skyline and how it has changed over time.

    Go to some Samuel Smiths pubs to ensure you go to some traditional pubs (the Princess Louise is near the British Museum, so that could work!). Also, as a designer, you might meet some fun agency people around Clerkenwell pubs like The Three Kings on Clerkenwell Green and the Queen Boadicea on St John Street.

    The weekend markets are fun to check out if you don't mind the crowds. Last I knew, some were still fairly traditional while others were a mix of traditional and hipster stalls. Ridley Road is definitely an interesting one. Maybe go there and Broadway Market on the same day to experience the contrast?

    So many other things to do, I'll let other people add them!

    1 point
  • Al HaighAl Haigh, over 6 years ago

    Pints at the pub followed by Kebab.

    0 points
  • Paul PedersonPaul Pederson, over 6 years ago

    Other people have already mentioned it but the Tate Modern is a amazing.

    0 points
  • Dan SherrattDan Sherratt, over 6 years ago

    come to my 30th birthday, going to see The Prodigy at Alexandra Palace on the 15th May.

    0 points
  • Andrea MontiniAndrea Montini, over 6 years ago

    Lobster Burger dude!

    0 points
  • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, over 6 years ago

    Worth spending a day in West London, exhibition road has V&A, Science and History museums, so you can smash a bunch of the hot shit off in one day.

    Also near to Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens so you can see some parks.

    0 points
  • Sean HurleySean Hurley, over 6 years ago

    Kernel Brewery have amazing beer and on Saturdays they serve cold cuts, cheese and beer!!!


    White Lyan http://whitelyan.com/ boast some very original cocktails.

    0 points
  • Jason YehJason Yeh, over 6 years ago

    I liked: Duck & Waffles at Duck & Waffles Corner Room & Typing Room inside the Townhall Hotel Wine and meat and cheese all around town (But go to paris and hop some wine bars if you got time!)

    0 points