London Calling! Our Director of HR heads across the pond

Posted by Shivani Lakhanpal, August 28, 2012

Our amazing Director of HR, Shivani, headed to London to compete in the Olympics! We're just kidding. But she did have a marathon great time touring around the city exploring new neighbourhoods, restaurants + farms. Check out her favourite picks from the land of crumpets + crown jewels.


Staying with friends, we had the chance to explore East London and specifically the charming and gem-filled neighbourhood of Bethnal Green, just a quick jaunt east along the tube’s Central Line. Nestled among saree shops, Bangladeshi restaurants, the storied Brick Lane, emerge pubs, boutiques, a city farm and more. After an amazing 48 hours, here are my must see’s and do’s in the area.

What I ate + drank: Wake up with some delicious treats from The Albion, a charming corner café on the ground floor of The Boundary Hotel. Feeling peckish? Enjoy a delicious sandwich and (my new favourite!) a Flat White espresso beverage at Allpress Espresso. Freshened up and ready to meet friends for a pint? Try Carpenter’s Arms, a refreshingly laid back pub, where you can hear your conversations, find seats, enjoy tasty snacks and feel like a regular!

What I saw: Energized and ready to go? Wander over to the Hackney City Farm (especially with little ones) enjoying a beautiful walk and a real farm animal excursion, right in the heart of it all! Tired from all the wandering? Grab your friends and some books and lay about in London Fields an epic green space, great for biking, running, lounging and people watching!

What I bought: Have the urge to shop? Head over to the pop-up mall and food + beverage space at Boxpark a dynamic use of space for shopping, entertainment, dining and socializing.

How I won Gold: All of this was a part of a whirlwind Olympic trip, with Bethnal Green being the perfect place to stay, just a few stops from the Olympic Park at Stratford tube station, making it easy to take in Olympic action, cheer on the Canadians and escape each evening to the charm of a neighbourhood a little bit hidden from the bright lights of London.


[All photos by Shivani L.]

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Tags: HR  London  Olympics  Shivani Lakhanpal