TOP LONDON PLACES YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SUMMER

30 May 2017

Written by
Amanda Bootes
for Daily Focal


The Trading House.
Part of the award-winning New World Trading Company, The Trading House is London’s worst kept secret. Hidden amongst the corporate buildings in Bank comes the most creative and unmissable bar and restaurant. Expect creative cocktails and drool- worthy BBQ and rotisserie food with instagrammble features on every wall and live music. Gluten free, Vegetarian and Vegan options available.
Where is it: Gresham Street, Bank
Why we love it: For it’s quirky d├ęcor, extensive cocktail and beer menu. 
What we recommend: Their hanging kebabs. (All off them!)



City of London Distillery.
A gorgeous and discreet gin distillery and bar right in the heart of London. Sample their extensive and unique cocktail menu, sip on award-winning gins, and even tour their distillery for a truly unmissable experience. C.O.L.D will definitely leave you feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside. 
Where is it: Bridge Lane, Blackfriars
Why we love it: For its unique and intimate setting. 
What we recommend: Their Gin and Sicilian Lemonade. 




Arthur Hoopers
Fashion and interior gods Buster and Punch joined forces with Arthur Hooper to create this stylish restaurant at the heart of London’s foodie destination. Overlooking Borough Market and featuring some of the tastiest small European plates found in London, partnered with an extensive curated wine list.

Where is it: Stoney Street, London Bridge
Why we love it: The gorgeous jewlery box interior and small plates.
What we recommend: Smoked almonds and Camden Pale Ale- beer on tap.



That’s What I Do.

TWID is a brand new restaurant in Battersea which combines live theatre and tasty food in a genius creation of elegance and drama. Immerse yourself into a modern day Victorian theatre, dine in cosy booths or balcony tables and go on a theatrical journey both through your taste buds and your ears with live performances. Enjoy sharing platters, fruity cocktails and gin a plenty. With vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. 

Where is it: York Road, Battersea
Why we love it: Live opera, sharing plates and cocktails. Need we say any more?
What we recommend: The Duck with pickled cauliflower, apples and raisins. 




Greenport Kitchen.
This genius American restaurant uses British and Italian influences to bring you an unforgettable dining experience. With an open kitchen, a simple yet tasty menu and everything cooked using only the finest, fresh ingredients, we can guarantee this to become one of your new fave dining spots. Vegeterian and Gluten Free options available. 

Where is it: Waterloo Road, Waterloo.
Why we love it: A little piece of America right there in the centre of London.
What we recommend: Padron Peppers to start, Peanut butter brownie to end. Everything in between. 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT LIVERPOOL

03 May 2017

Written by Marc Lamberts
for Daily Focal

In February I visited Liverpool and I love visiting the UK. It was my first time properly visiting Liverpool, because my previous visits were all football related (surprise, surprise). I thought Liverpool was an incredible city to visit and so I compiled a small list of things I’ve learnt about Liverpool. Please not that I’m not British, so some things might be a bit weird to you.


1. National Express is chill
I arrived in the UK at Manchester Airport, because it was cheaper for me. I saved over 80,-! Now I needed to get to Liverpool and I booked a seat at National Express, I was so surprised. We don’t really have those kind of services, back here in the Netherlands and it was such a good experience. I felt pretty comfortable.

2. Football
You were probably waiting for me talk about football, weren’t you? Of course Liverpool and Everton are the biggest teams in Merseyside, but if you want semi-professional nonleague football, you are in the right place too! There’s Tranmere Rover and Southport in the National League (5th tier), Marine and Prescot Cables in the Northern Premier League Premier Division (7th tier) and Northern Premier League Division One North (8th tier). It’s brilliant! If you can visit a nonleague club in your life, it will open your eyes.

3. Albert Dock
After an intense football match on the Saturday, we went for a bit of typical sightseeing. After walking past very modern stores and shops, we got to the Albert Dock and it is profoundly beautiful. Now I know there are many views on what beauty is, but it was so calming and so rich of culture. I love how Liverpool has progressed over the years, but still have eye for the history of their city. It made me feel very comfortable and very excited to be honest. It was great to feel the wind in your face and feel the sunshine, made me feel alive.
  
4. Pubs
I love a good pub and Liverpool’s got loads. There is nothing better than go the pub after a nice walk and go in for food and a drink. The atmosphere of a British pub is something you can’t describe. It’s something so typical and great, I’m smiling as I’m writing this. Love being in pubs, hearing the different voices and seeing different football and rugby matches. I think I’ve visited over 30 pubs and it made my life so much better. Life is great.

5. Accents
When you are traveling to another country and you are the one that speaks English the best, you are bound to be called ‘The Translator’ and that’s exactly what happened with me. Now I love a good accent and the Scouse accent is one of purest out there. I love being surrounded with people speaking freely and being passionate about their region. The accents really do give me a good feeling.

Have you ever visited Liverpool? What did you like the most about Liverpool? Let us know!

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