In every corner of the world, nature is for us a sweet, ancestral, perpetual call. Even when a city seems to satisfy any possible curiosity, we find the way to explore further and get to a beach, a forest, or a lake. When a walk in Hampstead Heath stirs up the need to visit the English countryside, you catch a train from Penn Station and get to The Olde Bell, in Hurley. For an old style lunch a walk along the riverside, a barbecue in the garden, or a romantic night. Over-a-hundred-year-old walls, folk-Nordic design, burned-wood smell, British old and new style cuisine, ruffled country, noble and melancholy.
This time our London is called Hampstead, with its brick walls, its paved alleys, its boho-chic meeting places and its wood – Hampstead Heath – where you can find refuge anytime the rain stops falling. You can eat and drink at The Holly Bush, a perfect recap of the neighbourhood style: faded, authentic, British and old school.
Opso is an ancient Greek word meaning ‘delicacy’, and the name of a small Greek bistro in Marylebone. We owe Opso many thanks for reminding us of the light and of the pure, thick, fragrant, genuine flavours of a Cycladic summer. Do not miss the feta and spinach pie and the bowl of broad beans with capers and rosemary.
Lyle’s will welcome us anytime we are in Shoreditch High Street and want a homemade bread, a generous dish of season vegetables, a fruit dessert, a silent, airy, intimate place. An ode to simplicity.
Because of this café, Highbury & Islington will become the starting point of your nth wandering in Dalston. As soon as you exit the underground station, point at the black shiny window of Maison D’Être, get in there and stay long. They define themselves as ‘a neighbourhood independent coffee house’, and that is exactly what they are…
This small comfortable eatery in Soho holds “Udon culture” and the art of cooking and serving udon noodles. To us, who have just come back from Japan, the concept of simplicity expressed by this big spaghetti in its elegant broth (Dashi) is immediate and only admits hot or cold versions, and a delicious variety of side dishes. Try Kinoki Hiya-Atsu, the vegetarian version – cold udon in hot broth with Asian mushrooms and hazelnut miso – and an excellent tempura of fish and vegetables (Tendon) on rice. Noodles Save the Planet!
When there is no more food on the table and you start missing avocados, red quinoa, red onions, chili, yogurt, aubergines, fresh queso, more chili and any other delicious and marvellously served Peruvian superfood, you can only tell the waiter ‘I wish I could go to Peru’, and he will reply that in the meantime you can go back to Andina anytime. In Shoreditch, close to everything, you can have the perfect Sunday lunch before buying the last flowers at Columbia Flower Market, with a blue sky and wind, and saying hi to the animals in Hackney City Farm.
New East London begins in Dalston, so when our afternoon along Hackney Central’s avenues and stories – through the park and among the athletes in London Fields – is over, we are magnetically drawn back to Dalston Junction, where two stools are waiting for us at Mussel Men. A nautical world opens, and the crew guides us with strong arms and a refreshing smile into a cool spontaneous often-needed atmosphere. The short and wise all-seafood menu touches northern seas, islands and archipelagos.
“One girl, one keyboard, one laptop”. Songwriter, composer, performer. Musical Style: electro Hip Chillwave Hope. Influences: James Blake, FKA Twigs, Flume, Lee Mose, Mos Def, Ratatat, Angel haze, Bobby “blue” Bland, Weiss, Disclosure, Georg Friedrich Haendel.
by Patricia Sousa and Emanuel de Sousa
Patricia (1975) and Emanuel (1980) are two multifaceted creative brothers who opened ROSA ET AL Townhouse by Bed and Brunch Collection, in Porto, Portugal, in 2012.
by Andrew Totter
Born in 1972, Colne, Lancashire, England. Andrew studied interior design at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, then worked for Alessi, Anouska Hemple Design, Yohji Yamamoto and Michiko Koshino all in London, then at Persuade in Bilbao. After moving to Barcelona in 2011, he launched Openhouse…
by Thomas Schacht
For Thomas (and his Ruth) Brücke 49 is a lifetime dream come true. During his career as marketing and business developer, many times he’s imagined working outside and living close to nature. One day, he came to Vals and never left. Every morning, he cooks breakfast for his guests and lives outside close to nature. Every day, Thomas and his Ruth live their dream.
by Serge Dive
We love Serge, just like we love everyone who devotes their talent and creativity to travel and shares their passion with us. Founder of Beyond Luxury Media, the company behind high-end travel and events such as Pure Life Experience and LE Miami, he is considered one of the most brilliant and influential minds in the industry.
by Luca De Santis
Luca loves traveling to discover wonders. He loves to give space to diversity. Luca loves to stay. He loves everything that becomes ritual and is handed down from father to son. (Luca, Meraviglia Paper Creative Director is also art director, photographer and video maker).
by Hattie Fox
You’ll probably have to come say hi for me to really explain my continuous curiosity with plants – my obsession to better my knowledge about them and my genuine daily amazement at the way they present themselves. Then you might get what I’m on about, get why they’re a part of my lifestyle – it’s not something I can explain but I know if I’m not doing this I’m not being myself. This thing we’re doing, I say ‘we’ because I have an army of green fingered helpers who deserve an applause….This thing works because of all of the other favourite things in life, like late 90’s hip-hop, avocados, coffee, hats (all varieties; caps, beanies, cowboy?) my van, a constant desire to be by the sea, my dad, new Nikes, arboretums, leopard prints, first harvest of tomatoes/lettuce/melons/chillis – all that kind of other normal life stuff.