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I get asked ALL THE TIME about what to do, where to eat, where to drink and what to see in London so for those of you planning a trip this way (or for those already based in London!) for Brides The Show on 3rd – 5th October, I wanted to put together a few of my favourite places nearby for those visiting so you can make a weekend of it! If you haven’t yet booked your tickets to the show, you can do so here and London Bride readers receive 2for1, yay! Just enter the code BLOGLB at the checkout!
This October, Brides The Show is taking place in one of my favourite pockets of London in Islington, at the Business Design Centre. It’s an amazing hub full of boutiques, high street, independent restaurants, affordable bites and pretty streets.
If you’re heading out for the evening or want to freshen up then head to the Blow Bar for a quick blow-dry or pretty quick hair or make-up fix.
If vintage is your thing, you’ll want to make sure you spend some time wondering the cobbled back streets of Camden Passage with it’s antique stalls and vintage shops brimming with trinkets, china and even some unique vintage bridal fashions, Annie’s Vintage is a lovely boutique to pop into for those looking for vintage accessories or finishing touches.
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There are lots of lovely boutiques Albam for the guys is worth a look and you can pick up some beauty treats at Aesop. Amongst some high street hits such as Whistles, Space NK and Reiss there are some lovely home furnishings and gift shops if you’re looking to treat yourself or someone else perhaps and even a few places to do a bit of ring shopping if you are on the hunt!
For a fun brunch with your girls, you can head to The Breakfast Club for it’s kitsch and cosy atmosphere [and an all day breakfast if you so wish!] or for something a little more tame, the charming Elk In The Woods serves delicious and seasonal gastro-style breakfasts and lunch options.
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If you’re into cooking then no doubt you’ll want to dine (or at least visit the mouth-watering deli) at Ottolenghi, the home of the amazing salads but it does get booked up so get in there early if you are hoping to book for dinner or you may have to queue.
I know as a bride to be you may well be watching the waist line but if you fancy rebelling there is a Five Guys burger bar if you need a quick and tasty pit-stop or Wahaca if you’re feeling like you may want something with more of a kick! If you want to have a taste of something a little more retro, step into The Diner just near the green for a ‘hip’ shake and I don’t mean the dancing kind.
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If after a long day at the show you fancy taking your other half that’s traipsed around with you for a treat then you can catch a film at The Screen on The Green. A lovely cosy cinema on Upper Street with big armchairs and a bar.
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And finally no guide of mine would be complete without a cocktail or two! My absolute favourite bar in the whole of London (yes, high praise indeed!) is 69 Colebrooke Row. It’s teeny tiny and very unsuspecting but these guys serve up the best Champagne Cocktail I’ve ever tasted so if you fancy a celebratory tipple post show, head this way. There’s also the exotic and decadent Hoxley & Porter and the more eclectic and lively House of Wolf, so you are definitely spoilt for choice.
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There are SO many other spots to see and do but I won’t overwhelm you! Hopefully with this visitor’s guide, after a few hours of exciting wedding planning and inspiration at Brides The Show will give you a little respite to head out for!
For more information on Brides The Show or to book tickets please visit: www.bridestheshow.co.uk
*This post is in partnership with Brides The Show