23rd Mar 2012 4:01pm | By Rebecca Kent
Lizzie Kempson, Flight Centre travel consultant
What baffles me about London is the amount of people who can fit on the Tube. It’s staggering how many commuters can cram themselves into such a small space. Even in its open spaces, the city is still bustling.
London’s best-kept secret is Guilty Pleasures’ at Camden’s Koko. Once a month they have a theme night with great cheesy music. It’s so much fun to let loose and party. Love it!
When I want to chill out in the winter, I curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and a good movie. In the summer, I like to be outdoors, so I’ll usually head to Hyde Park. I love long, warm days.
The most interesting person I’ve met was a girl I got chatting to on a bench in Holland Park. She’d just got back from South Africa and had been swimming with sharks. Apparently one of the guys she was with was shit scared – literally – which apparently seems to attract more sharks.
My favourite place for a drink is the Arch Angel in High Street Kensington. It has opulent decor, but still manages to feel cosy. There’s also a nightclub downstairs, and, most importantly, the cocktails are amazing.
For when you’re hungover in London you can’t beat a big greasy full-English fry-up – I love bacon and eggs. I usually head to Duck Egg Café on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton because I can’t be bothered to cook it myself. A hungover Sunday wouldn’t be the same without it.
What gets me up in the morning? My alarm. Then a shower and a cuppa.
My perfect weekend would involve going to the British Museum’s Court restaurant for a cream tea, and to the Ladbroke Arms in Holland Park for a roast dinner. In the evening, Camden is my playground. InSpiral Lounge is part veggie restaurant, part bar, part live music – such a nice, chilled evening.
My biggest faux pas was getting up to give a pregnant woman a seat on the Tube. However, it turned out she wasn’t expecting. It was incredibly awkward – but she took the seat anyway!
Five words that sum up London ... Busy. Fun. Crazy. Multi-cultural. 24-hour.