MANILA – “London may be one of the most bustling metropolises in the world, but it doesn’t feel as hectic and crowded as other big cities – there’s plenty of space to breathe.”
This is what Rachelle Ann Go said as she shared some of her favorite spots in London, where she is currently based.
The Filipino singer and actress stars in the West End production of the acclaimed hip-hop musical “Hamilton.”
“I don’t get a ton of free time with my hectic schedule, but when I do, I love exploring a new neighborhood and finding a clutch of mews houses or a lane of charming boutiques and little pubs to spend an afternoon wandering around,” she told Mabuhay Magazine.
Here’s a look at Go’s must-visit places in London as mentioned in her Mabuhay Magazine interview:
1. Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market
Go said she likes making breakfast at home, and she frequents this market to buy her produce for the week.
2. Olivier’s Bakery
Go recommends this bakery’s almond loaf and buttery croissants.
Go said she “dreams” about the Feta Saganaki (pan-seared cheese) and handmade Spanakopita (spinach pie) served in this Greek-inspired restaurant.
4. Cabbages and Frocks Market
Go said this market in the courtyard of St. Marylebone Parish Church is “a bargain-hunting fashionista’s dream.”
5. The Conran Shop
Go described this place as “a beautiful contemporary furniture and home accessories store.” She recommends checking out the staged penthouse apartment at the top floor “for oodles of design inspiration.”
6. Daunt Books
Go said she satisfies her wanderlust in this bookstore, with its “shelves upon shelves of travel guides, memoirs, and maps.”
7. The Wallace Collection
Go recommends this place for people who want to browse “one of Europe’s finest treasure troves of art and furniture.”
Go said this chic wine bar is “a lively neighborhood spot and a great place to chat and people watch.”
9. No. 11 Pimlico Road
Go prefers spending her Sundays in this all-day restaurant and bar near her home.
Go described this no-reservations restaurant as “perennially popular,” so make sure to go there early.
11. Victoria and Albert Museum
This free museum in London is highly recommended by Go, along with the fairly new Design Museum.
12. Romulo Café London
Go visits this Filipino restaurant “for a taste of home.”
13. Liberty London
For retail therapy, Go visits this department store. She said she is currently “obsessed” with homeware.