Re//Store: Soho Christmas picks

09-12-2016

Going into town and roaming the streets of Covent Garden and Soho is one of my favourite things to do, especially towards the festive season, and I thought I would share some of my spots of where to eat, drink and shop. I am always seeking out the new and love the whole pop-up concept and am very pleased to be able to share three very exciting pop-up shops as perfect Christmas shopping destinations.

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The LA born cult label Reformation’s pop up, rails with beautiful and easy to wear dresses. Dangerous stuff. 

Reformation, the LA cult brand that operate in a sustainable and ethical way have opened their doors for the first time in London. You can now try on their amazingly cut dresses in real life rather than guessing what it would look like by scanning the website and avoid the annoying US fees, so make sure you don’t miss their pop up shop on 63 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9DG. A great destination for your party dresses this festive season!

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My new favourite dish at 26 Grains. 

One of my many favourite lunch spots in central London is 26 Grains on 1 Neals Yard. Run by Alex Hely-Hutchinson who also just published her first cookbook featured on our blog recently.
I love the wholesome food, the honest ingredients and their choice to only use local producers when it comes to fruit and veg. Their turmeric lattes, porridge and the smoothie bowl are my favourite regular picks and the brown rice, coconut chickpea stew with kale and aubergine pickle I sampled on this day was a great dish in which the pickled aubergine complimented the smooth coconut chickpea stew very well. The beautiful book would make a lovely stocking filler! You can buy it here.

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The set up outside 26 Grains, where you can buy her book and delicious chutneys by my friend Newton & Pott 

Another great foodie spot on 16A Neals Yard is The Mae Deli who have ‘popped up” practically next door to 26 grains. They serve honest food made with simple and honest ingredients and have lovely lunch options. All the tasteful Christmas decorations make it a very cosy place for your lunch / coffee / guilt free cake order.

The Festive Pop Up Mae Deli
The Festive Pop Up Mae Deli 

On our way to get a green boost in the shape of a cold pressed juice at Press we stumbled upon another pop-up, a definite recommendation for the perfect Christmas present. “At the Table” is a creative platform celebrating British food and culture and takes shape as a magazine and returning food festivals. I recall seeing the first issue of the magazine at Druid street Market in Bermondsey, one of my favourite food markets currently. This Christmas time they have taken residence in Ham Yard with their wonderful curation of ceramics, table and homeware and the second issue of the beautiful magazine. A place worth visiting.

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Press London is such a great stop off for a cold pressed juice, or more supercharged shot. Love the bouquet 
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And the neon. 
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And the fridge filed with juice, sign me up for home delivery any time… if only a recycled glass bottle scheme could be introduced. 

After an unavoidable browse through Liberty, (I can never resist the old glamour and decadence of the building, those wooden stairs and the way they creak…) it is time for a last stop. To finish a day where so many impressions are made, one needs to process and what better way to do this than over a glass of natural unfiltered orange wine. The best destination for this curious habit of mine is Ducksoup on 41 Dean Street, Soho.

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The orange wine consumed at Ducksoup, by Cantina Giardino, organic winemakers from the volcanic soils of the hills in Campania, Italy. The grapes are harvested manually, the wine is unfiltered and perfect. My new current favourite. 

They have an exquisite wine list of exciting and independent winemakers that stay clear of chemicals and intervene as minimal as possible with the winemaking process, letting nature take charge where needed. I am not entirely sure if they let you take away a bottle but there are many amazing natural wine shops / bars in London such as P.Franco, Noble Liquor, 40 Maltby Street, 161 Food + Drink and more keep opening their doors as we speak. Make sure you choose your tipple wisely this Christmas and hope to see you back next week, where I will have a lovely chat with Sarah, the Creative Director of Manuka Life!

Maaike Mekking of Re//Store is our new resident blogger, giving tips on all things health and wellness, she aims to connect like-minded people and showcase projects working with wellness and sustainability to inspire and increase awareness on something so important in this day and age.

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