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Timi Ogunyemi

Instagram : @tweetymonkey

One Perfect Day in Dublin.

I have had too many perfect days in my city to count. Dublin is one of those places that keeps on giving, as long as you are ready and willing to enjoy her. For a capital city that is so small, there is always something to do, someone to see and someplace to be.

A Morning in the Docklands

My perfect day in Dublin would preferably be sunny and would start off in my corner of Dublin, The Docklands. The Docklands has a reputation for being devoid of atmosphere, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a bustling energy in places like Mayor Square and Hanover Quay. I would start in Herbstreet, which has the most amazing hot chocolate to be found in Dublin; couple that with a plate of their divine French Toast, sitting in the sunshine of Grand Canal Dock and there couldn’t be a better way to start the day.

An Afternoon in Smithfield

Dublin is full of districts that are essentially cities within cities and Smithfield, a tram ride away from the Docklands is a hub I love because of its Central European vibe and distinct mix of old and new.

Getting off the tram, I’d pop into Third Space for a chai latte (Third Space do a killer one) and a chat with a random stranger. I’d then take a peek in Dublin Vintage Factory, the kilo sale is always worth a look for vintage pieces at a steal! Any visit to Smithfield would not be complete without catching a movie in the Lighthouse Cinema. I think it is the most beautifully designed cinema in the country, and a gorgeous place to enjoy an indie movie. Across the road from the cinema is the Generator Hostel, one of the city’s most creative spaces. There are many reasons to visit the hostel, but if you only need one, it is the Beefeater Burger, which is right up there with the best burgers in town!

An Evening in the Creative Quarter

A walk along the quays, over the Ha’penny Bridge, and through Temple Bar will bring you to the Creative Quarter, which is probably my favourite district of Dublin for everything food, drink and fun. South William Street, Exchequer and Drury Street have everything from some of Dublin’s best restaurants, to the very best drinking holes. At the weekend, the Coppinger Row Market is on and is attracts people across the city to the area. For food, it would be a toss up between the Ramen Bar for Dublin’s most authentic ramen, Bear for featherblade steaks or Dada for a Moroccan meal. After dinner I’d make my way to Drury Buildings for great music from the Dublin legend that is Aidan Kelly and see where the night leads…

For me, every day in Dublin is the perfect day no matter what I get up to. The real beauty of Dublin is not really in the places you go, it’s the people you come here with and the ones you meet while you’re here.



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Alex Harrison

Instagram : @harrison

My top places in London are:

Scaredy Cat Town - Close to Spitalfields Market in East London is this secret bar tucked beneath all-day restaurant, The Breakfast Club. The entrance to the bar is hidden behind a fridge and leads to a cool, low-lit space serving great cocktails.

Mercato Metropolitano - This 45,000 sq. foot outdoor/indoor market was once a disused paper factory. It now boasts some of the best artisan food stalls, shops and bars. The hardest decision is choosing what to eat. South of the River it is a great place to then finish of with a….

South bank walk - On a warm evening this is one of the best London strolls. You’ll see London in a totally different light, its beautiful to walk along here, as the lights of the city are lit up around you including the London eye, Big Ben and the river boat traffic sailing through the Thames. It may feel a little congested throughout the day but at night this is a pretty leisurely walk and definitely a great way to end an evening.

Bob Bob Ricard - Set in what looks like a scene from the Great Gatsby, this iconic restaurant situated in Soho has been one of my favourite places to recommend since I first visited a few years ago. Just everything about this place from the eccentric decor, delicious food and amazing service, it really just ticks all the boxes, it almost becomes more of an experience than just another meal out. Plus its “Press for Champagne” button is a pretty damn awesome. If you are into Art Deco then you should also visit…

Brixton Ritzy Cinema - This is a restored cinema from 1911. It boasts a number of cafes, bars and shows varied programmes across multiple screens. It is worth visiting for the Décor alone.

Farmacy - My favourite place for delicious food that’s super healthy and also plant based, if you’re into that, it is definitely Farmacy in Notting Hill. It’s a super chilled environment, amazing food and great for either a breakfast or a simple date night venue. I would spend a Sunday morning here before heading to…

Kyoto Garden - Contained within Holland Park is beautiful Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto. It’s a great place to escape a sometimes chaotic London and to chill out.

Dover Street Market - A haven for high end fashion brands, the cutting-edge and cool market was put together by Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garcons. With stores in New York and Singapore now, the London concept still remains my favourite.


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