We here at Grana not only travel the globe to find the world’s best fabrics, but we also just travel a lot, period. Traveling has, and always will be, a core part of the Grana culture. With our HQ located in Hong Kong, the world is at our feet and we’re encouraged to explore it as often as we can!
Each time someone leaves for a trip, they bring back savvy tips; but what good is a tip if not shared? So, we’re making our tips, your tips.
For this edition of our travel column, we’ve gotten the inside scoop on London, UK from Yoonji, our Head of Digital.
Once you land don’t take a black cab – they’re very expensive! Instead use a ride shared service or book a minicab in advance. Otherwise the tube is connected to Heathrow Airport.
- Download citymapper – the app recommends routes and ways to get around depending on traffic situations. You’ll have up-to-date information on bus diversions / tube maintenance etc. It shows you estimated travel times and which route involves the least walking / transit!
- You can use paywave on the tube and bus, so if you have it enabled on your credit card, there’s no need to buy a separate travel card.
- If you don’t want to rack up foreign spending on your credit card, then you can also buy a Visitor Oyster Card.
Food & Bev
- Borough market! Be sure to check the opening times. My favourite spots are Chegworth Valley apple juice, the 24 month old comte from The French Comte, and of course Monmouth Coffee. If you’re there till dinner time, make sure to go check out Padella, but go as soon as they open to put your name down as they only take walk-ins.
- Brick Lane Beigel Bake and 24/7 bagels. Brick Lane market on Sunday is also worth checking out!
- Gordon’s wine bar near the river is one of London’s oldest wine bars – a cellar type interior, with an outdoor area. Super cosy and intimate.
- Cream tea (scones and clotted cream) – Fortnum and Mason for a more traditional experience, Sketch for a more modern twist.
- Sunday Roast – If you fancy a nice Sunday roast, check out Hawksmoor – multiple locations throughout central London.
- Try Sky Garden for a great city view (it’s free!)
- Pick up a sim card when you land, they’re usually £25~30 for an ample amount of data (6GB).
- Conquer area by area – pin a few locations by category (culture / food / coffee / shopping) and tackle 1-2 area per day. (Plan your day around where you’re going to eat, cause duh).
- Most galleries have free entry and are well worth checking out.
- A nice scenic walk along the Thames is to walk from waterloo bridge down to the south of the river, all the way along the southbank and past Shakespeare’s Globe, to Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge.