2022 was the year we were ‘Hopping’ around London in order to find improv jazz nights, bars with vinyl records, gallery openings behind hidden doors, and comedy nights on second floors. We were looking for ‘What’s Cooking’ in the kitchens. At Pocket’s it was the union of fluffy pita bread and crunchy green falafels; Papo's Bagels brought American style to East London; at The Counter, a contemporary grill in the heart of Notting Hill, the hummus with pistachios and dates was a banger. That Haggerston restaurant matched an excellent modern French menu with an atmosphere that’s too spacious even for East London.
We met some Londoners along the way. Luk Man (Hon) told us about Grow in Hackney Wick who has a lovely view of the canal; Joana (Kohen) just discovered Mole Man of Hackney, previously owned by William Lyttle. He was a civil engineer who dug a maze of 20-meter tunnels under his house for 40 years. Sarah (Bentley), co-runner of Made In Hackney, an all-vegan community cookery school and charity, was fond of All Nations Vegan House in Dalston, a stunning vegan Ital food Caribbean restaurant run by Sister Atreka and her gorgeous family.
In 2023, we will continue to wonder around the streets of London with Soli, in search of urban culture, and people's divergent stories. We will start conversations with idiosyncratic artisans, curate handbooks, handpick routes, and discover locales where we'll be a frequenter.
Tag along to Soli, let’s redefine travel culture.