I recently visited London with my boyfriend, and we stayed with some of his family. I L O V E London. I would love to get a job in the city and live there. We visited some friends who live in Battersea, which is home to Northcote Road! This is a haven for not only your everyday stores and restaurants like Oliver Bonas, Franco Manca, Waitrose etc. but small independent stores selling ecologically friendly products and organic healthy foods, including the fabulous Whole Foods.
A couple of my favourites were Hamish Johnston Fine Cheeses, a small store selling so many different types of cheeses! They also sell quirky chutneys and jams, and real honeycomb (which I thought was pretty awesome!). The staff were really friendly and helpful with choosing the cheeses, adding to my knowledge about new and different cheeses!
Something else I thought was pretty cool was The Fish Stall again on Northcote Road. Although the smell was pretty shocking, especially as you don’t expect fresh fish to be on the streets of London, it was so refreshing to see fresh produce being sold.
In a smallish town where I live, or even Oxford when I am around, although there are independent sellers of meats, cheeses, cakes, beauty products etc. etc. it is no where near being on the scale London is on. I described Northcote Road as Oxford on steroids, it has everything that I love about the city, and more.
Going back to Whole Foods, we had their burritos from their cafe/food service area of the Clapham Junction store on Lavender Hill. The burritos were amazing! They were absolutely full to the brim and they had warmed the tortilla up before they begun to construct, so not only did it hold its shape a bit better but it also made the whole experience much warmer and yummier! I would highly recommend popping in to get one if you are passing a store and they offer the service. They can be taken to a local park, or just eaten as you explore the city, although I warn you, they are a little messy!
One more thing I thought was REVOLUTIONARY is The Source Bulk Foods store in Battersea. They are a brand that are all about absolutely zero waste. They sell foods and products in bulk, and you bring your containers/bags/pots etc and you pay for the product you buy. No paying for expensive packaging, and you’re saving the planet too! This place is honestly an incredible idea and I think they would do so well in somewhere like Oxford. They sell almost any dry good you can think of, as well as household cleaning products and shampoo and conditioner! You just take your pot along and you can refill it! This is something I have a good feeling is going to appear across the country (I think lots of brands will start jumping on this band wagon), so expect to start seeing similar concepts near you in the next few years!
So, honestly, I could say so much more about how much I adore London, especially smaller areas outside the city centre, but I will stop here! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my lengthy post about one (amazing, awesome, incredible) road in London, but it means the world that people are reading my content and coming back to read more!
Keep watching this space, as I talk about reusable plastic ideas and how we can reduce how much plastic we use in everyday life over the next couple of weeks. Also, check out my previous post Eat your way to Mindfulness where I tackle the topic of healthy diet and reducing anxiety!