Happy St George’s Day. The sun is shining, it’s 16C and there are absolutely no dragons in London. So to liven things up here are three cracking places to visit in our Spring 2015 guide to the capital.
SIGHTS – Hammersmith riverside
Hire a bike, don your rollerskates or just set off for a bracing spring walk along the banks of the Thames, passing some good pubs (The Dove, Crabtree Tavern), a handful of rowing clubs, Fulham FC (aka Craven Cottage) Fulham Palace and the green expanse of Bishop’s Park, with lovely views over to leafy Barnes and Putney. www.oldshipw6.co.uk.
SHOP – Goodhood
A menswear tour of Shoreditch might take in Sunspel on Redchurch Street and nearby MHL, Albam over in Spitalfields and, now, the Goodhood flagship store on Curtain Road. Fragrant, well-lit and featuring a small shed with net curtains, it stocks well-made urban clothing by Norse Projects, Paul Smith and Junya Watanabe, bags from Bag ‘n’ Noun and Comme des Garçons leather goods. Favourite item: Universal Works socks at £16. www.goodhoodstore.com.
EAT – Smoking Goat
Arrive early to snag a table at this smokin’ hot no-reservations Thai spot, one of two new English-run ventures putting nam pla and galangal back on the menu (see also Som Saa in Hackney). Start with fish sauce chicken wings and smoky aubergine salad, then hit the wood grill: smoked lamb ribs and/or slow-roast duck legs, served with sticky rice and fiery som tam salad. Terrific wine list. Favourite table: if you get table two, you’ll be able to see what vinyl records the staff are putting on. http://smokinggoatsoho.com/