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34: Find Phoenix Garden

Phoenix Garden 3

Hidden behind the noisy Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, 10 minutes away from Neal’s Yard, Phoenix Garden is another of those London’s secret places – and an Eden for urban wildlife. This tiny community garden, managed by volunteers, is an entanglement of plants, trees and flowers that seem to have grown out of control.

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Phoenix Garden is open all year round from 8 to dawn.

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Phoenix Garden’s Website

Nearest Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road


33 : Find Neal’s Yard

In the heart of the West End, 5 minutes away from Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a tiny hidden square that looks more Californian than British.
Neal's Yard 1
It is accessible via a small tunnel from Soho’s Monmouth Street. Though it is not always easy to find it at first – I was myself taken there by a friend – it is a rewarding discovery. Away from the noise of the city’s traffic, it’s a friendly place with multi-coloured houses and small plants. It hosts two cafés (belonging, it seems, to the same company) that serves what seems to be Brasilian organic food (maybe a little too organic to my taste) and fresh fruit juices and welcomes a mostly English clientele.

Neal's Yard 2

Nearest Tube station: Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road

008: Become addicted to Ben’s Cookies

Feeling like a snack? Head toward Covent Garden and look out for Ben’s Cookies lovely logo – drawn by Quentin Blake – to indulge with huge cookies filled with melting chocolate chunks.

ben's cookies

Each time I go there I face the daunting task of having to choose between the triple chocolate chunk, the dark chocolate chunk (my favourite!), the white chocolate and macadamia nuts, or other tempting cookies filled with various mixes of chocolate, nuts or candied fruits (around £ 1,30 each)…

The brand has several shops and has even opened a new one in Oxford Circus,  to recover after an intense session of shopping….

Nearest tube station: Covent Garden