Anna Jacobsen writes about culture, contemporary art, high-end travel, photography and interior design. She is also a photographer and stylist. Jacobsen lives in London.
What is it about the capital that amazes you? I’m constantly surprised by the amount of greenery in the city. I love the Ladies’ Pond in Hampstead Heath – a hidden haven. Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath
You keep an eye on trends in culture and contemporary art. What have you noticed in London recently? London is very fast-paced and home to a vast creative community – it’s the birthplace of culture and contemporary art. I find that both are becoming easier to access, with small, cultural pop-up events and galleries across the whole city.
Where do you enjoy art? I love the classic institutions like the Tate Britain and the V&A (Cromwell Road) as well as the small independent galleries in Vyner Street in East London. I really like the White Cube in Bermondsey (Bermondsey Street 144–152), too.
Shoreditch is – still – considered to be the creative heart of the city. What should we know about the area? Well, actually I have the feeling that Shoreditch has become more commercial in recent years and I’m not really sure any more whether it really is the creative centre. But I still like Redchurch Street for shopping and Celestine Eleven is a must for fans of fashion (Holywell Lane 4). Lyle’s is great for contemporary British food, as is the Clove Club (Old Street 380). The Ace Hotel is good for cocktails (Gunterstone Road 16–22). Lyle's, Shoreditch High Street 56
So if Shoreditch no longer makes the grade, where are creatives drawn to now? Definitely to Hackney and Clapton – simply further east. I also find that Brixton has a very interesting food scene.
Dann bleiben wir gleich in Brixton - verraten Sie uns hier ein gutes Lokal! Beehive Place is an unparalleled eating experience, and a very special place, too. And just recently I enjoyed oysters at the new The Richmond in Hackney (Queensbridge Road 316). Beehive Place, Beehive Place 11A
Last but not least: which London hotel would you book for yourself? I like the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green because of its unique choice of design from the middle of the past century. The Ham Yard Hotel in Soho is new – its interior design is one-of-a-kind (Ham Yard 1). The Zetter Townhouse is really cute and the cocktail bar is fabulous (Saint John’s Square 49–50). Oh – and the Corinthia is super on account of its spa (Whitehall Place).