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Belen Gumiel of Londres 101 chooses her five secret London spots

Posted at 5:30 pm, February 22, 2013 in Secret London, Top 5
Floripa, Great Eastern Street, London

It’s all very well us Londoners knowing all the city’s secrets, but what about our visitors? Sure, tourists have a special knack of getting in our way during rush hour, but without them London would be an altogether different (and considerably grouchier) beast. Belen Gumiel writes a Spanish language blog, Londres 101, about recommended restaurants, bars and activities so that Spanish-speakers in London get to see more than the outside of Buckingham Palace. Here are her five secret London spots. Ashleigh Arnott

Greenwich Market
‘Going to Greenwich has the adventurous feel of leaving the city without the discomfort of leaving zone 2. The market is great for old books and small gifts, and some stalls have great vintage leather bags. Go to The Great British Fish & Chip Shop for lunch and then have coffee and cake at one of the quirky little shops that surround the market.’

Floripa, Shoreditch bar, London

‘Tropical decor, killer cocktails (try the lemon daiquiri), great food and live music… all the best bits of a great night out. Their sunday roast with a Brazilian twist – picanha (top sirloin) beef and pão de queijo (cheese bread) yorkshire pudding – is a must!’

Hispania Life & Food, 72-74 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AY
‘I’m looking forward to the opening of Hispania; it’s set to be the flagship of Spanish food and culture in London.  A deli, shop, music, events and the amazing cooking of chef Marcos Moran will all help to bring a taste of Spain to the city.’

Happiness Forgets
‘Every time I go to Happiness Forgets I feel like I’m stepping into a secret 1950s bar. Candlelight and amazing cocktails make it the perfect place for a date. If you like gin try the Journalist, and if none of your favourites are on the menu, worry not, the waiters know their stuff and will come up with something you’ll love.’

R Garcia and Sons

R Garcia and Sons
‘I love cooking and often make Spanish dishes at home, but some ingredients are impossible to find in regular London supermarkets. When I’m stuck I visit Garcia, a proper Spanish shop at the end of Portobello Road that has everything from cured meats to perfume. You can also buy online or leave the cooking to the experts and try their café, which is next door to the shop.’

For more from Belen, visit londres101.blogspot.co.uk or follow @londres_101 on Twitter

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