EACH week Pillow Magazine asks someone from our network of creatives to open up their little black book and reveal the secret side of London that you only know about if you’re in the know.
Names: Polly and Charlotte Vickery, 31, Directors Brat & Suzie
Tell us a bit about Brat & Suzie: Combining an obsession with fashion with an innate love of animals, Brat & Suzie launched their first collection in 2009, introducing weird and wonderful animal illustrations that have since become the brand’s hallmark. We sell through ASOS.co.uk, New Look Online, through independent boutiques in the UK and internationally.
Which area of London do you live in? Bethnal Green, East London.
Why do you love it? There’s always lots going on, great parks, pubs and markets to all on your doorstep.
Best place to have a coffee in London: Leyas Coffee, Camden High Street. It’s a really nice atmosphere to sit and think about new print ideas. Coffee is great and the cakes are amazing.
Best place for a great breakfast: On a nice day (which is rare) the Pavilion Café in Victoria Park. You can have breakfast looking out over the lake to the chinese pagoda. If you fancy it then you can burn it off taking a pedalo around the lake.
Best market: Broadway Market for food. They have some amazing cheese stands and you can stop off at the Dove for a Belgian beer if it all gets to much. Spitalfields Antiques market on Thursday is the best place for second-hand brick-a-brac and vintage furniture. Keep your eye out for the stall that sells nudie pics from the 1920s they are something to behold.
Best quirky/independent cinema: Aubin & Wills cinema club 64-66 Redchurch Street Shoreditch. Lovely sofas to settle into and you can drink wine while you watch the film!
Best fashion boutique for amazing clothes/jewellery: The Laden Showroom on Brick Lane has great small brands like Brat & Suzie! The best place to find independent designers and lots of them are locals.
Most amazing club night that Pillow Mag readers will love: This is a bit of a toughy as we don’t go to clubs that much any more. We did have a fun night out at the Alibi in Dalston the other eve… I would recommend it. I’ve not been but I’ve heard the Dalston Jazz Bar is great.
Favourite place for reasonably-priced/mid-price dinner: Pizza East in Shoreditch High Street or Duke’s Brew and Que in Dalson have amazing pulled pork and sliders.
Your favourite secret place for cocktails: Hix on Brewer Street in Soho. You have to queue to get in but its worth the wait. Lovely in the winter…. Not sure about the quail egg shooters though, they are raw! Only for the brave!
Best pub: Pride of Spitalfields. It’s a proper East end pub they still bring round plates of roast potatoes on Friday and Saturday nights to soak up the beer.
Greatest place to check out art/exhibitions: If you can still catch it Tim Walker at Somerset house – Best exhibition we’ve been to in ages and it’s free.
Your ultimate Secret London recommendation: Natural History Lates. Last Friday of every month they have all kinds of different event from sexual attraction classes to a sleep over with the dinosaurs. Good for a date if you’re looking to impress with something different.