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If you like to feel young and hip when you are close to Brick Lane and the old meatpacking factory you should visit Loungelover. Photo: Loungelove
If you like to feel young and hip when you are close to Brick Lane and the old meatpacking factory you should visit Loungelover. Photo: Loungelove

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SAS captain’s guide to London

Christer Lundström has been a SAS pilot for 24 years, flying both long and short haul. London has been a frequent destination, for work and vacation. Here are some places where he likes to kick back and relax while in London on vacation.

The Windsor Castle

The Windsor Castle

With a history going back to the 1830, this place nowadays attracts a crowd around Kensington, who likes good pub food in combination with a large and lovely beer garden. The atmosphere combined with the almost "Hobbit like" maze of paths and tables makes this quite a different experience. Since I love ales, it caters for all my needs in combination with a Classic Sunday roast or even some wine.

The Windsor Castle

114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, London, W8 7AR

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The Churchill Arms

An old English pub mixed with a Thai restaurant makes this place a very special one. The Churchill Arms is filled with flowers, has an open fireplace and a ceiling cluttered with interesting "stuff". During my years as a long haul pilot, I've come to love Thai food - the combination of inexpensive good food and an English pub is awesome. It's often crowded, so it’s a good tip to book a table in advance.

The Churchill Arms

119 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LN

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The Pembroke

This is a favorite pub, not so much for the pub itself - it's a down-to-earth establishment with a stand up comedy twist on Saturday nights. However, the location is magnificent, since it's close to Primrose Hill and some of the best sights of the city. After a stroll in the beautiful surroundings, it's perfect to have a retreat like this - a rustic, cozy pub with sheep skin covered benches and a warm welcome.

The Pembroke

The Pembroke, London, 150 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8JA

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Vertigo 42

Vertigo 42

Speaking of views, there's no way around mentioning Vertigo 42. Located in one of London's highest buildings, this champagne bar offers a spectacular view of the city's most famous landmarks. This is a place to spoil your partner and experiencing a romantic start of the evening. Some champagne and a clever piece of conversation will help you making the evening take off in a perfect way.

Vertigo 42

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ

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Loungelover

Join the bandwagon and try to be “hip” when you're close to Brick Lane and the old meatpacking factory. With its Art Deco inspired style spiced with stuffed animal heads and kitschy design, it's an experience to just pop by and perhaps have a signature Loungelover cocktail. If you're hungry, there's the Les Trois Garçons restaurant in the same establishment. Just a warning - It could be way to hip and pretentious for some people, but for a drink and the different atmosphere, I think it's alright.

Loungelover

1 Whitby St, London E1 6JU

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Last edited: August 15, 2017

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