Welcome to our second Love Olympia newsletter. To us, September always feels like a clean slate – the start of a new season and a general ‘reset’ after the summer. And while Her Majesty’s passing got this autumn off to a sombre start, it also brought about strength and unity, which we’ll be taking with us into October.
Looking ahead, in this issue, we look at the rise of new hyper-local stores (the new Nike West London, and an H&M/IKEA design collaboration in Hammersmith, Atelier 100, looks good too). We highlight a road in Queen’s Park that’s becoming a ‘restaurant row’, with natural wines and sustainable practices; look at the new performing arts school coming to Olympia; and spotlight a great way to give back.
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Lonsdale Road = Restaurant Row
First came Milk Beach
, the all-day Australian restaurant from two-time coffee roasting champion Matthew Robley-Siemonsma and Elliot Milne, serving natural wines, brunch, bowls (poke and greens), and a dinner menu that has multicultural, innovative combinations. Then came Carmel
, from the much-loved east institution Berber & Q
, with atmospheric lighting and good vibes, wines from low-intervention producers, and small plates. Next on this ever-evolving restaurant road will be the sustainable LINO
, opening this Dec. Follow them
for launch news and updates.
Denis O’Regan, Photographer
To say that Denis O’Regan is an acclaimed photographer is an understatement. Known for his work in music, he’s photographed the biggest names in the business, including Bowie and Duran Duran, AC/DC and Queen, and in 2021 became the first ever Artist in Residence at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Denis, a local resident, tells us about a few of his favourite things.
Nike West London
The new Nike West London in Westfield brings the Nike Rise concept to life, and focuses on digital, personalisation, and connectivity. Sport Pulse brings real time Nike stories and moments to their floor-to-ceiling screens throughout the two-floor store, and also integrates Nike apps and messaging. Their Inside Track table lets you instantly read reviews to help you decide which product is right for you, and their customisation counter has west London stickers created by local artists. Bright, fresh, fast paced and instant, this store definitely feels like the future.
If you’re looking for ways to support our community, and our wonderful elderly residents, MHA’s befriending program partners volunteers with older people who are living on their own for weekly conversations in person, on the phone, or on Zoom; this might be the only call they get all week so the support truly is invaluable. For more information on what skills and type of commitment is needed, visit their site.
Already being hailed as ‘high fashion bagels’ by The Sunday Times Style, It’s Bagels
, a collaboration between Dan Martensen (photographer and bagel connoisseur) and Jack Ponting (head baker and pastry chef for Caravan), has opened in Caravan Coffee Roasters selling proper NY-style bagels with different flavoured cream cheeses (think fried spring onion, wasabi dill, or jalapeño lime coriander). So far, so authentic. And to celebrate their recent London opening, they’re offering one Love Olympia reader a dozen bagels with 3 x ‘schmears’ (aka cream cheeses).
To enter, all you need to do is:
- Follow us on Instagram
- Like this post
- Tag two friends who you would share your bagels with
A winner will be announced by 15 October 2022.
New Performing Arts School
Launching in 2025, The Alpha Plus Group will be opening The Wetherby Arts School, a new performing arts and educational senior school for children aged 11-18. Underlining Olympia’s commitment to the local community, the school will provide various educational, creative and cultural opportunities for residents both young and old. A unique partnership with the BRIT School will make teaching and performance spaces available for the running of BRIT Kids community classes every Saturday, too. By investing in local facilities and talent, Olympia aims to create a world-class cultural home in west London.
If the kids need a treat after shopping, Puttshack at Westfield could be a good stop. Open to kids until 7PM (it’s 18+ after that), young ‘uns can play this new, tech-infused mini golf course which includes balls that keep score themselves, ghosts, hazards, and a ring of fire. They have a kids menu (£8 for three courses), and it can be booked for events, too.
Did you know that Olympia London has long played host to leading fashion shows? Zandra Rhodes and Dame Vivienne Westwood had their first shows here, and more recently, Dior and Burberry have shown here too. With its proximity to central London and all its creativity, Olympia is perfectly positioned to continue to be home to world-class fashion names. Stay tuned for more local fashion information and announcements.
Whether you’re just too busy to cook, want to do a detox, want to be inspired by innovative healthy dishes, or you just want a break, Spring Green, the nutrient-rich delivery service, is a great choice. Started by chef Bonnie Stowell, choose one of their four menus (plant-based, light protein, active protein, or active plant protein), and a length of time (3-5 days, or something bespoke) and get ready to feel lighter and brighter. (They recommend you try to abstain from alcohol and caffeine too for the duration of your program.) As far as deliveries go, the combinations and flavours are more sophisticated here, and the portions are generous. Deliveries happen every AM, so things are fresh, too.
Spring Green are offering Love Olympia readers an exclusive offer: book 3 days and get the fourth free.
Use LoveOlympiaFreeDay at checkout to redeem. Offer is available until 31 October.
Need some autumn inspiration? From a luxury travel fair to a haunted walk and a restaurant opening, we’ve got five ideas to help you make the most of your autumn days.
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