After 16 years in London, Perth-born Laura Baker says she's still not used to the long, cold winters, though the city's summer vibe makes up for them. She is the director of communications at London's landmark Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard.
The White Cube Gallery on Bermondsey Street is owned by art dealer Jay Joplin, and was the first to host one-person shows for many of the Young British Artists including Tracey Emin. The street is also home to the Fashion and Textile Museum, cool café Fuckoffee, casual bars and three of my favourite restaurants – Casse-Croûte (French), Pizarro (Spanish) and Flour & Grape (Italian). This is by far my favourite street in London and keeps me entertained for hours, whitecube.com, ftmlondon.org, darksidecoffee.co.uk, cassecroute.co.uk, josepizarro.com, flourandgrape.com
On a craft-beer crawl along the Bermondsey Beer Mile, you can find nine micro-breweries, a gin distillery and a cidery under and around the Bermondsey Street railway arches. They're all within walking distance from each other and, as working breweries, the friendly owners are regularly on-site and found chatting with customers and serving drinks. I'm a huge fan of Hiver Brewery, which specialises in honey beers. Founder Hannah sources raw honey from independent British beekeepers and her Honey Blonde beer is pure perfection, bermondsey-beer-mile.co.uk, hiverbeers.com
Maltby Street Market is the little sister to well-known Borough Market. My favourite place is tapas bar Bar Tozino on Ropewalk, which is the main drag, lined with food stalls and little bars and restaurants. With legs of ham dangling from the ceiling and thick Spanish accents heard all around, Tozino is a slice of Spain in London. The Spanish tomato bread with jamón serrano is the best in the city, maltby.st, tozino.co.uk
Flor is a brand new wine bar from the team at Lyle's in Shoreditch. It also doubles as a bakery during the day, and the pastries are incredible. Otherwise, it's up to GŌNG Bar on level 52 of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, the highest cocktail bar in the city with spectacular views. Its Miscellany of Inventions cocktail menu features a cocktail called Like a Rockstar, inspired by the first electrically amplified guitar designed in 1931 by George Beauchamp. It's smooth, nutty and served in a guitar-shaped glass, florlondon.com, shangri-la.com
Standing on the left-hand side of the escalators in train stations. Yes, it's a thing. The left-hand side needs to be kept free for Londoners who have no time and are rushing to a meeting, brunch, dinner or simply home. Those that have all the time in the world are welcome to stand on the right.