We never intended for this to become a personal story post, but life is about to change and it only seems right to break the news with this post. After living in White City for 18 months, we’re moving! Don’t worry, we’ll just be a 10 minute drive down the road but we’re so happy to be finally moving into our own apartment – the shared house life got the better of us.
White City has quickly become one of our favourite areas of London and whilst we’d love to rent our own apartment here, it’s not quite financially doable… luxury apartments are popping up left right and centre but none that we can afford right now! It’s full of fantastic bars, restaurants and cafes and we’re sure that WC will continue to develop and be more than just one end of Westfield. With that, BBC Television Centre and White City Place within a 10 minute walk we’ve never been short of places to eat and drink. If anything it’s too convenient and makes the lure of eating out on a lazy weekday night too good a proposition to turn down.
What’s most great though is that depending on how plush or poor we’re feeling, there’s a place to suit all budgets. Down towards the bottom of the scale (yes I’m sorry this is as far down as it goes), you’ve got the likes of The Athenian and Herman ze German at White City Place. Both are quick, easy and delicious options if you’re short of time and don’t need to worry about how you look. Breaking the typical fast food mould, The Athenian is a Greek street food spot serving up souvlaki, gyros and salad boxes good enough to cause serious Mykonos blues, whilst Herman ze German casts our minds back to Berlin with huge portions of bratwurst and fries.
If you happen to be looking for somewhere to have a drink after one of these, you can’t miss W12 Studios. It’s got more of a club vibe but the Blue Moon terrace is lush on a Saturday afternoon in the summer! No.1 bar in White City has to be Elephant. What was once a fuel station has been completely converted into one of the hippest bars in West London. It doubles up as an art studio and street food vendor spot (literally called ‘Fuel’) and is the perfect place for after work drinks or a Friday night out.
Over at the BBC Television Centre where numerous shows are still filmed, fan favourites Homeslice and Patty & Bun have been enjoyed on countless occasions over the last 18 months. Homeslice is a pizza restaurant serving up 20 inches for £20, or slices for just £4. Each pizza has only a few toppings and brings top quality and innovative flavours together to feed at least 2 people with each serving. Next door at Patty & Bun, it’s messy, it’s unsophisticated and it’s absolutely not the restaurant for a first date. But the meat and toppings are drool worthy and perfectly combined with one of their rare craft beers or milkshakes.
Over on the other side of the building, things get a little more stylish and elegant. The celebrities and riches occupying the luxury flats at TVC can be seen at the members only hotel, White City House, whilst Bluebird and Kricket are swanky in their own right and within a more practical budget. Modern Indian cuisine at Kricket is all about the increasingly popular small plate culture, with the menu full of uniquely delectable curries, tandoor and wraps. We sat at the Chef’s Counter, intrigued in the incredible cooking that was unfolding in front of us.
Like Kricket, Bluebird is perfect on a warm weekend afternoon out on the terrace. We’d love to return in the evening, but their brunch options are incredible. The below were enjoyed on a Saturday morning in August, basking in 20+ temperatures and the delightful coffees. On the note of coffee, Flying Horse have recently opened and is the perfect spot for just that and a bite to eat.
As you’ll probably guess, we’re going to miss all of this. Check out all of our socials just before Christmas to keep up to date with the big move!
Been to any of these White City gems? Let us know down in the comments…