Make the most of the City
If you want the breadth of choice and quality you get from West End shopping but can’t face the crowds, head for the City
Tue Sep 24 2013
The romantic wanderer
If you want to while away a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon with a loved one, browsing the shops of One New Change before a stroll across the river makes for the perfect daytime date. The elegant piazzas, secluded churchyard gardens and charming little lanes around the City make it a special location to see London together from a whole new perspective.
Map by Hattie Newman and Mitch Payne
The romantic wanderer's itinerary
Young Lovers sculpture
Festival Gardens, right by St Paul’s Cathedral, is a good place to start your day. Arrange to meet your date by the sculpture called Young Lovers, situated among the greenery and rose bushes of the gardens.
Topshop and Topman
Ensure there's no bickering about what shops to go to by hitting One New Change’s Topshop and Topman, offering the best of both his and hers in high street fashion, from everyday style to limited-edition must-haves.
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
Planning a romantic trip to the country together? Head to Ellis Brigham at One New Change and ensure you both look your best at the top of the highest peak. The in-store ‘Pro Shop’ focuses on high tech and high fashion.
Eat light at lunchtime. Drop into Wasabi at One New Change to pick up tasty, individually wrapped sushi or a warming pot of noodle soup for the ideal quick but delicious pit stop, whether you want to eat in or take away.
Meander around One New Change’s weekly Saturday Food Market, where you can grab something to prepare at home for tomorrow’s lunch à deux, or simply enjoy an indulgent treat. Gourmet delights include Spanish cured meats and honey by the Local Honey Man, sourced from hives in London and Essex.
Take a little break from shopping and do some exploring. Climb the steps inside the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral until you reach the circular balcony known as the Whispering Gallery. Here, you can whisper sweet nothings against one wall and your loved one can hear you all the way across on the opposite side of the balcony.
The Thames is less than a five-minute stroll from One New Change, so you can wander across the Millennium Bridge hand in hand. Make sure you take a tour of one of the free galleries at Tate Modern when you get to the other side.
To finish off your date, head back to One New Change for dinner. Why not go to the recently opened Wahaca, where you can enjoy delicious Mexican street food in style? Innovative dishes created as sustainably as possible – feelgood feeling all round!
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