If you’ve had the dubious pleasure of passing through London’s Victoria area for the past few years, you’ll likely not remember much beyond a towering sea of cranes and half-finished office buildings outside station. There is, however, finally light at the end of the tunnel and and interesting area is starting to take shape within the new Nova complex (with the god-awful slogan ‘I create Victoria’).
While there is still a lot of construction going on, several established London outfits have already opened up in the new space. From the deli/café of Sourced Market to Shake Shack and from the sourdough pizzas of Franco Manca to Aussie-style brunch of Timmy Green. Pretty soon there will be Crosstown Doughnuts, Danish baked goods at Ole & Steen, ramen from Bone Daddies and vine at Vagabond.
While most Londoners will already be familiar with these brands, there are also a couple of interesting new additions from the people behind other successful restaurants around town like the Nordic cuisine at Aster and the New York-italian deli of Hai Cenato.
I recently stopped by for breakfast at the Rail House Café from the team behind the renowned Riding House Café. While the food definitely delivers – green tea waffles, salt beef sandwich and avocado and chard Florentine – it’s also at a slightly higher price point that probably comes with the hype behind the brand.
Though I went quite early in the morning, I can imagine that the space can quickly feel slightly crammed once the crowds begin to come through the doors as there might be one too many tables squeezed into the room.
Outfit-wise, I mixed a couple of different elements for a casual, yet smart look. Feeling like it had been a while since my SuitSupply chambray shirt had seen the light of day, I paired it with a grey Merino wool sweater from Uniqlo for an extra layer, which allowed me to leave the coat at home for once. Topping it up with my light SuitSupply jacket in hemp/wool, which plays nicely with the textures of the shirt and sweater, while a green pocket square added a subdued bit of color.