Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Lisa's

Happy Place

I've had an ongoing love affair with Lisa's for some time now. If I'm not tucked into a corner of this Swedish hideaway on a Thursday night in Notting Hill, it's most likely because I have been abducted and carried off to a faraway land, kicking and screaming. London can be a crazy place, so those special pockets of escape should be treasured. Here is mine. 

Thursday nights are Jazz nights where Lisa's House Band will whisk you away to that happy place. With a pied piper like draw, the music seeps under the door and gently carries down the street, luring unsuspecting wonderers inside. Everyone is welcome!


 Giacomo Smith (clarinet, sax), Robin Katz (guitar), Dan Oates (violin, vocals), Kourosh Kanani (guitar), Louis van der Westhuizen (bass) and Dave Archer (guitar) are just a few of the talented musicians who fill the room with smiles.  


Goo awn, have a little listen ...



Once you're in, that's it, goodbye evening. Whether you settle in for a plate of meatballs (phwoar), a coffee, cocktails or a bottle of wine, you'll never want to leave.


So there's your Lisa's Thursday night sorted. Now here's your Lisa's weekend morning plan with added extras for maximum feel good factor: 

Step 1) Wake up as early as appropriate on a weekend when the winter sun is streaming through your window.

Step 2) Hop on the tube to Holland Park, grab a coffee from Paul's just next to the station and wonder to the Kyoto garden in Holland Park Gardens. (Don't get a flat white from Maison Blanc, you'll want to spit it out on impact).

Step 3) Skip around, crunch the leaves, spot Lord Holland, sit on a tree stump and perhaps have a cheeky GeoCache hunt (this is one of the greatest games of our time). 

Step 4) Once you've had your fill of nature and begun to work up an appetite, it's time to hit portobello road. Buy some scarves, perhaps an antique door knob, maybe even a bunch of flowers wrapped in brown paper (seriously, I'm giving you Instagram heaven here and I'm definitely not describing the weekend just past...).

Step 5) Tummy is rumbling and it's just in time for brunch. Being prepared, you've already booked a table at Lisa's and you tumble into its warm embrace. Bingo. Swedish meatballs, poached eggs, fried potatoes, smoked salmon. What more could you wish for? Champagne? Sure, why not.

Step 6) Smile, say hi to the people on the next table, make a new friend. Also, watch the new Mento's advert here and stop being a grumpy pants.



So there you have it, one of my little secrets. You'd be a fool not to venture to 305 Portobello Road and say hello. See you there!

"WE ARE SIMPLE, WE ARE COMPLICATED, WE ARE WELL DRESSED.  ARGUABLY, MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE ARE HARDWORKING, FUN-LOVING SWEDES & WANNABE SWEDES! WE LOVE TO EAT, DRINK AND DANCE ALONG TO SOME LIVE BEATS, SO WE THOUGHT YOU MIGHT TOO!" (Lisa's)

Hours 
Monday - Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday 18.00 - 24.00
Thursday, Friday 11.00 - 24.00
Saturday 11.00 - 24.00
Sunday 11.00 - 18.00

3 comments :

  1. Oh my god that sounds like an absolute dream of a weekend. Thank you for sharing your secret place! xxx

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  2. This place sounds completely awesome. Swedish meatballs and jazz? Swoon. I'll have to have a little wander over here soon! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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  3. I was approval a devotee the opposite day and she or he told ME that she was pondering beginning her kid with music lessons however did not grasp that was the simplest instrument to be told, however had narrowed it right down to the fiddle, stringed instrument and piano.

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