What have you been reading in 2016? As we approach the New Year, we take a look back at The Resident’s most popular stories of 2016, month by month… (spoiler alert – you really like brunch!)
January: The best breakfasts in Clapham & Battersea
Breakfast really did become the most important meal of the day in 2016, with smashed avo on toast – or anything with eggs – becoming the order of the day. Many of us sleep-deprived Londoners opted for brunch, so that we could claw back a couple of precious hours sleep at the weekend. Or perhaps it was so that we could enjoy a glass of prosecco or two when the bottomless brunch became all the rage. And who brunched better than all the rest? The Clapham and Battersea bunch. Or at least they spent the most time Googling them!
February: The best breakfasts in Shoreditch
Still loving those eggs and avocado, but by February the biggest, best and most exotic breakfasts – Peruvian, anyone? – were to be found in Shoreditch (because hipsters love eggs too, and they’re probably better at Instgramming them than you. Sorry.).
March: 15 of London’s Best Bottomless Brunches
And then, low and behold, it was all about the bottomless brunch. Prosecco isn’t just for Wednesday-through-Saturday nights (don’t mind if we do), turns out it’s also for Saturday and Sunday afternoons. What’s the occasion? Why, surviving the working week, or yet another rail strike.
April: London’s Best Rooftops and Alfresco Spaces
The faintest glimmer of sunshine and us Londoners all seem to have the same idea – find a tiny suntrap, stake your claim and let the Pimm’s flow. So what if it’s still freezing? Layer up, don the Ray Bans and make like it’s Miami. And savvy bar managers are onto us, because London’s pop-up terraces just keep getting better, even in winter.
May: 21 of the Best Healthy Restaurants in London
Yep, summer’s on the horizon, and suddenly we’ve all gone off burgers and Sunday roasts… We have summer wardrobes to shop for but social engagements to keep – so what to do? Eat better. In the year that clean eating took off – love it or loathe it – London’s restaurant scene responded with a whole host of healthy eating options – alcohol-free bars, vegan restaurants, gluten-free options, raw-food menus, earth bowls and more quinoa than you can shake a stick at.
June: Meet Poldark Actress Sabrina Bartlett
And then along came Poldark. Battersea actress Sabrina Bartlett had been dragged through the mud by medieval warlords in Dr Who and survived sword fights in renaissance Tuscany in Da Vinci’s Demons before playing a temptress in Poldark – the BBC’s smash-hit drama where Captain Ross Poldark (the dishy Aidan Turner) returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to find his father dead and his true love about to marry someone else. Gripping stuff.
July: 8 of the Best Alfresco Bars in Chelsea
There it is again, that glimmer of sunshine, and we’re all off to the pub garden. Except you lot have discerning tastes, and you want to head to the fine drinking establishments of Chelsea – so long as they have an alfresco terrace, of course.
August: Pop-Up Hoegaarden Barge Launches in East London
Alfresco bar; great. Alfresco barge bar; jackpot! When Professor Green swooped in to launch this novel floating garden beer barge by Hoegaarden, Londoners suddenly developed an insatiable thirst for the aromatic Belgian wheat bar. Cheers!
September: Tooting Market: South London’s New Foodie Haven
The words ‘foodie’ and ‘haven’ are music to a Londoner’s ears. Where should we spend our weekends grazing next? First it was farmers’ markets, then there was Dinerama, next, Pop Brixton, and then it was Tooting Market’s turn. And where next? Peckham Levels is due for launch in summer 2017…
October: Where in the World to Buy a Home?
As we geared up for the arrival of the annual Luxury Property Show, we asked the show’s director, Eddie Sikora, to share his tips on the top five countries in the world to buy a luxury home in 2017, and you guys loved it. Maybe it was Brexit?
November: London’s Top Christmas Afternoon Teas
This one started creeping up the charts in October. We know you guys like an afternoon tea, but we didn’t realise quite how highly you valued a festive-themed afternoon tea! Despite all the moaning about department store decorations going up too early, we’re clearly all just suckers for Christmas.
December: 17 Great Carol Concerts in London
December proved that we’re all suckers for tradition, with scores of you Googling London’s best carol concerts. We hope plenty of you made it to Organoke in Camberwell, the coolest-sounding carol concert ever!
Thank you all for reading The Resident online, and here’s to a fantastic 2017!