Explore the city, with Good & Proper and Page Hotels
We’ve teamed up with partners, friends and ‘Home of Urban Explorers’, Page Hotels, to curate an exclusive itinerary, especially for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day looks different for everyone - so whether you’re spending the day with your Mum, sister, best friend or partner, or even looking for the perfect excuse for a little ‘me-time’, we’ve designed a route that takes you through some of London’s highlights, with a few all-important fuel stops along the way. We consider ourselves very lucky to have good friends in our Good & Proper partners, scattered across the city - some of whom have been generous enough to offer our Urban Explorers some pretty tempting perks. Don't forget to check out each of the highlighted offers below, and be sure to book a table before arriving to claim your discount and do tag us over on Instagram @goodandpropertea @pagehotels should you find yourself in our favourite spots!
8:30AM: It’s an early start, but we’ve got a lot to fit in - plus the city looks its best when it’s just waking up. Our little trip around the city is best enjoyed after adequately fuelling up at PageCommon, Page8’s in-house coffeehouse - so whether you're lucky enough to be waking up at Page 8 or meeting friends in their beautiful lobby, lace up your comfiest shoes, grab a tea or coffee and get ready to explore.
9AM turn left out of the hotel and walk west on William IV St towards St Martin's Lane, then turn left and keep heading south, admiring the majestic Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column on your right. Turn left when you hit the Strand and then right soon after on to Villiers Street. If it’s a weekday it’ll be humming with city workers heading to work, commuting in and out of Embankment station. Head all the way down, through the station and out the other side onto the Embankment where, looking towards the river to the left you’ll see Embankment Pier. Head to the pier and wait for the Embankment - Bankside Ferry to scoop you up! That’s right, you’re taking a boat. For anyone who’s yet to go on the Thames Clippers that go up and down the Thames daily has been missing out - it’s a great way to get across the city and see things from a new angle, particularly if the sun is shining… (5-10 min walk, 10 min boat)
From Bankside pier, you’ll jump off opposite the Shakespeare’s Globe. Head East, hugging the river and following it round onto Clink Street and under a bridge, then turn right onto Stoney Street. Following the street down will take you straight into the buzz of Borough Market. You’ll pass Bao’s Borough site (somewhere to note down for next time if you haven’t been), Monmouth Coffee, which will likely have a long queue of people waiting for their morning caffeine hit, and then end up at your first stop - friends and Good & Proper partners, Stoney Street by 26 Grains. (8 -10 min walk)
10AM You’ll hopefully have worked up an appetite as the breakfast here is amazing. The menu changes with the seasons and you can’t go wrong - it’s all delicious - but the porridge for which they’re so famous is always a winner. They’ve also been kind enough to offer our Urban Explorers 10% off for a limited time - just quote Good & Proper when booking.
11:15AM With your bellies full, head back out into the market. By now it’ll be buzzing with market stalls, hot food traders and fruit and veg sellers, with visitors from all over coming to sample the wonderful produce this iconic market pulls in every week. It is the perfect place to pick up something delicious to cook at home if you’re a local, or to find a gift if you’re just visiting - either way a jar or two of Graceburn cheese from the Kent-based Blackwoods Cheese company is always a good thing...trust us.
11:45AM When you’re done browsing, tasting, sniffing and sampling, head back the way you came to Bankside Pier, but instead of jumping back on a boat, keep heading West along the river. The footpath will take you, and plenty of other happy strollers, all the way to your next stop, the Southbank. You’ll pass Sea Containers House, the Oxo Tower and skateboarders practicing their tricks under the bridge just by the BFI. There’s plenty to do here and you’ve probably got an hour, perhaps just under - just enough time to pop into one of the various art venues there. If you’re a contemporary art aficionado, head to the Hayward Gallery – a world-renowned modern art space with fantastic year-round exhibitions, or check out the programme of events at the Southbank Centre as it’s always worth sticking your nose in to something there. (25 min walk)
1:15PM Time to make your way to your lunch spot. Head back over the river via Waterloo Bridge, not forgetting to admire the views of the city on either side, including the London Eye. Even if you’re a Londoner yourself, it’s not often we stop to take it all in! Continue North-West as you come off the bridge, over the Strand and onto Wellington Street which will lead you right into Jubilee Market - the heart of Covent Garden. Head directly through the middle, past the covered stalls and the boutiques (you’ll have time to explore these later) and onto King St on the far side. Head west and then turn right onto Garrick Street. (15-20 min walk)
1:30PM Lunch here awaits you, courtesy of another friend and partner of Good & Proper, Pizza Pilgrims. What the founders, brothers Tom and James, started as an Ape van slinging sourdough pizzas in Soho is now a group of destination pizza places across the city. Simple, Neapolitan pizzas done properly. If it’s a sunny day, try one of the Iced Teas that we developed especially for them too - delicious.
2:30PM That delicious dough will have slowed you down, so spend the afternoon lazily wiggling your way through the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, browsing the many shops there along Long Acre or James Street. Head back into the buzz of the covered market where, though you’ll be with plenty of tourists, the atmosphere is still a great one. Directly north of Pizza Pilgrims you’ve also got Seven Dials, where there are plenty of boutiques to while away the time - try on frames at Cubitts, treat yourself to a proper raincoat at Rains, squeeze into some Nudie jeans or sniff your way through the delightful, handcrafted fragrances at New York perfumier Le Labo…
5PM If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Page8 itself, head back to the hotel for a bit of downtime in your very comfortable room to re-energise ahead of the evening. If not, why not head to the newly opened and immaculately designed Watchhouse Seven Dials for an expertly brewed coffee or (Good & Proper) tea to revive. There’s usually a little something sweet on the counter to go with it too, to share as you discuss what treasures you’ve picked up on your travels that day.
7PM Our final stop of the day is a 15 minute walk into Soho from Page 8, but it is not to be missed. We’ll be ending our day’s adventure with drinks and dinner at Bar Crispin on Kingly Street. The ethos of seasonality and sustainability is front and centre at all of the Crispin group venues, and this latest site is no exception. With huge respect for the ingredients and the producers behind them, the food and wine at this tiny all-day restaurant are both delightful. Start with a Negroni, enlist their help on their long list of natural wines and then order a scattering of small plates - all delicious. Don’t miss out on the cheese platter. Another partner we are proud enough to supply, the team there have been kind enough to offer a very generous 30% off food for a limited time when quoting Good & Proper (reservations only, before 6:30pm or after 8pm).
That’s a wrap! Where the night takes you in Soho after that is up to you, but fingers crossed you’ve been clever enough to book a room at Page8 which you can wander back to and collapse in for a very comfortable and well deserved rest! As our Urban Explorers you can book your room with 20% off by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling and quoting Good & Proper Tea - discount valid for 6 months but bookings must be made between Friday 25th - Monday 27th March.