Restauranteur's guide to London's original hipster quarter: Carnaby
Insider Guide by Wing Kew Leung, owner of Kua 'Aina, home of Carnaby Street's tastiest burger
This famed shopping area and hippie hangout was immortalised in The Kink’s song ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’. Today it remains home to an array of independent shops, restaurants and bars, and there’s always something new happening in Carnaby.
This guide is a selection of Wing’s favourite spots around Kua ‘Aina’s Carnaby location.
Shop: We Built This City
We Built This City is a souvenir shop with a twist. Showcasing the work of over 250 London creatives and artists, this quirky little shops stocks everything from postcards to pot-holders - all with a London theme.
Food: Kua 'Aina
The Carnaby Street outlet of the Hawaiaan burger chain pronounced Koo-a eye-na offers diner food with an island twist. Open all day with great brunch options and as a strong burger game, this place is a great guilty pleasure.
What to order: Barack Obama, who always visits Kua ‘Aina when he is back home in Hawaii, is a devoted fan of the avocado burger.
Crumbs and Dollies
If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss Crumbs and Dollies - as much a feast for the eyes as for the tastebuds. Flavours include Honey & Rosemary, Mojito and Buttered Popcorn.
Ain't Nothing But Blues Bar
Both local and American artists play this surprisingly cozy bar nightly. The bar is open till 1am, and Saturdays are devoted to acoustic acts, while jam sessions take place every Sunday and Monday.