Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Around the Neighborhood - A Tour of Putney


Pink Julep Abroad reader M left the following comment:

Hey there! I've been reading your blog for a while now! V&A is my favorite museum in London as well! I understand you are based in Putney? We just moved here as well, looking forward to exploring the area. If you have any helpful tips and recommendations about Putney, and could do a post about it, that would be fantastic! Thanks!


Ask and you shall receive! I've been living in Putney for a year now and I have to say, it's the best neighborhood I've lived in so far! There's always something going on, there are plenty of things to do, places to hang out and restaurants to tempt your appetite! The above photo was taken from my living room window during the test ride of the Olympics bike course, which is something I'm very excited about this year! An Olympic event will pass my flat - how cool is that?

EAT...
If you find yourself hungry in Putney, there is no shortage of restaurants and though they're dotted all over the neighborhood, you need not ever leave the high street! There are the common favourites: Nando's, Wagamama, Pizza Express and the like, among fast food chains like Dominos, McDonald's and Subway. Pub grub is quite good in Putney, but my favourite restaurant in Putney is Preto Churrascaria. For those of you who aren't familiar with this style of restaurant, it's Brazilian and a really fun experience. Basically, you're given a card that is green on one side and red on the other. Green is for go and red is for stop. Waiters circulate the room with a selection of grilled meats, vegetables and garlic bread and when you're ready for another bite, you put the green side of your card facing up - when you're full or have enough, the red side goes up. It's fun and the food at Preto is AMAZING! However, I wouldn't recommend this style of eatery for vegetarians.



Another favorite is Il Mascalzone, a lovely Italian spot that serves amazing food at very reasonable prices and is decorated adorably! They even have a Vespa on the wall and most of the staff is Italian. I recommend the pizza or any of the pasta dishes and the garlic bread is divine!

HANG OUT...

There are loads of great pubs in Putney and I'm still finding new ones all the time! One of my favourite pubs, especially during the summer is The Jolly Gardeners on Lacy Road. The food is great, the wine list is better and the beer is cold! The Jolly as we fondly refer to it, offers loads of outdoor seating as well as a cozy interior and there are often events featuring live music! My favorite thing about The Jolly is that on Sundays for a mere couple of pounds, you can buy a kit to make your own sock monkey. Head down to The Jolly on Sunday for a few slow pints and bring home an arts-n-crafts project of your own making - fab & fun!


If you love live music, you simply must visit The Half Moon Putney, a legendary old spot that has hosted musical acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Who and U2 to name a few! Tickets are usually very reasonably priced and the drinks are fairly cheap! If you're a Twihard, check the schedule regularly as Lizzie Pattinson has been known to perform at The Half Moon and rumor has it that her brother Robert has been in the audience with K-Stew. It totally makes sense since they grew up in neighboring Barnes.


My favorite pub in Putney is The Spotted Horse on the high street. It's a fun, buzzing spot with a great crowd most of the time and the staff are lovely!


Recently redecorated, the SpoHo is now an elegant pub that is suitable for anyone!

DO...

My favorite event in Putney is the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race which happens every year in the early spring. People from far and wide flock to Putney to see the rival universities duke it out on the River Thames! Past rowers have included several Olympic medalists, Lord Snowdon and Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie. On race day, Putney becomes a buzzing, crowded, exciting place with loads of atmosphere and the people watching is amazing!

This year the race is on April 7th at 2:15pm so don't miss it if you're in the area!


If culture is your thing, there's no shortage of it in the area! If you're a performer, enjoy volunteering or would like to try your hand at building sets or sewing costumes, then why not join the Putney Arts Theatre? If getting involved isn't your thing, but you like a bit of culture occasionally, then tickets are available for their shows, which run regularly throughout the year.

There is plenty of shopping in the area including several wonderful shops on the high street as well as The Exchange, a fabulous shopping center also located on the high street! If working out is part of your 2012 resolutions, then the Putney Leisure Centre on Upper Richmond Road is definitely worth checking out.

One last thing to look forward to is the Queen's Jubilee floatilla, which will sail through Putney this summer, so definitely don't miss that if you're an avid royalist!

If you live in London or are planning a visit, definitely put Putney on your radar! It's a lovely little area that combines the best of London life with a neighborhood feel and plenty of green spaces!

As always, if any of you have a question or a suggestion for a blog post, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at ashley@pinkjulepabroad.com!

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful post, really appreciate it!

    Look forward to exploring Putney!

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