London Fields - the coolest park in London

28 May 2010

The temperature has finally soared and Brits country-wide are looking forward to four months of what they do best: Parklife.
Whether that entails a quick flick through a magazine on your lunch break or a full-on barbeque on a sunny Saturday, one thing is certain: location is key. This summer, choose your patch of grass wisely and you might end up with a whole lot more than a Pret a Manger sandwich and a can of warm beer.
London Fields is a honey pot for the young, beautiful and devastatingly trendy. With nearby Broadway Market lined with all manner of kooky shops and vintage stalls, you’ll find the place crammed with artists, designers and indefinable creative types slouching around the pretty scenery. Don’t expect to find stripy deckchairs and jugs of Pimm’s – instead it’s all about stacks of fixed-gear bikes in a kaleidoscope of colours, and the scent of Tesco’s finest sausages barbequing on disposable grills - London Fields is one of the only parks in London where you’re still allowed to light up.

Undeterred by the shooting that happened in the park on Saturday afternoon, East London’s pretty people were out in force in Sunday’s 27 degree heat.
Lots of flesh was on show, but it was toned and tastefully clad: skinny cut-offs, canvas pumps by Tom’s and vintage Carrera glasses for the boys, and oversized men’s t-shirts, red lipstick and endless amounts of leg for the girls.
We bumped into the ever-charming Yvan Rodic of Facehunter, who was out scouting for girls. “I always get some good shots up here,” he said, as he headed for a pint at the Cat and Mutton, Broadway’s perpetually hopping pub.

Inside the park, we battled our way through the hula-hooping girls and their guitar-strumming cohorts to find the perfect sunspot. We plumped for a space near the lido, which is London’s only 50-metre heated outdoor pool. Who should be sat nearby (with a host of implausibly beautiful friends), but Florence Welch, enjoying a day in the sunshine to celebrate a friend’s birthday. “I don’t live anywhere near here,” she said, “but I can’t think of many better places to come on a sunny Sunday.” Her barbeque put ours to shame, as we watched them carving up perfectly pink fillet steaks on a wooden chopping board. From the John Lennon sunnies to the gorgeous boyfriend and the perfect steak - some people just have it all.

Alannah Sparks


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