You might have heard the famous line from the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion. “Lisson Grove?” says the main character, Eliza Doolittle. “It wasn’t fit for a pig to live in.” Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Lisson Grove is hidden away from the view of most Londoners because it doesn’t have a Tube station that bears its name. Still, it’s got some amazing secrets for you to find if you just step a little closer inside.
The best fish and chips in London
Lisson Grove has the honour of being named the home of traditional fish and chips. The Sea Shell of Lisson Grove has established over 50 years ago and is still serving up fish suppers today. Leave your Hyde Park hotel to find them at 49-51 Lisson Grove, London, where the restaurant grew from a twelve-seater fast food place into a ninety-seat restaurant. From TV presenter Adam Richman, who exclusively fronts food programmes, to actor Denzel Washington and star Lady Gaga, as well as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, many an A-lister has enjoyed the fish and chips on offer here.
Founded in 1967, it’s not much of a stretch to say that the Lisson Gallery is one of the most trendsetting contemporary art galleries in the world. It was one of the first to champion artists now famous such as Anish Kapoor, the person who designed the Arcerlomittal Orbit sculpture, to Richard Deakin, Sol LeWitt and Tony Cragg.
Based in London and Manhattan, the gallery is famous as a place to find astonishing art by new and influential artists alike. As a plus, it’s only a short distance away from the Metropolis London Hyde Park.
Lisson Grove may be a slight unknown when it comes to the famous haunts of London, but ironically it’s connected to one of the most famous streets in all of music history. If you don’t know, the Beatles recorded one of their albums at the studios in Abbey Road, and the famous Fab Four even shot the cover for it while they were walking across the pedestrian crossing nearby. Now, there’s a webcam that’s been especially set up so that people can get the same shot as John, Paul, George and Ringo—if there aren’t any cars around.
Antique hunters will adore Church Street, which is almost lined with different antique shops. It’s become known as ‘Alfies Antique Market’, specialising in art, design and vintage. Alfies itself has become something of an institution, with brands fighting to do the window displays for them and Alfies even opening workshops for those antiquers who offer extra work for customers. Whether you’re looking for art to admire in your suite at the Metropolis London Hyde Park, or just love vintage and want to spend an afternoon here before you go on to your Hyde Park hotel, a number of shops on Church Street will keep you busy.
Lisson Grove is an undisturbed London gem—take the time to explore it.