We all sometimes yearn for a place that has not yet been touched by today's rapid developments. Walking into Streets of London@British Hainan in Singapore feels like stepping back in time to the early 60s or 70s. Century-old wooden tables, chairs and floor, gauze pendant lamps and delicious food make it a great place for feeling the emotional appeal, giving a person a feeling of the past.
Feeling nostalgic? What is Nostalgia? A cherished memory from a period or place with happy personal associations. And you know how sometimes, you can only trigger certain memories only when experiencing specific things, like scents, sounds, objects, photos etc. Streets of London@British Hainan is littered with vintage furnitures and brings you a nostalgic and rustic ambience. It is meant to be nostalgic and looks to an elegant time in history for influences. It is a way for people to externalize and cherish memories by including that old piece of furniture from your grandma’s house for example. There are tons to things to look through, many things that bring back memories from your past, whether you were born in the 70s, 80s or 90s.
Nestled in the Katong/Joo Chiat area, Streets of London British Hainan has quickly become a favourite with residents and nice getaway spot for anyone passing by. The retro photos, posters and antiques lining the walls give a nostalgic feel. Much like you'd expect in a smaller community, neighbours can be spread out across three or four tables and be keeping conversation between the bunch.
I chose to dine at Streets of London@British Hainan last month while deciding on the venue for an annual Christmas gift exchange with a long-time friend. The owners of Streets of London@British Hainan are genuinely warm and friendly people.
Coffee and drinks in a space that opens the shutters of yesterday. Old antiques, black and white photographs are just some of the elements that make up the unique personality of this restaurant. With charming rustic decor, Streets of London@British Hainan is an ideal venue for any gathering with friends and family.
One of the things about this restaurant is the nostalgic feel and decor. Streets of London@British Hainan welcomes you with some classic English & Chinese songs and their old school decor.
A dozen or more old photographs hanging on the wall, along with a few rusty vintage mirrors, complete the whole look and charm of Streets of London@British Hainan.
There’s even more history to be discovered if you walk around the restaurant, where there is a large antique bookcase with a fascinating collection of vintage knick-knacks (books, maps, vinyl records, jewelry boxes, tea pots etc) on display and/or for sale too.
Streets of London@British Hainan is not only an ordinary cafe, the interior of the restaurant is beautifully furnished with a lot of gorgeous and handsome antiques. Street of London@British Hainan is a true gem. The combination of great food, modest price, gracious service and nostalgic ambience makes this place unique and memorable. Overall the antique filled store with the homely theme made me feel cosy and welcomed. The place is also definitely a place where antique lovers should not miss.
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