Fresh from trips to Italy and Berlin we decided it was high time for an adventure closer to home – The London Overground. Often overlooked as the “Orange line” connecting the four corners of London together – we decided to embark on our own Overground Challenge to find the best spots to get a flavour of London’s diverse culture.
Any travel requires comfortable footwear and as you’d expect, we demand that it is also stylish. Naturally we turned to Converse and the Chuck II in Mono white and black and white combination. The Chuck II is an update on the iconic classic silhouette, these in our (humble) opinion, are the most comfortable Converse around. Constructed with a Lunarlon sock liner – a lightweight, soft and responsive interior cushioning, the Chuck II’s feature a 360-degree collar and tongue foam supported by an ultra soft liner built for versatility.
Starting the journey from West London, we made our way South-East to hop on the Overground from Canada Water.
Our first stop was Beagle in Hoxton for breakfast. Under the railway arches, Beagle is a cafe during the day, restaurant and bar from afternoon onwards with an airy welcoming feel that will make you happy to stay for hours on end.
After much needed food (and journey planning), we took a stroll to Shoreditch, stumbling across an apt wall ad and the quirky street art that we have come to expect from this favoured part of East London.
After leaving Shoreditch, we continued onto our next stop, Hampstead Heath. Renowned for its large green spaces, we decided to explore an undercover gem in Hampstead, 2 Willow Road. Designed by Hungarian, Ernö Goldfinger, the apartment built in 1939 was one of the first modernist properties in London, unique for the limited amount of concrete visible on the exterior. Now under National Trust management, 2 Willow Road provides a direct insight into the early modernist movement; 20th Century art from the likes of Marcel Duchamp and Bridget Riley, complemented by furniture that we would now call “contemporary”.
National Trust Images / Dennis Gilbert
Back on the overground we headed to Kew, aiming to reach the Royal Botanic Gardens before the sun went down. One of the landmark attractions in London, we explored the broad gardens with highlights being the grand Palm House greenhouse, one of the largest in the world. We ended the trip with a walk along the 18 metre high, Treetop Walkway, designed by the same the people behind the London Eye. Offering, views of the gardens and wider landscape below, the steep walk on the way up served to show the versatility of the Chuck II’s.
To cap off a long but scenic journey, we gave ourselves and our trusty Chuck II’s some much needed respite, heading to the Botanist in Kew for deserved drink.
As frequent travellers we’ve had good and bad experiences with footwear – but after wearing the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II’s for 7 hours +, we had nothing but positives to take away. Versatile, comfortable, durable and above all stylish, the Chuck II’s proved to be a great aid to help us complete our Overground Challenge from the streets of Shoreditch to the Greenery of Kew.