Partly, it was because of the weather (after a sunny start, it rained almost non-stop). Partly, it was because we were struggling with the controls on an old version of FIFA, back at our Airbnb. But, mainly, it was because we hadn’t seen much of the city that really captivated us. Don’t get me wrong, we’d been to a couple of good shops and bars; we just hadn’t seen anything out of the ordinary or anything particularly noteworthy.
Thankfully, on that first day, we also spoke to the right people. The guys at Waste Studio, a creative agency with one epic toy collection, and the folks at Ideas on Paper, a really cool magazine shop, stuffed full of every magazine you’ll ever want to read, pointed us in the right direction.
It turns out, Nottingham is a pretty cool place and, not only that, it’s small enough to visit more-or-less everything on foot. Win-win!
So, on that second day, we saw the city for real. Places we’d walked blindly passed the first time, we now stopped for a closer look. DOHM, for instance – a small shop selling homewares, accessories, and clothing – was tucked away down a tiny alley that anyone could easily miss.
Of course, a trip to any city wouldn’t be complete without us uncovering the best coffee shops and bars. Both Wired and 200 Degrees offer up that cafe experience, so ubiquitous now in London. Ace coffee, free wifi, good snacks, and a quiet spot to sit, chill, and collect your thoughts. Junkyard and Das Kino were the pick of the bars. A real "BrewDog" sort of vibe in both, but with less of the dim lighting and loud music (hey, it was a bit too early for all of that).