Best Places Near The Alternative

For anyone working in a new agency or starting a freelance role, getting lunch, meeting people and grabbing something from a cool shop nearby can be tricky. That’s where our ‘Best Places’ series comes in. We have interviewed staff from agencies across the country to provide you with insider knowledge. Today we are looking at the Best Places near The Alternative.

“The Alternative have been creative pioneers in Brand Engagement since 1996. We work for ambitious brands and with people like you who always strive to keep getting better. We believe that deep down this is all everyone ever wants. Therefore, we exist to engage those who matter to you the most with this cause. We create and execute campaigns, events and experiences for brands seeking to engage people with their cause. These are designed to uncover and evoke the ‘feeling with meaning’ that’s uniquely connected to your brand. This approach delivers both the belief and purpose required to drive performance.” The Alternative website, Nov 2011

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We asked Dan Hatton (Studio Manager) & Gavin Martin (Creative Director) for their favourite places near The Alternative.

Dan and Gavin, where is the Best Place to grab a coffee?

Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market

And where is the Best Place to grab a pint/glass of vino? Why?

The Ring public house; purely as it creates the best opening to any conversation!

In your opinion, where is the Best Place to have a sit down lunch?

Waterloo Gardens – grab some food from Lower Marsh, chill out and enjoy.

And the Best Place to have a sandwich/wrap?

Loco Pronto – Something for everyone.

Top places to shop?

Lower Marsh/Market Street – quirky!

Can you recommend the Best Place to chill out (day or night)?

Down by the river on the Southbank.

What’s the best kept secret near The Alternative?

Jack’s Lounge – behind Southwark Tube.

Can you recommend something a bit different?

Go find the Jerk Man in Waterloo Gardens.  You can’t get more different than that!

And lastly, what is the Best Place for a big night out?

Jack’s Lounge.

Thanks Dan and Gavin! For more insider information on the Best Places in the UK, make sure you follow the series!


If you would like to add to this list, please do so in the comments box. Or if you want to tell us about the Best Places near your agency or in your neighbourhood, please get in touch with us.