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Showing posts with label places to eat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label places to eat. Show all posts

Saturday, 31 May 2014

A Salty Adventure on the South Bank!

Southbank Fun
Hey again chums! Like lots of 'Londoners' (I guess that's what I am now - eek!) I spend a lot of time on the South Bank. Lots of people feel like that's as far South in London as is acceptable, but I don't think that's true at all. Nevertheless, I love the South Bank - the atmosphere is bustling and there is always so much going on!
Dan and I decided to go on a little adventure to celebrate it being... the weekend... and thought it'd be great to start at Borough Market. I wanted to repeat my glorious experience with the Kappacasein grilled cheese, but the queue was unbelievably long, so we decided to get some Salt Beef sandwiches instead.
Salt Beef Borough Market
I mean, the queue for the Salt Beef was pretty darn long too, I'm not gonna lie... But much shorter than the cheese queue and once I saw all that melty, melty beef, I kinda forgot about anything else.
London Salt Beef
Bagel Man London
Salt Beef South Bank
Southbank Bagel
After partying on down with a delicious bagel and a soft rye bread sandwich, both filled to the brim (do sandwiches have brims?) with salt beef (or for Americans, Corned Beef - British Corned Beef is not the same as American Corned Beef. Confused yet?), we strolled along the river to the Tate Modern to mooch about with some free art. I've lost count of the number of times I've been to the Tate Modern, and I still adore it. It makes me feel like a tourist all over again, and that's an aspect of London that falls away fairly quickly once you live here!
Thames bridges
Southbank bubble performer
Look at those beautiful bubbles! Remember what I said about how there's always something going on? Also, bubbles are pretty much my all time favourite thing - Rainbows in ephemeral ball form? What more could you want!?
Satchel and Tweed London
Cambridge Satchel style idea

Scarf - Hobbs (a present from my mother-in-law)
Tweed Jacket - Zara (a present from my mother-in-...birth?)
Dress - GAP (this season! OMG am I fashionable yet?!)
Satchel - The Cambridge Satchel Company (another gift from the mother-in-law)
Tights - Somewhere in France (a gift from my Stepmother)
Shoes - Office (I bought these myself!)
APPARENTLY THIS WHOLE OUTFIT WAS PROVIDED BY MY MOTHER FIGURES...

Hobbs scarf style
I'm so interested to see how London's skyline will change over the next few years. There's an awful lot of cranes having a party out there, and who knows what the future will bring... I guess I'll just have to keep on blogging about it, eh? And to all my new readers - I'm super pleased you're here and very honoured indeed. It would be beyond excellent if you stuck around and introduced yourselves! I love making new friends :)London Skyline changing

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Vintage Emporium - A café close to my heart


Shoreditch cafe

The first time I encountered The Vintage Emporium in Shroeditch, I was doing a gig there with Robin Grey. I turned up and was greeted by a room overflowing with beautiful candles, mismatched furniture and dried flowers – it was love at first sight basically.

Vintage café

The people who run the café are lovely, warm people who make excellent food and drinks. Every time I go in I order pretty much the same thing – an avocado and cream cheese bagel, and either a hot spiced apple drink or a chai latte. It’s all served on odd plates and big hearty mugs, and it’s basically the best place to hide away on a cold, rainy day in London. That said, they do cold drinks in the summer months, and Dan had some kind of tasty iced mocha frappé thing.

Avocado Bagel
hipster drinks

Another super awesome thing about this café is that it actually has a vintage dress shop downstairs too. And I’m not talking generic-retro-whatever-dresses, I’m talking legit 1920s and 1930s originals, beautiful beaded gloves, tiny leather shoes from the turn of the last century, it’s like a treasure cave for anyone who loves vintage clothes, antiques, or costumes. I really love it! (Can you tell!?)

Vintage Emporium

And in true, blogception style, I am actually writing a list of future blog ideas in this photo, so you can’t say I don’t take this blogging lark seriously! Anyway, I recommend The Vintage Emporium more wholeheartedly than I could ever hope to convey through words. So pop up to 14 Bacon Street (Just off Brick Lane, and very near to the Shoreditch High Street Overground station) and have a lovely time with an enormous cup of something hearty and a great big slab of home made cake.

Ginger Fringe Shoreditch

The website for The Vintage Emporium appears to be down at the moment, so follow them on twitter instead at @vintagemporium and let them know I sent you! Disclaimer - I only blog about places I love, and as yet, nobody has ever asked me to review a place for them. Ma viewz r ma own.