Enchanting emporium of wonderful handcrafted and vintage finds located in Islington. I could have happily spent an hour in there ogling at all manner of things from cards, little music boxes, clocks, furnishings, dolls and a cluttered pretty garden.
After Noah, 121 Upper St, London, N1 1QP
This is the kind of shop I walk around and want to live in... all of the display cabinets are feature pieces by artists that are also for sale and as such often change around once sold. I love how colourful their shop is as well, it just feels quite magical. The indoor wall garden is kinda cool too, (not so much the squeaky glass-pebbled stairs though).
Anthropologie, 158 Regent Street, London, W1B 5SW
Eat & Drink.
Mexican market eating on a whole new level of amazing. (Oh I do love Mexican food). Started off with crisp tortilla chips, fresh salsa and guacamole then everything you order is served as soon as it's ready. Pork pibil tacos, chorizo & potato quesadillas and the chicken tinga quesadillas were top faves. Love the restaurant itself, it was as bright and fresh as the food with an equally chilled atmosphere. Cherry on top, (yes, there's more!) the complimentary grow your own chilli seeds pack.
Wahaca, 66 Chandos Place, London, WC2N 4HG
(Also see Wahaca, South Bank Experiment)
I love chocolate and I love cake, so I get a little bit over excited when I'm lucky enough to visit Choccywoccydoodah. Tucked away off Carnaby Street, you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it, which is kinda cool because I turn it into a chocolate treasure hunt. I'd like to note, the following photos aren't from one visit, but from several trips when I've dragged someone else along to (not) share my hot chocolate and cake with. Dribbles....
Choccywoccydoodah, 30-32 Fouberts Place, Carnaby, London, W1F 7PS
Swimmer at Grafton Arms
Sweet little pub hidden just off Holloway Road, some real ales and European lagers on offer and the menu looked tempting for their open kitchen. Lovely calm atmosphere with board games a plenty to keep you entertained and some absolute tunes in the background... MJ, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, those kinda classics.
Ok, so a bad round to start off our match of Scrabble... But I still won.
Swimmer at Grafton Arms, 13 Eburne Road, London, N7 6AR
My friend and I decided to take a nice walk down towards Kings Cross from Holloway and whilst strolling down Caledonian Road we stumbled across the delights of Drink Shop Do. A 'design shop and cafe/bar', it was just the most perfect little place with a lot to offer. We tucked into some red velvet cake and a lemon and rosemary cake slice... SCRUMMY!
The highlight for me had to be the events they run, including 'Who Run the World? Girls!' dance workshop evening to learn Beyonce's routines and if you'd rather stay seated, 'Lionel Rich Tea', biscuit decorating sessions with the sounds of Lionel Ritchie, of course.
Drink Shop Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX
(Both images from Drink Shop Do's Facebook)