I’d say that on average, I visit London at least once a week. Usually, this is for something work or blog related: It’s a short 17 minute journey on the train into London Bridge (add another 6 minutes for central London, & Charring cross) & for the most part I manage to avoid the hoards of commuters during the morning rush hour period. I’d like to think I take full advantage of popping into town………..
But, if there is something I’m guilty of though, apart from wearing too much black & sporting a slightly glum look on my face, (both which are an obligatory part of living/ working/ commuting in London. FACT) it’s taking London for granted: Never making enough time to take in the sights, the atmosphere & grander of the capital, & fully appreciating what a bloody great place this is, I call home.
I’m pretty sure it’s the prospect of our impending move to Oz, which has forced me to take action, sharpish. So, I’ve been saying ‘no’ more often to my usual London callings, & ‘yes’ to simply exploring………….
Shoreditch is a location I find myself in regularly, & I’ve always admired the eclectic atmosphere- from the slick & polished silicone roundabout/ tech city area of old street, to the edgy, grundgy & cool vibe, nestled within graffiti walls surrounding the Boxpark neighborhood. But again, I’ve always been in a hurry to get somewhere, or find myself racing home to pick up my little one from preschool, that actually exploring the area had never happened. Just the other week, I dropped all other plans & headed into Shoreditch for some much needed time out, to simply wander around this colourful place (& to spend time around an inspiring pal of mine). Here’s a bunch of snaps showing the awesome street art we found, & some proper dodgy posing. Sorry about that…….
Brunch stop. Shortly after arriving in the heart of Shoreditch, we were both Lee Marvin (hey, it’s only right to drop in cockney rhyming slang. We’re in east Laaaanadn after all). So with food on the brain, we settled on Albion. You’d have thought that in such a trendy area, finding gluten free food would be easy peasy. It’ wasn’t. But Albion had quite a good selection……
The space inside is brilliant, simple yet warming- perfect if you need to catch up with friends or a quite spot to work remotely….. or simply enjoy a cuppa rosy lee…..
All fuelled up, we headed back out onto the
not so mean streets….
& Finishing off the day……
It must have been all that walking we did (or there was something in the London air), because despite brunching a few hours earlier, we found ourselves in need of some good grub. So, the gluten free search resumed. We edged our bets on the pop up resturants above Boxpark, & devoured the yum’s that we discovered in Porky’s BBQ. The picture does this no justice (I blame the lighting) but trust me, it’s well worth a visit (Very limited GF options, but the ribs were divine)
The great thing with Shoreditch is it’s constantly changing & no 2 visits are ever the same- whether it’s fresh street art, or a new building sprouting up: this part of the city really does keep you on your toes! I’ll be heading back there for a group photowalk with Xanthe shortly & I cannot wait . Pssst: If you love London street art, follow my friend V over here – She knows lots about all the artists too 😉
Where are you secret city gems?
My outfit details: Jumper / TOPSHOP. Jeans/ ZARA. Shoes H&M. Duster Jacket/ ZARA.