London Street Food

One thing I will certainly miss when I leave London is the incredible choice of street food from all over the world, particularly in the markets around Camden and Brick Lane.

There’s a choice of Ethiopian, Brazillian, Peruvian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Burmese, Mexican, French, Greek, Moroccan, South African, Jamaican, Sri Lankan, Indian and just about anything else you can imagine.

Here’s a few snapshots of the vendors and food on offer around Brick Lane to get your mouth watering:

Brick Lane Street Food

Japanese Food Vendor

Brick Lane Street Food 2

Brick Lane Street Food 3

Brick Lane Street Food 4

Jerk Chicken

African Food Vendor

Around Camden

Camden is, without a douubt, one of the most colourful, eccentric and interesting places in London to take a camera. Markets wind off of the main high street, twisting and turning through shops with just about anything you could possibly imagine (except for sushi mats. I didn’t find any of those and I was looking). We ate Turkish lamb and mushroom kebabs and Chinese dumplings then sat by the edge of the canal eating gooey brownies and winter tea made from white tea, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger with orange slices floating on top.

Here’s a handful of Camden photos for today.

Laylie Birds


Cleaning Up the Tables

New Wardrobe, Anyone?

Faded Paint

Singing on Camden Canal

Belts for Sale

Yellow and Pink Shacks

Haven Street Lion

I <3 London

Indian Food

Chinese Food


If you have any London market pics, add them to the Flickr pool for a chance to be posted.

Elephants 141-150

Indian Premier League cricket team inspired most of the elephants in numbers 141-150, so eight of these are by the same artist – Lalit Modi.

141. Kids Co Elephant by L Christie & K Wooley, De Beauvoir Primary School; Potters Field Park
Kids Co Elephant

142. Dead End by Kriti Arora; South Molton Street
Dead End

143. Rajasthan Royals by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Rajasthan Royals

144. Kings XI Punjab by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Kings XI Punjab

145. Mumbai Indians by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Mumbai Indians

146. Kolkata Knight Riders by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Kolkata Knight Riders

147. Delhi Daredevils by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Delhi Daredevils

148. Deccan Chargers by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Deccan Chargers

149. Chennai Super Kings by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Chennai Super Kings

150. Royal Challergers Bangalore by Lalit Modi; Trafalgar Square
Royal Challengers Bangalore

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!

Photography Contest! Win a pair of Tickets to Globe Media Gala

I’ve got a pair of hot tickets to give away. They are for the exclusive, invite-only, international fashion show and launch party for a Globe Media pop-up exhibition at the newly re-opened Assembly Hall in Islington on April 1.

Who wants them?  

Since you know I love photos of London, the tickets will be given away to the winner of a photography contest. As you can read in the press release below, this four-day event is about celebrating the cultural voices of countries seen in a negative light through the arts. This contest will show off London, of course.

To enter: submit one photo (.jpeg) of London showing a unappealing aspect of life or a part of the city itself that is usually seen in a negative light photographed in a positive way. Along with the photo, send a 3-4 sentence explanation of your choice and your full name.  Photographs must be your own.

Send your submission to

DEADLINE: March 30, 2010, 8pm GMT

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the event below and the top five photos will be featured in a post at the beginning of April on this blog.


LAUNCH PARTY on 1st APRIL, 6-9pm, with FASHION SHOW, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & REFRESHMENTS for pop-up exhibition and film screenings courtesy of ICA Films, April 2nd-4th

Live dance, music & high end fashion show (stylist from Italian Vogue); participating designers include: Kali Arulpragasa of Superfertile (UK/Sri Lanka) – that’s M.I.A.’s sister, Denny Wirawan (Indonesia), Stephen Pelger (Romania), Ananya (London-based Indian), Akosua (London-based South African), Osman Yousefzada (London-based with Afghani heritage), Telfar, Turkmen Gallery, Erickson Beamon, Pippa Small…and more.

Celebrating the cultural voices of countries often seen in negative light (everywhere from Somalia to Poland, Eritrea to Iraq), Globe Media is showcasing stories about the good things left behind all made by a multi-faceted, creative group of refugees and first generation British citizens. This pop-up exhibition holds a magazine, short films, pictures, crafts, exhibits and audio. Films screening on rotation include I is for India and Gypsy Caravan, courtesy of ICA Films.

The project is called Globe Media, a product of Springboard Media, a London-based charity which sits under the umbrella of long-established and respected not-for-profit organisation, CSV. The Globe Media project is funded by the Transformation Fund. The aim has been to give education in media to those either with backgrounds as journalists or creatives internationally, or to those wishing to be empowered by storytelling and looking for ways forward through their transit in life. A charity raffle (donations wilfully accepted!!!) has some great prizes, and proceeds are going to Broken Silence, helping sickle cell.

London Restaurants: Recency Club, Queensbury

K introduced me to a delicious new curry restaurant last weekend so I thought I’d share. Not that it hasn’t gotten enough press what with Lily Allen’s recent appearance.

We ordered takeaway because it was too busy, but the atmosphere inside is buzzing, cozy with low lighting, lots of festive decorations, a few different eating areas and a well-stocked bar with smiling staff.

Being the only blond one in curry house is always a good sign. Indian people know Indian food better far better than I ever will even though I love it. I ordered lamb biryani and naan which were delicious, though slightly spicy for my sensitive tastebuds.

Queensbury’s a bit of a trek from the centre of town, but I would definitely recommend it!

18-21 Queensbury Station Parade, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 5NR
Takeaway: 020 8952 6300

PS – Speaking of food, Happy Thanksgiving to all you Americans out there!