I’m going to check out the Bridge Cafe in Shoreditch (quirky old place with a Victorian feel, crazy fushia pink chairs, old photos and neon vintage signs everywhere) this weekend with my fabulous friend Carolina. I’ll hopefully get to spend some quality time with Jorge and I’ll be working a bit on my Dad‘s website. I’ve spent most of the week at work writing posts for the fabulous new blog and planning our holiday party. Can’t believe it’s that time already!
Here’s a photo of the London Eye under a moody London sky:
Photo: The All Seeing Eye by Paki Nuttah
Here’s your Friday links. All sorts of entertainment below:
- Steam trains are coming to London tomorrow. Fun! Read all about it on Ian Visits.
- Enjoy cycling in London? Le Cool interviews Vulpine founder Nick Hussey.
- Interesting contrast photo with red tower block on London Daily Photo.
- William Wallace from London Is Cool tastes some mounth-wateringly delicious looking frozen hot chocolate at yoomoo, the frozen yogurt bar in Harrods. Reminds me of NYC. Serendipity.
- The East London Design Show is on this weekend if anyone is in the mood for Christmas shopping for something different.
- London Living does another great Twinterview with Cultural Expose who recommends an intriguing Nigerian restaurant.
- As London Pop-ups points out, there’s a Christmas Vintage Fair in Hampstead on Sunday. Sounds lovely. Stop by Le Creperie for crepes when you finish. I’d recommend the chocolate, banana and rum. Mmmmm!
- Love the 150th anniversary London Underground postage stamps as seen on Going Underground. Also like the idea of this new Battersea connection!
- How cool is this hidden pop-up, Leyshon Brothers Bonded Warehouse? Secret passwords and hidden location, Miss Immy? Intriguing!
- Londonist writes about the Silicon Roundabout revamp and a sobering map that shows every bomb of The Blitz. Wow.
- Who’s going to see fireworks on NYE? According to Now. Here. This., Time Out’s blog, they will blow you away…In other news, a pop up homes project, and, oh look… book swapping on the tube – where I already leave all of my books anyway! Love it.
- Smitten by Britain posts a visual history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster.
- Shit London Awards 2012 should be up today! Always amusing.
- Among other fabulousness on Spitalfields Life is the contributor Chris Kelly’s compilation of The Cats of Spitalfields.
- The Londoner visits Hyde Park’s madhouse that is the Winter Wonderland.
- Stik has been quite busy lately as you can see on Street Art London.
- The London Foodie reviews the lovely views (and food, of course) at Mi Jiang, the Restaurant at the Royal Garden Hotel.
- Find me on Twitter for street art, London links and all sorts of good stuff.
- LLO is on Facebook too – all about London, but stuff I don’t post here on the blog.
- And of course, there’s the colourful Pinterest page which is a scrapbook of wanderlust, street art, photography and other goodies.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Last chance to win two London Dungeon tickets! A quirky indoor activity for one of these cold Winter days?
I will keep this short and sweet today as time is limited.
First, a fab photo from the Flickr pool – one of those little things in London. Imagine the smell:
Photo: Lavender House by Andy Worthington
Photo caption: On Ratcliff Cross Street, in Shadwell, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, this is the entrance to Lavender House, a modern development — with an achingly trendy panel of grass wall — which, according to an estate agent’s website, “gives easy access to the City and Canary Wharf.” Continuing, the blurb claims, “Offering a mix of contemporary 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments, this secure development will suit owner occupiers, rental investors, and those looking for a pied a terre. Interior designed and finished to a high standard throughout by the developer.” At the time of writing, a 2-bedroom flat was on sale for £329,999, with a terrace (blocked in by an adjacent warehouse) and an area of just 731 sq. ft. Photo taken on July 24, 2012.
And to keep you entertained for a while, some London links from around the blogosphere:
- First a bit of cheeky self-promotion. I wrote a guest post for Move Guides, a new relocation website, on my experiences and lessons learned as an expat.
- The Londoner gets her hair done at Smiths in Soho.
- Emm in London went on a Bowl of Chalk tour and lists 9 things she learned along the way.
- A bit of underground trivia from Fresh Eyes on London.
- Looking to escape London in December? Ian Visits lists some things to do outside the city.
- Jane’s London keeps it local.
- Le Cool London embarks on its latest Artisan Wanders Walking Tour – in Mayfair.
- William Wallace raves about the “garlic prawnies” – street food he ate in Uxbridge – on London Is Cool.
- London Living posts photos of the new East Village and gets under the skin of Walthamstow with an excellent photo entry.
- Also in Walthamstow, check out the E17 Designers Winter Warmers pop-up, as posted by London Pop-ups.
- Secret Emporium Christmas Market anyone? London Perspective reminds us to get the dates in our diaries.
- Londonist writes about a new app that pinpoints London’s public art, a 4th Plinth art show coming to the ICA and a giant toilet sculpture near Tower Bridge.
- Ove on Time Out’s blog Now. Here. This., it’s all neon lights, Alexander McQueen, the inflated world of London renting versus location on tube and a new Vauxhall park inspired by NYC’s High Line.
- Spitalfields Life writes about the founding of the East End Trades Guild. And by the way, the Gentle Author of this fabulous blog was interviewed on London Living.
- It’s not about London exactly, but there’s some pretty delicious Christmas pudding ice cream with a recipe on The London Foodie!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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What a busy week! How has yours been?
Can you feel the Autumn weather settling in? In the morning, I can see my breath when I walk to work. In the evening, the sun is fading earlier. Shadows are changing. It’s almost pumpkin latte season! But on to some other interesting stuff…like tyres…
Somewhere between Wood Green and Bounds Green in North London is Truro Road. What do you find there? Lots of tyres, apparently! Love this photo by Lindsey from Londonist:
And here’s some links from a few fabulous London bloggers to keep you occupied until I return on Monday:
- Hooked Blog photographed a new RUN mural in Clapton.
- The Accidental Londoner pays a visit to Made in Camden, the ground floor eatery at the Roundhouse.
- Hunt for Design digs under the surface to find out the story behind the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
- This little piece on How to Make British Friends over on GB Mag is a pretty amusing read.
- Great Little Place asks: Are you East or West? I adore the East for photography, nightlife, etc, but my London habits show I’m definitely West. I’ve worked in either Notting Hill or Gloucester Road for more than four years now. I’ve lived in Knightsbridge, Kensal Green, Ealing Broadway, Earl’s Court and Southfields and lately spend half my time at Jorge’s house in Chelsea – all West.
- Not a huge fan of dogs, but I’m a sucker for a fun piece of art. Bloody Brilliant spotted one here outside the RSPCA.
- Ian Visits takes a look at British Railway’s art deco style electrical control room.
- An interesting piece of public art on London Is Cool. Know who it’s from?
- Tattoo convention anyone? Head over to Londoner’s Eye for details.
- Have you ever been to a supper club in London? If not, as Miss Immy’s photos show, Clandestino’s looks like a pretty awesome option!
- London Fashion Week starts today. This. Here. Now., the Time Out blog, has a London Fashion Week guide.
- Paralympic death threats from Shit London anyone?
- A nice patriotic thank you to London photo on Smitten by Britain.
- Tiki Chris posts a few words of advice from the new Zagat guide. Looking for somewhere to eat out this weekend?
- I can never choose a new post for you from Spitalfields Life because it’s just too brilliant all around. Just stop by. You won’t be disappointed.
As always, cheers for all the new likes on Facebook and shares on Twitter this week!
Side note: It’s one year since since I launched my Etsy Print shop: http://www.photolarks.etsy.com .
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Chao till Monday. Enjoy your weekend.
Well, well, well. The (usually untrustworthy) weather app on my phone tells me this weekend may feel a bit like Summer. Any big outdoor plans for soaking up the sun then? We may go have a little look around the Garden Museum. Any recommendations around the area while we’re there? And a Hampstead Heath picnic doesn’t sound like a bad idea either…
If you’re stuck indoors for some crazy reason or need something to keep you occupied on your phone while you’re on your way to somewhere fun and exciting, here’s some links from the London blogosphere this week.
First, a photo from the Flickr pool (some awesome contributions from you guys lately!).
This is 4 Doors, taken in Greenwich by Russell Dixon.
What my favourite bloggers had to say this week…
- Lady in London reviews new Camden restaurant, Simply Fish. Anyone else try it yet?
- London’s famous golden mile of tailoring that is Savile Row is in focus on Accidental Londoner.
- Love this Chanel promotional campaign – London cabs painted in their nail polish shades that will take you to Chanel for a free manicure or makeover and £25 to spend on Chanel makeup. Thanks for the heads up on that on, American Girl in Chelsea!
- A fun new series – Interesting Loos – has popped up on Fresh Eyes on London. Number one? In Kentish Town’s Abbey Tavern.
- Jane’s London just reminded me it’s already time for the Thames Festival this weekend! Can’t believe it’s already that time…
- Victoria’s Secret has now opened it’s New Bond Street flagship. Finally. In case you were wondering.
- Loving London Daily Photo’s coverage of the Paralympics.
- London Liberty Girl speaks to designer Orla Kiely to get the scoop on what it’s like to be her for a week.
- Going Underground shares a really cool vintage film from 1969 about automatic ticket machines on the tube.
- Miss Immy visits the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret. Lots of photos!
- The Gentle Author writes about gardening on the roundabout in Victoria Park Village on Spitalfields Life.
- Time Out’s blog Now. Here. This. keeps us up to date on all sorts of things. David Bowie coming to the V&A, Zadie Smith‘s new book, some fantastic bogus signs spotted on the Tube …
- End of Summer style on The Style Scout.
- Tired of London, Tired of Life notes the final residents of the Heygate Estate have now been evicted. A couple years ago, curiosity got the best of me and I snuck in with my camera to take a little wander round. Heygate Estate photos here if you missed them!
- And on an unhappy note, The Londoner is in hospital. Stop by and show some love. Get better soon!
And cheers for the new Facebook likes this week! Much appreciated. Feel free to pass it on to anyone else who may be interested! 🙂
See you Monday!
So. Bank holiday weekend. Notting Hill Carnival. Potential madness. Go or avoid? What’s the plan?
If you go to Carnival, make sure to submit photos to the Flickr pool! If you decide to stay in for a bit, here’s some weekend links to keep you amused. Let’s see what’s been happening with some of my favourite London bloggers this week, shall we?
And lastly, a fox spotted by SReed99342.
Happy bank holiday weekend everyone!