Open House returns to London on September 16th and 17th. Here are my East London highlights. I’ve chosen most close to home as I hope to visit all of these. But if I only make it to Wilton’s Music Hall I’ll be happy. The oldest music hall in London to survive in its original form, complete with papier-mâché balconies, barley sugar iron columns and unique … Continue reading Open House Highlights
I’ve been very busy these last few weeks designing Christmas cards. Now that it’s mid-November I think it’s time to share. I’ve designed some cards for kids and adults and some that are very particular to London and East London, where I live. My Egg to my Nog card has been listed in the Etsy Editor’s picks blog as one of their favourite holiday cards I … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
For my husband’s birthday this year we wanted to go somewhere a little different. The Dead Dolls Club in deepest Dalston didn’t disappoint. Situated on a very uninspired stretch of Kingsland Road this pop-up restaurant is set up in a defunct restaurant space. The interiors are very DIY. Furniture is handmade, and the light bulbs held by wooden hands come from the owners’ design label, … Continue reading The Dead Dolls Club
It really wasn’t a very nice day on Saturday but it was great to see so many people down on Roman Road for the market relaunch. The market has been given the Portas treatment for a new TV series to be screened in the New Year. Market stalls have been given a splash of colour with candy stripe tarpaulins and new stallholders have been invited to … Continue reading Mary Portas – Roman Road Market Relaunch
Roman Road has it’s fair share of stores with names like Housewife Cash and Carry but I’m hoping it might just be pulled into the 21st Century very soon. I’ve seen a very recognisable redhead down at Roman Road market recently. Mary Portas is set to relaunch the market this Saturday. Roman Road previously applied for funding under the government’s Portas Pilot project but were … Continue reading Roman Road regeneration
We’ve just discovered this fabulous new playground in Bow, East London. It’s called St Stephen’s Green and it was designed by PRP Architects. Inspiration was drawn from the story of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a wonderful space with two huge artist designed flowers in the centre, wooden bugs to climb on and toadstools to perch on. It’s small but perfectly formed and a fantastic addition to … Continue reading St Stephen’s Green
After spending the day at the Olympic park we decided that the largest McDonalds in the world wasn’t going to cut it for dinner so we bussed it to a restaurant in Hackney called Lardo. Only recently opened, it came highly recommended by a foodie friend. Named after an Italian cold cut the pizza and charcuteries restaurant has a small rustic menu and a pared … Continue reading Lardo, Hackney
We live right by Victoria Park and I’m happy to say that after what felt like the longest time most of the improvement works are now complete. I go there practically everyday for coffee at the Pavilion Cafe and to tire my daughter out in the playground. Tower Hamlets Council has recently spent a lot of money with help from the Big Lottery Fund on … Continue reading Victoria Park – new and improved