The Boyfriend is relocating to East London and with the nice sunny spell we are having at the moment I took the opportunity to introduce him to one of my favourite hidden gems in East London, Spitalfield’s City Farm.
After stopping for Brunch at Patisserie Valerie in Spitalfield’s Market I took him along the back streets of Brick Lave to show him the farm.
I first came across the farm by accident when I was cycling towards Columbia Road Market and I took a wrong turn.
Spitalfield’s City Farm was originally set up by volunteers in 1978, and relies mostly on volunteers to keep it going. For me part of its charm is that fact that it’s not every day that you see a farm in the middle of the city, it’s like a quiet oasis.
The farm shop is open Tuesdays – Thursdays to buy fresh eggs, bread and vegetables and there are lots of beautiful flower beds to stop and look at. Children and adults will also enjoy the experience of getting up and close to the farm animals, you can see some of them below.
If you find yourself in the area you must pay the farm a visit. its a lovely way to spend a sunny day.
It’s a new month guys! Argh! One month left until my birthday and only a couple months left to the end of the year. So if you haven’t been getting out and seeing what the city has to offer drop what you are doing now! Okay slightly melodramatic but you catch my drift. I have to apologise for the slackness in blog posts last month between travelling and working life got busy. However this month I am going to make up to you. I am also looking to recruit writers, so if you think you would be able to contribute some interesting London based content on a semi regular basis – email me at email@example.com.
This post is the first in a number of posts on things to do in London each with a theme. Today it will be ART!
Following two hugely successful solo shows in recent years, Megan and the Burobbu Boutique will see Tom taking over a space in BOXPARK, Shoreditch from 4th October to 24th December (with more that a little help from those mysterious pink blobs, The Burobbu).This mini show is a playful sneaky peak into the future wandering of Tom’s mind, as the colourful small scale sketches hint at themes which will appear in his upcoming 2014 show.
Buy art at Moniker Art fair from Oct 17 – Oct 20 at East London’s Old Truman Brewery.
Moniker Art Fair returns for its fourth year, having ﬁrmly established itself as London’s premiere event for contemporary art with its roots embedded in urban culture. This year sees the fair take another ground-breaking step by venue-sharing with London’s leading artist-led fair – The Other Art Fair – in what will be a showcase of independent and established talent all under one roof in East London’s iconic Old Truman Brewery.
Be sure to visit the Hang Up gallery when you visit the fair and check biro artist Mark Powell who will be pushing the boundaries with his latest body of work created specially for Moniker.
Dedicated to showcasing the highest quality under-exposed art, the space will include pieces of Pop Surrealism, illustration, and tattoo artistry, and will also host the ‘Bromance’ collection, an exhibition by contemporary artist Jack Pearce.
‘Bromance’, the first solo exhibition from British artist and illustrator Jack Pearce, combines traditional ideas of brotherhood within a modern context. Jack explores male relationships and rituals through his unique tribal-influenced style, and visitors can also enjoy a special Soho installation, painted live by Jack between 28 September and 3 October.
Atomica gallery and shop: 75 Berwick Street, W1F 8TG. Runs until – 25 October 2013
For every contemporary art lover the Frieze Art Fair event is something to look forward to. The event at Regents Park will feature many works from some of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.
When I first heard about this show, I thought er..”random”. Art Wars sees the biggest names in art form an alliance with Andrew Ainsworth, the creator of the Stormtrooper. The exhibition features a regiment of Stormtrooper helmets that have been left at the mercy of some of the best the art world has to offer, including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mr Brainwash, Paul Fryer and Joana Vasconcelos. It’s well worth seeing if your a Star wars fan.
Take part in The Big Draw – October to 3 November
The Big Draw is back! If you want to express more of your creative side then get involved with one of hundreds of events that will be happening across the country.
I was recently invited to take a food tour of East London organised by East Village London and I was in the lovely company of fellow London bloggers London on the Inside, The Arburturian and Lady loves Cake. It was beautiful sunny day of eating, drinking, lots of walking and having our eyes opened to hidden gems in the East End. As someone who has spent their whole life living on the East London border I was surprised by how much of Stratford I had never seen. The Olympics really has done a lot for opening up the area and with lots of regeneration happening I can see myself spending more time in Stratford and the surrounding area in the next year to come.
We started the day by meeting Charlie from Walk Talk Eat at the View Tube in Pudding Mill Lane. The View Tube cafe has lovely views of the Olympic site and they serve the most delicious pastries.
We enjoyed delicious buns whilst looking out onto the Greenway. If you are in the area it’s a great place to stop and relax.
We then proceeded to walk along the Greenway stopping to admire photographs of the elderly Olympics on the way. The Greenway is also great for cycling alongside the canal.
We passed the canal as we walked along The Greenway walking towards Hackney Wick.
Some interesting street art I noticed on the side of a bench.
Next stop on our tour was the area next to the canal also know as fish island, all the roads around there are named after fish. We also passed Percy Dalton’s old peanut factory which is now mainly used by artists and local designers as office space.
Next we stopped at The Counter Cafe which has lovely views of the canal and serve the best pies! They also have their own art gallery where you can buy art by local artists.
We ate some lovely:
Washed down with:
After relaxing a little we moved on towards Victoria Park, I have already decided that once I win the lottery I will be buying one of the lovely Victorian terraces overlooking the park.
The last part of the food part of the tour was our arrival in Victoria Park Village which is packed full of lovely boutique shops, pubs, and foodie gems. We enjoyed some lovely scotch eggs from the Ginger Pig butchery before moving onto the The Deli Downstairs for some strawberries and Kingscote Sparkling English Cider.
More to come in Part two which will feature the East Village Tour >>>
The last couple of weeks I have found myself hanging out in East London a fair bit, I guess after the scaremongering during the Olympics I figured I was probably best to try to stay closer to home. However this has led me to some new discoveries!
Jaguar Shoes Collective – The Old Shoreditch Station – Kingsland Rd
Like many places in Shoreditch Jaguar Shoes is a collection of artist, Cafe, Shop, and exhibition. They have recently launched Brolly & Ice Cream, a new exhibition & pop-up purveying the finest teas and ices and last Thursday I decided to check out its launch. During which we were treated to complimentary gin cocktails and able to sample some of the delicious ice cream they would have on sale. The Brolly and ice cream exhibition features bespoke graphic wallpaper, giant ice cream sculptures and an inverted umbrella lighting installation alongside a selection of illustrated products created by the JaguarShoes roster of artists. To accompany the exhibition, the fashion retail area of the building has been transformed into a Teas and Ices shop. Inspired by the 1930-1940’s era; a time of home-making, frugality and rationing. This place is definitely worth checking out so if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out for the remainder of the summer get down here.
The Heron tower is one of the new skyscrapers that have risen up in London recently. Having already been to The Drift I was keen to check out the views from its newest edition Sushisamba, a restaurant serving a fusion of Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese food. Obviously the pulling point of this place is the views which are without a doubt spectacular. On this occasion I didn’t get to taste the food but we did spend some time in the bar enjoying the scenery and a couple of funky cocktails. The restaurant was very busy but we found we didn’t have a problem getting a place to sit and access to the bar. I really enjoyed myself and will be definitely making an excuse to go back.
“This summer London is going head to head in a game of East vs West. Join the tug of war on Facebook between Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City by picking your favourite films, festivals and events from East or West London. Every two days it’s a new game on the Westfield London and Stratford City Facebook Pages. Join in to win a £100 gift card!” #sponsored by Westfield.
Even though I profess to loving all parts of London, the Olympics has brought home just how much East London is dear to my heart. The East maybe slightly grimy, a little rough around the edges but with Stratford hosting the Olympics, people from around the world are seeing why East London is vibrant, edgy and cool. Of course having grown up here I may be a little biased :). With the Olympics in full swing it is in the spirit of competition that Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City go head to head.
Westfield in London is giving everyone their own ‘I was there’ story which will live on as part of the legacy of London 2012. From the landmarks to the people, East and West London each have their own unique energy and flair which make up London. This summer, a competition between ‘Team East’ and ‘Team West’ will generate a healthy rivalry between the two sides of London while showcasing the best of the city.
Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City are going head to head in a battle of East vs West. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, show your allegiance and share your story by signing up to Team East or Team West.
By signing up you become part of a team which represents your side of London. Your pictures, tweets, videos tagged #IWASTHERE become part of a hub of content representing East or West London. This is your chance to show why your side is the BEST!
Westfield is offering some great prizes for participating and sharing your content: More than £25,000 worth of Visa prepaid cards to spend at Westfield is up for grabs as well as London 2012 and Team GB merchandise.
Sign up and start racking up those points and who knows you may even come home with gold!
Last night I went to Love Machine at Concrete, the bar/club below Pizza East in Shoreditch. I was slightly nervous about what it would be like as it’s been a while since I’ve been out clubbing and often whenever I have been to somewhere new in the past its been filled with teeny boppers. I was nicely surprised to find out that the crowd was a cool mix of suits, teens, twenties, thirties and hipsters. Concrete is by no means a large club but the space works well (get there early if you want to bag a seat). The music on a friday is ashamedly pop but I think this is a good thing as when you are out with a large group of friends it can be difficult to find a place that everyone likes and there was enough chart hits to get everyone dancing. The dance floor didn’t really get going until around 11pm but once it was it was manic. I thought the packets of sweets that were scattered around the room were a nice touch and stopped me from getting hungry 🙂 . The bar had a varied selection of drinks, mixers and beers going for around 5-6 pounds which isn’t bad for Shoreditch. Toilets were very clean too. So the downers, people smashing glasses on the dance floor and nobody sorting it out. So would I recommend going? Definitely! Perfect place to go if you’re looking for a laid back night out after work to let your hair down with friends. Entry is free before 10pm and £5 pounds after.
“On the first Thursday of every month the galleries and museums of east London open their doors late for a chance to see amazing art, culture and events after hours. With over 100 galleries and museums open until 9pm on First Thursdays there will always be something free and exciting to see.” (http://www.firstthursdays.co.uk/)
First Thursdays is a collaboration between TimeOut and The Whitechapel Gallery. It is a chance for people who maybe interested in the art world but maybe slightly intimidated by the pretentiousness that sometimes is associated with it to get out there and see works of art from emerging artists in East London for free. Galleries open until 9pm and there is a map on the website that allows you to plot your trail. It is also a great way to meet new people annd who knows maybe you will inspired to create your own art.