• Sun sun sun

    March 24th 2012 katie

    A gorgeous sunny Saturday, I love it! We took some beers to the park and had the garden designer round to start planning our new outdoor space – just in time for the warm weather. Our garden – more of a yard, really – is pretty tiny but just the right space for some seating…

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  • Aldwych underground tour

    December 7th 2011 katie

    I took a tour of the disused Aldwych underground station on Sunday, organised by TFL and the London Transport Museum. Despite their no-DSLR camera policy and a ridiculous stream of explanations as to why this is the case (from something to do with ‘high resolution sensors’ to the idea that DSLR users would somehow delay…

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  • London Christmas craft markets

    November 24th 2011 katie

    Get ready for a handmade Christmas – here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of festive craft fairs in London. November 21st – Decmeber 10th: Handmade-Christmas at Exmouth Market November 22nd to December 15th: Handmade in Tooting (and Crafty Pint market on December 3rd) November 25-27th (Holborn) and December 2-4th (Deptford): Cockpit Arts Open Studios December 3rd: North…

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  • Stoke Newington in the 70s and 80s

    November 1st 2011 katie

    So happy to have stumbled across this set of photos from my ‘hood Stoke Newington in the 1970s and 80s. So interesting to see what’s changed (goodbye Woolworth’s, hello Wholefoods) and what hasn’t (The Egg Store and Turkish mens’ clubs look unchanged, as do the queues for the 73 bus). I’d love to hop in…

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  • London with Lomo’s La Sardina

    October 2nd 2011 katie

    The lovely people at Lomography UK kindly lent me a camera to test drive for the summer. I already have quite a few analogue cameras, from Lomo’s Holga and Diana to Russian classics and a growing Olympus collection – so I picked one of their brand-new offerings, the La Sardina. Obviously I was drawn to…

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  • Blitz London: a vintage department store

    September 29th 2011 katie

    When Blitz opened a few moths ago, I found the idea of a vintage department store – or ‘vintage lifestyle destination’ as they put it – a bit odd. But having finally visited last weekend, I think they’re really pulled the concept off. The ‘department store’ bit really just means the huge place is divided…

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  • London Design Week: Tent & SCP

    September 27th 2011 katie

    I missed most of the London Design Week goings-on due to being really busy with work, so on Saturday we did a quick tour of what I thought would be the best bits – the Tent show in the Truman Brewery and SCP’s design department store. SCP turned their Shoreditch shop into an exhibition of…

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  • Chocolate tasting at Paul A Young

    August 27th 2011 katie

    It’s good to have friends in high places, especially if those places are chocolatey.. and I happen to have a friend whose partner is co-owner of amazing London-based chocolatier Paul A. Young. We were invited to a last-minute chocolate tasting night on Thursday and jumped at the chance. If you haven’t heard of Paul A…

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  • Kew Gardens

    August 22nd 2011 katie

    Took a trip to Kew Gardens on Sunday because I was sent some blogger review tickets. It was sunny and I got to ride all the way there on the Overground – hurrah! I took my E-P1 armed up with my fun cheap CCTV lens – I love how it kind of adds a random…

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  • I love London

    August 10th 2011 katie

    An extremely sad and scary few days here in London (and the rest of England). Just a reminder, as if it was needed, of how beautiful this city really is. Photos I’ve taken over the last five years of living here:

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  • Carter’s steam fair

    July 5th 2011 katie

    I do look forward to when Carter’s Steam Fair rolls into town. A travelling funfair firmly inspired by Victorian sideshows and vintage attractions, it’s always a a feast for the eyes — but I’m far too scared to go on any of the rickety rides! I just amuse myself playing on the arcade machines, watching…

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  • Maltby St, SE1

    July 3rd 2011 katie

    Much as I love the range of foody goodies on offer at London Bridge’s Borough Market, it’s just too packed out on a Saturday and often ends up being more stressful than fun. Much more relaxing is a stroll away from the crowds, past the massive queues for the London Dungeons and across a quiet…

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  • St Ali, Clerkenwell

    June 12th 2011 katie

    There seems to have been an Aussie/NZ invasion in the London food scene of late: a slew of laid-back eateries popping up with a focus on fusion food made for sharing, great ingredients, and good coffee. Of course I’m totally in favour of this because it’s produced some brilliant new cafes and restaurants – Caravan…

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