• Quilted cushion

    January 29th 2011 katie

    Meet the fruits of my third class at The Make Lounge – a quilted log cabin cushion. Like the other classes I’ve done there, it was fun, relaxed and informative. The hardest part was choosing which fabrics to use – and sewing in a straight line after a glass or two of wine… I picked…

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  • Japanese Shojin Ryori in London – and 20% off!

    November 8th 2010 katie

    Amazingly, it’s exactly a year since my amazing holiday to Japan – in fact today was our final day in Kyoto. Coincidentally, I just got an email from Atsuko, whose fantastic Japanese cooking course I attended earlier this year, to let me know about a week-long foody event she’s helping to organise. It’s a celebration…

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  • Barbican architecture tour

    October 25th 2010 katie

    We took a guided architecture tour of the Barbican estate at the weekend. Built in the 60s to provide post-war inner-city housing for the middle classes, it’s now home to 4,000 people – nearly half the population of the City of London borough. It’s perhaps now better known for the adjoining Arts Centre, opened in…

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  • Anti/Pro

    October 14th 2010 katie

    Pro or anti? New street art by Eine lining each side of Ebor St in East London. Share this entry with this shortURL: http://whatkatiedo.es/antipro

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  • London Restaurant Festival

    October 12th 2010 katie

    It’s London Restaurant Festival week: how very, very exciting! It’s basically a big love-in for eating out in London, with restaurants hosting special Festival menus (often at very reasonable prices for 2 or 3 courses) and other markets and events going on. There’s a food market in Spitalfields every day until Sunday (excluding Thursday). There…

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  • Weekend staycation: part 2

    October 4th 2010 katie

    Part 2 of my London Staycation weekend! On Saturday we wandered over to Portobello because we don’t often venture West. Had a peek at the market but it wasn’t much fun in the rain. We had lunch at Santo, a newish Mexican place at the top of Portobello Road – a really great mix ‘n’…

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  • Weekend staycation in London: part 1

    October 3rd 2010 katie

    Well, despite the near-constant rain we had a very fun staycation weekend. We kicked off on Thursday; after some drinks to see Nicky off to New Zealand, we grabbed a bite to eat at Chaat, a little Bangladeshi eatery on Redchurch Street. Unfortunately the food didn’t really live up to the tasty-sounding menu or convivial…

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  • London Staycation

    September 30th 2010 katie

    We’ve forgone a big summer holiday this year, but for good reason: we’re buying a house (about to exchange, finally!) and it’s sucking up all our time, effort and money – and sanity! It’s been nearly a year since Japan and our Berlin trip was only a long weekend, so we were in serious need…

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  • Open House: Village Underground

    September 22nd 2010 katie

    If you’ve ever walked down Great Eastern Street and seen these old train carriages suspended in the sky – here’s what they look like inside. We had a little tour of Village Underground last weekend, care of Open House – a brilliant initiative where interesting London buildings are open to the public for one weekend…

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  • Lassco – salvaged treasures

    August 16th 2010 katie

    After our West London jaunt last weekend, we went South this Sunday, to check out Lassco – a treasure trove of salvaged curios and antiques housed in an impressive Georgian mansion (albeit curiously positioned on a busy road junction surrounded by ugly tower blocks!). Poking around it is like being in a grand country house…

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  • The Old Cinema

    August 10th 2010 katie

    We headed out to West London on Sunday to visit Josh’s brother and his new flat; while out there we took a wander up to Chiswick and this gorgeous vintage furniture emporium, the Old Cinema. Housed in – guess what – an old cinema, it’s two huge floors of pure wonder containing everything from Edwardian…

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  • Art in East London

    April 11th 2010 katie

    It seems to be a busy time of year for excellent art exhibitions in my neck of the woods. Despite them all being within walking distance of work I hadn’t visited any yet, so this gloriously sunny weekend we took ourselves off on a touristy tour of the East. We ended up wandering from Angel…

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