London, March '16

Back in November, I saw a vlog where Louise from YouTube channel Sprinkle of Glitter visited the Cosmonaut exhibition at the London Science Museum and it went straight on my list of places to visit. So earlier this month, I made a weekend out of it and organised a few other adventures while I was in London… 

When I go to London I usually base myself in and around Camden because I’m usually there for a gig around that area. This time the activities I had planned were quite scattered around London so I thought I’d try somewhere new. I booked the Landmark Apartments in Shoreditch which cost around £70 a night. I’ve paid more per night for a grimy B&B in Camden before so for a modern apartment, 5 mins walk from a tube station it was a bargain. The apartment was nice but I think we may have got a bit of a bum deal with the room we were in. It was on the first floor above the restaurant and our window looked out onto their kitchen extractor unit. From the outside it looked like the rooms higher up and on the other side of the building had a much better view. However other than the view and inability to be able to open the window, the room was good and I think a different room would have been perfect - I will just make sure to request a room higher up next time! 

I’ve been lucky enough to visit London many times but I’ve never been to Shoreditch before. I was instantly amazed as soon as I got off the tube, it seems to be such a creative area with incredible restaurants and bars. I also kept spotting design studios as I walked around - It’s definitely the place to be!  

When venturing out to find somewhere for brunch, I eyed up The Breakfast Club which looked so tasty but the queue was around the block (Which means it must be good!). I ended up at The Bike Shed instead. Everything on the menu sounded so good and the interior design of the cafe was an Instagram heaven. I had avocado & pouched egg on toast with a green juice - If you’re in the hipster capital of London, it’s the obvious choice. 

After The Bike Shed I was wondering around and quickly glanced down an alley in-between two buildings where I saw some graffiti which was the most intriguing thing I’ve ever seen. I just couldn’t carry on without knowing what the white rabbit on the wall was pointing too! Check out the photos at the bottom of this post to see all the white rabbits we followed leading to the White Rabbit photography studio. Unfortunately it was closed when we got there but hats off to them because that was some clever advertising - I wonder how many other people have followed the white rabbit. 

We then walked down Brick Lane Market, the hustle and bustle was really exciting and you can’t beat wondering through a London market admiring all the stalls and smelling all the incredible street food. There was even man handing out coffee through the roof of a black cab - Just a normal day in London. 

On our walk we discovered Boxpark next to Shoreditch High Street which is the world’s first pop-up mall. They’ve combined and stacked lot’s of shipping containers to create little shops and cafes and it seems they have been carefully selected to reflect the vibe of area. There is a similar market created from shipping containers in Coventry called Fargo which opened last year - I wonder whether this is where they got the idea.

I wasn’t after purchasing much while I was in London (which is unusual for me!) but I was after a birthday present for my brother. One of the shops in Boxpark was perfect, I could have bought anything from there for him. It was called The Brokendown Palace and was an urban outdoors store which stoked stylish and ethical outdoors clothing and accessories from across the globe. I bought him the Camp Vibes Trucker hat by Poler Stuff, an American brand based in Portland, USA.

After all that walking we deserved a treat so we went into another of the Boxpark shops, Dum Dum Donutterie, they serve freshly baked, not fried, homemade doughnuts. I had an Almond and Pistachio Dum Dun Cronut which is the British version of the famous New York Cronuts, the birth child of a croissant mixed with a doughnut. I’ll let the photo below do all the talking, because there are just no words to describe how tasty it was. 

When I knew I was going to London for the weekend, I wanted to book in somewhere I hadn’t been before… The West End. I don’t know how I’ve never been to show in the West End before, but after much persuasion I managed to get my other half to agree to it. It did take a small compromise though, we went to see Stomp at The Embassadors Theatre, which isn’t a traditional West End Musical. However, nonetheless, it was really good and the performers in it were incredibly talented. Since then, my other half has agreed that the West End is pretty epic and he’s going to take me to see Lion King next time - Win! 

Our trip to London ended with the reason we made the trip - Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. The exhibition ran until the 12th March so unfortunately it’s now finished but have a browse online because it’s worth checking out some of the photos from it. It was really interesting to see some of the things that have actually been in space. The thing that amazed me the most were the first ‘pods’ which they sent people to space in, they were so small and compact it was difficult to even imagine how the Cosmonauts fit inside them. It was also very inspiring to learn about Valentina Tereshkova, the first Woman in space, we’ve come a long way since 1963 and it’s humbling to think about a Women who made the list of ‘first woman to…’. 

 

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