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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central February 21st 2017

When you hear the word "timeless," what first comes to mind? Diamonds? That little black dress? Dick Clark? This word came up time and time again today and it has me thinking .... Our day began with our friend Tom taking us on a walking tour of his local neighborhood, Shoreditch. A smattering of shops, artists, gritty grafitti, and supercool food trucks, this place instantly made me wish my sister Alyssa was traveling with me this time. I love her enthusiasm for street art and I have always thought the streets of London unmatched in this arena. We visited a cool boxcar lunch area with multiple levels, seating areas, and about 40 stalls of (exotic to me) food and drink. We shopped for a birthday card for his roommate which made me remember how good it ... read more
Dog in Profile
Yes. So much yes.
Riding bikes!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central August 24th 2013

Friday morning we set off by our usual train connections to downtown London for Camden Market. Visiting this area is like going back in time about 40 years into the 70's. Camden's group of markets is now the fourth most-visited tourist attraction in London. It is the largest street market in the UK, and attracts around 500,000 visitors each week. There are various markets located in Camden Town which are collectively known as Camden Market; these are Camden Lock Market, Camden Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Inverness Street Market, and Camden (Buck Street) Market. The area around Camden Lock was first developed in 1791 by the Earl of Camden, with the famous Regents Canal opening in 1820. The first market to appear in Camden was Camden Lock Market, which opened in 1972. Today, there are hundreds ... read more
Led Zeppelin 1977 Tour T-shirt
Buen Ayres
A colourful Tube station

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central August 18th 2013

Saturday, August 17 was a typical partly cloudy, drizzly off and on kind of day but reasonably warm. We decided to do the market, on Broadway Market, today which runs from about 8AM to 4PM and is just around the corner from our house. Barrow boys have been welcoming shoppers to Broadway Market in Hackney since the 1890s, selling everything from bacon to beans. There are 100 or more stalls offering various produce, food, clothing, art, flowers and other vendors and a couple blocks of Broadway Market is closed off for the day for this to take place. We took our time, making our way through all of the vendors for an hour or so before starting to buy some fresh, organic produce and chicken for supper. We bought some great take-away food to carry home ... read more
Columbia Road Flower Market
The Bank of England
Hyde Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central August 16th 2013

Thursday started like most days here, a little cloudy and drizzling a little off and on but still pleasantly warm near 20 degrees. Today we have reservations for lunch at the River Café. Here's a little background info and history for you: Located on the north bank of the Thames in Hammersmith (nearest railway station is Hammersmith tube station), in the former Duckhams oil storage facility modified by architect Lord Rogers, the husband of Ruth Rogers (Lady Rogers). Opened in 1987 as the employee café of the architectural partnership, there is a garden with views of the River Thames. Signature dishes include: wild mushroom risotto; Dover sole and John Dory smoked in the restaurant's own wood stove; and rich Italian desserts including lemon almond cake or the chocolate "Nemesis" cake. The restaurant earned a Michelin star ... read more
Chris' Calamari
Roger's Strozzapreti
Roger's Leg of Lamb

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central August 12th 2013

So here we are, waking up this morning living in London for a couple of weeks in our first home exchange of our travels. We're in a three bedroom home in a row house in East Hackney. Really cute home, very comfortably and quite eclectic, hardwood throughout, nice enclosed backyard courtyard, two cats (Ed and Miss Kika). Ed is a short-hair ginger and white cat who loves attention but sleeps most of the day. Miss Kika is missing in action and we are hoping she appears before much longer. They have a magnetic collar activated cat door so are free to come and go so I guess Miss Kika is off on her own little vacation. Our hosts left us great notes and advice which we read over last night and again today, comparing with our ... read more
Broadway Market, Hackney
Canal walk in Hackney
G. Kelly Eel and Pie Shop

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central February 20th 2013

Street art ... love it? hate it? on the fence? Well for the record I love it and hunt out good graffiti wherever I travel. It will always pop up on my blogs as a taste of the social, political or just artistic expression in the places where I go. Hunting it down is almost an obsession and I often stop on walks just to capture a little bit of this art form. Whether you are a lover or a hater, you have to admire the skill and often audacity that has these pieces popping up all over. For the record ... tagging is rubbish! One of the joys of living in London is having so much of the stuff just hanging around. You don't have to look far around Hackney, Shoreditch and Brick Lane to ... read more
Invader
Columbia Road Flower Markets
Invader

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hackney Central October 28th 2012

Walls have Ears. In Shoreditch they do! Shoreditch - home of the cool people – the Hipsters. We’d seen the new Scottish reincarnation of the Hipsters at the Roundhouse the night before, as Deacon Blue closed their UK tour. Shoreditch where big game roams the walls, if not the streets and the little people can still make an impact at ankle height. We went on a Street Art tour, which was not so much necessarily 2 hours of history and painted walls, but a lesson in opening you eyes to what is around you. Look high, look low, look for the big and small and the unusual. The Alternative London Tour comes well recommended on that well known travel review website and with good reason. It's technically free too, but donations are welcome. People have rent ... read more
Brick Lane
Ronzo
Jimmy C


The rest of that day was almost literally spent crying. I packed up my room into two large suitcases, 3 large tote bags and a backpack. That night Ben invited Dakin, Oscar and I to his sister’s house in Clapham for a BBQ. We all helped him bring his things to her house, and then watched football in a back room of his sisters house. It may have been fun to be there a few days earlier, but it ended up just being pretty depressing. All of us knew that we were going to have to say goodbye to Ben soon. When it finally was time to say goodbye, it was very depressing. Dakin and I were bawling as we rode home on the tube. Oscar must have been very embarrassed. That night Oscar, Dakin and ... read more
Mother 333
Plastic People
Group pic!


Hello all! Well this time next week all being well I shall be in Italia. I would be lying if I said I'm not absolutely terrified and starting to wonder if I'm doing the right thing. Oh well guess there's no going back now, but I am also super excited to see what's going to happen! Finished work at the gym yesterday and was really sad to say goodbye to everyone. Had an awesome send off though (including a stripper from Rome) and was a really good night (not including my journey home where our bus was terminated due to a crazy gunman running around Stamford Hill!). Looking forward to my party tomorrow, where I'll say goodbye to my friends and family again, although I've developed a little cold/cough, but not going to let it ruin ... read more


Well another week has passed and I'm starting to feel a bit more anxious now. Still waiting for 'the fear' to hit me though, the point when I'll have that 'what am I doing' moment. Only 3 shifts left at work now, and I've already said good bye to 2 of my clients, so it's starting to feel real now although I still don't believe this is actually happening! I have a feeling next week's going to be very emotional as with the end of work, come the end of work drinks. Plus I have my official leaving party next Sunday, so expecting there to be a lot of tears (will have the tissues at the ready)! Got to do my online check-in tomorrow and my case is 7kg over weight as I misread the booking ... read more




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