a very satisfied London Baby here 🙂 Yesterday I heard that Deliciously Ella is opening her second Deli and that the soft opening is this weekend, so reviving the very fond memories of last year (when the original MAE Deli openened), I popped by for a breakfast this morning.
MAE is located in the old United Dairy Building in Weighhouse Street, just behind Bond Street Station. Despite its central location, not much of the craziness of Oxford Street can be felt here, and its a beautiful calm space.
Last year, at the start of my #365DaysofLondonBaby series, I received a tip from London Guide Miss B on a wonderful event she is running together with 18th century socialite Miss Kitty Pridden – The Georgian Dining Academy (you can see my old post here). At that time, i unfortunately could not make it, so I was very honoured and happy to be invited for a “special edition” of the Georgian Dining Academy, in conjunction with Dr Johnson’s House, celebrating Samuel Johnson’s Birthday at his very own house. You will have to excuse my probably “creative” use of “old English” in this post- i must admit i learnt so many new words this evening and thoroughly enjoyed this “in character” speaking of those who knew it well, that I try to use what i learn and to transport some of the atmosphere onto those virtual pages of the blog!
Welcome back to London Baby! I apologise for the long break – it wasn’t really planned, but summer was busy! Lot’s and lot’s of great places waiting to be introduced via a blog post. Today’s has been on the list for long- and it continues where i ended in the last post – cocktails! This time not outside (having said that, Midnight Apothecary has moved inside for the winter now!) but in a great little cocktail bar.
The Gibson has been probably one of the best secret tips of Old Street. Opened only last November, it is at 44 Old Street (located West of the Roundabout so out of the main Shoreditch Party Zone) between Goswell Road and Golden Lane (opposite Look Mum No Hands). Owner Marian Beke is no stranger in the London Bar world and is considered one of the best bartenders in the world- having previously been Chef de Bar at the Night Jar near Old Street (which has ranked in the Top 3 Cocktail bars of the world 2011-2015). With The Gibson, he has opened his own place aiming to be a small neighbourhood place where people have a good time, leave happy, and come back.
Its finally summer and while the big heat wave has gone, the evenings are just right to sit outside and enjoy the night with some friends and a drink or two. If you are looking for a place to do just that, look no further and head to the Brunel Museum on Fridays or Saturdays. Not the place for a drink? – it sure is. Since the opening of the roof garden on top of the Southern Shaft of the Brunel tunnel, they have been organising Midnight Apothecary.
Its almost weekend! In case you find yourself in Shoreditch or simply need an injection of creativity or hipsterism, check out the Sonos Studio in Club Row.
During a recent stroll through Shoreditch, I had the urge for a good cup of coffee. I was in Redchurch street at that time, so the first place that came into my mind was Allpress (58 Redchurch Street). But the lines were long as usual, so I spotted a small sign just a corner further, pointing to a place that I had not noticed before – 21 Club Row, just off Redchurch street.
Good morning! Spring is coming closer, an not only our (tiny London) flats need a spring clean, but our body will be thankful for one too! Luckily, Londoners have been jumping on the healthy eating bandwagon and you’ll hear talks about the latest superfoods, smoothies, and the likes all around you. There are great places to get your fix on healthy eating (e.g. the lovely MAE Deli in Marylebone) and drinking (Press London is one of the pioneers in cold-press juices). In short- it’s very much part of London’s “Zeitgeist” nowadays.
Good Sunday evening! Its been a long time since a regular post (apart from our #365DaysofLondonBaby) but I promise it will be worth it 🙂
The Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella has secretly opened their doors in Marleybone and London Baby was lucky to visit today, try the delicious food and take a few pictures of the place. I have to warn you, you’ll find this post slightly biased, but I have been a fan of Deliciously Ella for long. The blog has animated me to get in the kitchen a few times more than I used to and the food is so delicious. So when I heard about the Mae Deli opening in November, I was curious and excited and after a delivery order during their pilot in November, I was sold. So, you have been warned – happy reading! Continue reading
After a small break in the 365 days, I would like to continue this journey of blogging, but more importantly London and its adventure with a very special event – a Georgian Dining Academy on this December 10th . During a recent event with the fantastic guides of Footprints of London, I met the lovely Miss B – she is a very knowledgeable Tour Guide (qualified as a City guide in 2012), runs a wonderful blog, is an expert of Architecture (stay tuned for a potential guest blog from her), history, ceremonies in the city and about any- and everything. She bustles with energy and finds many ways to share all of this passion and knowledge of London. It was a great honour and joy to meet her.
One of the exciting things she organises is a unique Dining Experience, called “Georgian Dining Academy”. The purpose of the Academy is to create a Georgian, performance style, dining experience in the heart of the City. With the encouragement of Miss Kitty Pridden (also a City Guide of 2012) this novel idea was put into action in 2014. It has proved a successful event which takes place quarterly. In true hipster style, I wrongly classified it as a “Pop-Up” dining event but want to correct that it is an established series of events and its not popping up and leaving but here to stay :). But I let Miss B explain in her own words. Continue reading
Good morning! Hopefully, you had a good start in the week! If not, let Paul Currie cheer you up! Tonight is his Comedy Show at the Soho Theatre :). No, I am not running out of ideas yet, no worries. #365DaysofLondonBaby is about well-known places / activities to do, but also just to share some of my favourites, so every now and then, I’ll introduce a nice restaurant / shop etc. that I got to know since my time in London (some of my locals or otherwise). I am neither taking any commissions from the places nor do I claim they are the best or unique in London, I just like them and want to share them here.
Enough intro! Today is not about a corner pub as in the picture on the top of this post…wait…almost. Its about Fix Coffee – an independent Coffee Shop in Whitecross Street, occupying the site of a former Corner Pub. Just as in many of the excellent coffee places in this area, you can expect good coffee (they use a house roast by Crimson and Sons), pastries, sandwiches and a fridge with lunch grub.
What I like about Fix Coffee though, is the atmosphere. It has a good vibe and its share of “Hipsters with Macbook” sitting and working there. But its not over-hipster / “too cool for school” and has a friendly atmosphere, almost like a good pub. You can just hang around on the sofas and let the time pass and – hipster or not- you’ll feel welcome. The pictures here I took on Sunday late afternoon, so excuse the lighting, but just wanted to show the place as it is. Cozy and welcoming.
If you are around on Lunchtime during the week, you can also check out Whitecross Street Lunch Food Market, one of the best Street Food Places in London, existing since a time when Street Food was not even Hipster – but that’s a story for another post 🙂
Welcome back to That’s London Baby! Sorry for not posting so long! London baby has been very busy exploring the Capital Ring in the weekends and was suffering from a bit of writer’s block as well- after all, while there are countless sections of the Capital Ring to write up, I wanted to offer a bit more variety…so that’s why today, instead of writing about the best that London has to offer, I want to write about the Wurst…(it’s old, ok. German humour, please keep on reading anyway :))