Exploring Shoreditch

Contrary to popular belief, Shoreditch is not just full of hipsters and over-priced cafes and bars. Although it has in the last twenty years or so gone through gentrification, it’s very multicultural and full of history. We got the Metropolitan line to Liverpool street and started our afternoon with lunch at Canto Corvino, newly opened in Spitalfields. After lunch, we headed to Old Spitalfields Market to browse the stalls. Old Spitalfields Market Apparently there has been a market on the site for over 350 years and in 1991 it became known as Old Spitalfields Market. The market is open seven…

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Exploring Bermondsey

We found ourselves in Bermondsey, near London Bridge and Borough, on Saturday having booked a table at Zucca for lunch – UPDATE: which has sadly now closed. It’s not an area we’ve ever really been to before so we were keen to explore it. Walking down Bermondsey Street on our way to the restaurant we noticed lots of really cool independent shops, some quirky cafes and great pubs, restaurants and bars. It certainly seems like a vibrant area to live or work in. There’s even a Fashion and Textile Museum. After an absolutely delicious lunch, we wandered down Bermondsey Street towards…

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Lunch at Zucca in Bermondsey

*Update: sad news but Zucca has closed its doors* My husband is Italian, which means most Saturday lunches revolve around eating Italian food. It also means that we are quite discerning when it comes to Italian cuisine and we have high expectations. Although we have our favourites in London, we do like to try new places and Zucca in Bermondsey near London Bridge looked like a good choice given its rave reviews. Thank goodness we booked the day before because the restaurant was full and even though our reservation was fairly late (2:15pm), people kept arriving until after 3 (lunch service…

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A long weekend in Berlin

Apart from a stopover in Frankfurt airport en-route from London to South Africa, I’d never been to Germany. So, for my birthday in February I decided this was my destination of choice and my husband booked us a long weekend in Berlin for my birthday present. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Potzdamer Platz, which was an ideal location to visit some of Berlin’s historical sites. It’s a short walk away from Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the very poignant Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The hotel itself is lovely and our room was quiet, large and luxurious.…

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The Harry Potter Studio Tour really is magical

I love Harry Potter. There, I said it. So when my sister and nephews were visiting from Canada and asked me to book tickets to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour, I was delighted! I’m not one of those Gryffindor scarf-wearing type of fans but I did blub my eyes out on the train to work when a certain character died (who I shall not name in case you’ve yet to read the books) and was not even slightly embarrassed about it. I’ll admit I’ve only seen the first two films because, quite frankly, they were not as good…

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