Exploring London’s street art scene

A few weeks ago, after a lovely lunch we wandered around Shoreditch and I was enthralled by the street art. I spotted a tour while admiring some art and decided to book myself on one to learn more about the culture of street art and about the artists themselves. I booked my tour with Street Art London Tours and made my way to Old Street this morning where the tour, led by Emiliano, was starting from. Emiliano started by explaining the difference between street art and graffiti. Modern graffiti has its roots in hip hop culture and often the graffiti is letters…

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Exploring London Bridge

For the past fifteen months I’ve been lucky enough to work in Southwark, which is a mere ten minute walk to London Bridge, so many of my lunch breaks have been spent walking around and getting to know this area better. My favourite part of London Bridge has to be Borough Market. I remember visiting it on my first holiday to the UK in 1998 and it’s always stuck with me as a great place to visit in London – tourist or not! The market has existed since the 13th century so it’s steeped in history. It’s packed full of…

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Three unusual European New Year destinations

I have lived in London for 11 years and have not once spent New Year’s Eve in London. Before I met my husband, my first New Year in the UK was spent with friends on the Isle of Wight and then the following year was spent with one of my best friends in Edinburgh. (Hogmanay in Edinburgh is brilliant fun, by the way!) My husband and I choose to take a few days over New Year and go somewhere, generally, that we’ve never been before (New York being the exception to that rule). Here are three unusual places we spent…

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Lunch at Canto Corvino in Spitalfields

My husband used to work near Liverpool Street, which meant that for eight years he never wanted to visit the area on the weekend as it was ‘like being at work’. Now that’s he’s changed companies (and area), I thought it was high time we paid Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane a visit. We really wanted to try Enoteca Super Tuscan, as it’s got great reviews and we love going for Italian for lunch on Saturdays. Unfortunately it’s not open on weekends, which is a shame as the area is actually buzzing over the weekend – unlike other parts of…

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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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