The last two weeks have been full of good intentions, writing up all the posts I had planned and getting myself organised for my birthday. But somewhere along the way I got some unexpected work, got carried away over-thinking my celebration plans and in those tired moments got dragged into the black hole of faffing, losing far too much time to be able to get everything done that I wanted to. On the upside as you read this I will have turned 30, enjoyed a surprise trip somewhere (!!!), and have a fun-filled day with my friends ahead!
For this weekend edit I contemplated covering Bank Holiday ideas for next week but to be honest I’m rarely inspired by activities that are set up just for the long weekend, choosing instead to stick to doing the things I love the most. I’ll be filling that extra day with either some much needed rest (in a park with my Kindle if the weather is on our side) or choosing one of the many places from the last few weekend edits that I still haven’t made yet. So this weekend edit will stick to the usual themes, but if you really want to find out what’s going on check out my favourite references Timeout, Londonist, About Time and The Nudge.
Finks Salt and Sweet – It’s typical that in the years after I left Finsbury Park its close neighbour Stoke Newington plays host to a load of new places to enjoy. I saw this all-day deli and eatery somewhere along an internet browse and could totally get on board with their weekend menu (not an egg in sight, hurrah!).
Egg break – But if your weekends aren’t complete without a good egg or two, Egg Break seems to be where all the cool kids are going right now.
Farm Girl – Whilst we’re in West London you’ll find the healthy options for breakfast, brunch and lunch at this Australian-style cafe. This wall just asks to be Instagrammed and how pretty is this rose latte!?
Violet Cakes – For more prettiness, I’m keen to organise a cake date at this cute bakery-cafe in East London. It could surely go hand-in-hand with a trip to Netil or Broadway Market (which I still haven’t managed to do yet!).
I Love Nata – I tried my first Portuguese tart (officially called a Pastel de Nata) from a lovely little bakery in Clifton, Bristol, a few weekends ago. I finally know what all the fuss is about! If you have a sweet tooth like me and you like sweet custard and a little flaky pastry, you should definitely try one. This new cafe is Covent Garden has dedicated its entire concept to them.
Allpress Dalston – I haven’t written a coffee spot post for so long now that I think the blog might be calling for one soon. This brand new cafe/ roastery has found home in a lovely warehouse-style building in Dalston and looks like a great place that’s worth snapping and sharing!
Open House Weekend – It’s not until 19 and 20 September but with 100s of London buildings to choose to explore I reckon it could take an afternoon to plan what you want to see. I’ve never attended the weekend before so I’m determined to organise myself this year. Have you got any top tips or places worth seeing over the weekend?
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain – I’ve heard through the Twitter grapevine that his exhibition at the V&A is worth seeing. So I reckon if you’re a shoe fan, or looking for excuses to return to the V&A like me, it should be on your weekend to-do list.
Travel Photographer of the Year – I often daydream about finding myself overseas and have pinned so many places on Pinterest that could possibly fill a lifetime of holidays. So this exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society seems like a natural choice to satisfy my wanderlust.
Follow of the fortnight – @SpanglishLondonWife – Sarah has many similar interests to me (sunsets, great coffee and pastries, the beautiful countryside), which makes her Instagram account so great to follow.
Have a great weekend! It looks like we’re about to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine!