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Exmouth Coffee Co | Aldgate East

June 19, 2015
Exmouth Coffee Co

Exmouth Coffee Co

I find it really hard to pass through Aldgate in the morning without paying a trip to Exmouth – and I’m not the only one. Oliver was visiting the East London coffee shop so often he bought an espresso machine to try to kerb the habit – only to find himself sneaking in ‘for a treat’ a few times a week.

Knowing full well my own willpower is no match for the inevitable brownie and chai latte combo, I try to avoid this particular part of Whitechapel Road most days on my commute. When the craving for a chewy, chocolatey brownie gets too much though, this is my first port of call.

Sat immediately to the right of Aldgate East tube (if you take the Whitechapel Gallery exit) this is the slightly smaller, older brother of Grounded, a coffee shop that popped up further along the road earlier in the year. Here you’ll find one of the best selections of cakes and flatbreads anywhere in East London – need I mention the chocolate brownie again? It’s chewy, people – along with really good coffee and a cosy interior.

The staff are so popular there’s even an entire wall dedicated to fan mail – complete with poetry, illustrations and love letters for the baristas. I can’t say I’m surprised.

Exmouth Coffee Co
83 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX
London

Monday to Sunday: 7am to 8pm

London Style

Women Fashion Power

February 15, 2015

In the spirit of LFW and all things fashion related, I thought it might be time to post a few pictures from the opening night of the Women Fashion Power exhibition at the Design Museum. Yes, that’s right ladies, the opening night which took place back in October…

My laziness is certainly not a reflection of how much I enjoyed this event. The exhibition is both inspiring and utterly fascinating for someone like myself with an interest in how women use the way that they dress to define their position in the world, and I urge anyone with a love of fashion to head down to London Bridge and take a look before it finishes on the 26th April.

Featuring outfits and personal style philosophies from the likes of Lady Gaga, Diane von Furstenburg, Charlotte Olympia Dellal and Anne Hidalgo, the exhibition hosts the most wide-ranging presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK.

You can find out more at https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/women-fashion-power.

Life London Style

Bonfire night style + Southwark Park display

November 4, 2014

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot…

I couldn’t resist. Bonfire night is officially one of my favourite nights of the year, and for too long whilst living in London I haven’t managed to make it to an event. This year, however, I’ll be heading to Southwark Park for the annual fireworks display. Entrance is free and the show starts at 7pm (perfect timing for heading down after work), and there’ll be hot food and mulled wine on offer. Doesn’t get much better than that.

In the meantime, I’ve put together some of the cosiest offerings out there to get you through the night. I’ve even included a suitably festive smelling candle to light at home whilst you open another bottle of mulled wine…

Enjoy.

Faux fur stole: Zara, £29.99 | Mohair mix knitted hat: Whistles, £45 | Cinnamon &  Mandarin tin candle: Muji, £3.50 | Slouchy wool boyfriend coat: Topshop, £48 | High heeled pointed leather boots: Zara, £89.99 | Geo stitch blanket scarf: Topshop, £22 | Leather gloves: Warehouse at ASOS, £22

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London

Four ways to spend Halloween in London

October 21, 2014

Illustration by Brooke Costello (see below for more details).

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but Halloween seems to have crept up on us unsuspecting UK folk. Long celebrated in the US, it was never something I got particularly excited over as a child and I genuinely can’t remember there being quite such a build up to the 31st October as there is these days. Then again, I was dressed in a ‘Jesus loves me’ tshirt and bundled off to a light party at church every year so its probably no wonder…

Anyway, perhaps in an effort to make up for lost time, this year I’m really looking forward to Halloween. Oliver and I are planning on carving a pumpkin to display in the window of our sixth floor flat (so purely for our own childish enjoyment) and I might even splash out on some black nail varnish for the occasion.

If you’re not feeling dressing up à la Mean Girls and partying the night away with a ‘bloody’ mary cocktail – me neither – take a look at my favourite alternative ways to spend the night in the city (and by ‘alternative’ I mean there isn’t a zombie costume in sight).

1. Ghost Walks

Take a spooky walking tour with the guys at www.walks.com. Try the ‘Ghosts of the Old City’ walk leaving from St Paul’s station at 7:30pm, or the ‘Ghosts, Gaslights and Guinness’ tour leaving from Holborn tube at 7pm (I think this one might involve beer!). Walks cost £9 – particularly good value if you manage to spot an actual ghost.

2. Witches and Wicked Bodies at The British Museum

Free, and open late Fridays so you can go after dark. This exhibition examines the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century, featuring prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Great stuff if you’re fancying a particularly cultured All Hallows’ Eve.

3. The Ten Bells

Our friendly neighbourhood local has links to the one and only Jack the Ripper. For the less physically and culturally inclined (don’t fancy walking and not interested in visiting a museum/theatre) you could always just head to the pub. This particular pub is said to have served Annie Chapman her last pint before she met a gruesome end courtesy of Jack, which means its acceptable to drink here on the 31st and claim you’re celebrating Halloween.

4. East Cemetery candle-lighting late opening for All Saints’ Evening

And just in case you’re anything like my ten year old self and don’t wish to celebrate the night of the dead, why not head out on All Saints’ Day instead for a special candle lighting ceremony at Highgate Cemetery? I’ve wanted to visit the cemetery ever since reading ‘Her Frightful Symmetry’ by Audrey Niffenegger (author of Time Traveller’s Wife) so you might bump into me there.

The beautiful halloween illustration above was drawn by the lovely Brooke Costello. You can see more of her work on her website.

Enjoy!

Emma

London

The House of Peroni returns this October

September 30, 2014

The house is back for another stint in Holborn this October, and this time the team at Peroni are bringing modern Rome to Central London for a month of food, drink, design and film. If you’ve come across any of my previous posts covering The House you’ll know I’m a bit of a fan – from my first experience of cocktails and culture ‘Peroni style’ at the 41 Portland Place launch, to a perfume masterclass and more michelin starred gastronomic goodness this time last year.

Open from the 3rd – 31st October, get yourself down to Lincoln’s Inn Fields for premium Italian street food and bespoke cocktails from House Mixologist Federico Riezzo, or check out the weekly schedule of events covering everything from chocolate crafting masterclasses and floral headdress making to a unique film and dining event at ‘Film Feast’.

And the best part? Entry is free*, so you can explore four floors of Roman life without spending a penny. Although I challenge you to make it past Il Caffè without stopping for an espresso…

If that wasn’t enough to tempt you down to Holborn, I’ll be posting photos following the launch night on Thursday so check back next week to see more of what’s on offer.

Have you ever visited The House? Do you plan on going this October? I’d love to hear what you thought!

Emma

*18+ only, some events require a ticket. Visit the website for more info http://thehouseofperoni.com.