I managed to squeeze more than I expected into my short trip to London, this included some mooching around the shops, in particular the beauties that Stoke Newington had to offer, and boy what a treat they were.
The day of the Amara Awards we decided to explore the local area, to slow things down a bit and relax, so we had a lie in then set off in search of a yummy brunch.
The Good Egg
How rare is it to taste tastes you’ve never experienced before, let alone for breakfast. Well, this was a breakfast to remember for sure…
Unfortunately I can’t remember what this dish was called, but the restaurant was Middle Eastern and it was certified food heaven. Roasted Aubergine, soft boiled eggs, pickled(?) cucumber and onions, fresh tomatoes, some kind of herby yummy green stuff to pop in yourself, along with a mango dressing. All in a lovely warm Pita, oh my goodness I could do with this in my life right now!
Lots of gorgeous vintage Bentwood chairs dotted around, fab industrial lighting, ply wood details here and there, a hive of activity, I loved it.
Oh and this lovely guy and his tiny dog in a basket, just enjoying a coffee together!
After this we strolled up the street and discovered many more lovely treats, such as…
Search & Rescue
I could have spent a small fortune in this amazing independant lifestyle store, but sadly I had my sensible hat on that day. Silly, silly me. But also, I think it’s good to remember that it’s ok to just look sometimes, you still get to see and appreciate beautiful things, but you don’t always have to purchase. I know about this store now, so it’s in my mind when I want something, or need to buy a gift. I’m trying to be more mindful when it comes to spending, it’s a work in progress.
I’ve followed them on Instagram and already been caught falling down a rabbit hole of wonderful new brands and makers that I hadn’t heard of before.
Wandering around, unexpected sunshine warming us up and forming the mood for the day, beautiful shop windows and shop fronts tempting us in, bursting with goodies…
Gorgeous housey bits and pieces inc lovely beeswax candles which I totally regret not going back for.
It was a lovely way to pass a few hours…
We had ventured further afield the day before and found the Moomin Shop in Covent Garden, much to my Mum’s delight, well, mine also, not so much my Dad’s!
Money was definitely spent in here, with Christmas and the girls in mind, but my Mum was much naughtier than me!
It was lovely to be free to browse around, without having to think about the needs of little people, that said I was somewhat distracted by the evenings events on Wednesday, I was quite nervous if I’m honest, about meeting so many fabulous people. More about that soon…
I can’t wait to show the girls London, to experience places like The Natural History Museum through their eyes, but I’m going to wait until they’re a bit older as it’s such an overwhelming kind of trip, especially for little country bumpkins like us! I was somewhat relieved to get back on the train come Thursday afternoon, but also sad to leave the adventure behind.