Guest Post with I Want You To Know

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hi, It's Kristabel here!  I usually blog over at I Want You To Know about my outfits, fashion discoveries and travels but today I've taken over The Magpie Girl whilst Vicki is getting married!  As London is usually the backdrop for my posts, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite things to do just in case you're stumped as to how to spend a day there.  Even though I've lived in the capital all my life, it never fails to amaze me and there's still a few areas I don't know quite so well.  Still, I've made a list and I've made it my mission to tackle everything one by one.  This is just a snippet of some of the things I love to do in my home city.

Ivy's Mess Hall Dalston review
Ivy's mess hall brunch menu
Ivy's Mess Hall Dalston review
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Brunch - Ivy's Mess Hall 
I'm so glad that brunch has become a thing here, it's never too early that you're cursing the alarm but not so late that you've wasted the day, plus it's a great way to try places that can be quite pricey in the evening.  I've noticed that a lot of eateries are adding avocado to the typical breakfast dishes, which makes everything seem a little healthier but what makes this Ivy's Mess Hall special is the amazing brioche buns.  If you can't decide what to eat, I'd recommend choosing an egg dish plus pancakes and sharing with a friend.  A perfect way to have the best of both worlds!
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House of Hackney Shoreditch Store
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House of Hackney Shoreditch Store
Boxpark pop up mall Shoreditch
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Smoked salmon on rye bread broadway market
Shopping in Shoreditch I like to spend a lot of time in East London thanks to the handy Overground line and it's got a great mix of cool independent shops, aspirational boutiques and well-known pop-ups in the Boxpark complex.  There's always something going on, you might come across a party in a new shop or photoshoot outside the graffiti on Ebor Street.  I finally ventured inside House of Hackney a few weeks ago, a true lifestyle brand with fashion, stationery and homeware all in their modern take on Arts & Crafts style prints.  You may not be able to kit out your whole house just yet, so stick to the notebooks and mugs until your lottery win comes through.  There are also some great weekend markets, Broadway Market on a Saturday and Columbia Road on a Sunday, perfect for a leisurely browse and to pick up some unexpected treats.
exhibitions to see in London
visiting London for a weekend
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Paul Smith's collection of photography
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Shad Thames London
Exhibitions - The Design Museum & Tate Modern If you hop on a bus from Shoreditch, you get a nice little tour through the city and eventually end up at London Bridge.  Shad Thames is a short walk away, a cobbled riverside area with curiously-named buildings such as Tamarind Court and Tea Trade Wharf.  At the end you'll find the Design Museum where the must-see Paul Smith exhibition is showing, as well as a look at the best designs of 2014.  Next on my list is the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern.  I reckon it's going to be very influential in terms of fashion and design and is perfect for a bit of colour inspiration.
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Dinner - Baozi Inn
If you find Chinatown a bit overwhelming then it's best to rely on personal recommendations and I'm glad that I discovered Baozi Inn.  Each dish is plentiful, fresh and flavoursome and you'll definitely have change from a tenner.  Next door they have steamed buns to take away, my go-to snack if I'm ever in the area as they're only £2 and far more interesting than a soggy sandwich.  I'd also recommend Jade Garden and Golden Dragon nearby if you fancy a dim sum feast.
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Drinks - Earlham Street Clubhouse The trend for nostalgia hasn't escaped the drinks industry and tucked away in Covent Garden you'll find Earlham Street Clubhouse, which has its own take on the phenomenon.  Each drink references cult film (I tried 'Beauty School Dropout' last time) and there's even yearbook pictures of famous faces in the bathrooms. 
cool hotels in London Citizen M
places to stay in London
Stay - Citizen M  Most of the hotels in London I've come across are very nice but rather traditional in their approach.  Step forward Citizen M, a Dutch group of hotels that provides affordable luxury, splashing out on all the things you really need (tablets control the lighting, tv and wake-up calls) and scaling back less of what you don't (check-in is self service and the restaurant is more of a canteen).  The lobby functions as more of a jazzy living room so that you're not cooped up all the time and you're free to work, socialise or just use it as a base in between sightseeing.  The shelving is perfect Instagram fodder!
If you want to check out any more of my London posts then click here!  I've yet to visit Vicki's neck of the woods but be assured, it's on my list!

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  1. Oh wow! Those pancakes just look so dang amazing x

  2. These photos are amazing! I absolutely love London and can't wait to get exploring in these places :-) xx

  3. Love this kbel! What a lot of effort you put in lady! I still need to visit some of these food places! :)