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House of Toogood -- a Shoreditch shopping oasis for mamas
Behind that door you get to escape the busy city and enter the House of Toogood, a unique oasis filled with soft light, meticulously crafted objects, unique silhouettes, and an overall sense of calm. This house, or world even, is created by two sisters, Faye and Erica Toogood. One a tinker, the other a tailor. And ...
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Shoreditch -- Come to the ShopUp this weekend and explore the neighbourhood!
I adore Kate's Shoreditch recommendations from last year, and I wanted to add a few new additional places to visit too! Perfect timing if you are joining us this weekend at the ShopUp in East London on the 9th & 10th of June! So off we set to explore the streets of Shoreditch. It really ...
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The ACE hotel London -- fun, cool and family-friendly
The ACE hotel London is conveniently located in Shoreditch, one of London's hippest and most creative urban neighbourhoods, with all sorts of trendy galleries, restaurants and shops right on your doorstep. (Check out our guide for Shoreditch here!) The ACE hotel itself reflects the creativity of its surrounding area. The lounge is always filled with hipsters, working ...
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Luna and Curious - an Independent Boutique for Children and Mamas too
Luna and Curious is an independent boutique tucked away down one of Shoreditch's loveliest streets, Calvert Avenue. This unique store showcases the best in British made products, for women, children and the home. Started by three female creatives back in 2006 the store has developed a well earned reputation for uncovering exciting new brands. Owners Polly ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Edwina in Clapton, East London
Edwina Gieve grew up in London and has lived in Clapton (in East London) with her husband and three children for the past five years. She has three boys -- Dashiell 6, Cosmo 4 and Esmond 11 months. Apart from being a stylish and super inspiring mama, she is also the co-founder of the beautiful ...
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Broadway Market - A Vibrant Saturday Market in Hackney
As far as great food markets go, us Londoners are pretty spoilt for choice. Pick any corner of the capital and you will more than likely be able to track down a good local market buzzing with activity at the weekends. Celebrating food and goods from all over the globe, these bustling markets are attracting ...
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Violet Cafe - Delicious Californian cupcakes by Claire Ptak
Do you love cupcakes as much as we do? If the answer is yes then head East towards Hackney's trendy Broadway Market and you might be lucky enough to stumble across an unassuming little back street called Wilton Way. This charming parade is home to some of East London's best hidden gems, including Pidgin one ...
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EAST LONDON
Shoreditch - A Guide to the Area
We love East London and one of our favourite neighbourhoods is Shoreditch. It's full of  cool cafes, artsy galleries colourful graffiti around every corner and of course the famous Brick Lane market. There's so much to see and do in this fun part of town so why not explore the area with our extensive guide ...
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Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road is one of London's most colourful markets, colourful in every sense of the word! Every Sunday morning this sleepy East London side street is transformed into a bustling, flower cornucopia. A feast for the senses, overflowing with bright colourful blooms as far as the eye can see. The lively market traders fill the ...
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Bob & Blossom children's shop
Bob and Blossom is a quirky children's store located slap bang in the middle of the colourful and bustling Columbia Road flower market. Although small in size this bright and cheery shop is absolutely packed full of fun and unique kids clothes and gifts. You'll find everything from cool slogan tops -- including their popular ...
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Museum of London - Barbican
One of the best things about London is its rich diversity, not just culturally but also in its history, architecture, open spaces and even shops. In fact no matter where you are in London you needn't look far to find evidence of this. London has no old quarter as such, instead an intricate tapestry of ...
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Maltby Street Market - Bermondsey
       Just around the corner from trendy Bermondsey Street in South East London is Maltby Street, a small unassuming stretch of victorian railway arches that at the weekend transforms into a bustling food market. Although much smaller than nearby Borough Market (read more here) it still manages to pack in an impressive selection ...
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Borough Market
        Borough Market often referred to as London's larder has a rich and fascinating history dating back approximately 1000 years. In medieval times customers in the City were forbidden by law to cross London Bridge into Southwark to purchase cut price goods from the market. Nowadays you will find hordes of City workers ...
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Cielo Blanco - Mexican Social Eating, Exmouth Market
   We are always on the lookout for good Mexican restaurants, it's one of our favourite foods and not always easy to find in London so we were thrilled to find this little gem of a restaurant that has recently opened in one of our best loved spots - Exmouth Market. Cielo Blanco is a ...
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Story Deli
We take pizza very seriously in our family and almost always prefer our pizza the way you'd find it in a restaurant in Naples:  good, Italian, wood oven-fired pizza with the freshest of ingredients and a nice, fluffy-ish crust from slow-fermented Italian dough. I say almost always because there is an exception, and it's the ...
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Town Hall Hotel
This past weekend we enjoyed our very first 'staycation' -- a little weekend holiday in our own city! We stayed at the super cool Town Hall Hotel over in Bethnal Green, East London, and it was so fun to get to know this part of London and to enjoy a weekend out of our home, away from the ...
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