Love in the East End

The title of this post is due to the fact that what I’m wearing in these pictures is not half as interesting as all the amazing places and spots I discovered that day!

Blazer, Primark (seen here). Shirt, NW3 (seen here). Skirt, Topshop. Earrings, Forever 21. Necklace, Whistles. Shoes, Melissa for Vivienne Westwood. Ring, vintage. Bracelets on right hand and bag, gifts. Bracelet on left hand, River Island.

This all happened the weekend that I had a two-day hen do celebration. Saturday night’s evening at York & Albany was followed by breakfast/brunch/lunch/whatever-your-preference at The Shard on Sunday. I had never been to The Shard, which some people find shocking, but in all honesty it just hadn’t been at the top of my list of places to see.

Naturally, The Shard did not disappoint. We went to Level 33, specifically Hutong Restaurant, and my friend almost immediately forced me to have a little shoot by these lovely oriental lamps.

Even though I just couldn’t be bothered to wear heels because I knew it was going to be a walking day (I know, a sign of old age), I tried to look reasonably chic. Sometimes I have my reservations about wearing Primark to apparently posh places but this blazer for me was the perfect choice.

This skirt was an amazing sale find from Topshop, which is surprising because I rarely go into Topshop nowadays. It’s a simple, classic A-line style, but I was immediately drawn to the jewelled details which automatically give it pizzaz.

The day then went from posh to trendy – I ended up in the east end (Hoxton and its surroundings to be precise) discovering beautiful pieces of street art.

Before reaching the famous Columbia Road, my friend showed me this beautiful rabbit – what a stunning piece of work!

One day I would love to live in a house covered in greenery.

Columbia Road was lovely, but the place that for some bizarre reason completely blew my socks off was a small street just off Columbia Road called Ezra Street. It’s quiet, covered in greenery, just off one of the trendiest streets in London and next to a painfully cool cafe. I’ve been referring to it as my favourite street in London ever since.

The day ended with another awesome discovery – located metres away from Columbia Road, Clutch Chicken may be essentially a glorification of fried chicken, but the dishes are simple and delicious. Not to mention the bright yellow exterior walls, princess-like tables and background music – amazing old school R’n’B! That’s it, I’m hooked on the East End. Could this be love?

Photographed at The Shard, Hoxton, Ezra Street and Clutch Chicken on August 10th 2014.

Pics (and adorable Boots umbrella) by Ruth.



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