Last week I went to Somerset House to see Pretty In Pink on a large screen outdoors. I’m a huge fan of John Hughes/Molly Ringwald partnerships, so as soon as I got wind of the Pretty In Pink showing as part of Film 4’s summer screening, I immediately snapped up a ticket.
Pretty In Pink is about as cool 80s as you can get. Yeah, ok, ‘cool 80s’ sounds like an oxymoron, but this film is every hipsters dream. Not only because the way the ‘cool’ students dress – with blazers, bowties, coloured waistcoats and raybans – but the soundtrack makes it like the (500) Days of Summer of its time. And don’t get me started on the scene where Jon Cryer pretends to be Otis Redding and starts miming and dancing to ‘Try a Little Tenderness’.
Birthday macaroons at Sketch
Last week my friend treated me to an afternoon tea at Sketch for my 20th birthday (yes, I’m officially no longer a teenager *sob*). As you may be able tell from my blog, I love any excuse to post pictures of cute looking food, and especially cakes, so I thought I’d share some of the pictures I took.
Honest Burgers, Soho
The menu on a small wooden board
Super cheap, fresh and friendly service, Honest Burgers definitely lives up to its name. Having now established a second restaurant in Soho, the original Brixton burger restaurant is bringing great prices and great food to Central London.
Mr Brainwash exhibition entrance, in the Old Sorting Office
Art modified with the modern
Mr Brainwash opened his first ever solo UK exhibition in London on Sunday 5th August.
Whilst walking from Holborn I came across the exhibition unexpectedly, which was drawing mass crowds in from TCR area.
For tourists, the exhibition has a very British feel with pictures of the Queen, the Olympics, Union Jacks, painted model horses, iconic photos of Kate Moss made into pop art and a model London black cab.
The Filling Station, just off York Way
Regent’s Canal and the duck made out of plastic rubbish
I’m sure like many Londoners I’m more excited about the sudden return of summer, rather than the start of the Olympics at the end of this week.
I can already feel myself silently judging the increase of tourists on the tube and their strange ways. Never stranger than when they start asking for directions and talking to people they have never met before on the tube. People talking to each other on the tube? WHAT?!
But in a bid to avoid the newly mass crowds surrounding Oxford Circus, Leicester Square and pretty much anywhere Central… I have been sticking to hidden gems that only the in-the-know Londoners know about.
That’s why when my best friend told me about a secret, practically empty, pop-up bar and restaurant next to Regent’s Canal in an ex-petrol station, I insisted that we had to go that very night.
The Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich from Spuntino, 61 Rupert Street, nearest tube: Leicester Sq.
Dessert is definitely my favourite part of a meal and sometimes, my only part. I’m a firm believer in never eating too much so that you’re too full for dessert. As many of the great restaurants in London often have their dessert menus over-looked by about to burst customers, I’m going to share with you which restaurants have the best desserts I’ve tried.
Afternoon tea in the sky
You would be forgiven for thinking the recent weather means goodbye to English summer traditions like afternoon teas, but ever the optimist I decided to try an afternoon tea at Altitude 360 on a very cloudy miserable day.
Image from @MeatMarketUK
This weekend I was lucky enough to go to a secret preview of the soon to be opening MEATmarket in Covent Garden. From the owners of my favourite, the popular MEATliquor, the restaurant is set to open in May.
In what used to be a Chinese restaurant, the relatively small space overlooks the Covent Garden Jubilee Market Hall where baffled tourists loom below picking up their glass bottle ornaments and overpriced London souvenirs.
I’m late to the blogging party on two accounts. Firstly ok, I’ve been busy “reading” during reading week. And by “reading” I mean catching up on sleep and watching too much of Sun, Sea and Suspicious Parents on BBC3. (I seriously regret not going on a “lad’s holiday” to Ayia Napa now.)
Secondly, I am so late to finally recommend one of my favourite new restaurants in London: the infamous Meat Liquor that has a 2 hour queue every night after 6pm. (Yes, seriously, 2 hours at 6pm.)
I’m sure whenever any one orders anything but a flat white at Flat White the baristas silently pass judgement and half-heartedly make your order. But that’s just what I did when I ordered my latte for TLS’s search for London’s Best Latte.
In the heart of Soho, Flat White is a chic Australian coffee house that attracts a mixed crowd of people – from businessmen in suits to trendy hipsters with pink dip-dye hair, you are guaranteed to have fun people watching in this place.