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A Trip to Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe, London

June 4, 2014

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May was a bit of a quiet month for me, and so it went a bit quiet on the blog front. However my little hiatus is over and i’m back! Missed me? Well I thought i’d kick off a new month with a short account of my trip to London’s first and only cat cafe.

I first heard about Lady Dinah’s on Timeout, after a successful kickstarter campaign Lauren Pears was able to realise her dream of opening a cat cafe in London. Lady Dinah’s opened its doors in February and is already fully booked until October. It seems there are a lot of cat lovers on London.

I visited Lady Dinah’s for the first time last week and was not dissappointed with the experience. The cafe had a lovely lovely vintage feel and we enjoyed playing with the cats. There was a five pounds cover charge per person which i guess goes to the upkeep of the cats.

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The cafe  was decked out in white chairs and tables and decorated with cat inspired furnishings. I had expected the place to be overrun but there werent more than 4/5 cats around at a time and they had lots of places to lie, scratch and play.

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After we sat down one of waiters came to take our order. I opted for the guinness chocolate cake and Ewa went for a slice of red velvet. Tea was served in the prettiest china cups.

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A lot of people I told about the cat cafe worried about hygiene but that was never a problem, we were asked to wash our hands before entering and antibacterial wash was provided on all tables.

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Overall I really enjoyed my visit, if you are a cat lover then this is the ultimate experience.

cafes, Food, London food discoveries

London food discovery – The Biscuiteers Bakery and Icing Cafe, Notting Hill

March 3, 2014
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The Biscuiteers – Notting Hill

I first discovered The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe and shop when I was looking for gourmet biscuits to give a friend for her birthday. The Biscuiteers is a boutique icing cafe and bakery on Kensington Park Road. The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe first opened their doors in 2012 and as well as selling bespoke biscuits they also host drop in icing sessions, children’s icing parties and teach icing courses if you want to recreate your own bespoke biscuits.

After telling a friend from work about my discovery we both decided to make our way down to Notting Hill one  Sunday afternoon to check out the cafe.

The cafe itself is quite small and is filled with delicious biscuits of all shapes and sizes. We sat down towards the back and started by ordering some hot chocolate to warm up from the cold. We were greeted with the sounds of a children’s icing party that was taking place below. For 15 pounds we were allowed to choose 3 already baked biscuit shapes each and were presented with an array of coloured icing and sweets to decorate. You can see our efforts below and I must say that we both had a really good time. My attempt at icing the dog didn’t go very well but I was quite proud of my iced man.

Once we we finished icing our biscuits they were taken away to be baked before we they were presented back to us to take home in a cutest little box (I gave my boyfriend mine as a present). If you are looking for something to do in London on a rainy afternoon I recommend you pay them a visit!

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Our biscuit shapes

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Icing classes at the Biscuiteers Cafe

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Inside the Biscuiteers cafe

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Lobster shaped biscuits

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A biscuit man called Lars

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Iced biscuits by lanky girl

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Iced cup and fish

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Biscuiteers rocket iced biscuits

The Biscuiteers,

194 Kensington Park Road
London
W11 2ES

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Lanky Girl Attends The Royal Quarter Cafe Launch Party in Victoria

July 9, 2013

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Victoria is undergoing an exciting period of transformation – and the foodie scene is flourishing, as it continues to emerge as a hub for Londoners, office workers, residents and tourists alike. One of the first newrestaurants to open is the the Royal Quarter Café. The menu is a modern mix of seasonal and healthy comfort food including homemade bread and pastries, all day breakfast, sandwiches and soups, sharing plates, hearty salads, afternoon tea and cakes and tarts. All of the delicious food is available to eat in or takeaway.

To celebrate the launch local residents, bloggers and press were invited to taste some of the dishes on offer and meet the owners Valeria and Doron Zilkha who also own other branches in Chelsea, Battersea and Tottenham Ct Road. The food and pastries where incredible and we had to practically roll ourselves home at the end of the evening. If you find yourself in Victoria it is definitely worth stopping by for a bite to eat.

Here are some pictures from the event.

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cafes, Food, Things to do in london

A Food tour of East London, Stratford, Hackney and the East Village Part 1

June 25, 2013

I was recently invited to take a food tour of East London organised by East Village London and I was in the lovely company of fellow London bloggers London on the Inside, The Arburturian and Lady loves Cake. It was beautiful sunny day of eating, drinking, lots of walking and having our eyes opened to hidden gems in the East End. As someone who has spent their whole life living on the East London border I was surprised by how much of Stratford I had never seen. The Olympics really has done a lot for opening up the area and with lots of regeneration happening I can see myself spending more time in Stratford and the surrounding area in the next year to come.

We started the day by meeting Charlie from Walk Talk Eat at the View Tube in Pudding Mill Lane. The View Tube cafe has lovely views of the Olympic site and they serve the most delicious pastries.

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View Tube Cafe

We enjoyed delicious buns whilst looking out onto the Greenway. If you are in the area it’s a great place to stop and relax.

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view of olympic stadium

We then proceeded to walk along the Greenway stopping to admire photographs of the elderly Olympics on the way. The Greenway is also great for cycling alongside the canal.

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photos of elderly olympics on the greenway

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flowers on the Greenway

We passed the canal as we walked along The Greenway walking towards Hackney Wick.

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Signs pointing out different parts of East London

Some interesting street art I noticed on the side of a bench.

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Next stop on our tour was the area next to the canal also know as fish island, all the roads around there are named after fish. We also passed Percy Dalton’s old peanut factory which is now mainly used by artists and local designers as office space.

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Percy Dalton’s Old Peanut Factory, Fish Island

Next we stopped at The Counter Cafe which has lovely views of the canal and serve the best pies! They also have their own art gallery where you can buy art by local artists.

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The Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick

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View from The Corner Cafe of Canalside

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The Counter Cafe Art Gallery

We ate some lovely:

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Lamb Pie at The Corner Cafe London

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A bit of salad

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Sweet potato pie

Washed down with:

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Crate Brewery Craft Beer

After relaxing a little we moved on towards Victoria Park, I have already decided that once  I win the lottery I will be buying one of the lovely Victorian terraces overlooking the park.

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Houses near Victoria-Park

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Victoria Park

The last part of the food part of the tour was our arrival in Victoria Park Village which is packed full of lovely boutique shops, pubs, and foodie gems. We enjoyed some lovely scotch eggs from the Ginger Pig butchery before moving onto the The Deli Downstairs for some strawberries and Kingscote Sparkling English Cider.

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Ginger Pig Sausages and Bacon

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The Deli Downstairs Victoria Park Village

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Strawberries and Kingscote Cider

More to come in Part two which will feature the East Village Tour >>>

cafes, London

The Bridge Cafe – Dalston – Review

February 7, 2012

the bridge coffee houseThe best thing about living in a city like London is that its sheer size means there is always something new to discover. Last week I was introduced to The Bridge Coffee House in Shoreditch. Situated on Kingsland Road, entering into the Coffee house is like stepping back in time. Decorated with old photographs, trophies, memorabilia and chandeliers it is a shrine to all things vintage. The Bridge is small, warm, cozy and run by friendly staff. Offerings include delicious tarts, cakes, tea and coffee. With the furnishings you can see that there has been a lot of time and effort put in to making it look authentic. They even have an old cash register which means they can only take cash for now. The Bridge Coffee House is a great place to take a date or somewhere quiet to work (free wifi). Make your way upstairs to be greeted with a lovely surprise. Sssshhh… click here if you can’t wait to visit.

Cakes At The Bridge Coffeehouse Shoreditch

Cakes At The Bridge Coffee house Shoreditch

The Bridge Coffee House is at 15 Kingsland Road London E2 8AA