Bake-a-Boo is a small pink tea room in West Hampstead’s Mill Lane. The place is very flowery and cozy, which makes it to the perfect setting for an afternoon tea session. The shop is such a feast for the eyes with so much love to detail. The individual decor and the traditionally embellished china create a typical British afternoon tea atmosphere. I had such a lovely time.
Bake-a-Boo has amazingly delicious cupcakes and probably the largest selection of exotic teas I’ve seen so far. The charming store also offers gluten free, lactose free and wheat free cupcakes, which sets the shop aside from other cupcake places in London.
Bake-a-Boo also published a bakery cookbook with plenty of tea time recipes for every occasion. The tea room is just a 15 minutes walk away from West Hampstead tube station and well worth a visit if you like to enjoy a cuppa and cake.
People either hate or love contemporary art. I belong to the “love” category. Even if many art works are incomprehensible, most of them just look great – especially at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Since its opening in 1985, the gallery exhibits Charles Saatchi’s contemporary art collection to the public. The gallery has provided a springboard to launch many careers in art industry (including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin). Even today many of the displayed artists in the gallery are unknown to the public, which allows a fresh and untouched look at modern art. Sure, you can always argue if a piece is rather crap or art. Fact is, it’s the art of our current age and everyone should at least have a look at it before making up a final opinion.
For my boyfriend’s 30th birthday we went out for dinner at Aqua Kyoto in London’s Regent Street. With its central location, Aqua offers a unique and high-class dining experience.
Already the entrance is stunning: A beautiful receptionist welcomes us in a dimly lit lobby. The walls that are decked out with red velvet drapes and the secret-sensuous atmosphere awaken our curiosity for more.
Once landed on the fifth floor, even more of these elegant dressed assistants wait for us. The ladies guide the guests either to Aqua Nueva, the Spanish restaurant of the concept on the left side, or to Aqua Kyoto, a restaurant inspired by the Japanese cuisine. Our assistant takes us through the bar area to our fancy table. Entering the main restaurant area of Aqua Kyoto, our eyes drift to the open sushi work station, where guest can watch their meal being freshly prepared.
The high-class interior design is also very opulent, with velvet chairs, wooden tables and plenty of mirrors on the walls. The dining area ends in a glass wall opening up to a big terrace, which is one of my favorite highlights of this place. A wooden decking and rattan furniture create a comfortable and romantic atmosphere, where you have an incredible view over Regent Street and central London.
Thanks to Susan from Sue loves NYC I came across these extraordinary tube cuffs by Design Hype. The metal London bracelet with matte finish is the perfect gift for cosmopolitans. Stops, numbers and streets are embossed across the surface of the metal cuff. Just like checking a watch, the cuff makes you navigate the tube system easily and inconspicuously. I really haven’t seen such a cool souvenir before. Tube cuffs by designhypeing.com are also available for New York, Paris and Milan.
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English food is hearty, simple and filling. According to Jamie Oliver the British have “never been the ones that had overdone anything or worked or shaped (…).” British food is about plain cooking. It’s about family.
I love traditional dishes, but honestly it seemed impossible for me to have a cooked meal for breakfast. Beans? Bacon? Mushrooms? At 8 am? No chance.
But living here for a year, I also wanted to do all the things a real Londoner has to do. So I had to overcome myself and to stand behind the stove in the morning.
Today we visited the Brick Lane Market in Shoreditch. It’s a typical Sunday flea-market with a range of vintage clothes, furniture, music and other goods. The market takes place from 8am to 2pm every Sunday and the nearest tube station is Aldgate East.
The market spreads along the Brick Lane and spills out onto the side streets. Actually, we were very disappointed today. We rather found a lot of junk and anything for sale than unique vintage pieces for our closet. The streets are also quite dirty and I really missed the typical London market atmosphere. If you’re looking for special vintage bargains I’d rather recommend you to visit the Camden Market or the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.
We decided to leave the market and to visit Boxpark, the first pop-up mall in the heart of East London. The concept is easy and unique: Shipping containers are refitted to low-cost ‘box-shops’, including international fashion and lifestyle brands, cafes and galleries. The Popup Mall will only stay in Shoreditch for five years. Afterwards it will literally ‘pop up’ anywhere else in the world. A great idea and definitely worth visiting, if you want to explore one of London’s upcoming areas. Boxpark is located directly next to Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.
Here are a few impressions of our day in Shoreditch. Continue reading
It took me months to discover my favorite Frozen Yogurt place in London. There are several options like Frae, Snog and many others. They all taste good, but are quite expensive. And I don’t see why I should spend 4 Pounds for a small cup of Yogurt with only one (or maybe two) toppings.
I was so happy when I found Pinkberry at Selfridge’s. Here, you only pay per cup size. They don’t charge you for each topping, which makes this place perfectly affordable.
First you chose a yogurt flavour. From chocolate to peach and other seasonal flavors there’s something for every taste. I prefer the original yogurt flavor, it’s the most refreshing. Then you can fill the pot to the brim with a huge range of delicious toppings. You can go for the healthy version with fruits or you can just turn your frozen yogurt into a calorie bomb with brownies, chocolate sauce and coconut chips.
There are thousands of combinations to create your frozen masterpiece. For me it’s the perfect light snack and a yummi alternative to ice cream on a sunny day.