Posts Tagged: brixton village

london, uk :: borough + brixton

I can’t remember how we first discovered this place, but Brixton Village is a foodie’s dream with places such as Honest Burger, Mama Lan, and Agile Rabbit to only name a few of the restaurants in this small complex. A friend of ours stayed with us when we were living in East Putney last year. We decided to take him to Honest Burger for dinner and what normally took us 30-45 minutes to Brixton, took over an hour due to the first snowfall of the season. After arriving, we waited the typical 30-45 minutes (they open for dinner at 6pm and if you arrive after 6:30pm, there is normally a wait) to be seated and when we finally received our meal, he exclaimed that it was the best burger he had ever had in his life. Yes, it is that good! Other great mentions: Brixton Cornercopia (great selection of falconware!) and Federation Coffee -> see this great post by Green Figs and Ham.

In the 13th century, fruit and veg traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed here ever since. We are lucky to be staying close by, so we headed there last Friday for a coffee at Monmouth and a piece of cake from Konditor + Cook (next door). I’ve have heard great things about the Raclette and Chorizo Grill, but have only tried a handful of nibbles from here and there. Have a favourite from Borough? Let me know!

in the city ::

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster the last few days while we prepare for our move back to Vancouver. We have been busy playing “weigh the suitcase”, organizing boxes, cleaning, and listing things for sale. We had guests over on the weekend, and I forgot to leave extra towels and mugs for them – oops! It was all good though. Our last week here was spent enjoying London’s first snow fall, getting caught in a nightmare traffic jam enroute to the best burgers ever at Brixton Village (4.5 hour round trip from East Putney to Brixton!!), trying out new-to-us coffee shops in Chancery Lane + Shoreditch, seeing the London Summer Olympics 2012 medals at the British Museum, researching future shop tours, and rediscovering macarons (pistachio + vanilla are my fav!).

I’m currently sitting on the floor of the living room waiting for the internet people to disconnect our service. It may be a little quiet the next few days while we travel and settle in, but we will check in soon! In the meantime, feel free to stay in touch via twitter! See you soon sushi Vancouver!

 

discover South London (UK)

When I first moved to London, friends told me that people who live in South London stay in the South and people who live in North London stay in the North. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true!

To prepare for the first ever Got Craft? London on Sunday, November 27th, we decided to help our visitors make it a day out by rounding up a few of our favourite places South of the Thames. So grab a cuppa, visit our stall holder page to see all of the talented handmade designers that will be at Got Craft? and start planning your weekend!

There are numerous markets to choose from in London and new-to-me Venn Street Market in Clapham is one of my favourite finds. Make sure to pick up a vegan cupcake from Ms. Cupcake and a fancy coffee drink over at Esca Coffee Shop just around the corner. If you wake up late and miss most of the goods, walk down the street to Breads Etcetera on the Clapham High Street for some freshly baked treats!

To escape the hustle and bustle of London, pack up a picnik and take a stroll through Clapham Common. Stretching across 108 acres, you will often find people jogging and playing Rugby. There’s even a skateboard park and cafe.

Heading into Tooting, a local added that the halal mixed grill from Pandoos and the hazelnut dessert from Mirch Masala is a must. Of course, we must not forget our lovely hosts, the Tooting Tram and Social! With their eclectic mix of vintage furniture, the coverted tram shed has a vast selection of beer and wine for you to enjoy. Just across from the Tooting Tram and Social is the Gala Bingo building that was formerly the Granada Tooting Cinema. Built in 1931, it is considered to be one of the most spectacular cinemas in Britain and is open to the public for a peek.

Hungry in Brixton? Make sure to check out all the shops and places to eat at Brixton Village or take a seat at the Dogstar Pub, sister to the Tooting Tram and Social and home of Crafty Fox Pop Up Market. Brixton Whole Foods is also a great stop for those looking for specialty health food and bulk herbs (lavender for crafting!).

Have any South London tips of your own? We would love to hear from you! We are super excited to be hosting our first craft fair in London and look forward to meeting all of you real soon! Cheerio!

photo via flickr: CubaGallery