Posts Tagged: united kingdom

london, uk :: exploring King’s Cross

After the redevelopment of St. Pancras Renaissance hotel, the new Eurostar termainal, and the 5 year renovation of King’s Cross Station, things are definitely changing in this area. I was on a mission to check out Caravan King’s Cross situated in the Granary Building / Old Grain Store that just opened up days before we were set to fly back to Vancouver. A large part of Eat Street is still under contruction, but the food carts were definitely buzzing around lunch time which was a nice change from when we first visited last Winter. Pack a picnic and watch the dancing fountains at Granary Square or take a walk along the Regent’s Canal.

london, uk :: here and there

No matter how many times I visit London, I always discover something new. Whether it be a new favourite shop, new treat to eat, or a new neighbourhood to discover. On this trip, we found Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, a hub of activity dating back to the Middle Ages. See that shop called ‘The Family Business‘? Inside, you can browse the portfolios of the local, and many visiting international practitioners that see a term here as a rite of passage. Each artist will create a bespoke design just for you, but if you want a tattoo by owner Mo Coppoletta, you will have to add your name to the year long wait list.

Other favourites at Exmouth Market: GNF (mid-century furniture + vintage fabric), Caravan, Family Tree, Medcalf, Space, and Brill (to name a few).

Oh, and that mac + cheese at Pizza East? I’m still having cheesy dreams!

in the city :: instagram

Here is the last batch of instagrams from London, but I have plenty of camera shots that I plan to share. I can’t seem to turn off my internal holiday clock and after a busy weekend with 3 back to back events, Robert and I took a mini break up to Whistler to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Time sure flies!

  1. Long story short, I was wandering around Bloomsbury and found this solo art show by accident. The show didn’t open until 1pm, but the art around the building was absolutely amazing. Will be posting more soon!
  2. Fry up at Caravan Exmouth Market (those soy mushrooms were delish!)
  3. Brolly & Ice Cream Pop-Up exhibition celebrating the contrary British Summertime
  4. I spotted a lotto cage at the Spitalfields Antique Market and carried it all the way home on the bus.
  5. View of Kingston Pier from Hampton Court Palace (clockwise)
  6. Robbie Williams was filming a new music video at Spitalfields * swoon *
  7. I * had * to visit the brand new Caravan King’s Cross while I was in town
  8. Due to a bomb scare, we were evacuated out of M&S and stumbled upon this cute coffee shop on the way home

field trip :: cambridge, uk

Here are the final set of photos from the holidays!

My last trip to Cambridge, UK was in 2008 when we stopped for a short visit with friends before heading to Belgium. Unfortunately, somewhere between my last day in Cambridge and arriving in Belgium, I caught H1N1. Holy moly! I don’t wish that upon my worst enemies. Ugh. I am happy to say that our second visit was WAY better! We headed to Landbeach on Christmas Eve and spent the next few days with friends who hosted a fantastic holiday full of good eats and fun times! We even squeezed in a quick photo walk through the city before hopping back on the train to London.

our 2011 ♥

I don’t usually get wrapped up in the end of year hoopla, but 2011 has been monumental and at least personally, I wanted to collect our experiences in one place. Dudes, we moved to another country! Although temporary, we have already been living in London, UK for coming up to 12 months and I am still in disbelief that we just packed up everything and relocated – whoah! Here’s to looking back…

January: With Blue Olive Photography, we hosted the third annual Indie I Do event. (photo credit: studio jeanie)

February: Landed in London, UK and met up with the lovely Debbie from Craft Guerrilla who took us for coffee and bagels in Brick Lane.

March: We met the wonderful Lana and Rick and discovered Camden Passage. Oops! Just realized that we don’t actually have any pictures together – ha!

April: We headed to Liberty for the decor8 book launch and then to Brixton for the Crafty Fox Pop Up Market.

May: We checked out the Clerkenwell Design week at the House of Detention and then headed back to Vancouver for Got Craft?. Lucky us, we squeezed in a quick trip to Seattle and Portland before heading back to London.

June: Got Craft? was named #49 of 101 Greatest Things About Life in Vancouver by Scout Magazine. We had our second round of guests and together, took the train to Llwyngrwril, Wales for a friend’s wedding.

July: Held a DIY badge making workshop as part of the SW Craft Club Pop Up event. Decided to be social and went to Blognic.

August: Spent two weeks in Exmouth, Devon with family.

September: Excited to be a contributor to Poppytalk’s Dispatches from the UK column. (photo credit: anamu)

October: My mom came to visit and we took a day trip to Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. The week after, we met up with Miranda and spoke at the Summit of Awesome in Baltimore, MD. We also went to see Erasure for my birthday!

November: We held our first Got Craft? UK at the Tooting Tram and Social and headed to Paris with Miranda the very next day. (photo credit: Blue Olive Photography)

December: After a whirlwind of craft fairs in Vancouver, we returned to London and then went up to Cambridge to spend Christmas with friends.

Wow, 2011 was sure a crazy ride! Happy new year!