Some people are living for the weekend, me, I sometimes feel like I'm living for the few days a year I spent in London. I always look forward to a city break there, planning and plotting and day-dreaming. It finally happened a couple of weeks ago!
We stayed in the East End with my friend's Mom who was the best host one could hope for. She just opened an Etsy shop, where she sells her patchwork creations. At the moment, she has beautiful pot holders and pin cushions, but she plans to put up some cushion covers in the near future. Her shop is called PatchworkThings, do check it out if you're looking for pretty presents for your friends or family or even for yourself (UK deliveries only).
As we were all broke, we mostly stuck to the area, but it was not a problem, there are so many things to do in East London. Although many hours were spent being indoors knocked down by the heat wave or recuperating from the previous night's activities and generally chilling; so not the most productive city-break, but here's what we got up to in between!
We stayed just next to London Fields which was just perfect as I've been dying to explore the neighbourhood. You may remember last year, I ended up just sitting in the park as I didn't have any precise directions for the places I actually wanted to check out there. It turns out it is much easier when you're hanging out with locals. I finally got to go to Broadway Market (which is just East of the park if you're wondering) and checked Susie Bubble's bookshop recommendations (Artwords Bookshop and Broadway Bookshop which were both amazing!).
We strolled along the Regent's canal which was so pleasant and when we got tired, we hopped over in Victoria Park and sat in the shade to take a breather.
Summers in London are magical, and just wandering on its streets looking for watermelons and figs felt pretty special already.