Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Local places

Every time I step out of my flat there seems to be a new cafe or shop opened up in the area to defy doom and gloominess.

We took Milo for his first cultural tour of Vyner Street's 'First Thursday' nights - where East London's galleries open their doors late and the area buzzes with hip young things (Milo being no exception). Vyner Street has long been crying out for a quirky little bar or restaurant and new Italian Ombra fills the gap perfectly.

Its six owners are a mix of architects, artists and an Italian chef, who has brought over the concept of Venetian tapas washed down with sundowners known as Spritz. The simple menu includes homemade pasta, fresh focaccia from the local bakery and hearty meat dishes. I loved the vintage cut-glass decanters for water and the reclaimed wooden furniture given a very contemporary makeover with paintbox bright gloss by artist Russell Bamber.

Just across the road is another newcomer Andor Bureau. Inside there's a slightly contrived mix of pared-back old furniture (artfully mismatched, of course) and bare walls dotted with artwork, but the place soon grew on me with its interesting menu, great coffee and plenty of events including weekly supper clubs and film nights (Lawrence of Arabia-themed dinner, anyone?).

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Pop-up and Popcorn

Rag&Bow, the 'roaming vintage store', is heading to super-cool Shoreditch bar The Book Club to host a pop-up sale tomorrow, with a screening of 80s classic flic Desperately Seeking Susan afterwards. I like the sound of Rag&Bow - selling affordable vintage rags from the 50s to the 90s, and even bringing its mobile shop to a home or hen do with a stylist on hand for fashion advice. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2011


This sounds fun... a new East London market with vintage, art, craft, books and music.
This Saturday 11-4, Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Vintage seaside

Last weekend we took a trip to the Polish seaside resort of Sopot for a friend’s wedding - it was a true gem of a place, with a huge sandy beach lined with pine forests and a real vintage charm to the place.

Regenerated with EU funding, the original wooden pier (all pristine white and pale grey) and wooden walkways have been lovingly restored - without a slot machine in sight! And I loved these old-fashioned wicker sun chairs on the beach - room for two (or three), complete with foot rest and drinks table; and it all handily folds up to be stored away in winter - genius!