Saturday 30 April 2011

Drink, Shop & Do, N1

Drink, Shop & Do is one of my favourite places to escape in central London. If you haven't visited are the many reasons why you should...
It's a tea shop, it's a bar, it's a vintage shop, it's a place to find new design products, it's a cool place for crafty activities. It is all of these and that's why I love it.
Based just a hop, skip and a jump from King's Cross station this joint starts with a super vintage interiors and designer/maker products shop. With cool gifts from creative badges, retro products (like those above from Tala!) to hand-made one offs (like the hearts below from the v talented Heart Zeena) and of course more vintage crockery than you can shake a stick at.
The shops leads up the the delightful cafe/bar area packed full of sweet seating arrangements made up of perfectly paired tables and chairs...that like *everything* in Drink, Shop & Do are for sale.
Lounging and games are encouraged. They even have a Scrabble night (that's it I'm moving in!)
Of course the tea is sold by the pot in cute mismatched vintage teacups and saucers - would you have expected anything else?! Plus you can't leave without cake...particularly the happily indulgent Victoria sponge...mmm
The building was originally a Victorian bath-house (fact fans) and the circular shaped back room still has the beautifully ornate originally ceiling. Muggins here declined to take a lovely looking-up shot, but I did take this slightly spooky shot of the plates hung on the wall instead - again all for sale...
And what else can Drink, Shop & Do give us? They've only gone and put in a retro ice-cream bar!
Go if you haven't been before. My formula for a visit: go with a gift to buy, find something for yourself - decide to buy both, then head to the back for a tea and cake with a book, cocktails optional. Enjoy!

Saturday 16 April 2011

Craft & Crown, The Hospital Club

I've tried hiding under a rock, joining the circus and just plain shutting my eyes...but I simply cannot avoid the hullabaloo of the royal wedding at the moment.

So I've decided I may as well embrace it, when in Rome as they say. This was handily made a whole lot easier by today's Craft & Crown event. Billed as 'an indoor street party with a difference' it certainly made my inevitable indoctrination into the biggest faff (I mean wedding) of the decade a lot more fun and a lot less tacky.
Craft & Crown was the first event of its kind held in Covent Garden's cool Hospital Club. There was a mixture of stalls including kitsch-cool art work, vintage jewellery, rather nice cakes and chic accessories. They didn't all centre on the whole Kate and Wills thing but most had a cheeky nod to the revered couple.
Crafty classes took place throughout the day (a subversive cross-stitch was going down while I was there) which helped create a relaxed fun atmosphere in the midst of the stalls.
I held back on my purchases (despite being tempted by the Queen Mum cushion, corgi cufflinks and some very cool bunting) until I found my ideal fit - Lydia Leith's Royal Wedding Sick Bag.
So hopefully I can now hold back from the royal wedding thing after doing my bit by enjoying Craft & Crown.

Except I might have to get this bunting necklace from Tatty Devine too...oh and this tea towel from Thornback & Peel and...and...yeah who am I kidding.