Sometimes you end up not exploring your local area unless you’re showing someone around which is really quite a shame, particularly when you live in the capital and there’s more than a lifetimes worth of things to see and do. I was very thankful to play host to my French cousin for a week, who wanted to see how I lived as a Londonite, as it meant I could get myself out of the house. What better reason to explore areas such as Columbia road which I had always wanted to visit since Carries first post on it. I’ll admit something really silly though – nothing was open when we went! All the vibrantly painted doors fling open at the weekends for the Flower Market but in the week, they’re just a passive rainbow road. Still, I spotted some of the pretty things above and am determined even more to explore it another day!
The Vintage Emporium, Bacon Street off Brick Lane, London
My cousin and I took a looped route down from Columbia Road to Barnet Road and along Whitechapel Road to Brick Lane. I took the opportunity to oogle at pretty things by taking her into my favourite shops including Tatty Devine and 123. It was brilliant to be able to show her all East Londons amazing vintage culture; the people on the street and the clothes shops which she all found quite amusing! We finished the trip in true vintage style in The Vintage Emporium, a relaxing, homely cafe and shop downstairs which was introduced to me by my good friend Fiona. Try their big selection of fresh pastries and cakes – the chocolate tart was amazingly melty. Nomnom.