Sunday in Shoreditch

sourdough toast smashed avocado


Weekend in Shoreditch, East London

If you’re looking for some weekend ideas in East London then I’ve got one heck of a day for you! Today I’m profiling Shoreditch and although I’m sure that a lot of you are already more than well versed with what it has to offer (remember my post on my 3 secret food spots) this round trip is the perfect way to see some of my fave spots. Enjoy!


10:30 – Hoi Polloi

You can always trust a recommendation, so when I asked my colleague where in East London to start for breakfast, I took her Hoi Polloi suggestion. The Ace hotel is a pleasure to visit in itself but go on down to Hoi Polloi and you can get yourself a posh brekkie to start the day in style. We went for the cute take on a full English breakfast along with tasty nut smoothies and special tea.

I broke some records that morning trying both black pudding and Irish potato cake for the first time and I am now a happy convert. The meal was a little on the mushy and over salted side but paired with the delicious sourdough bread, I’ll let it off! We ear-wigged on young sophisticated people who work at the UN between bouts of live music that played classical versions of pop songs. So chic. Take the lift to the 7th floor after your meal to oogle the view over the city!

breakfast menu hoi polloi ace hotel

full english breakfast in shoreditch hoi polloi

ebor street east london graffiti


12:15 – Albion

Once you’ve pointed out the gherkin from the top of the Ace Hotel, head left to Redchurch Street and pop into Albion to peruse the prettily packaged preserves and watch the hipsters buy their Sunday loaves. Afterwards, check out Aussie fave T2 tea shop across the road for all the loose leaf tea varieties and all the equipment you could need.

Head up through the quiet streets of tenement buildings and make your way up to Columbia Road. (If in doubt, follow the crowds!)


jars of preserves in Albion boundary street

tenement buildings east london shoreditchgrey and yellow VW camper van east london

columbia road flower market ranuculas mini peonies

suck and chew sweet shop windows

such and chew toy dogs retro sweet shop

bright coloured doors columbia road flower market

blue door with bright orange roses columbia road flower market

colouful flowers sunflowers columbia road flower market

13:00 – Columbia Road Flower Market

The last time I posted about Columbia Road exactly two years ago, my hair was radically different but I wore the same trusty jacket! Keeping cosy and warm is key when you’re spending ages umming and arring over which hyacinths to buy. I went for orange roses and blue thistles this time plus a cute little succulent to that have made friends with the cacti on my desk.


printers and stationers columbia road london

lili vanilli bakery cafe cake loaf

14:00 – Lily Vanilli

As tradition states, if you’re visiting Columbia Road, you have to queue up in Lily Vanilli‘s bakery. We thawed out with mochas whilst discovering Lily’s latest sweet treats. Check out that loaf! If you love her stuff, see what I  made at her workshop!


back streets east london columbia road

billy goat at hackney city farm

donkeys sign hackney city farm

cockerel hackney city farm

 15:00 – Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm has been on my visit list for ages but I never knew quite how easy it was to pop in! Come out of the top of Columbia Road and cross over to the colourfully painted letters spelling out the name of the farm. Whilst it’s certainly clear that the farm is tailored for children, I had waayy fun watching the donkeys and trying to distinguish which end of the sleeping pigs was which, plus the signs make for good ‘gram.


bicycle with a wicker basket columbia road

columbia road cafes

stories bar broadway market

sprig of leaves, flowers on a table cafe columbia road

 16:00 – Stories

Once you’ve dosed up on animal cuteness, head up through residential streets towards Broadway Market. If you’re visiting on a Saturday then the street is dominated by it’s famous market stalls and visitors but Sunday holds it’s own charm. I love taking a (colourful) seat in Stories on Broadway – an arty bar owned by the same peeps as The Book Club and Queen of Hoxton. Ah that’s why there’s cool emerging artists’ work on the walls and cool chairs! We sipped a glass of red wine and people watched until we were warm and happy and then off headed again towards London Fields.


broadway market colourful street london midcentury furniture shutters

lardo italian food almonds salad

lardo italian pizza kitchen

lardo butternut squash pizza with cavolo nero and cheese

17:00 – Lardo

Recommendation no.2 of the weekend was Lardo, not your average Italian joint. Walk straight through London Fields and under the railway arch and there across the road is the full-length window clad restaurant. Sit facing inwards and you might just make out your pizza coming out of the open wood fired oven. We chose butternut squash base pizza with goats cheese and veg of the moment – cavolo nero alongside some totally scoffable blanched almonds and speck. So fine!


Hawkhurst Vault cakes

Hawkhurst Vault fine loose leaf teas

Hawkhurst Vault pouring tea in china cups

19:00 – The Hawkhurst Vault

The last part of our day took us to our favourite tearoom,  The Hawkhurst Vault. We had passed on desert at Lardo and instead decided to head right back to where we started for a post-dinner tipple of tea and something brownie shaped. Head towards Brick Lane and turn up to the very top of it until you find Hawkhurst on the corner. It’s perfect for when you’re in East late in the day and you’re craving that hit of infused water (common issue, I know) for their opening times are ‘whenever the last customer wants to leave really. Around 9ish?’ Excellent!

My ultimate fave tea is the Dragon Well green. Pair it with a salted caramel brownie and beetroot chocolate cake.

20:00 – Time for bed!

Phew! Hopefully this little round trip has given you some weekend ideas – have a good one!


  • marie February 12, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    lovely post ! and beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Maria February 9, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    This looks like so much fun, the best way to spend a weekend!

    Maria xxx

  • Cindy | pee into the wind February 9, 2015 at 3:58 AM

    Love all the colorful pictures! Looks like you had such a fun time! xx

  • Victoria February 8, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Lovely post and pictures, this really makes me want to discover East London! xx