Category Archives: GO OUT!

‘night street food market’ cheer

there are many reasons to concern London as one of the greatest places to live. not so common or promoted event as ‘Night Market’ in Hackney is one of them.

Hawker House where the whole event takes place, is large undeveloped space with wooden and metal constellations. it is filled with plastic chairs and tables, long wooden bar tables, strung lights all around and a large variety of food trucks spread around the whole area.

as soon as you find yourself inside, you smell different spices, cuisines and hot buttered rum which you can buy at the ‘Hot Bar’. I definitely recommend trying the one served with lemon and cinnamon – it’s absolutely amazing and will definitely warm you up on a chilly day.

food. it is hard to tell where to start. even though the number of stands seems to be quite small, the choice is really hard to make. we started with delicious ‘Baba G’ wraps (5 £) with rice and chicken. this was a perfect starter as the meal wasn’t too heavy and a bit spicy. then we tried unbelievably good fresh pasta from ‘Cooking Cooks’ which actually was made by hand at the shack. ‘Napoletana ravioli with parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella’ (7£) was heaven melting in our mouths. obviously we couldn’t also resist the temptation of trying ‘Lobster roll’ (8£) from B.O.B’s Lobster stand (which was actually red volkswagen microbus).  the meat was fresh and delicate, while the buttery warm bun was absolutely delightful. finally we decided to try ‘Yum Bun’ which served hand-made steamed buns with pork and duck (3.50£ per each). both of them were well-seasoned and in deed ‘yummy’. to sum up, each delicacy we tried was a great choice and a chance to experience new flavors.

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‘cafe TPT’ – too pleasurably tasty

craving for chinese food is something typical. especially during night time in a such big buzzing capital as London. that is why it is good to know about such places as ‘Cafe TPT’ in Chinatown.

the place itself? nothing special. plain white walls, wooden tables and chairs squeezed together in a small and narrow space. but the space itself isn’t important here. no matter what time it is, the place is always crowded. and I believe that is crucial argument in favor of the restaurant quality.

menu. must have? definitely try one of the sizzling stone pot dish – I highly recommend ‘eggplant with fish sauce and minced pork’ (9£). due to the fact I am quite traditional when it comes to Chinese cuisine, I also advice you to try ‘sweet and sour chicken’ or ‘chicken in satay souse’ (7.50£). i suggest also trying one of the ‘chef recommendations’ such as sweet-chili chicken with lemon grass’.

find out for yourself!


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the last supper

that is it. the golden days of ‘Imbibe’ have come at last. sad but true.

due to this fact i’ve decided to visit the restaurant for one last time. the place looks especially amazing in the evenings, which is why i went there around 7pm. as soon as i got there, i went straight to the courtyard area. it didn’t change a bit. same wooden chairs and tables, grill space under white tent located on the right, lights hanging all around the walls, paper lanterns on the ceiling.

when it comes to food it is still as delicious as it was. burgers made with fresh and juicy beef, and wide range of toppings to choose from such as: tomatoes, lettuce, onion, cheese and sauces like garlic or herbal mayonnaise, peas guacamole, homemade ketchup or mustard. moreover, you have all kinds of spices available at the buffet. fries? melt in your moth. thin, crispy and soft inside covered with fresh rosemary and salt.

there is no much to say. it was just the way it should be. perfect ending of the quite short journey at Southwark. especially because of the fact i could share it with my friends.

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it’s all about ‘BUU-ween’

Halloween is pretty much a big deal for all Londoners when it comes to parties, costumes and decorations. that is why it is important to be prepared for it.

1. first of all buy a pumpkin. you can get really cheap ones at ‘Tesco’. after all, you can use it after the 31st and make with it delicious pumpkin soup which will warm you up on cold autumn evening (the recipe for it will be presented later this month).

2. second, find a costume. be creative. being a vampire or a witch is a bit passe, especially in a city in which everyday you can see someone dressed ‘uncommonly’.

3. buy a loooot of sweets. and i don’t only mean here, buying them for kids that might knock on your door, but also for you! believe me, they taste so much better on that day and bring childhood memories

4. find a party to which you can go. don’t stay in. it is one of these days in London when you should go out. explore the city, see all the costumes in which people put so much effort

5. watch a scary film. especially when as this year Halloween is on thursday so you have whole three days to watch one

and here are few ideas me and my flat mates had for Halloween:

1. hippie:

– jeans bell bottoms ‘Primark’ 10£

– peace necklace ‘Primark’ 1£

– pink sunglasses ‘Brick Lane’ 4£

– dress with patterns (worn as a blouse)

– sneakers

– headband


2. Terry Richardson:

– dark jeans

– checkered shirt

– sunglasses ‘Old Spitalfields Market’ 5£

– disposable camera


3. zombie pilot

– white shirt ‘Primark’ 3£

– dark jeans

– sunglasses

– brown leather jacket

– red paint 1£

– pilot cap 5£


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RIP Imbibe – challenge

there are not many places in London where i feel that the time has stopped and all the troubles have disappeared. the vibe in ‘Imbibe’ is, or should i say was, indescribable. the place itself is incredible. especially when you decide to sit outside. wooden floors, furniture, small fireplaces placed around the space, paper lanterns on the ceiling, small lights hanging all around, metal lanterns on the tables, wicker baskets, large pots with flowers inside…it all makes the place look magical and ‘unreal’. but not only the decor is unbelievable. chips served in small metal pails, burgers with fresh, high quality meat and rocket and parmesan salad with basil and pine nut dressing are a taste of heaven. and this two courses for just 10 £. can you beat it?

i have been there for the first time over a year ago…i’m shocked that such an amazing spot is going to be closed. due to the fact i believe that each person deserves a bit of happiness in life, i strongly urge you to visit the place as soon as possible. let’s making it more interesting…we will do the challenge. visit ‘The Imbibe Bar’ in less then 7 days and then leave a comment how was it. i promise you’ll not regret. let’s spread the world with the vibe of ‘the imbibe’, we need to let know the world about it!

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first date with ‘Village East’

and again we have weekend and a new place to visit. today – ‘Village East of Bermondsey’. restaurant is located quite near ‘London Bridge’ station on bermondsey street. to be fair, the whole street when you start walking through it, sends you this vibe of laid-back and chilled atmosphere, free from stress and all the troubles. time stops for a minute and just lets you enjoy the day.

decor of the place itself is quite unique. i would say it’s a combination of pub and wooden cottage decor. stools, bar, metal lamps, booth chairs and mix of long and small wooden tables.

food. cranberry granola? (3.50£) if you pour one table spoon of yoghurt to a small glass and fill it with granola till the very top, don’t expect it’s gonna be enough. and to be fair I’m not a huge fan of sawdust. toast with scramble eggs decent (5£) but eggs Benedict? incredibly good! also you have to try ‘in the pink’ (grapefruit juice with agave syrup) which is amazing and what is more important sooo refreshing! definitely coming back to try the burgers – they looked amazing and you can choose your own extras!
in general place is a good choice for a weekend brunch which is – (here’s important information for long sleepers) served till 4pm. also before leaving definitely check out toilet’s decor. and most important fact it is not expensive!
so yeah, the first date with ‘Village East’ was promising. we will see how it will go on the next one when i’m going to try burgers….
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look at lucas

‘Aldgate East’ station entrance. on the right ‘Whitechapel Gallery’. we enter the building with high hopes and opened minds. prepared for some breathtaking sensations and unconventional methods of presenting the way of perceiving life.

first floor. the artist uses large variety of materials in order to ‘shake an artistic fist at misogynistic culture’ as ‘Time Out’ states. most of them ‘create erotically charged scenarios’. fried eggs presented on a stained mattress are for instance substitute of women’s breasts. however, most of the items presented on the exhibition are some kind of reflexion of male genitalia – stuffed tights, fruits, foam sculptures and photographs. all of them are representing sexualised body in mass culture.

second floor. on the main wall we see wallpaper of a male nudes set against backdrop. the whole space is filled with golden and white phallus-shaped sculptures. small, big, made of cigarettes, stone and other materials. literally wherever you look they will find you, and haunt you down. the problem is, that in one of the rooms there are gigantic photographs of a naked man sitting on a chair with random food products covering his ‘private areas’. this is it. enough is enough. i understand the whole aspect of an over-representation of human bodies in modern culture. but taking away my appetite for the rest of the day is just too much!

anyway, obviously i am exaggerating right now. and kidding. the exhibition is quite interesting reflection of modern times, and the direction towards semiology is going when it comes to mass culture. what is most important it is free. so definitely go and give it a shot!

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Speakeasy is an amazing coffee shop located in the centre of London near Carnaby Street. It’s definitely a great place to visit if you feel like drinking good quality coffee and not the one served in such coffee chains shoos as ‘Nero’ or ‘Costa’. The biggest advantages of the place is a wide number of seats available, but also incredibly nice service, amazing snacks (try Banana bread it’s lush!) and simple but unique decor characterized by wooden chairs and white tables.

what is interesting place also offers coffee making courses for baristas and ‘coffee fans’ in the evenings. check their website for more information;)

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laaaazy saturday

today I didn’t feel like making something nice and tasty for breakfast. to be fair I didn’t feel like doing anything. I believe you know what I’m talking about if you have ever been out on Friday (which I hope you did at least once in your life!). i barely got out of bed and crawl to the bathroom. shower did help a lot, and after 1,5h I was ready to go for a walk, breath some fresh air and grab something to eat.

due to the fact my friend stayed over and she was supposed to meet her friends in Carnaby Street, we went for brunch to ‘FoxCroft and Ginger’ in Soho. it is a great dinning spot where you can eat amazing sandwiches with homemade bread – I recommend the one with salmon, but also pancakes, and plates with chorizo, beans or beef. if you’re in hurry I strongly suggest grabbing hot chocolate, coffee and definitely carrot cake served in small pieces (muffin size).

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little ‘borough’

little vegetable town also widely known as ‘Borough Market’ should definitely appear on your list of places you should visit in London. this amazing food market located near London Bridge tube station, includes enormous number of stands selling not only wide variety of vegetables, but also dairy, seafood, spices and meat.

moreover, it is a great space to meet and have a sit in one of many small coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries. you should especially visit ‘Konditor&Cook’ and try their amazing ‘Fudgepacker Brownie’ which costs about 2£. while on sunny, warm day I advice you to sit outdoor in front of ‘Brood Cafe’ and enjoy large pitcher of ‘Sangria’

all in all, even if you’re not planning to buy anything (prices are high due to quality and provenance of the products)  you should still come and enjoy amazing atmosphere of a place where you feel ‘time has stopped’




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