The great thing about travelling is that you get to be a flaneur. You get to stroll and explore in an unstructured manner, taking in the sights and feeling at one with the city in which you are. The day I’m posting about is one I will remember fondly because it was one of such days. The only thing that would have made it more perfect was if my sister, my main flaneuring parter-in-crime were there as well. This has always been one of our favourite ways to hang out and we’ve made so many cool discoveries this way.
On this particular day, I had made arrangements to hang out with Sarah and Og. We had SO MUCH FUN. Knowing that the day would involve lots of walking, we decided to start with a strong breakfast at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton. We had the All American, the Full Monty, the Superfood Salad, the Buffalo Wings and the Poutine (which is chips covered in cheese and gravy; and it is wickedly delicious)
After this epic breakfast, we felt ready for anything. We wondered around Shoreditch and ended up in this incredible shop called Goodhood. It is so cool it hurts, and it reminds me a lot of Stranger Lagos. We spent a little while drooling over everything and trying on different sunglasses. Then, we made our way to Brixton.
Pop Brixton is ‘a new community campus for startups, small businesses, local entrepreneurs and community organisations.’ It kicked off in January this year and I knew I had to visit while I was in London because of all the gorgeous food pictures I had seen coming out of there on Instagram. If you are a foodie, then you must visit because it is full of all sorts of fabulous ideas, and there is something languid and fun and playful about the atmosphere there. Our favourite stands were the Port Authority, where we got a bottle of some stunning organic prosseco; Mama’s Jerk, who jerked the hell out of various meats, and I think that’s where we found dodo; Baba G’s who had the lamb jalfrezi burger – not for the weak; Made of Dough, who do pizza like no other, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen who we sadly didn’t get to try because they had been booked to do food at an event for Adidas and so were closed to the public. Damn you, Adidas! *shakes fist*
After Brixton, we took the train two stops to Elephant & Castle, and then walked to Oxford Street from there, because we decided that we needed to try on some make-up and pick up a few bits and bobs. It was a long, long, walk, bu it was a lovely, warm day, and we swapped Lagos gist as we made our way there. Once we got to Selfridges however, we were somehow famished AGAIN. After all we had eaten. So we made our way to the food hall to see what they had going on. We found Tonkotsu, an outpost of the popular ramen bar in Soho and decided it looked like a winner.
After this, we felt fortified once again, and proceeded to raid our favourite beauty counters, one swatch at a time. Needless to say, I slept like a baby, when I got home. What an epic day!