[Short Let London] Your Home Away From Home

Travelling behaviour of millennial globetrotters have, in many ways, been shaped by digital media. Our lives revolve around fitting snippets of travel experiences, ranging from meals to iconic landmarks and scenery, into picture-perfect 1080 X 1080 px squares. You would think that when it comes to choosing a place to stay, accessibility would be the main consideration –Continue reading “[Short Let London] Your Home Away From Home”

London Lovin’: W6 Garden Centre Café

“This is our way of celebrating the great city we live and work in. Where others see nothing but debris and stone, we see the possibility of a truly life-enhancing experience.” – W6 Creative Director Paul Holt. I was pleasantly thrilled to be amongst privileged writers notified of the grand opening of W6 Garden Centre Café. This gemContinue reading “London Lovin’: W6 Garden Centre Café”

Caffe Vergnano 1882

A while ago, I got to enjoy some much desired me-time in London! Originally from France, the British branch of Caffe Vergnano 1882 sits right across from Chancery Lane station, a short walk away from the likes of Prufrock and Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Everybody else was shopping at SOHO or Oxford CircusContinue reading “Caffe Vergnano 1882”

London Lovin’: Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

If you’re heading to Chancery Lane Station, you will find this neat little café hideout on Leather Lane, a short 5-minute walk from the subway station towards Holborn Viaduct. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is one of London’s most talked-about cafés on Yelp, TripAdvisor and many travel tip sites, and indeed the place servesContinue reading “London Lovin’: Department of Coffee and Social Affairs”

Pure Waffle, Duke St London

As mentioned previously, I had major unresolved cravings for waffles. Whilst everyone else went shopping at SOHO, I slinked into the stylish, contemporary waffle parlour to have the Pecan & Butterscotch Waffle with Ice Cream for lunch. The store manager Andy was extremely friendly and chatted with me! He commented on the books I wasContinue reading “Pure Waffle, Duke St London”

KULA Ice Cream Parlour & Coffee Bar

To satisfy the major cravings I had for waffles, I googled “Best Waffles in Central London”. This Swedish gem of a café turned up multiple times in the search engine and I decided to hunt it down! Jet lag woke me up at 5am hence I was ravenous! KULA opens at 8am. I took theContinue reading “KULA Ice Cream Parlour & Coffee Bar”

Coffee in a Victorian Lavatory

So, The Attendant is an abandoned underground toilet in London, refurnished into a café. Say what? I was skeptical about lingering lavatory smells but trust me, the café has been so thoroughly cleaned up, everyone’s literally eating off urinal walls. Pete Tomlinson and Ben Russel acquired the 1890′s victorian style London lavatory, and to capitalise uponContinue reading “Coffee in a Victorian Lavatory”

Lantana Café, London

A tangy, zesty slice of gluten-free lemon polenta later, we were outta the small takeouts-only café. Their Fitzrovia store has a dine-in area which was brimming with people at lunch-time. The smaller Lantana patisserie is well and aesthetically stocked: banana bread, blueberry muffins, double chocolate brownies, oaty nutty choc chip cookies, flourless almond cakes and aContinue reading “Lantana Café, London”

Charles Dickens Coffee House, Covent Garden

Evening cuppa at Charles Dickens Coffee House! This was once the busy office where Dickens published his periodical All The Year Round from 1859 until his death in 1870. I sipped on weak herbal tea with milk and had a slice of cheesecake to calm a crazy stream of thoughts. Can’t even begin to count the reasons whyContinue reading “Charles Dickens Coffee House, Covent Garden”

London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts

Shops like these you’ll never find them in Asia. Especially where I come from, space is so constrained that anything below 3-floors will be extinct in the next 5 years or so. Baffled by re-modelling works of architecture in the European cities where its aesthetic appeal lies in its vintage houses! Swarovski is sandwiched betweenContinue reading “London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts”

London Lovin’: Enroute Farringdon

Can anyone tell me where this place is? Was in a rush to meet a friend at Farringdon, and now I’m dying to know where this is! Could be somewhere near Hammersmith as I was in the area. Please let me know and you’ll get cupcakes from me, pinky swear 🙂 xoxo, Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: Old Bailey

Chanced upon the Central Criminal Court, commonly known as Old Bailey, in West End London. In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is the courthouse where Charles Darnay is put on trial for treason. In the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Joshamee Gibbs is tried inContinue reading “London Lovin’: Old Bailey”

London Lovin’: Time is Immemorial

One thing I’ve come to realise about most European cities: they have clocks or clock towers in almost every street. War Memorials too, it seems they value their history as much as time is immemorial. Says a lot about its people being proud of their history. xoxo, Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: City Grandeur

Overeager to see everything on my first trip to London, I took to exploring West End on foot. My fingers were working the shutter overtime, attempting to capture everything. Which I soon realised was impossible! Damn, the rush to see it all wasn’t worth it. Why click fast and leave for another touristy scene, onlyContinue reading “London Lovin’: City Grandeur”

London Lovin’: Oxford Circus

Stepping out from London Underground is like entering a different realm, and it did feel that way to me, exiting Oxford Circus Station. Topshop, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, HMV, Debenhams have their flagship stores on this street. Each year, Oxford Street is decorated with festive lights. Each Christmas, a celebrity turns on theContinue reading “London Lovin’: Oxford Circus”

London Lovin’: New Theatre Releases 2014

Now who’s excited?! 2014 will see a brand new season of remakes, rebrandings and new theatre releases in the London theatre scene. Grab your passes, 2014 is set to be an exciting year on the stage! Here’s a few to get started:   GHOSTS From December 17 to March 8, Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production ofContinue reading “London Lovin’: New Theatre Releases 2014”

London Lovin’: Wafflemeister

Amidst the London rush hour, the lost tourist a.k.a Viktoria Jean was trying to get to the ice-cream store just across the street on South Kensington. At 6pm in the evening, walking against the crowd is no easy feat. Everybody seems to be dashing somewhere, moving fast ahead with their lives, going with the incessantContinue reading “London Lovin’: Wafflemeister”

London Lovin’: St Christopher’s Place

The plethora of alfresco dining choices had me drawn in. The colourful interior beyond its ‘landmark purple clock’ delivered its promise of an eclectic shopping mix, right up the alley where London’s best bars and restaurants laid in wait. St Christopher’s Place sits at the heart of the West End and can be found betweenContinue reading “London Lovin’: St Christopher’s Place”