I continue exploring the city in the way I like the most – getting into the area and just walking on the streets with a camera. Also I was looking for a big and spacious place where I can do my work with a laptop and not being destructed. TBC (The Book Club) is like 3 in 1. It’s the place to hang out with friends playing table tennis, to have lunch and to enjoy a drink later. It has a creative atmosphere during the day and becomes busy and noisy at the evenings. I went there with my friend Varya to talk about blogging and London – our usual topics to discuss. Varya lives in my home town St. Pete and has a lifestyle blog Home to Come and we always exchange ideas and tips. I’m keen to find a blogging buddy here in London to meet up in new places and support each other. For now I’ve already got my ticket to Blogtacular 2016, can’t wait! Guys at TBC also organize different workshops, from terrarium designs to creating paper banners. Sounds like fun and like agreat idea for Sunday morning! For me Shoreditch is an area with free…

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This is one of three ‘Grind’ coffee shops in London. Holborn Grind review was one of my first posts here on the blog, and here is the first Grind in the city – Shoreditch Grind. I have never seen a coffee shop having it’s own building, and it’s amazing! It stands out quite good and I couldn’t pass by without checking it out. Because of black walls it can look a bit dark, but round shape of the building with huge windows makes this space super cozy and light enough. It’s located at very busy roundabout in East London, which brings this place energetic vibes. When I took these photos in early September it was still very warm to sit outside. And Londoners typically prefer to sit outside, because any day without a rain is a good day already 🙂 What I always like  in Grind coffee shops is music! Which is not a big surprise, because one of the founders is an Australian DJ.  Their coffee meets expectations of a coffee gourmand for sure.  I always go for a cappuccino there. Together with a great location this coffee shop is a good place for casual meetings.  In the evenings…

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Ozone Coffee Roasters is known to be one of the most popular artisan coffee shops in London. The possibility to dine there makes this place attractive from early morning until late evening. I was greeted by a very nice girl who let me choose my own seat. This was a good beginning because I generally like such a freedom – to choose the table. It can sound weird, but … Anyway, there are 2 zones in the coffee shop: one is with one long table attached to the window and another one is behind the counter. I guess if you are there for just a coffee or a quick breakfast with max 1 friend, you go to the long table. The industrial interior makes this place chilled out and relaxed. It also felt like I was welcomed there and that I could meet like-minded people. To be honest, the first two times I was on that street I didn’t see Ozone Coffee Roasters – that’s how it perfectly integrates into local architecture. I like it when coffee shops don’t have a flashy signs or exterior. From my experience it’s a sign of a really good place and you feel like part of an…

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I started talking about trendy places in Shoreditch and Redchurch Street earlier this week. A minute away from ‘Barber and Parlour’ there is the ‘Labour and Wait’ shop offering functional products for the home. I like that the idea of simplicity and minimalism is becoming more and more popular nowadays. For me personally it means people become more conscious of what they buy and why, without being obsessed with unnecessary shopping for the sake of owning an item. Or I just would like to think it’s like this. Interestingly, the shop is located in what was a pub previously. You can tell this from its exterior – glazed green tiling, which is coming from the early 20th century. It is also one of the most photographed places in Shoreditch. ‘Labour and Wait’ sells items for the house (espresso makers from £25.00, jars from £4.50, etc) and accessories (bags from £55.00) among others. I get always hooked by a book selection about London life, for example ‘A portrait of Hackney‘, ‘Drivers in the 1980s‘ and ‘I’ve lived in East London for 85 and 1/2 years‘. I have decided to include some interesting shops to this blog for several reasons. Firstly, visiting and exploring a new city always includes local…

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For those who are unfamiliar with the area, Shoreditch is one of the trendiest places in London. Located in the north-east of London, it’s a home for artists making and selling their own designer stuff.  It’s also full of popular bars and is considered a curry mecca by the locals. I call it an alternative part of London with its unique relaxed spirit of art and freedom. Redchurch Street has its own cutting-edge style with its independent cloth stores and places for hipsters to hang out. For me it was a bit of an unusual experience, mainly because I have never been to a place where you can buy farm vegetables, have a coffee and get your nails done at the same time. While waiting for your partner to finish his grooming, you can shop for new ceramic door handles or even earrings. When you are done with beauty treatments and have eaten, you can move one floor up to the cinema. I am telling you, only a funky hostel is missing there 🙂 As for me, I came there to do some blog work and to have my morning cappuccino (£3.38). It was quite empty at 10 am on Saturday but started to get…

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