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I visited Bath for the first time recently. I’m a huge Hay fan and Bath is where their first UK store is situated so we went on a bit of a pilgrimage. Between rain showers we proceeded to shop, enjoy the architecture and made a coffee stop at Society Cafe. I rate their cappuccino.  We also made a pit stop to see the Royal Crescent which was very impressive.

Sign me up to live in Bath.

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Saturday at Fabrique Bakery

Coffee in Hoxton

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 I’ve finally found a place in London that sells my beloved cortado. The Fabrique bakery in Hoxton born out of Stockholm, is now bringing a bit of that Scandi cool to London. I’m so happy to have found this little place under the arches of Hoxton train station, where the five tables sit in a white tiled heaven, and if you are lucky enough to snag one, you can watch the bakers doing their thing while eating one of their kick ass cinnamon buns.

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SKY GARDEN

London

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Vertigo inducing outings this weekend at the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, London.

I visited the Sky Bar on Saturday on an exploratory mission and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It offers up incredible panoramic views of London, with its modern structure complimented by a lush indoor garden. In addition to the Sky Bar there are two restaurants, but it’s free to visit the Sky Garden if you just want to check out the inner city greenery and killer views whilst enjoying a cocktail or a coffee. I bet it’s amazing by night too…an excuse to go back!

& Other Stories Jumper, Moss Copenhagen Scarf, Topshop Trousers and Adidas Superstars.

The Magazine Restaurant

Breakfast

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On Saturday I went for breakfast at The Magazine Restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park. Designed by Zaha Hadid in what they call ‘a synthesis of old and new,’ it was quite incredibly crafted, with cool, spaceship-like architecture.

We went early on Saturday, as per my father’s request, so we enjoyed almost-private dining until about 10am, when it started hotting up for breakfast. The food was lovely, and if you are into design, I really recommend it as an interesting eating spot to visit at the weekend – especially with the gallery right next door.

Sunday

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Sunday’s = Home made granola bars and coffee

Recipe

Toast 2 cups of rolled oats and 1/2 a cup of chopped almonds in the oven until just going golden.

Meanwhile put 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of honey or agave nectar in a pan and heat until melted together. Leave to cool.

Roughly chop up half a cup each of sour cherries, cranberries. I also add a 1/4 cup each of pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts and dried apricot.

Combine all of these ingredients together – then add 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips – put in a non stick tin and press down.

Cook in a 140 oven for about 10-15 minutes until just golden brown.

DONE.

Plate, mug and tray from Skandium.

Skansen, Stockholm.

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My sister and I keeping warm in coats from Cos and &OtherStories.

London Brunch

RECOMMENDING |  Brunswick House Cafe Restaurant at Lassco

I visited Lassco today and had some brunch at their Brunswick House Cafe.

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Eating bacon sandwiches with spicy ketchup set in a crumbling Georgian townhouse, complete with cool cuban vibes. Lassco is totally worth exploring as well if you like yourself some architectural salvage.

FIKA

Fika @ Snickarbacken 7,

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I spent this past weekend in Stockholm with my family where we visited Snickarbacken 7 in Ostermalm. Coffee is a huge phenomenon in Sweden, so much that they even have a word for ‘doing coffee’ – Fika. It was very cosy, and had a very east London hipster vibe about it with artworks on the walls and low lighting. I’ve never been a huge fan of coffee, but here I found my drink, the cortado.  For that, I will be forever greatful to you Snickarbacken 7.

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