Sometimes when you live in a city like London, it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to planning a day out…
Being spoilt by choice is a total luxury, but can also make you lazy and mean you often frequent the same spots for ease and reliability (hence why for years I was a Pizza Express patron). When you’re a tourist it can be a lot easier to hit the ‘explore’ button and just head wherever your tick-list takes you, whether it’s a ten minute walk or forty minute drive. But- this year I’m determined to make the most of places in my own city- and that started last weekend with a long overdue girl date with my wonderful pal Charlotte (who you may also know as my co-host on our podcast, The Fringe of It too)! Although all of these photos were snapped on my phone, it felt silly to not share them or document it just because my big camera sat happy in my bag- so if you’re after something a little more candid but equally as handy (I hope), you’ve come to the right place!
With East London (Charlotte’s old stomping ground) high on our agenda, we agreed with starting our Sunday at Columbia Road- one of my favourite places to end any week as you certainly know by now (exhibit a, b, and c)! Arriving just after 9:30- we managed to arrive whilst we were still able to walk in a straight line (it gets very busy folks, not pre-9am drinking- promise)! Meeting in the gorgeous Lily Vanilli, we were both wildly excited that we managed to grab a seat at the table, and also caught the delicious cake selection whilst everything was warm out of the oven, and the banana loaves and sausage rolls freshly served.
With hot tea and cake to set us off on the right foot, we headed back outside bargaining for our blooms and making my £15 go a particularly long way- wandering in and out of some of our favourite shops and pointing out rainbow buds making it very much feel like the first signs of spring (I know this is very much not true, but you have to love an optimist, right)? With the road dotted with gorgeous boutiques, it’s all about diving into the small ones tucked on street corners for the ultimate opportunity to marvel at homemade and vintage crockery and endless things you didn’t realise you needed.
After admiring the gorgeous houses parallel to the market and doing the whole ‘imagine living here!’ spiel, we headed into the city for our next stop on our Sunday tour- a pedicure and lunch at The Ned– THE NED! ‘Who are we?!’ As we strolled inside the grand old bank building a stones throw away from some of the cities oldest and grandest architecture. With live swing music as we walked in- we both subsequently pretended we were Susie and Midge in The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel for one of our comedy-planning-business-meetings (made all the more apt by our lunch choice of NY deli style Zobler’s).
Heading downstairs to Cowshed for our pedi, I can assure you- before I even go on, it was one of the best decisions we’ve mutually ever made. It was HEAVENLY. Although certainly not as purse-friendly as my local drop-in nail spot, Cowshed seriously pulls out every single stop- with cloud-like armchairs (you even get a pregnancy pillow to rest your achey achey hands), vintage television entertainment (with modern favourites) and the best treatment I’ve had (the foot massage was sensational)- we both left on cloud nine and vowed to save for a spa day in the (hopefully) not too distant future. Plus, the interiors feel like a vintage beauty-school-dropout heaven, and I’d recommend this as the perfect pamper treat to anyone.
Last but not least, we rounded up our day with a sit down, heart to heart and deep delve into season 3 of our podcast planning. Fuelled by Reuben sandwiches, ‘Lower East Side’ salmon bagels and maybe or maybe not some pastrami and cheese fries to boot- we couldn’t have felt more spoilt (or, ahem, full). With The Ned also offering an afternoon tea for £30 (not at all bad for a London afternoon tea in somewhere this special) and Sunday Feasts which are £45pp with all you can eat (and a free glass of prosecco)- I don’t think it’ll be all too long until we’re back for another Sunday in East London…