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The Cosmonaut Exhibition at the Space Museum

One of the perks of being part time, especially with a day off in the middle of the week, means that little jaunts into London don’t have to wait until busy weekends. The last Wednesday before school broke up, Phil took a few extra days off and we popped into London for the day.  We took the train from Oxford Parkway and headed to Kin for breakfast. We’d been before so knew that there would be lots of healthy veggie and vegan food available. I opted for a juice and the millet porridge. I also got some muffins to take away for later. It would have been rude not to, right?!

Kin millet porridge Kin vegan muffinsNot only were we planning on indulging in some delicious food, but we’d also bought tickets to go the Cosmonauts exhibition at the Space Museum. We’d seen Kim from Finest Imaginary tweet about it a while ago and Phil has quite a keen interest in the space race, having read a number of books about it. Off we went (Via Planet Organic, which, in case you didn’t know, label all their food so any dietary choices are really clear! Yay!), stashing our bag in the cloakroom in the basement of the museum and headed to the exhibition. It was fascinating. There were models of space ships, as well as real ones that had been up in space. There were space suits, worn by the astronauts and different items used by them while they were orbiting earth.  It was really interesting, though it was much shorter than I thought it was going to be.

Russian space race Russian space travel Space suitsWe then headed over to Neal’s Yard as we’d planned to have lunch at the Wild Food Cafe. Phil had discovered it while doing a search of places that wouldn’t be too far away from where we were. I had never been to Neal’s Yard before. It was amazing, such a lovely place. The cafe was full when we arrived, but they took my number and said they’d text when a table became available. We didn’t have to wait long at all. We both decided on the Wild Burger and we weren’t disappointed. It was such a delicious healthy meal in a funky environment. We both had pudding. I opted for the banoffee pie while Phil had the chocolate torte. Both were amazing. Who knew vegan food could be so delicious?!

Wild Food cafeCoconut milkWild burgerBanoffee pieWe made one final stop on the way back to the train station – Whole Foods and managed to buy a few bits. I’d never been before and wanted to see if there were any vegan goodies I could buy. It was good, but I think I prefer Planet Organic, if for no other reason than the clear labelling that Planet Organic puts on everything. It’s not until you can’t eat something that you really appreciate clear labelling!

A Day in London

A few weeks ago, Phil and I spent the day in London to celebrate his birthday. We put Poppy in day care and headed for the train. We’d planned our day around a few delicious looking cafes and visiting a few places we’d never been before.

We started our day with breakfast at Kin. As Phil is now a pescatarian and me being a vegetarian, we wanted to try a few veggie places. Kin caters for veggies and vegans and if you look at their Instagram feed, you’ll see amazing, delicious, healthy meals. I had scrambled tofu, as I’d never had it before. It was lovely and I really want to give it a try at home. Kin has a really lovely feel to it and I can’t wait to go back there. Just a stones throw from Kin is Attendant, which, if you didn’t know, is a delightful cafe set in a Victorian underground gents loo. It’s a great little place, with a decent range of drinks and food. Plus the decor is pretty spectacular too.

Kin Cafe Scrambled tofu at Kin Chai at Attendant

We had planned to visit Kew Gardens and go by boat from central London, however, the boat we needed was full and we didn’t have enough time to wait for another one and get back in time to pick up Poppy from day care. So we had a look around and decided on visiting Westminster Abbey instead. Neither of us had ever been so we joined the queue and paid our £20 each. It was amazing. There was so much history and despite not being able to take pictures (despite my sneaky one below) and loads of other tourists listening to the audio guide, we had a great time looking around, exploring the different areas of the abbey and seeing the famous graves, including Charles Darwin, which I didn’t expect at all.

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After our visit to the Abbey, we headed to another vegetarian restaurant, Mildred’s, which was recommended to us by Ockviewer on Twitter. They don’t take bookings, so we were worried that we wouldn’t get a table, however, luck was on our side and we got a great table in the corner. Perfect for lots of people watching! The menu was amazing and it was so great to know that we could eat anything on the menu. We both opted for the Classic Burger and fries, as I’d never had a burger made with tofu before. I wasn’t disappointed! It was amazing, incredibly filling and tasty. If people think that veggie food is boring, they need to take a trip to Mildred’s! We didn’t have enough room for dessert, but that menu looked delicious too.

Tofu Burger at Mildreds Tofu and Lentil burgerAfter a bit of shopping, it was time to head home. Phil had got us first class train tickets for our return journey and it was a great idea. After a day of walking around, it was brilliant to have comfy, spacious seats, so I could have a little nap on the way home! The perfect end to a great day.

A Crafty Chai and Harry Potter

Almost everyone I know has been on to visit the Harry Potter sets at Warner Bros. Studios so in a bid to make sure I got to go sooner rather than later, I’ve been hinting to my OH all year about wanting to go on my birthday. I didn’t think he’d picked up on it until I opened my birthday card Friday morning and found tickets to go and see Harry Potter! I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited – I could barely contain myself!

It was AWESOME! I took so many photos, I’ve added them to my Flickr page, but here are a few of my favourites.

Under the Stairs

Wands

Potions

Knitting

Handwritten letters

Scabbers

HogwortsIt was brilliant. Seeing the sets up close, the detail in the costumes, the secrets behind the filming and walking through the Great Hall. I even got to open the doors to the Great Hall because it was my birthday! I was so chuffed! I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing – I’ve watched the Harry Potter films many times so seeing everything in real life was really amazing. I didn’t want the tour to end, but it finally did and I bought myself a Harry Potter pencil from the gift shop – what else?! (Tho, I was hugely tempted by one of the Hogwart jumpers!)

It’s a really inspirational place to go, to think that it’s all there because of the idea that JK Rowling had. I would quite happily go again and again, though I probably wouldn’t have the butterbeer again, it’s a bit sweet for my tastes! Have you been? What did you think?

Renegade Craft Fair

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About this time last year, I remember hearing about the Renegade Craft Fair & thought that I would definitely go next year. Well, a year later I (along with my OH) find myself heading towards Brick Lane. Never having been to Brick Lane at all, the whole day was an adventure. The area around Spittalfields, Brick Lane & the Truman Brewery is amazing.

Renegade Craft Fair

Eleven and a HalfAfter cycling across London on the hideous Boris bike (great idea, just not for me) we had breakfast at The Luxe which is part of Spittalfields Market.

The whole area is absolutely beautiful & I couldn’t take enough pictures of the architecture. Take this door for example. We walked down a road beween Commercial Street & Brick Lane and all the houses were very elegent – like something off Upstairs, Downstairs. I especially liked this house, which was in between house number 11 and house number 12. It reminds me of Harry Potter & platform 9 and 3/4!

This wasn’t the only amazing feature we saw on this street. Most of the houses also had wooden shutters – something I’ve always wanted. But not only that, they had these gorgeous little iron men to hold them open. Have you everShutter
seen anything cuter? (Other than a pug, obviously!)Most of the houses had them, and those that didn’t looked sadder because of their loss.

All this set me in great spirits as we headed towards the Renegade Craft Fair.

When we arrived, we decided to walk around the outside first then look at stalls in the middle. It was amazing! There are so many talented crafters, designers and creative people is was very inspiring. To say I was a little overwhelmed is probably an understatement!

The range of stalls was pretty impressive, while owls seem to be everywhere, as does acrylic, every stall had their own style. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, most stalls only took cash, and as I didn’t have much (when do I?!) I wasn’t able to go mad. But I did find enough (of my OH’s) money to buy some washi tape, some stamps and a Renegade Craft Fair pencil – I do love a good pencil! I could have bought a lot more & actually wanted to but forgot to go back. It’s a good job I picked up plenty of business cards so I can order online!

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After a good old mooch about, we headed off to enjoy the rest that Brick Lane had to offer & we weren’t disappointed. Such a cool place – I’d definitely go back, with an empty credit card! If you didn’t make it to the Renegade Craft Fair this year, then you could do worse than to put it in your diary for next year. It was a lovely experience and everyone was so lovely. It’s well worth a visit! x