London: A Colorful Morning in Shoreditch and Beyond

Though I’m well aware of the criticism Shoreditch gets (see, for example, this, which alas makes valid points), I couldn’t help but kind of love it despite myself. Yes, it’s achingly hipster, but you know what else it happens to be? Very, very colorful, which is a quality I just adore, as evidenced time and time and … More London: A Colorful Morning in Shoreditch and Beyond

London: A Very British Tea at Hotel Cafe Royal

When in London, you are pretty much always surrounded by Very British Things (duh!), but there are some places that seem particularly British. For example? The afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal, which comes complete with Tube-themed macarons and sweets reminding you to “keep calm and carry on.” Yep, God save the queen. The tea … More London: A Very British Tea at Hotel Cafe Royal

London: The Chaos and Beauty of the Columbia Road Flower Market

“Come on up, we sold all the crap last week. The flowers are fresh this week!,” the flower vendor cheerfully called into the crowd. It was Sunday morning at the Columbia Road Flower Market, and the day was in full swing: a mass of people, vendors calling out sales pitches that were varying degrees of … More London: The Chaos and Beauty of the Columbia Road Flower Market