22.11.2017- On the Menu: El Pastor, Borough Market

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

As far as Saturday pursuits go, there are few things which I tend to enjoy more than enjoying a spot of lunch before heading to the theatre for a matinee- the stuff of dreams! Last weekend, Hannah and I headed to the Young Vic to see The Suppliant Women (via the Tate Modern and their swings!), and although we'd originally planned to head to Flatiron Square for some food, a sudden deluge meant we had to find some lunch a little bit closer to London Bridge. Luckily, El Pastor in Borough Market had a table for us, and was a dining destination which definitely didn't disappoint:

Nestled under a railway arch in the heart of the bustling market, El Pastor offers a menu bursting at the seams with flavoursome Mexican dishes, from signature guacamole and corn chips to freshly made tacos and expertly seasoned sides. We ordered a selection of small plates, including chicken and prawn tacos, the house special El Pastor taco (the best of the bunch) and grilled corn. Suffice it to say that we finished everything in what felt like record time, ordering a second bowl of corn chips to make the most of our leftover guacamole! All in all, El Pastor is perfect if you're looking for a really tasty bite to eat and speedy service- the turnaround of tables is pretty quick too, so even if you turn up when the restaurant is full, chances are that you won't be kept waiting for too long. 

Have you sampled any new foodie favourites recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

20.11.2017- What I Wore Today #320

Monday, 20 November 2017

At this time of the year I usually tend to find myself more or less living in a steady rotation of knits (as well as fleecy pyjamas!), which, whilst being hugely practical, doesn't really lend itself to much in the way of wardrobe creativity. In an attempt to switch things up just a little bit, I've been keeping the cold at bay by layering some of my favourite fair-weather tops and blouses over thermals, and so far it's proving to be just the antidote to a woolly washout:

Coat- Marks and Spencer
Blouse- & Other Stories
Trousers- ASOS
Shoes- Vans (c/o Spartoo)
Bag- Oliver Bonas

This blouse from & Other Stories is a recent find, and is proving to be something of a staple at the moment, especially as it's such a versatile, easy to wear piece. I love the statement sleeves too, and I'm sure this will be an investment piece which carries me right through to next season. Here I teamed it with a staple pair of trousers from ASOS and another old classic in the shape of this navy coat which I picked up in Marks and Spencer a few years ago now- even if I'm not a fan of winter, it's always nice to have the opportunity to discover some old favourites.

Have you picked up any new pieces recently?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

17.11.2017- London Loves: The Hoxton, Shoreditch

Friday, 17 November 2017

It's always lovely when you happen upon somewhere new after a spur-of-the-moment choice isn't it? Sometimes our lives are forward planned so much that it leaves little (if any!) room for flexibility or taking some time to do something which you haven't anticipated in advance. As a result, it's often easy to forget just how enjoyable it is to do things on a whim, and over the last month or so I've been really refreshed with just taking things a little bit more easily. I've made some brilliant new discoveries along the way too- one of which is a destination I'm sure I'll be heading back to as soon as I'm able:

The Hoxton is a destination which I'd heard so many good things about, and having walked past the sister venue in Holborn many a time on my lunch break, it seemed like a visit was long overdue. As we were in Shoreditch for Hannah's birthday lunch, we popped in for a quick drink after eating, and as far as first impressions go, I couldn't speak highly enough of The Hoxton. With a really welcoming atmosphere and cosy interiors, it's almost like arriving at a home from home as soon as you set foot through the door. We settled in a lovely little ante-room, opting for a selection of drinks from their mocktail menu, along with a matcha latte for Michelle; the perfect way to finish off the day, especially as the service was so fantastic too. I'm already planning a return visit to sample some of their foodie options! 

Have you visited The Hoxton? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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