London Shopping: Handmade Ice-Cream at Ruby Violet.

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This week we visited Ruby Violet to celebrate the sunny weather in London! The forecast for this weekend is looking fabulous, so take a trip to Tufnell Park for some ice cream and ambience, then stroll over to Hampstead Heath to make the most of the sunshine!

Ruby Violet is a gem of an ice-cream and sorbet emporium on North London’s Fortess Road: It is small, glittering and appropriately jewel-toned. Apart from luscious and unusual flavours of handmade ice cream on an ever-changing menu (including Lavender or Horseradish or Liquorice), you’ll find a beautiful vintage-inspired interior with endlessly charming decorative touches. We left with four tubs of ice-cream and smiles on our faces. Continue reading

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London Shopping: Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays

2015_12_03-JennisTable-columbiaroad-xmas-008We’ve visited Columbia Road before, but at Christmas this East London street transforms into something else altogether.

Lined with 50+ independent shops, Columbia Road is a haven for people who want their shopping experience to be… an experience. Aside from the bustling flower market that dominates the street on Sundays, there’s a focus on unusual homewares and quirky fashion that makes Columbia Road a destination at any time of the year. However, during December, the stores open for late night shopping every Wednesday night, and the street lights up both literally and metaphorically. You’ll find mulled wine and cider, mince pies and gingerbread, Christmas carols, Christmas tree sellers and, of course, shopping. Here are this year’s highlights from the first Christmas Wednesday. Continue reading

London Shopping: Camden Arts Centre

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Camden Arts Centre is a gallery, workshop space, garden and shop all rolled together. We visited on a sunny summer morning, but this venue is perfect for rainy afternoons too.

Camden Arts Centre is one of my go-to weekend destinations in North West London, as there’s plenty to see and do in one place. You can start off with coffee and a pastry from the cafe (and take it into the lush, semi-wild garden if the weather allows) then catch an exhibition or a creative workshop. Afterwards, you can easily make an hour evaporate while nosing around the beautifully curated book-and-stationery shop, where you’ll find all manner of kids’ picture books, international art magazines, art tomes and fiction, as well as a wonderful selection of cards and stationery.  Continue reading

Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market: Juices, Jams, Cakes & Kale.

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 As much as I love styling my table for dinners and parties, Jenni’s Table would be rather sad without wonderful fresh foodieness accompanying the displays. The last few posts have centred around fresh produce and where to stock up on it. Today we’re exploring Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market.

For those of you who don’t frequent North West London, Swiss Cottage is just a few stops north of Baker Street – you don’t need to venture very far to get these goodies. In fact, you barely have to poke your head out of the station before you stumble upon the Farmers’ Market and the 15 or so stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish, eggs, baked goods, ice cream, cheeses, meats and more.  Continue reading

Bloody Mary & Co: Tomato Season is Here.

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Rejoice! It’s tomato season! Supermarket shelves might look the same all year round, but head to any farmer’s market and you’ll see what I mean.

We went to Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market (more on that next week – stay tuned!) where we got chatting to Nathan and Sam, the friendly faces behind the Wild Country Organics stand. They spoke to us about the sixteen – yes, sixteen – varieties of tomato they had in stock: Big, beefy and wrinkly reds, smooth small yellows, perfectly sweet green toms and tart, sticky tomatillos. A veritable rainbow of colours and flavours.  Scroll down for photos of glorious produce, as well as the tasty  things I whipped up with my market haul. Continue reading

London Shopping: Pitfield London.

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Tucked just behind the hubbub of Hoxton Square is Pitfield London, a cafe and homeware emporium filled with fabulously eclectic ornaments, oddities and generally covetable things for your home (and your dinner party).

The store is located in an unassuming brick building on Pitfield Street, but the splash of emerald paint covering the entrance is a signal that what lies inside is anything but ordinary. This dramatically lit jewel-box of a store contains an expertly curated selection of unusual, useful, and always beautiful objects. Below is our tour of Pitfield London, featuring our favourite finds. Continue reading

London Shopping: Carpo Nuts, Chocolate & Coffee

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I’m not sure you can call a store on Piccadilly a hidden gem, but it’s surprising how a store sitting in the centre of a busy and touristy area can fly under the radar of local Londoners.

Carpo is named after the Mythical Greek Goddes of Fruits of the Earth, reponsible for ripening and harvesting – perfectly apt for a Greek-owned store celebrating the finest in dried fruits, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Founder Kostas Kontopoulos chatted to us about his 23+ year old business, and his passion for selecting only the best varieties of produce, which is then picked, packaged and processed at its absolute prime. The London Piccadilly store is Carpo’s first (and only) international branch – the other two are in Athens, Greece. Read on for pictures and details.

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