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

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

Onions & Damsons: Getting into a (Delicious) Jam at the Allotment.

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Last week we went on a little adventure to Gladstone Park Gardens Allotments on a cloudy summer day. Well, I say ‘adventure’ but it was only a 10 minute drive from the heart of Hampstead.

My sister is lucky enough to have a patch in this inner-city oasis, and I joined her early one morning to harvest beans, onions and damsons…as well as to soak in all the green-thumbed gorgeousness that abounds. After a morning of ogling flowers, fruits and vegetables (and butterflies, bumblebees and birds) my eyes and spirit felt refreshed! I hope these photos have the same effect on you.

We returned home carrying bags full of produce, and got to work making jars of jam from our damsons and onions. Of course, you don’t need to grow vegetables yourself in order to make jam, and you don’t need specialty ingredients either. Scroll down for simple recipes to make your own homemade preserves. But first, let’s explore the allotment. Continue reading