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TAKE FIVE…WITH WHAT OLIVIA DID

13.06.14

The final blogger in our Take Five… series is Olivia of What Olivia Did.

Our last episode came courtesy of Fash n Chips, who showed us around a picturesque town near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, but here Olivia shows us how she enjoys her downtime in London town.

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Living in London means that there’s always something new to experience in the city at the weekends. I try to explore new areas of London as often as I can, as let’s face it – we’re pretty spoilt for choice. Having said that though, I certainly have some set favourites that I can’t resist heading back to again and again – and who can blame me when they’re this good!

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My first port of call when I have a little time in the morning is Village East in Bermondsey. Brunch has become a bit of a craze in London, and being able to find somewhere off of the beaten track that does amazing pancakes and coffee has to be one of London’s hidden gems. There’s nothing I enjoy more than taking five, sitting down and enjoying some good food – but without my laptop switched on.

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B Street Deli (just along the street from Village East), is another must-stop for treats and fresh bread en route home. It looks a little like a florist from the outside, but they do amazing brownies and baguettes inside which make for a perfect spontaneous picnic supplies!

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If I’m around east or west London, I completely love taking some time to enjoy the city’s record shops, with Rough Trade being one of my favourites for endless browsing. I have a record player at home, so being able to pick up some great records to listen to when I’m relaxing is so fun, and there’s always plenty to rifle through.

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On Sundays heading to Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the best ways to wrap up a weekend. Although it’s usually a little busy – I’m pretty sure that’s just part of its charm (especially when trying to dig out the perfect bunch of peonies) – picking up some of the freshest blooms (at bargain prices) is always a winner. Not only that, but there are some gorgeous bakeries and tea shops on the street, so you can celebrate your floral finds with a cuppa and cake too!

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Why not check out our previous Take Five… collaborations? Fash n Chips in a cute little town near Rotterdam, Be Frassy in Paris and Barefoot Blonde in Salt Lake City.