Living in London has opened up a whole new world to me, a world of endless exploration, culture and life. I have long loved my home in the country surrounded by rolling fields, sheep and winding lanes but as I’ve grown I have felt a longing for something more, something new and exciting.
I’ve been fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of North London, just a stop on the tube away from the vibrant Camden Town. Worlds apart from my sleepy village in the country where the shops shut promptly at five and the pubs call last orders by half nine. Camden is a beautiful borough full of excitement and eccentricity, the famous market providing you with the opportunity to support local sellers and purchase some one of a kind gifts as well as to eat some truly sensational street food. There is an eccelctic mix of people and styles, it is a place for expression, flare and creativity.
When my mum came to visit me earlier last week I jumped at the opportunity to take her, to show her the buzzing hub that I had so fallen in love with. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, Camden was in full weekend swing with residents and tourists alike descending on its bars and restaurants to soak up the sun with a pint or two.
First, we sat on the upper walkway at Lockside Camden, overlooking the bustling food vendors, sipping cocktails and soaking up the sun. With a birds eye view of all the street food below, it was the perfect place to watch the world go by.
Descending down amongst the intoxicating smells of the street food, we walked across to The T.E Dingwall building this time sipping a cocktail directly overlooking the water. A beautiful location but sadly a poorly trained barman producing some very strange concoctions (served in a wine glass?!) Here we watched the locks open for a passing narrow-boat, the water rushing in to fill the void, and the levels rising and falling all as if by magic.
Getting rather hungry the next stop on our magical tour was Cookies and Scream an absolutely amazing bakery serving up tantalising treats, milkshakes and sundaes, all 100% gluten and dairy free! Coming at such a late time in the day meant that the stocks were running pretty low, but we managed to get a hold of a wonderful chocolate and orange brownie. Slightly warmed the flavours really popped, the chocolate not overly sweet like shop bought free-from brownies and the orange intensity was just right to make the whole thing taste like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. I’ve visited this place more times than I’d like to admit, their salted caramel and cookie dough milkshakes are a dream and I can’t wait to try their doughnuts.
Refuelled and our sweet tooth satisfied, we crossed the footbridge to sit under the shade of the willow trees, this time enjoying an ice cold glass of Pimms. We sat and watched the canal boats float by and the bustling Camden crowd prepare for the night ahead. The river banks were full with smiling faces, everyone making the most of the warm spring day and the beautiful scenery.
As the sun started to set we left the beautiful Camden hive of activity behind, my mum had seen my world, the world that I am determined to stay in… and she approved 🙂