So the last day of my Christmas break began with my alarm clock going off at 8am... I think O set it to prepare me for tomorrow! We decided to make the most of the last day of freedom by delving into an area of London I have always wanted to visit but never made it to. Columbia Road in the East End of London has a fantastic flower market every sunday and the street has a really buzzy vibe with all the flower and plant sellers bustling for business. Behind the street market lies some beautiful and individual boutiques and O and I had fun rummaging around them all. O, like me is fascinated by maps and bought an amazing blue, emerald, pink and yellow map from The future Mapping Company, we need to get it framed, but we both think it's going to look great in the spare room/study aka O's Den! I loved the Supernice store and have the perfect spot above the bed in our bedroom for one of their wall art graphics, I need to measure up the space and will then be back to chose our piece of artwork!
After chosing some tulips we then headed towards the Asian supermarket we passed on our walk to Columbia Road, my favourite soup in Eat is their Chicken Laksa and I have been searching high and low for some Laksa paste so I can try making the soup at home. I was in luck, the store was a fantastic find and all being well with the soup, I'll be back there soon to investigate more of the wonderful foods they had on offer.
We were starting to get peckish, so we headed south towards Liverpool Street station to find somewhere to warm up and get some nosh. I had read in the sunday papers a while back about the Albion Cafe, it is the new Conran and Prescott venture and boy was it good! We arrived just before the end of breakfast, so we both tucked into a huge full English breakfast and a mugs of steaming hot coffee, a special mention has to go to the freshly made baked beans - they were amazing! The cafe also has a wonderful shop that specialises in great British food and drink, they also sold their own freshly prepared bread and cakes and it all looked mouth wateringly good! There is also a restaurant upstairs (the boundary) and it would be great to try it out one evening for a blow out meal! Fingers crossed...! x