London Life

Exploring South London

They say that Londoners don’t cross the river unless forced by employment or the lure of alcohol; only bad things lie on the other side.

Well, that’s just not true – the bit about the bad things, anyway. The bit about not crossing except for employment or alcohol? I’d say that’s 99.9% spot on.

Here’s the 0.01% it’s not true for me with a recent non-work/alcohol driven exploration south of the river Thames. However, it was food and tat fueled.

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Aladdin’s Cave in Lewisham was the first tat shop we came across during our South of the River Exploration, and it was absolutely jam-packed with so many great pieces. Part of me wanted to buy everything in here and fill my home up like a hoarder with kitsch taste, but the minimalist in me fought back and I walked away empty handed, save for this photograph.

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Leaving my flat at the weekend (read: when I could be staying in bed hiding away!) requires coffee. Going south of the river requires excellent coffee. Luckily, Brockley Market‘s Dark Fluid didn’t let me down with a perfectly prepared latte. brockley_market_3

Kooky Bakes seems to be doing the rounds with the people I follow on Instagram and Twitter, so I was only all too excited to see them set up at Brockley Market, scrumptious-looking desserts in tow. We tried their dosant and pumpkin whoopie pie.
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Mmmm a caramel cronut dosant. An ultra-greasy pastry (just check out the corner of the bag it’s sitting on, or my shiny fingers below) that is light and flakey like a croissant and deep fried like a donut. This particular breed was filled with caramel and had some caramel on top, too.

It was nice, but I doubt I’ll have one again – far too greasy for me!
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The pumpkin pie whoopie, on the other hand, that was a total winner for me. Awesome autumn flavours and tasted just like Boston in the fall.  brockley_market_6

Then there were pumpkins! Wish I could say I bought one to carve at home, but this time I was strictly admiring their autumnal beauty while fantasising about jack-o-lanterns at Halloween and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving…
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When I was a kid we knew it was autumn because we’d go apple picking at the local orchard, buying apples buy the pound. Those were the best apples I ever tasted.

These apples at Brockley Market were a good second best, though, and easily the best apples I’ve eaten in England. I walked away a very happy Katie with a kilo of the Worcester apples. brockley_market_8

And the autumn-themed foods didn’t stop there, just check out these spooly skeleteon cookies by The Cinnamon Tree Bakery. Picture perfect!
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And of course, a trip south of the river wouldn’t be complete without heading down the road to Greenwich Market.

We wandered through the crafts, looking for London-themed items to decorate our flat. We found a few things we’d love to buy (vintage London bus signs and framed London Underground maps from the 1940s!) but sadly the price tags were too hefty for us as a quick market purchase. However, they’ve been added to the wish list!greenwich2Last – but definitely not least – is the shop that does tea AND tat. Oh hell yes. We got lost in here for a good half hour, not even noticing how much time we were spending admiring the wares.

All in all, our time south of the river was great, but next time I think we’ll need to include pints and friends 😉

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