A weekend in London

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London has been and will always be a place I feel welcome, where I feel home. I fell in love with the city 5 years ago when I was studying at the London School of Economics. I lived in a small room in a student housing located between Liverpool Street Station and Brick Lane. It was wonderful. I spent a year full of enriching experiences and personal growth. Anyone who has lived in London knows how much the city can change you. I definitely left as a different person after my masters, but that’s for another blog post.
In this one, I want to show you some of my favorite places and new ones I discovered during a recent weekend trip with my beautiful friend Neslihan Kapucu (check out her awesome fashion portfolio here).

 

 

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Albion Café & Shoreditch

This place is a new found love. In the heart of Shoreditch, Albion is bustling with the cool international crowd. Neslihan and I had breakfast here and we loved it! Their pouched eggs were delicious.
I was so in awe with Shoreditch this time around. I remembered this area to be dodgy and to be avoided at nights, but now, tons of new cafés, galleries and shops have opened up everywhere (“Ehsaan, when can we move here please?”). I especially recommend walking up Redchurch Street. I literally didn’t want want to leave until Neslihan dragged me out.

Albion, Shoreditch

Albion, Shoreditch

 

Albion, Shoreditch

Albion, Shoreditch

 

Neslihan. Albion, Shoreditch

Neslihan. Albion, Shoreditch

 

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Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Albion, Shoreditch

 

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Masjid. Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.

 

 

Brick Lane

I admit, I am biased. I used to live close to Brick Lane, hence, whenever I am in London I spend most of my time in the triangle of Liverpool Street, Brick Lane and Shoreditch. From wandering around Spitalfields Market to checking out second-hand and vintage shops at Brick Lane while nibbling on a bagel, I can’t see myself spending a more wonderful afternoon in any other part of the city. Oh, and that delicious Jewish Bagel Shop “Beigel Bake” – a must visit.

Rainbow Bagel, Brick Lane

Rainbow Bagel, Brick Lane

 

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

 

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Neslihan.

 

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Liberty London

Every single time I’m in London, I end up on Oxford Street and every single time, I try to get out of it as quickly as possible. The crowds are insane and I’ve had a few horrible shopping experiences before. Take one street further down towards Regent Street, and you will see the majestic Liberty London, though. And that mall is worth a visit. The patterns, the flowers, the scarfs, the prints. And posing in front of it with Neslihan was a lot of fun.

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