This weekend saw us on bus and foot doing a mini tour of Dalston and Islington showing an Australian cousin a little local flavour…
First stop recently opened pizza place Voodoo Ray’s. Set up by Dalston Superstore’s Dan Beaumont (and just two doors down), it’s a late night (and daytime too, we discovered) pizza joint serving by the slice. A huge slice (in my book) for about £3-£4 in classic and new (vegan beetroot & fennel) flavours going by names like Georgio Moroder. American diner tiling, scrappy walls, primary school tables and chairs and neon lighting.
After a little walkabout in search of mirrored art installation Dalston House, we popped into the nice and spacious Cafe Oto for a coffee and juice. Remember this was a sweltering day and it was all about refreshments! I had a yummy freshly squeezed orange juice while the little threw and crushed raisins into the floor. (I cleaned them all up, let it be noted).
Ah, we found it. Argentine artist’s Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House on Ashwin Street – part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Quite a spectacle with the predicted huge queue. So we just gawped a little and took a few snaps. Runs until 4 August.
After jumping on the bus to Islington where we refuelled on ice cream and croissant from Euphorium Bakery before checking out Camden Passage’s antiquey stalls and my favourite vintage store Annie’s, we headed up the canal to get us part of the way home. Of course, another café stop was in order, this time a little outdoorsy place spilling onto the canal path called the Ribeira, just past The Narrow Boat. Each of these places was a photo story in itself. And that was just Saturday. Sunday was a little more low-key with a barbeque and trip to London Fields. You?