As someone that struggles to find clothes that fit just right (it's a running joke amongst my friends how I am always pinned in by at least 5 safety pins at any given time) it is always great to see the high street diversifying their offerings through petite and tall ranges. New Look is the latest retailer to do so and I was more than happy to actually find a plain white shirt that had just the right fit. In a world where there is such an abundance of choice in so many areas it is about time that the high street began to accommodate more body types!
When it comes to brunch I am a complete creature of habit and usually rather reluctant to try anywhere other than my home away from home that is Workshop Coffee in Clerkenwell where I can be seen chowing down my ginger cake with extra sides almost every Saturday and Sunday. Although Ginger and White was not quite as good it was definitely worth changing up my routine a little bit for and will see me go on further brunch endeavours around London. Located in the heart of more residential and quiet Belsize Park, nestled among the many pristine white family town houses that line the streets here, Ginger and White has a touch of British countryside to it that gave it an immediately welcoming feel far away from the hustle and bustle of central London. Inside it may be tiny but the communal table made one almost feel like having your brunch cooked at a friend's house, unpretentious with a colourful mix of people, it is a great place to catch up with a friends or just watch the world go by through their big windows. Coffee was excellent and the menu whilst maybe more British than the wave of Aussie brunch places that I have frequented still offers interesting twists on classics My granola with fruit compote and yogurt came in a generous portion and offered just the right mix of flavours and textures. Little touches like the preserves to be shared in the middle of the table ( our favourite was the raspberry one) show attention to detail and a making everything from scratch approach that was visible in every dish that whizzed past us. Started out by a husband and wife duo a few years back, they have truly managed to keep their low key yet high quality approach to food and though some flavours lacked the oomph of their counterparts at Workshop, my friend's beans again generously sized but boring in flavour, it was a place that had that certain laid back atmosphere and many more interesting sounding brunch options that shall see me return and which make Ginger and White a worthy alternative.
Even though sunny and warm weather is not something we get too often in England I absolutely adore Al Fresco dinning and drinking . It is surprisingly difficult to find places to do exactly that in London, maybe because of the lack of space or more likely the rather limited number of summer days, so I was more than happy to discover this little gem having walked past numerous times unaware of its existence overlooking the city. In the middle of Redchurch Street and a stones throw away from Brick Lane, the Albion roof terrace is one of the nicest places to have a drink and enjoy an impressive view over the sky scrapers of the City. Located above the Albion Caff, serving English breakfast and lunch classics and the Boundary at the Albion, an upmarket highly acclaimed restaurant, the rooftop is the perfect finishing touch to this lifestyle and eating project created by Terence Conran ( the original mind behind the Habitat furniture stores), its simple, modern yet homely feel clearly indicative of very well thought through design and concept. Whether you have a glass of wine, a snack off the food menu or just a diet coke, the roof terrace is the perfect place to absorb the essence of London from the comfort of one of their white upholstered chairs.