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Counter Cafe

Described as London’s best kept secret, The Counter Cafe serves up delicious food and coffee in a unique location. Housed inside a spacious art gallery complete with lovely brickwork, a canal runs alongside the seating area. It offers the best view I’ve yet experienced of the Olympic Stadium, literally opposite, but no so close as [...]

East London Design Show 2011 [Dec 1st - 4th]

London’s best alternative department store opens next weekend in Shoreditch Town Hall, including late night shopping till 9pm on Friday 2nd. Over a hundred of the best independent product, interior and jewellery designers will be all under one roof. It’s always my shopping highlight of the year and its friendly atmosphere provides a welcome community [...]

Shapeways

Fans of Moo.com and Etsy.com will like Shapeways, a community for making, buying and selling your own products using 3D printing. You can keep the products for yourself, give them away as gifts or sell them in the Shapeways shops. It’s wonderful seeing how a simple idea spawns so much creativity with glass, ceramics, metals [...]

London Design Festival [17 - 25 Sept]

Time to start making plans for this year’s Design Festival. Highlights as always will include Tent now in its fifth year, with 200 international design companies taking part at the Old Truman Brewery. The V&A will be acting as the event hub as well as featuring specially commissioned installations, displays, talks and workshops. http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

Wellbeing in the City

Wellbeing In the City is a social media platform where people can discuss, connect and be inspired to live Wellbeing lifestyles in cities. It is in pre-launch phase, but the site is already full of articles with practical tips for everyday living, healthy recipes and regular gatherings to meet the like-minded. http://www.wellbeinginthecity.me

Lady Blonde

LadyBlonde.com connects discerning busy Londoners with the “very best that London has to offer in the world of going out, entertaining, hospitality, parties and events.” Integrating a quirky search tool, a live table booking service and an invite-only membership facility, it helps Londoners source entertainment ideas without being overwhelmed. Members can obtain deals at, and access [...]

A Good Week [20th - 26th June]

A Good Week is a global celebration of the people, communities and businesses making the world a healthier and happier place. London events include various events run by The School of Life including how to improve the quality of our work lives (click here) and a talk by David Gauntlett discussing how through making things, people engage [...]

London Jewellery Week [6-12 June]

London Jewellery Week is fast approaching, organised around the themes of Shopping, through retailer and gallery collections; Discovery, through workshops and seminars; Designer showcases; Passion through feeling the emotion that jewellery evokes and education with opportunities to meet the industry. Treasure, the contemporary jewellery exhibition is at the heart of the week at Victoria House [...]

Women of the World Festival [11-13 March 2011]

“Launching this year, WOW – Women of the World – is a joyous celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women – a pioneering, groundbreaking annual festival, which will present, recognise and celebrate women, and act as a conversation space for issues of all kinds.” ‘Through a series of debates, conversations, networking opportunities, presentations, showcases [...]

Oxygen Capsule – Margaret Dabbs

Regular readers will know that as a Life Balance Coach I love finding interesting and new ways to relax and recharge. So I was excited to walk past this space-age looking Oxygen Capsule in the Margaret Dabbs Foot Clinic and Nail Spa in Marylebone recently. The generator provides an “Oxygen boost” dispensing air of a [...]