I was super excited to hear that a new pancake house had opened up in London. Pancake evenings are a regular occurrence in my household since I was introduced to savoury pancakes on a trip to Australia. When two of my friends suggested catching up for brunch I conveniently recommended we pay a visit to Where the Pancakes Are…

 

 

Where the Pancakes Are is one of London’s hidden treasures, it is tucked away in Flat Iron Square a vintage market hosted in a collection of railway arches. The market is within walking distance of London Bridge and Borough Market so you can go on a food tour of the area.

 

 

The ethos behind “where the pancakes are” is to create simplistic pancakes with healthy ingredients. They cater to a wide range of dietary needs as there are gluten free and vegan pancakes available too. I opted for the Australian, which consisted of polenta corn fritters served with avocado and crème fraiche. I have also had the savoury dutch babies in the past, which are incredible! If you aren’t pushed for time (as they take 20 minutes to bake) they are certainly worth ordering.

 

 

 

The Scandinavian inspired décor makes Where the Pancakes Are the ideal place to relax and catch up with friends. They also have a great selection of juices for those on the January health drive. It is certainly worth booking a table ahead of your visit as the restaurant is quite small and extremely popular at the weekend.

 

 

I’ve heard on the grape vine that they are also hosting a special event for Shrove Tuesday which will celebrate British pancake traditions so make sure you stop by!

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After a long day at University last week I headed out to an exhibition launch at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. One of the amazing things about London is being super close to so many galleries and having the luxury to visit them at your convenience. Although the Geffrye Museum was on my to-visit list, I had never got around to popping in so it was a fantastic opportunity when I was invited to the exhibition event.

The Geffrye is a museum of the home and has a collection of rooms decorated according to different centuries, to reflect the fashion and culture at the time. They also have a stunning café that overlooks the period gardens, although it was difficult to appreciate them fully in the winter darkness.

 

The exhibition event which was hosted by first direct explored the statistic released by the Office for National Statistics that found around one quarter of adults in the UK are now living with their parents. This new generation nicknamed the “boomerang” generation were the focus of the art work and first direct aimed to showcase the story behind the adults who move back in with their parents.

First direct commissioned textile artist Jessica Dance to create a tapestry from comments left on social media relating to boomeranging. Jessica specialises in creating handcrafted models and props, do check out her creations on her website as she creates the cutest creations, my favourite being a breakfast buffet made entirely of wool “Wool B&B”.  The tapestry highlights some of the many reasons that adults are now moving back in with their parents. So many I can relate to, I love going back home during my breaks from university for the chats with mum and fresh laundry!

What I found surprising is that many of the comments were submitted by the parents, such as, “personal taxi service”. Unlike living at home growing up, on moving home the dynamic in families often changes. Rather than being a parent-child relationship, adults moving back often have a lot more to offer the family, for example, helping with the family business or offering technical assistance.

To accompany the tapestry created, documentary photographer Emily Maccinnes traveled the country visiting a range of boomerang families. What was interesting on viewing the photographs was the huge variation in the boomerang families and how their relationships with their parents differed. The project shows the hugely positive side of moving back in with your parents and developing a strong family bond. One of the adults moved back to support their families through a difficult time, whilst another chose to move back to have the family house as a reliable base whilst starting a new job.

Living in London many of my friends live at home for financial reasons, especially to save up for a deposit on their own house. The exhibition certainly showed a positive side to living at home and although I don’t think I’ll be moving back to my parents in Devon anytime soon, I am grateful that the option is there.

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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

Having spent New Year’s away from home for the past four years, this year we decided to head over to Sweden to spend a few days in Stockholm. Having never visited any of the Scandinavian countries I wasn’t sure whether it would be a city break I’d enjoy. I’m usually someone who opts for chasing the sun so I wasn’t overly optimistic about sight-seeing in sub-zero temperatures.

Firstly, visiting Stockholm it’s worth noting that they only have around six hours of sunlight in the winter months. This was ideal for seeing their amazing Christmas lights and the New Year’s fireworks but perhaps not the best time of year to go if you want to spend hours seeing the sights.

We stayed at the Story Hotel which is a centrally located boutique hotel, complete with what has to be one of the world’s smallest lifts. They have an Asian fusion restaurant and bar with incredible cocktails so it is certainly worth a visit.

Top Ten Things to See/Do in Stockholm:

  • Skansen – We visited the world’s first open-air museum, Skansen on our first day in Stockholm. The museum covers five centuries of Swedish history and holds historical traditional buildings. They also have a zoo with the cutest Scandinavian animals.


  • Gramla Stan – The old town in Stockholm is the tourist hub of the city. It is a great place to wonder around full of shops, cafes and bars. It looks like a story book town with cobbled streets and has the narrowest street in Stockholm.

  • Köttbullar (Swedish Meatballs) – It wouldn’t be a trip to Sweden without Swedish meatballs. We stopped by Husman’s Deli to have a huge portion of meatballs. Served with potatoes and covered in cream sauce they are certainly not to be missed. Make sure to add traditional lingonberries.
  • Moderna Museet – The modern art museum in Stockhom is free to enter and hosts incredible exhibitions. Located on the Skeppsholmen island, we caught a ferry across to have a look at the visiting gingerbread house competition which takes place every year
  • Fika – Whilst there isn’t a direct translation, fika is to go for a coffee and piece of cake or a pastry with someone. We certainly made the most of this trend by stopping off for endless coffee and cake. Be sure to make a visit to Drop Coffee whose CEO is the second best roaster in the world.
  • Ice Bar – Many cities now have an ice bar but Stockholm is home of the world’s first permanent ice bar. They had a Wild Encounters theme on so we enjoyed a cocktail in an ice glass among bears carved of ice.

  • Fondue – Not strictly Swedish but we were feeling wintery so wanted to go for a fondue night whilst we were away. For all those after a hygge evening enjoying a bottomless cheese or toberlone fondue, stop by Fondueboden. It is best to reserve a table in advance as they are extremely popular.

  • Djurgarden – The island houses many of the popular sightseeing attractions such as the ABBA museum (sadly my boyfriend wasn’t game for this one). It is worth grabbing a coffee or taking a picnic in the summer months and wondering around the parks on the island.
  • The Royal Palace – It is no Buckingham Palace but the Royal Palace in Stockholm is worth seeing. Just as in London there is a changing of the guard that can be seen on certain days at set times.
  • Hot Chocolate – After walking around in the freezing cold we were on a mission to find the best hot chocolate. Chokladkoppen in Gramla Stan near the Nobel Museum serves incredible hot chocolate in bowls.

After a few drinks on New Year’s we went to watch the fireworks in Fjällgatan. It has great views overlooking the city and was filled with people sharing champagne, setting off their own fireworks and releasing paper lanterns into the sky.

Stockholm is crazy expensive even by London standards so I wouldn’t recommend going for more than a few days, we managed to see everything we wanted in the four days we were there. Hopefully you found this guide helpful, let me know if you visit.

 

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Now that university has started and everyone is back to work Christmas feels like a life time ago. That being said it was over two weeks ago so this post is rather late (in true Joelle style). It was great to have the time to unwind over the Christmas holidays and prepare myself for another term at university.

Apart from one Christmas that I spent in Sydney whilst on my year abroad I’ve spent every single Christmas at home with my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m sure everyone does Christmas their own way but for our family it is usually a quiet one. It’s a chance to relax, spend time together watching some random TV and making the most of all being in the same place for a change.


Images Courtesy of @jessbooth

Being from Devon, it is nice to go back to the countryside especially when London is getting a bit much and catch up with school friends that are still in the area. I spent enough time lounging around in my dressing gown to last me the whole of 2017, enjoying endless cups of tea courtesy of mum and getting hooked on the series The Crown.

Here are a few of the things that I got for Christmas:

Nike Run Leggings – Even though I’ve been running on/off for around a year now I’ve refused to invest in any decent leggings. Thankfully my boyfriend brought me some Nike Run leggings which I’ve been living in since Christmas. They are so comfy and I’m hoping they keep me motivated throughout the next year.

Burberry Scarf – Whilst not strictly a Christmas present I like to justify my purchase by claiming it is an early Christmas present to myself. I opted for the Burberry classic print with red hearts. The hearts are so cute and I think they break up the print as well as making it a bit more individual then the plain print.

MAC Ruby Woo –  By far my favourite MAC lipstick thanks to Taylor Swift. It’s a retro red that I like to wear with a simple black flicked eye liner so I was in need of a replacement.

NYX Copenhagen – Two of my friends brought me the NYX soft matte lip cream in the colour “Copenhagen”. I love wearing bold lip colours but I don’t own any vampy red shades so I am looking forward to wearing it in 2017.

Chocolates  – Considering most people try to eat healthily as a New Year’s Resolution I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to give chocolate at Christmas but I am not complaining! Would it be Christmas without a box of Roses?! My stash is getting my through the mountain of university work I have to catch up on.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2017!

 

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Hello!

Firstly let me start by saying thank you for clicking on my blog and coming to look around. For those who have been reading for awhile you may notice that my site has had a relaunch (thankfully!). It’s taken me quite a bit of time to get used to the technical side of blogging but it is slowly getting there.

I started my blog in August this year as a creative outlet. Although it has taken me longer than expected to find my feet, heading into 2017 I feel like I know what direction I want my blog to go in. Already I’ve had some amazing opportunities through starting my blog and I am so excited to see what the next year has in store.

I haven’t actually written any posts specifically about myself so hopefully this will let you know a bit more about me. My name is Joelle, I am 24 and although I’m originally from Devon I now live in London. For the past year and a half I have been living here studying dentistry. London life has so much to offer and I’m really enjoying discovering new places in the city.

It’s taken me awhile to get the courage to start my blog, unfortunately the nature of posting things online means that you open yourself up to the negative comments and those you know deeming it as “cringey”. Life is too short! I am so glad that I finally went for it as most people have been so encouraging and it has opened a lot of new possibilities for me. Although blogging is a world away from dentistry I love being able to focus on something else and seeing a different side to London.

Thank you so much to everyone that’s been so supportive in creating my blog thus far. I’m hoping to upload something for you all every Wednesday evening, so until then!

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