riba_finished

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) HQ, Portland Place (London) link On sunny, busy trips to London I tend to long for a moment of peacefulness and drift away from the crowds & towards the parks. Just off the edge of Regent’s Park and before reaching the throngs of Oxford Street are the RIBA headquarters, in which a quiet bright space, situated next to a bookshop replete with architectural hardbacks and sketchy conceptual volumes, emits clinks and murmurs over coffee and breakfast. I picked up a free magazine on office block design which I decided would make a good scrapbook, and had a breakfast tea before  embarking on my long day in the big city.

berlinimg_0768

Bully’s Bakery,  Neukölln (Berlin) link Berlin barely needs recommendations when it comes to café culture… just go there and walk down a street and you’re sure to stumble across good coffee and a quirky interior. In fact, it seems that photos are not encouraged and many of the cafés have no sign of branding or even a name – it’s all about word-of-mouth and an anti-virtual vibe. However, I couldn’t resist snapping and mentioning my friend’s favourite bakery “Bully’s”… if only for the melt-in-the-mouth chocolate fondants that they provide, and the bread-kneading instructions painted onto the wall. (*The top-right picture is from a street-food market – I just liked it. My blog, my rules.)

mao

Modern Art Oxford Café (Oxford) link Back in the Cotswolds, I was wandering through Oxford’s side-streets looking for charity shops and it occurred to me that, since I tend to overlook the museums and tourist sites of my home-area, I should give Modern Art Oxford a visit. Their café turned out to be surprisingly stocked with interesting food – fresh filled croissants, stuffed vegetables and plump quiche slices. A good stop for funky teapots, cool interiors and an interesting gift shop, and Mac-spotting of course… 😉

Share this: