Camden Day

August 14, 2013

aIMG_7248ImageImageLast Friday was James And Laila Day! Regular readers will probably have read about James before as we spend so much time together. In the absence of any kind of formal anniversary we decided to start James and Laila Day – one day per month devoted to not working together and instead hanging out and having fun. As it was my turn to plan James and Laila Day I decided to share some of my regular haunts with James. I live and work in Camden and it’s always been this bit of London that feels most like home to me, despite being born and raised in the south. I go for a daily walk around the markets and often stop in after work on my way home as well.

We started off the day with an amazing breakfast and then wandered down to the market stopping at all my favourite food shops on the way, including my favourite ice-cream shop. I follow a very weird diet and it can be hard to find foods I can eat, so I’m very lucky we live by some awesome health food shops.  The first couple of pictures are taken down this little road with brightly painted houses. There’s about five of these pretty coloured streets on the route from James’ house to the market, in my head I call them rainbow roads and they remind me of the town in Edward Scissorhands.ImageImageImageThe rest of these photos are from Camden Market! Camden is divided into about 6 different markets and once upon a time each bit of market had it’s own specific focus; these days they do broadly stock variations of the same thing but there’s still some individual flavour between them. The three biggest markets are Camden Locks (arts and crafts), Stables Market (subcultures and imported fashions) and Horse Tunnel Market (vintage and antiques). It was such a gorgeous sunny day and even though I visit the same places every other day, it was fun sharing that part of my day with James. I should be employed as a tour guide as I know the whole layout so well by now.

After the market we went to Honest Burgers for dinner (no photos!) and whilst the chips and drinks were amazing the no-meat option was essentially a vegetable pakora in a bap; definitely not recommended. We also went to our favourite pub and the cinema, needless to say we were pretty tired when we traipsed home later but happy and content. It’s so important to spend quality time with your friends, especially if (like me) most of your close friends also double as artistic colleagues. It’s easy to fall into the habit of just hanging out post-rehearsal and never doing activities purely for fun so I’m so glad we started this tradition. Here’s to the next James and Laila Day!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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8 responses to “Camden Day”

  1. Caitlin says:

    Oh man, I desperately wanna visit Camden after seeing all of these photos! I about died when I saw all of the pastel buildings in the first few – love, love, love them. I also loves James’ face in the photo where the “horse” is about to trample him:P Super cute post, thanks for sharing the tour with us:)

  2. Rachel says:

    Yay. Camden is such fun. Lovely photos 🙂

  3. B. says:

    I absolutely adore how you brought out the atmosphere of the place in your pictures. I so want to visit camden! And I really like your idea of having this special day once a month to spend quality time 🙂

  4. Paige says:

    Wow these photos are beautiful it look so nice there, i went Camden and hated it but i think its because i went to the main part it looks lovely here im tempted to visit again! The first photo is so dreamy wow! x

  5. Wow, beautiful pictures! I have never visited Camden, but I want to. It looks so inspiring and nice there! xo

  6. Priya says:

    Hey girl, thanks so much for coming by my blog! This is such a sweet idea- I would love to have a monthly holiday just like this!

    Loved looking at your pictures, Camden looks incredible and like so much to see! I love the shot of all the lamps(?) especially. Gorgeous!

    perfectly priya

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