Coffee, cake, lunch in Angel Islington

Coffee, cake, lunch in Angel Islington


We’ve always loved our coffee and cake outings. Australia has a booming coffee culture industry with boutique and specialised cafes in all cities, and nice brands on offer.

London of course offers plenty on that front, and we enjoy seeking new experiences.

Exploring our north/east neighbourhood – Angel Islington London – between Angel tube and Highbury and Islington station you can find all sorts of delightful restaurants, cafes and bakeries.

Most have free wifi if you want to hang out and do some work like we do.

Plus, it’s a nice area in London.

Find out what we discovered on the weekend. Play:

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Regent’s Canal London – Islington pub, The Narrowboat

Regent’s Canal London – Islington pub, The Narrowboat

We live in east London and one of our favourite things to do when the weather is being reasonable is to walk along Regent’s Canal.

The famous body of water winds its way through various boroughs of London, and we recently discovered some fab waterside dining, accessible from both Angel or Highbury tube/train stations.

Find out what we discovered…


Just another weekend at Broadway Market

Just another weekend at Broadway Market

I recently wrote about YouTube and how to make the most of your user experience by signing in. This is because we’ve been spending a bit more time in this space recently.

We’ve had requests from family and friends in Australia to show a little more about what our lives look like over here, and across the summer Cooper’s been brushing up on his video editing skills.

We’ve got some more fun vlogs on the way soon (super excited to share with you what Christmas in London looks like!).

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek into what some of our Saturday mornings look like at Broadway Market in the east…




London’s best views – 5 reasons to visit Monument

London’s best views – 5 reasons to visit Monument

I’ve been lucky enough to live in this great city and have experienced many of London’s best views over the past few years.

But I have never experienced the Monument, Sir Christopher Wren’s  202 feet (61 m) stone column built to commemorate one of the most famous events in the city’s history, the Great Fire of 1666.

London’s best views | 5 reasons to visit Monument


The world’s tallest stone column just outside Monument tube station pays homage to the Great Fire and the rebuilding of the city. Apparently if you lay the column on its side, it measures the exact distance between it and the house of Thomas Farynor, the king’s baker in Pudding Lane where the fire started at 2am on Sunday 2 September.

Before the fire was finally extinguished it destroyed 13,000 houses and 90 churches; including part of Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

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Waiting time

Unlike many attractions in London where you have to line up in long queues regardless of the weather, I only had to wait six minutes for entry to the Monument. Better than what I anticipate the wait at the London Eye is!

Monument view travellivelearn


Entry into the Monument is only £4 for adults (as at February 2016) compared with the Shard (over £25) and London Eye (over £20).


If you’re an active person you’ll love the 311 step climb to the top. It’s a great way for toning your bottom and legs while experiencing London’s amazing skyline.

That said, don’t worry if this sounds daunting, it’s actually a pretty easy climb, the average person taking around four minutes to make it up to the top (not counting if you have to wait for children loitering in the stairwell along the way).

Monument stairwell travellivelearn


As you exit the stairs onto a small ledge you’re met by a simple wire fence separating you from the 166 drop to the ground below and magnificent 360 panoramic views of the London skyline. The Monument offers wonderful views of the Shard (hard to miss), Tower Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), Leadenhall Building (affectionately known as the Cheese Grater) and Canary Wharf in the distance.

London skyline Travellivelearn 2

There’s plenty more to do in this part of London too. Monument is a very short stroll from a brilliant free attraction, the London sky garden, also featuring some of London’s best views.