Gods Own Junkyard- Walthamstow

London, Things to do

 

 

Light up your weekend (no pun intended) at the now family run business that was originally born from Chris Bracey’s own personal collection of neon signs. God’s Own Junkyard is a huge warehouse literally stuffed to the brim with every kind of neon creation you can possibly imagine. There are so many amazing signs to look at it’s hard not take pictures of them all and pace around for hours trying to spot every piece. With its neighbours being Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace and the Wild Card Brewery, it’s not a bad place to visit on a weekend. The largest stock of vintage neon lighting and signage in Europe, it’s worth the trip to Walthamstow.

 

 

Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ

Open Friday/Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

Luxembourg City- Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Travel

“Luxembourg? Why are you going there?” The initial response I received from 80% of people who asked me where I was going on the weekend. Despite being the most underrated country in Europe, Luxembourg is consistently ranked among the world’s top-three nations in both wealth and wine consumption, which had me sold. After booking the cheapest flights I could find, I found myself in this unappreciated gem. Rich with history, the magic of Luxembourg is found amongst the scenery and charming villages. Getting lost amid the charismatic streets, picturesque views and hidden museums is how I got to know and love this city. A captivating contrast of old and new, Luxembourg is a small but fascinating country to visit.

 

Things to do

Lëtzebuerg City Museum –Taking you on a journey through the battles, living conditions and growth of the city this museum is the perfect mixture of old and new Luxembourg. Being recently renovated, the incredible interiors and technology used is a true reflection of the up-and-coming city.

MNHA – Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art  Luxembourg

I couldn’t remember the name of this tour however, it can be found on the allee pierre de mansfeld bridge. The price was 10 euro per person and the tour took you around both the new and old parts of the city. Great activity to end the day or if you are tired of walking and want to see all the sights quickly.

 

Accommodation 

Luxembourg City Hostel-https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Luxembourg-City-Hostel/Luxembourg-City/30068

Being quite a big complex, it feels a lot more like a hotel than a hostel. They have a cafeteria, which you can order food or help yourself to a buffet. Also, a bonus is that the wine is super cheap (2.60 euros). The location is very close to the old town and just underneath a beautiful lookout. It’s quite easy to get to and from the hostel, besides the hilly pathway you need to walk up and down. The rooms were very clean and accommodating, I was also lucky enough to have a room with a shower (room A104,for your reference). Good place to rest your head whilst in Luxembourg.

Eating

Laudree (7 Rue des Capucins, 2340 Luxembourg) – I ended up here after wandering around aimlessly trying to find somewhere to eat. A bit of a treat yourself spot as it is quite expensive to simply sit inside and have a coffee. However, the French pastries and interior make it worthwhile.

KAALE KAFFI (1247, 9 Rue de la Boucherie, 1247 Luxembourg) – Straight onto my list of favorite places in the world. I didn’t think it was possible to cram so much history and quirky pieces into one space, but I stand corrected. Floor to ceiling this cafe is decorated with funky décor including huge old-fashioned paintings, posters, vases, books and any other antique you can find. You can spend hours curled up in one of the vintage couches buried amongst books on every part of Luxembourg history. Serving up one of the best coffees I have ever had, there is not a single fault about this hidden gem.

Bloom Coffee Shop (101 Rue Adolphe Fischer, 1521 Luxembourg) – Located in quite an odd part of the city, here you will find the up and coming Bloom Coffee Shop. Well known to local bloggers and insta foodies, this minimal café is well known for it’s coffees. Quirky details and delicious homemade granola plates makes it the perfect morning hangout.

Adam & Eve – Homerton

Drink, London

Don’t immediately write it off because of its location. This is hands down one of my favourite finds since being in this city, partially because I am totally biased to anything in East. A mini paradise of mismatched vintage furniture, low hanging light bulbs and an annex filled with quirky trinkets. Incredibly popular for its sunday roasts, this is also one of the best happy hour locations serving drinks from £3. Where I spent my 2nd Christmas getting drunk and playing jenga (yes, it is open Christmas Day), and lounged about in summer. The perfect location for any occasion.

AIDA- Shoreditch

Drink, London

“I’ll take a jumper and latte”.

As easy position to find yourself in when visiting this neighbourhood hangout. Menswear, womenswear and homeware with barista-style coffee and inspiring events in art, music and design is AIDA rolled into a rose-coloured dream. If the rose lattes weren’t enough to get you in, the boutique clothing will be.

 

The British Museum

London, Things to do

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD! Between the endless rooms showcasing exhibitions, beautiful architecture, and a chaotic amount of people you are bound to wonder around aimlessly lost. Home to one of my favourite exhibitions, The Ancient Egyptian holds one of the largest ancient jewellery collections which can keep me occupied for hours. Coming as no surprise The British Museum is the leading attraction in the UK, mostly due to the incredible Great Court. Europe’s largest covered public square, the Great Court is a spectacular two-acre space enclosed by the famous glass roof. With lots to see and do, this is the ultimate place to spend a gloomy day in London.

 

 

 

Rooftop scouting

London, Things to do

Naturally, on one of the gloomiest days of the month we decided to check out some of the rooftops in the city. Rain, hail or shine here you can check out some of London’s best views. Plus, you can conveniently find bars at all these locations.

Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Kind of like following the yellow brick road, only you’re following a yellow staircase up to this hidden gem. 100% one of the best places to soak up the sun in summer and get your hands on a jug of Pimms. Not only great to start a night out, here you can find a quick pit stop for lunch whilst looking over the Thames.

 

Public Rooftop Terrace One New Change

Perched on top of a shopping center, here you can find the One New Change roof terrace. Open to the public all day, you can drop in and out whenever you like. A private bar and restaurants is also found here if you are up for a meal.