Brides The Show Islington – London Bride’s Visitor Guide

 

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I get asked ALL THE TIME about what to do, where to eat, where to drink and what to see in London so for those of you planning a trip this way (or for those already based in London!) for Brides The Show on 3rd – 5th October, I wanted to put together a few of my favourite places nearby for those visiting so you can make a weekend of it! If you haven’t yet booked your tickets to the show, you can do so here and London Bride readers receive 2for1, yay! Just enter the code BLOGLB at the checkout!

This October, Brides The Show is taking place in one of my favourite pockets of London in Islington, at the Business Design Centre. It’s an amazing hub full of boutiques, high street, independent restaurants, affordable bites and pretty streets.

If you’re heading out for the evening or want to freshen up then head to the Blow Bar  for a quick blow-dry or pretty quick hair or make-up fix.

If vintage is your thing, you’ll want to make sure you spend some time wondering the cobbled back streets of Camden Passage with it’s antique stalls and vintage shops brimming with trinkets, china and even some unique vintage bridal fashions, Annie’s Vintage is a lovely boutique to pop into for those looking for vintage accessories or finishing touches.

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There are lots of lovely boutiques Albam for the guys is worth a look and you can pick up some beauty treats at Aesop. Amongst some high street hits such as Whistles, Space NK and Reiss there are some lovely home furnishings and gift shops if you’re looking to treat yourself or someone else perhaps and even a few places to do a bit of ring shopping if you are on the hunt!

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For a fun brunch with your girls, you can head to The Breakfast Club for it’s kitsch and cosy atmosphere [and an all day breakfast if you so wish!] or for something a little more tame, the charming Elk In The Woods serves delicious and seasonal gastro-style breakfasts and lunch options.

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If you’re into cooking then no doubt you’ll want to dine (or at least visit the mouth-watering deli) at Ottolenghi, the home of the amazing salads but it does get booked up so get in there early if you are hoping to book for dinner or you may have to queue.

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I know as a bride to be you may well be watching the waist line but if you fancy rebelling there is a Five Guys burger bar if you need a quick and tasty pit-stop or Wahaca if you’re feeling like you may want something with more of a kick! If you want to have a taste of something a little more retro, step into The Diner just near the green for a ‘hip’ shake and I don’t mean the dancing kind.

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If after a long day at the show you fancy taking your other half that’s traipsed around with you for a treat then you can catch a film at The Screen on The Green. A lovely cosy cinema on Upper Street with big armchairs and a bar.

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And finally no guide of mine would be complete without a cocktail or two! My absolute favourite bar in the whole of London (yes, high praise indeed!) is 69 Colebrooke Row. It’s teeny tiny and very unsuspecting but these guys serve up the best Champagne Cocktail I’ve ever tasted so if you fancy a celebratory tipple post show, head this way. There’s also the exotic and decadent Hoxley & Porter and the more eclectic and lively House of Wolf, so you are definitely spoilt for choice.

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There are SO many other spots to see and do but I won’t overwhelm you! Hopefully with this visitor’s guide, after a few hours of exciting wedding planning and inspiration at Brides The Show will give you a little respite to head out for!

For more information on Brides The Show or to book tickets please visit: www.bridestheshow.co.uk

 

*This post is in partnership with Brides The Show

Informal Pretty Notting Hill Wedding

Fredrika and Tom were married in May with a casual wedding that they described at informal and glamorous like the wedding in the film The Godfather! They had a pretty family oriented Notting Hill wedding and I do love the transition of the day from the getting ready amongst the kids at home, to the couple driving themselves to the ceremony, the beautiful moments as husband and wife in the leafy surroundings of West London and then the party with friends and family celebrating with the couple into the small hours. I’m also seeing a bit of a trend emerging with brides in leather jackets, and I rather like it…

We have been together for yonks and have two small children. When Tom proposed a couple of years ago we both agreed that the most essential part of what a wedding means to us is to bring people together.”

Film photography by Katharine at Peachey Photography

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“As Fredrika grew up in Sweden so many of the guests came from there and stayed in London for the weekend. We both wanted it to feel glamorous yet informal like the wedding in The Godfather movie! The organisation was done by us and we were quite relaxed about it as most of our time is taken up with the children. We had a kids table which was fun and got everyone to join in the Hokey Cokey which was hilarious. The cake was only ordered a week before! However, it was beautifully decorated by the florists, Achillea. Tom did an amazing slideshow featuring images of our family and pretty much everyone we know and he got some mates to DJ. The record decks were hired from Rigs and Gigs. Fredrika made bunting and small doilies for the centre of each table, which gave the whole room a warm and home-made feel. We illustrated the invitations ourselves with the owl and the pussycat, a poem which was read aloud after the speeches by Michael Horovitz, a poet and local celebrity.”

Photography: Peachey Photography / Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall / Reception Venue: The Tabernacle / Brides Dress: Jane Bourvis / Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart / Brides Hair & Make-Up: Sofia Sjoo / Flowers: Achillea