Welcome back good shoe folk. Whilst the debate about whether we're in Islington, Hoxton or Shoreditch rages on the reality is that, a bit like the Bermuda Triangle, we are on the borders of all three depending on who you ask....but what borders they are!
With summer school under way at 50 Chocolate Studios from Monday...
|Here's our tambour cabinet packed with seven shoe making kits, lasts and uppers|
...we thought we'd give you a taster of some of the fabulous architecture, food and culture on our new doorstep.
|Palladian architecture around Bank|
|The magnificent, Sir Edward Lutyens-designed, Grade II listed 1 Finsbury Circus...|
pictured above and below
|The original door of the Honourable Artillery Company|
|And it's turrets|
|Bunhill Fields Burial Ground - a leafy oasis of calm and handy cut-through|
between City Road and Bunhill Row
|Home to William Blake's cenotaph|
|A juxtaposition of old and new with the Museum of Methodism|
|Wesley's Chapel and Museum|
|The Chapel's stunning gardens|
|Ultra-cool workspace White Collar Factory|
...hip hotel The Hoxton (image courtesy of thehoxton.com)
and ultra-hip, members-only, Shoreditch House (image courtesy of londontown.com)
|Street signs new and old ...or not|
|Some great, characterful public houses - The Angel|
|Great food and atmosphere at The Three Crowns nestled between its modern neighbours |
and below, at our local the Eagle
|London's changing skyline in a nutshell|
|Shoreditch Grind for great brunch and coffee|
|The old and the new|
|The wonderful facade of Imperial Hall, built in 1930 as a Methodist mission |
originally known as the Leysian Mission. Now Grade II listed, it is apartments
|A bit of retro browsing just around the corner at Renaissance under what looks like the most amazing, sadly private, roof garden|
|Cosy Westland Coffee for a cuppa on the way to the workshop |
and a glass of convivial wine on the way back
And that really is just a snapshot of the locale...we can't wait to get to know it better.
Until next week - when normal service resumes with an update from the first shoe making course at Chocolate Studios - a belated 4th of July, happy shoe making and good luck to England tomorrow!