I’m always looking for excuses to get back to London, so a couple of weekends ago I headed back to catch Dutch producer, Bakermat’s, The Circus Part II show.
If you know me, you probably know I’m a fan of exploring and discovering new music, going to concert and shows, and spending too much money on irrational concert/festival ticket purchases.
This was true in Seattle, and it’s true of my life in Spain as well (for better or worse- but mainly for the better I think 😉 ). When I realized that Bakermat was playing in London the weekend of February 18th, I jetted off to to catch his show at the Brixton Electric.
If you’re at all into deep, electronic, or tropical house, I’d definitely say give him a listen. He reminds me a bit of Griz, as he’s also got jazz and soul influences incoporated into his mixes and music sets! He even brought out a live saxophonist during the show- so awesome!
Anyways, the show turned out to be amazing, which made the short but expensive trip to London totally worth it. That night there was plenty of dancing and singing, and I even befriended some Londoners who I hung out with for most of the next day. It was totally not what I was expecting when I set out for London as I had planned to visit another friend- which didn’t really end up working out by the way- but it was a fun little turn of events nonetheless.
Saturday morning, I set off with my new friends and we hit up an amazing brunch place called Brickwood Coffee and Bread, which unfortunately I couldn’t really appreciate in the moment since my hungover was completely suppressing my appetite (lol). The brunch spot had a short menu, which I’ve noticed always seems to be a good indicator of the quality of food- a shorter and more concise menu typically means better food- a theory which proved to be true in this case as well. I ordered the brioche French toast with caramelized bananas and bacon, and of course a cappuccino. The cappuccino even had latte art, I repeat LATTE ART! It’s sad how excited that made me, but it’s so hard to come by a well made cappuccino in Spain. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of cafe con leche, but whenever I order anything aside from that in Spain it’s not usually very well executed. Though full disclosure, as a previous barista from Seattle, I’ve gotta say I can be a bit of a coffee snob at times….sooooo, the coffee in Spain is probably just fine, but that latte art cappuccino was a big deal to me. It’s the little things sometimes haha.
This time around, I was also determined to explore some places I’d never before seen in London. Of course I love the city center and super touristy bits, that’s why I keep going back, but I knew there was more and I was determined to see it!
On my itinerary were Camden, Brixton, and the Notting Hill neighborhoods. I was able to hit up all three places, but unfortunately, I was only really able to give Brixton enough to time since I stayed there both nights. I’m a little bummed that I had such little time in Camden and Notting Hill- they both seems like neighborhoods you could spend hours perusing shops and cafes in- but given that I was there for such a short amount of time, I think I did the best I could’ve.
So despite things not really turning out how I expected them to, it turned out to be solid weekend. I haven’t planned my next trip to London yet, but I’m sure it won’t be too long from now;) As they’d say in Spanish, “hasta pronto” London!
– Sinceramente, Gigi