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London Living: Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios – Holborn & Deptford

Hey guys! I went to the Cockpit Arts Holborn Open Studios on Friday and Saturday and let me just say, I thoroughly enjoyed it…that’s probably obvious, given that I turned up on 2 consecutive days!

Cockpit Arts does open studios twice a year, Christmas and Summer, at their Holborn and Deptford Studios. Although you can arrange a visit anytime with most of the makers, visiting their open studios is a great opportunity to pick up some beautiful, finely crafted handmade items, perfect for gift giving or just a treat for yourself or your home. Now, don’t just take my word for it, go along and check it out for yourselves…you’ll be glad you did!

I’ll be posting some lovely images of my finds and favourites from their Holborn Studios soon. In the meantime, happy viewing and shopping at Cockpit Arts!

Cockpit Arts Open Studios Flyer


Holborn: 29 November – 1 December 
Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London, WC1N 2NP
Transport Links: Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square
Map, Directions & Access >


Deptford: 6 – 8 December
18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
Transport Links: Deptford Bridge, Deptford (One stop from London Bridge)
Map, Directions & Access >


Opening times: Friday 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun, 11am-6pm
Tickets: £5 both venues / £3 Deptford only. Free Friday 6 Dec.  Free under 15s.
Ticket includes entry all weekend and Prize Draw!




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London Living: Dane’s Yard Kitchen

Dane's Yard Kitchen StrandEast

Dane’s Yard Kitchen restaurant review plus get the look in your kitchen/dining room.

Dane’s Yard Kitchen was a good choice for dinner this week; here’s our review of this East London gem.

Restaurant: Dane’s Yard Kitchen
Location: Strand East, Stratford, East London
Best For: After-work drinks, casual dining, laid-back time out with friends

The Design: Set in a lovely spacious courtyard landmarked by the ever-changing festive lights of Strand East Tower, the restaurant has an eco-chic design look on the outside and a tasteful mix of industrial and retro touches on the inside. The high ceilings with exposed duct-work, the utilitarian pendant lamps, the minimal yet practical no-frills furniture and the Vegas Boneyard alphabet lighting, all work brilliantly together creating an unpretentious visual appeal that naturally invites you to let your hair down and be present, as you step inside. 

The Service: We had a table reserved for 19:30 and received a warm welcome from the friendly staff member who led us to our table. Comfortably seated and conversation in full swing, it took us a while to check out the menu… Perfect! Their staff had now passed the ‘patience in hospitality’ test as they returned for the third time (still with warm smiles) to take our order. Throughout the evening, I found them sufficiently attentive but by no means intrusive.

The Food: I ordered Crispy Cornish Squid, Smoked Paprika, Herb & Lemon Alioli to start; this was a surprisingly large serving presented on a layer of grease paper with newspaper beneath it. It was rather tasty and I liked that their practical design ideas filtered through, even to the food presentation. Brownie points!

My main course was Grilled sea bass fillet, herb crushed jersey royals, Swiss chard and shrimp brown butter. This was really good! Perhaps slightly high on the salt content but delicious nonetheless.

I skipped dessert and opted for a peppermint tea. It’s not like me to skip dessert but I was really stuffed after the main and, in all honesty,  I saw nothing irresistible on the dessert menu.

The Wine: I didn’t feel much like having white wine (traditionally recommended when having fish), so I chose the Argento Selección Malbec from Argentina. Malbec is one of the best reds to have with fish as it is usually light-bodied and lower in tannins than most other red wines, therefore less impacting on the taste of your food. Disclaimer: I’m no wine connoisseur but I know enough about wines to make an informed choice with confidence.

Overall: This was a good dining experience. The food is reasonably priced and the offer for tastecard holders is 50% off the food bill (be sure to mention the tastecard when booking). Dane’s Yard Kitchen is a good pick for a casual, laid-back time out with friends. We’ll be checking it out for Sunday breakfast soon, and if Tuesday’s visit is anything to go by, it certainly won’t disappoint.


London Living: Get The Look - Industrial Kitchen Decor

London Living: Get The Look - Industrial Kitchen Decor

1. Industrial Twist Stool from Cox & Cox | 2. Vintage Industrial Green Enamel Pendant Lamp from Turul Shop on Etsy | 3. Iron Trolley from Graham & Green | 4. Tolix Steel Chairs from Made In Design | 5. Timothy Oulton’s Axel Reclaimed Boat Wood Dining Table from Barker & Stonehouse