Air BnB Staycation
The first thing I tend to do in light of an occasion is look to travel. Be it an annual holiday, anniversary or celebration- I’m the first person to hit up the British Airways sale site (always sale), National Rail train page (in light of brilliant British cities, not just for kicks) or even just scour Pinterest for somewhere a little more exotic than home. But for mine and Joe’s anniversary this year, we decided to do a true, dedicated staycation- one in which we didn’t even leave our own city- and you know what? It was bloody lovely. With a bit of time spent on Air BnB, and a list of places I’ve yet to try- Joe and I booked ourselves in to the most gorgeous East London warehouse, and pretended that we lived a little closer than Zone 6- if only for the night…

Get booking:
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It’s hard to pick exactly where you want to stay when you live somewhere as varied and diverse as London. Do you decide on somewhere like Soho or Covent Garden? Indulge in the pure luxury of being able to literally walk into your home from your favourite bar and live life definitely not like a local, but with zero travelling? Do you choose somewhere totally new and get to play ultimate tourist (no CityMapper included)? Or do you simply sit, look at your list of ‘most-wanted-to-visit’ places and work out where would feel the most rewarding? Yup! Having never really had the chance to properly explore East London (apart from solely sticking to my Shoreditch go-to’s) Joe and I opted for a beautiful, airy warehouse in Haggerston, a stones throw away from Hoxton, a short bus from Hackney and if you felt like it- half an hour from Oxford Street too. It felt abso-bloody-lovely to be able to catch a bus (or a short cab) out for dinner and not have to worry about last trains and getting back in time (we even spotted Jamie XX in the nearest newsagent)- and I undoubtedly recommend checking out Andreas’ gorgeous place here, especially for a truly local feeling experience (you can also get £16 off if you use this link at any of your first Air BnB trips, too)!

(Oufit: Jumper: C/O Wildfox, Jeans: ASOS)

Dish out dinner:
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One of the things about living further out of central London, means that you tend to stick to the same central dinner spots, for convenience and lack of post-dinner travelling too (who wants to have to run for a train with a belly full of burger)? So, being a little more central for the evening meant I got to tick off some Hackney haunts I’d had in my little black book, one of them being Lardo. An Italian that boasts everything from fresh stone baked pizzas (yup, they do gluten free too), pasta, meat and delicious deserts- all in the comfort of candlelight and some of the loveliest staff I’ve encountered. Opting for a traditional ragu, arancini and margarita (Joe is definitely a bit of a pizza connoisseur), we sat at the bar overlooking everything being cooked- and I’m already counting down the days until I can head back and sample more.

Get brunching!
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Although it was tempting to make use of our own kitchen and get handy making pancakes (or French toast, or, um, a full English)- one of the joys of being so central was getting to hit up local covetable brunch spots, without the commute beforehand! Joe and I decided to visit Towpath Café for breakfast, a little canal-side hideout loved by locals- and I can undoubtedly see why- seeing in a Saturday morning alongside the river, indulging in a sausage sandwich, builders brew and a sheltered shower definitely has a special charm about it, and couldn’t be have more British if we tried.

Become a mini explorer:
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Following brunch, and before heading home- we were determined to hit up Broadway Market, and celebrate the fresh food (I may or may not have spent a little at the Violet cake stand- they had me at buttermilk), beautiful independent shops and bustling atmosphere for ourselves first thing at the weekend. I’ve only properly visited the market a couple of times, so it was pure luxury to be able to meander, explore and look about at our own leisure, and get to note down new places that we hadn’t ticked off before. With Artwords Bookshop being top of our list amogst the beautiful fresh produce, it was the perfect nod to feeling like a local (even if we weren’t doing our weekly shop this time)!

How do you like to spend a staycation? Answers on a postcard!

x
Air BnB Staycation
The first thing I tend to do in light of an occasion is look to travel. Be it an annual holiday, anniversary or celebration- I’m the first person to hit up the British Airways sale site (always sale), National Rail train page (in light of brilliant British cities, not just for kicks) or even just scour Pinterest for somewhere a little more exotic than home. But for mine and Joe’s anniversary this year, we decided to do a true, dedicated staycation- one in which we didn’t even leave our own city- and you know what? It was bloody lovely. With a bit of time spent on Air BnB, and a list of places I’ve yet to try- Joe and I booked ourselves in to the most gorgeous East London warehouse, and pretended that we lived a little closer than Zone 6- if only for the night…

Get booking:
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It’s hard to pick exactly where you want to stay when you live somewhere as varied and diverse as London. Do you decide on somewhere like Soho or Covent Garden? Indulge in the pure luxury of being able to literally walk into your home from your favourite bar and live life definitely not like a local, but with zero travelling? Do you choose somewhere totally new and get to play ultimate tourist (no CityMapper included)? Or do you simply sit, look at your list of ‘most-wanted-to-visit’ places and work out where would feel the most rewarding? Yup! Having never really had the chance to properly explore East London (apart from solely sticking to my Shoreditch go-to’s) Joe and I opted for a beautiful, airy warehouse in Haggerston, a stones throw away from Hoxton, a short bus from Hackney and if you felt like it- half an hour from Oxford Street too. It felt abso-bloody-lovely to be able to catch a bus (or a short cab) out for dinner and not have to worry about last trains and getting back in time (we even spotted Jamie XX in the nearest newsagent)- and I undoubtedly recommend checking out Andreas’ gorgeous place here, especially for a truly local feeling experience (you can also get £16 off if you use this link at any of your first Air BnB trips, too)!

(Oufit: Jumper: C/O Wildfox, Jeans: ASOS)

Dish out dinner:
Lardo Hackney Lardo Hackney Lardo Hackney
One of the things about living further out of central London, means that you tend to stick to the same central dinner spots, for convenience and lack of post-dinner travelling too (who wants to have to run for a train with a belly full of burger)? So, being a little more central for the evening meant I got to tick off some Hackney haunts I’d had in my little black book, one of them being Lardo. An Italian that boasts everything from fresh stone baked pizzas (yup, they do gluten free too), pasta, meat and delicious deserts- all in the comfort of candlelight and some of the loveliest staff I’ve encountered. Opting for a traditional ragu, arancini and margarita (Joe is definitely a bit of a pizza connoisseur), we sat at the bar overlooking everything being cooked- and I’m already counting down the days until I can head back and sample more.

Get brunching!
Towpath Cafe London Towpath Cafe London Towpath Cafe London Towpath Cafe London
Although it was tempting to make use of our own kitchen and get handy making pancakes (or French toast, or, um, a full English)- one of the joys of being so central was getting to hit up local covetable brunch spots, without the commute beforehand! Joe and I decided to visit Towpath Café for breakfast, a little canal-side hideout loved by locals- and I can undoubtedly see why- seeing in a Saturday morning alongside the river, indulging in a sausage sandwich, builders brew and a sheltered shower definitely has a special charm about it, and couldn’t be have more British if we tried.

Become a mini explorer:
Broadway Market Broadway Market Broadway Market Broadway Market Broadway MarketBroadway Market Broadway Market
Following brunch, and before heading home- we were determined to hit up Broadway Market, and celebrate the fresh food (I may or may not have spent a little at the Violet cake stand- they had me at buttermilk), beautiful independent shops and bustling atmosphere for ourselves first thing at the weekend. I’ve only properly visited the market a couple of times, so it was pure luxury to be able to meander, explore and look about at our own leisure, and get to note down new places that we hadn’t ticked off before. With Artwords Bookshop being top of our list amogst the beautiful fresh produce, it was the perfect nod to feeling like a local (even if we weren’t doing our weekly shop this time)!

How do you like to spend a staycation? Answers on a postcard!

x

33 comments:

  1. Love the casual vibe of these photos!
    -Kate
    http://katekoutures.blogspot.com/

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time, and that jumper is just so gorgeous x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. your pictures are so crisp, I love your top and the print on it, you're gorg Liv

    gafashion.blogspot.com

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  4. This is such a good idea! I get so caught up with thinking I need to plan a holiday to explore when there are so many places near by I could take a trip to

    x
    https://siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com/

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  5. I'm a West London girl myself and I have to say, the idea of staying in East London for a night is becoming more and more appealing as I write. Of course, I'd have to get that Wildfox jumper too, just so I can look the part, right?

    - Elodie x
    www.elle-yeah.com

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  6. I love all of these photos! I have yet to try AirBnB but I've heard such great things! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo Lisa | Strum Simmer Sip

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  7. Okay, you've really outdone yourself with this post! I am so inspired to get on AirBNB and book a stay cation on the other side of town, if only for a weekend. I love the idea of being a tourist and explorer in your own city.

    www.lioninthewild.com

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  8. I love these photos and what a great idea a staycation is! Your relationship with Joe gives me warm fuzzies as weird as that is!

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  9. That food looks so good, I love your top
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  10. Looks like such a beautiful spot! I love your idea of a staycation, there really are so many quaint bnbs not too far from where I live - must book a weekend away! :)

    www.cultivatebeauty.com.au

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  11. Beautiful photos, and what a fabulous idea to explore London more and your own city! I would probably stay in a nice hotel in my county, go to all the main attractions but try to find those secret coves of beauty - mainly food I guess!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  12. This looks like a wonderful idea! I do love to explore local towns/cities, but staying over in such a beautiful place sounds fab! I'll definitely be making use of AirBnB in future!

    Josie :) x

    www.aprettypostit.blogspot.com

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  13. this is so cool Olivia!! everything looks amazing and super cute <3

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  14. What a brilliant post and a fantastic idea! I've lived in Manchester for a year now, and I'm always feeling like I haven't explored as much of the city as I should...my partner and I try to use our days off to play tourist but it would be great to put a few days aside specifically to do that.

    Beautiful photography as well :)

    Hannah Simpson Writes

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  15. This is such a great idea, it really makes you realise how there's so much of your city that's open to be explored! I live in Melbourne, and it's kind of sad how much of the city I haven't seen, despite living here for eight years.

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  16. I love doing this! It's such a great feeling being a tourist in your own city - you see everything a bit differently and also discover so many new places! As you said, it's easy to get into a rut and always visit the same places when you live somewhere.. Thank you for the inspiration, I'm off to explore now!

    Laura / Middle of Adventure

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  17. So cute and something I'm definitely down for being a poor student and all! Airbnb is a really good idea too, I've used to two or three times now and have loved it every time - being able to go back to a 'home' instead of a hotel room after a long day exploring is so appealing. Gorgeous photos as always X

    becshar

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  18. OMG I'm freaking in love with your sweater!!! Like, ridic seriously in love. But the link you gave seems to be broken? That's okay. If it's a Wildfox sweater, it's probably WAY out of my price range.

    coffeeslag

    Mango Favorites

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  19. Ever since I saw you mention airbnb I have been obsessed! Some of the houses on there are absolutely stunning and I'm actually even using it for home inspiration, I love the idea of having a staycation and exploring different parts of your home town that you haven't done before, especially considering I absolutely love to travel and see and do new things. Although I think Brighton is a little small to do that. I have moved to London during University term time though so maybe I'll think about spending a weekend in a different part of London that I haven't seen before and I'll definitely keep this little guide in mind :) xx

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  20. Such great advice! love this post :)


    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

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  21. Beautiful photos. Lovely post Olivia x

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  22. This is such a cute post, looks like such a good idea!

    Infinity Of Fashion// Lucy Jane

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  23. This is possibly my favourite post of yours! As a Londoner myself, there's lots to take notice of here! I'll keep the Towpath Cafe and Lardo in mind. Also, I need that jumper in my life! x

    Martha Jane | http://marthajanemusic.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Wow, what a great idea! Like you I live in London but haven't explored East London at all. I wrote a post on how to have a homecation, so not even move from your own home!!

    Alice
    thesmalldesk.com

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  25. Lovely photographs! I love that palm top :)

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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  26. That's such a great idea for budget travelling. Though probably only executable in a city as varied as London. Although I agree that just getting out of the house, out of the PJs and your evening routine can be an experience in itself.
    I love your travel posts, even when they're about your hometown!
    -P.
    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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  27. Love all these tips! I just did the math and I won't be leaving the country for a whole seven months so these will come in handy ;D
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog

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  28. I'm trying to beat my post holiday blues by looking at organising a stay-cation shortly. I've never done it but it might be enough to just up the routine in my without costing a fortune! That warehouse looks like the perfect place to perch up for a weekend :)

    Megan || www.ohheyblog.com

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  29. that looks really fun :D ally our pictures are so pretty :3
    <3 Katie
    http://luvelylittlelulladoll.blogspot.ca/

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  30. This is such an amazing idea! I've done lots of vacations where I stay in the country, as I'm usually like you - the first to go out of the country! I never thought of going right into London for a 'stay-cation' I think I'm going to keep this in mind for next time :)

    Lovely post, you went to see some beautiful things!

    Cat | What Cat Says

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