19 August 2014

a jolly nice day

We don't get to North London often, but we simply had to visit KERB's Ice Cream Adventure at King's Cross! So we made a complete day of it, starting at Kipferl in Camden Passage, a modern Viennese cafe with the most delicious breakfasts and good strong coffee:

Properly caffeinated, we popped along to Loop, where I resisted the pull of the sock yarn, but did leave with a card of vintage French buttons.

Just past Angel, we stopped by The FARA Workshop, where young designer-makers rework clothing and fabrics donated to the FARA charity shops, upcycling them into new, one-of-a-kind fashions.

The shop's stylish collection includes both men's and women's wear with a modern, minimalist cut--think Japanese pattern books--and all the sewing is done on-site, so even on a Saturday, you can see the sewists at work:

Then it was just a short hop on the Tube to King's Cross and Granary Square for KERB:

We were sidetracked by the House of Illustration's Quentin Blake exhibition, a definite must-see,

but we could only hold out for so long before diving into the ice cream!

We sampled some amazing flavors at Sorbitium Ices: Toasted Rice and Coconut, Fresh Peach, and Rose Geranium...

But our favorites of the day were from Jolly Nice... G had Beer and Bar Nuts to go with his half-pint of lager from the beer tent (!) and my top pick, after several scrumptious samples, was Pineapple Custard--absolutely divine! And the nicest vendors too:

Now that's a jolly nice day indeed!


  1. oh Kristina you do have the best days out ever! everything looks fab.

  2. A pretty much perfect day, I would say. You know about all the best things!

  3. The names alone are inspiring - I think I would be smitten by either Toasted Rice and Coconut or Rose Geranium -- really? Rose Geranium? Please tell, how was it? I did make lavender ice cream one time, but I think Rose Geranium would taste less medicinal.