Sunday 24 October 2010

Welcome to Miss Immy's London Blog starring Dr Johnson & The Evil Cake Shop!

As someone who was born in London, I feel an enormous sense of affinity with this great city and never tire of exploring it.  In the words of Samuel Johnson, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford."  Having lived here for over 20 years, I still find great pleasure in hopping on a random bus to an unfamiliar London Borough, heading off the beaten track along a hidden side road to who knows where, or finding myself in a derelict building, dining with strangers by candlelight.  And just when I think I've got it covered, I suddenly stumble across an exciting new discovery, which reminds me that London will always have the upper hand.

Be it secret speakeasys, pop-up restaurants, curious shops, quirky theatres, creative markets, beautiful architecture or secret hideaways, there are an abundance of fantastic places which I want to share with you.  Not all hidden and secret, but places which have inspired, excited and intrigued me enough to put them on this blog.  And sometimes even beyond London...

On a regular basis, I'll delve up my sleeve and reveal a new gem for you to discover.  It won't necessarily be a brand new, 'hot-off-the-press' place.  But perhaps it'll be new to you.  And of course, when I do find somewhere new, exciting and current as I continue my explorations, I'll be sure to let you know!

So, back to Samuel Johnson (also known as Dr Johnson).  He was a great British author from the 18th Century, and his publications included the first comprehensive English Dictionary.   Dr Johnson's old house  at 17 Gough Square, EC4 has been fully restored and is open to the public.  A statue of Dr Johnson's beloved cat, Hodge, sits outside.  The house is also a venue which can be hired for various events.  For more details, including info on a guided local walk and a Christmas Carol Concert, check the website:

On a very different note, with Halloween looming, you may want to check out the world's first 18+ pop-up cake shop.  For 3 days only, The Evil Cake Shop is coming to deepest, darkest Shoreditch.  Situated in a 'dungeon', it will be selling mad potions and cakes of a twisted, gruesome and even sexual variety.  Check the site

Please spread the Miss Immy word and I'll be back with more top blog spots soon! 


Ben Hopkins said...

Love Evil Cakes. On the less evil side you can always try Bea's of Bloomsbury. Best cake and coffee I know in London.

Hannah Ford said...

Hoorah Immy!
So glad you've done this. Will be good to explore all the places you recommend and avoid the less worthy ones.
The soles of my shoes thank you greatly.

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