Hair by Joël Benjamin

hair by joelHair styling is getting more radical and more creative every season. At the moment everyone from celebs to catwalk designers are obsessed with braiding and plaits. Despite my short hair I was determined to try out one of Joël Benjamin’s innovative hair styles incorporating a quirky braid.

Joël Benjamin trained as a hairstylist at We are Cut and Aveda Institute and has always had a keen interest in braiding. Noticing the trend he set up solo to offer creative styles to individuals. He is highly regarded in the field and offer creates styles for weddings and fashion events.

He fiddled and fumbled with my tresses, until an idea came into his mind. Picking up clips and brushes and hair spray he worked meticulously and expertly, moving my hair in a way I didn’t know was possible. Joël decided on a french plait for the back of my hair, joining into a backcombed messy bun. It was a sophisticated but casual look, which I loved.

I visited Joël during his short residency at Shoreditch’s favourite beauty venue, Cheeky at Barber and Parlour. Hopefully he will be popping up at another London salon soon, but until then you can book a private styling appointment and he will gladly come to you.

See more of Joël’s creations and book an appointment here.

Dinerama, Shoreditch Yard

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This summer the Street Feast team welcomed Dinerama, the newest addition to their London street market collection. Located on Great Eastern Street, you will see it’s name in lights before you smell the succulent food. The market place is open Thursday to Sunday (lunch – late), so you won’t have to wait ’till the weekend to get your street food fix.

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There are six eat in street diners, five street shacks, two food trucks and five bars to choose between. Holding up to 1000 people there is plenty of space to take a crowd. If you are planning a party there are areas you can book, like the mezzanine platform looking out over East London.

Vendors include Duck’N Roll (the street food project from Michelin starred Club Gascon), Smokestak, Baba G’s, Yum Bun, Rainbo and Chuck Burger among others. We tried a thin and tasty pizza from Fundi and a juicy burger from Chuck, but it was the sticky-sweet addictive pork ribs from Smokestak that I would recommend heading to first.

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Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EJ

Thurs – Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-9pm

www.streetfeastlondon.com 

The Culpeper, Spitalfields

culpeper 1The Culpeper is my new favourite pub in East London. This upscale Spitalfields venue has it all. A stylish restaurant with mouth-wateringly good gastropub food, a sunshine soaked rooftop garden and BBQ area and soon, 5 bedrooms will be finished for guests who wish to stay a little longer.

The gorgeous Victorian building had a long life as a Truman’s pub, the new owners have preserved the historic features but added some chic contemporary features. Parquet wooden flooring, industrial style lighting give a trendy elegance while shabby miss-matched chairs and stools add character to the room. It is a lovely big space that I can imagine gets extremely busy on Sunday lunchtime.

In the kitchen Sandy Jarvis cooks up seasonal British delights, crowd-pleaser recipes with a focus on great flavour. Instead of trying Jarvis’ celebrated menu I wandered upstairs to the roof in search of the BBQ. It was a scorching hot day and the roof was full of sun worshippers, slurping refreshing cocktails and indulging in grilled meat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe food we tried was simple but delicious. Merguez sausages are a must, intensely spiced with a hint of charcoal smokiness, they cost just £4 for two sausages. They were so good we had to order a second portion! Pork Chop was tasty too, though once the fat was removed there wasn’t a huge amount of meat left to fight over. The Chimmichuri sauce is particularly delicious with the pork. Of the vegetables I would recommend Romanesco, a cauliflower like vegetable that has the prettiest edible flower buds. The peppers with anchovies and green salad were nice accompaniments with the BBQ-ed meat too.

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Desserts here are not just an afterthought, as they are in many pub establishments. Roast peach with crème fraiche & ginger biscuit crumb was a soft and subtle summer hit. A lovely caramelised cooked fruit with contrasting cream and a crunch from the crumb. Strawberry Eton Mess is a more obviously British recipe, and The Culpeper do a great rendition.

Sitting amongst the vegetable garden on the Culpeper roof is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a sunny Saturday in London. Book ahead as there are already a few locals who call this place home.

More information on The Culpeper here.