Eastbury Manor House

Jan 25, 2012 by

Joining the National Trust last year to help fund its work as well as with the aim of visiting as many properties as possible, Eastbury Manor House came to my attention as somewhere handy and one of the few NT properties in London. Owned by the National Trust but managed by Barking and Dagenham Council, Eastbury Manor has to pay its own way. It does this by holding open days and hosting school visits as well as being a meeting place for local community groups. The Manor is right in the middle of Barking and it’s pretty hard to picture the fields belonging to Barking Abbey that were there before Henry XVIII confiscated the lands. ¬†They were bought by Clement Sisley who built the house in the 1570s. We were lucky to be given...

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Bird Cafe

Jan 10, 2012 by

Always on the lookout for new places for lunch and coffee near the office, I was pleased to be alerted to Bird Cafe in Dalston via their Twitter feed @BirdCafeDalston Bird Cafe has been open eight months but, as it’s tucked round the back away from the busy Kingsland High Street, I hadn’t spotted it. They haven’t got a website yet but you can find it by turning left down Bradbury Street after Dalston Kingland Station and it’s at the end on the left where Bradbury Street meets Boleyn Road. It’s a very friendly place with wifi and I like the layout with two sharing tables and two small tables if you need to work in peace. Lovely and bright with a huge window, the furniture and fittings all seem to be reused which...

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