Dreyfus’ – Clapton Square

Dreyfus cafe on Hackney Bubble

Nesting on the corner of Clapton Square, Dreyfus’ café opened at the tail end of 2012 serving as a paper-reading, bun-eating, brunchy-breakfasty café in the heart of Hackney.

Up front, the best thing about Dreyfus’ is that you can order eggs Florentine or Benedict or Royal (flozzy / benny / rozza as the aussies would say) by the portion – just £3.25 for one stacked muffin, and so £6.50 for 2, etc etc.

One hunk o’ brunch should be enough though, especially when the traditional Finnish cinnamon buns that adorn the counter are whispering “eat me, eat me”. I am a good listener to these flumped up pastry delights. They also serve sandwiches that lean towards the goats-cheese brigade and a daily selection of ‘Hot Lunch Specials’.  

It’s nice and bright inside with a scattering of established local types – girl working on Macbook, hip dad taking the kids for a babiccino, couples reading the paper, be-spectacled boy with his head in a book.

The coffee is pretty good – I find the flat white a little cold, but tasty and smooth – sure to froth up any hipster moustache.

They’re shut on Mondays, but are open 8-8 on weekdays and til 5 at weekends.  

Dreyfus Cafe

Street Art: Shop Front Letters

These larger than life letters light up the shut shops of the streets of Hackney. Changing the gloomy grey (necessary) metal into the colourful initial of the name of the shop sleeping behind it.

I think they might be a particularly east London thing. I have no idea of the history of these letters, but apparently they are the work of a street artist called Eine. They seem to have the added value of staving off shit tagging too!

Ah, love this Eine collage… 

Trying to find a new house in Hackney

Virtually impossible! I lived in the Guardian described “achingly trendy” London Fields, in an unfinished new build, but found it painfully trendy. Too much vintage fun with a retro feel for my ageing mind. These days, I’d like to find a home; ideally a house with a garden, a living room and a nice kitchen I can cook for my friends and family in.

Trying to find something that isn’t a dodgy ex-council hole feels like hard work. Only a few (well chosen) boxes to tick:

  • 3 bedrooms (one big one for my couple friends)
  • A living room (sounds simple, but a lot of the time a kitchen is shoved in the corner)
  • Outside space (ideally a garden, but a courtyard or balcony would be fine)
  • Under £460 a week
  • Near to Victoria park (not even the “village”, just the park)

Found a great little house with a shabby courtyard, only to find out 20 hours before the scheduled move in date that it hasn’t passed the gas inspection and needs further building work. Thanks Dimension Estates for being so amazingly good at your jobs. They were more than useless and I wouldn’t trust them one bit. In fact, we got our deposit back and ran! Dimension Estates didn’t contact us about this until Friday evening, after we’d moved out of our current homes, packed up all our stuff and were looking forward to moving in!

So far, just this week we have seen a tiny flat with tiny rooms advertised as “3 spacious bedrooms”, a shabby flat in De Beauvoir that it had been neglected for decades, a shitty council flat on Roman Road and a hospital conversion in Whitechapel, which is not close to the park at all and too far in studentville in the city.

The search continues , but as housing prices have risen so much in the last year or two, it’s getting more difficult to find something in our budget. Rant over.

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