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A couple of weeks ago I attended my first ever blogging event. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this is new territory for me. So I put on my lip gloss and my best smile and headed off to Spun Candy at their Spitalfields – Masterclass store.

If you haven’t come across Spun Candy before I will tell you a little bit about them. The company begun in 2013 when they opened their first store in Covent Garden, since then they have been growing and have opened up in Hamleys – Regent Street and have other stores through out the Middle East. Hard rock candy is their speciality and they are able to make this into every shape, flavour and colour you can imagine. Plus all of the products are Gluten and Gelatin free.

So back to the event, this was Spun Candy’s 3rd Birthday celebration and I was in for a real treat. At the Spitalfields Masterclass store the whole idea is to get the customer involved in making and designing candy. So with my gloves on I was shown how to mould the candy into any shape I liked. I decided to make a pink pig lollipop for my Daughter Amelia and as you can see she was delighted with it!

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There is so much more to Spun Candy than their stores. If you are having a wedding or event such as a christening why not consider using Spun Candy for your favours. They can even design something bespoke just for you.

Perhaps you are looking for an idea for your child’s next birthday? If they are over the age of 6 this could be the perfect venue. Your children and their friends could be making and designing their very own lollipops and then tasting them all afterwards!

With the party season coming up maybe you or your company are looking for alternative Christmas party venue? Fed up with the usual office party, then why not book a party at the Masterclass Store? The venue is fully licence for alcohol too.

If you can’t make it to the store have look at their Online Shop where you can buy the full range of hard rock candy, plus some mouth watering confectionery perfect for Christmas stockings for children and adults, there is fudge, honeycomb and nut brittle.

Would you like to WIN a family day out for four at Spun Candy’s Masterclass store? Then please click on the Gleam link below.

Win a Candy Making Family Master Class at Spun Candy in London

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Disclosure

Spun Candy have kindly donated the prize for the competition in return for my review. All opinions are honest and come from my own experience.

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My spotlight feature is back! Part of my job involves working in different areas of London  this gives me an ideal opportunity to visit areas. So my recent find is Highbury Barn, situated in Islington.  It is a short walk from Highbury and Islington Tube Station or Arsenal Tube. It has a village type atmosphere and a variety of independent shops and cafes.

Where to eat & drink in  

The Highbury Barn Pub this is a great Gastro style pub built around 1740, with a relaxed atmosphere, serving tasty home cooked food. I particularly like the Victorian style of this pub, it has gorgeous period features.

If you are planning a visit I would highly recommend the Steak Sandwich and Chips. The Chips are hand cut and are delicious and I really like the alternative brand of Ketchup they  serve Stokes I’m going to have to get hold of a supply of this.

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Highness Cafe & Tea Room I absolutely love this family run cafe. It has a real old style original charm to it. Their home made cakes are to die for. I would recommend their peanut butter bread cake, the icing is just melt in the mouth. The coffee they serve is always made to a high standard.

If you are looking for an alternative to a sandwich for lunch The Highness offers lots of options such as the ham and potato cake, a variety of tasty salads and soups. Some items on the menu are also gluten free.

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Where to shop

Mrs Lovell’s Greengrocers is a great local shop with a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a section of plants and cut flowers.

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If you love high quality cheese then you can’t go wrong at La Fromagerie. Their branch in Highbury (they also have another shop in Marylebone) has a wonderful cold cheese room to explore, Charcuterie and a Cafe area. The business has been running since 2002 and the owners still source their cheeses from various parts of Europe. I can throughly recommend the chocolate brownies too.

 

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If you are looking for an original gift why not pop into To Be Established? This independent shop sells a lovely range of cards, gifts and toys. It is well supported by the local community as I am told it has been in Highbury Barn for over twenty years.

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A piece of green space

After all that shopping why not go for a walk in Highbury Fields? At twenty Nine acres it is the largest open space in the borough. Around the edges of the park you will find some interesting historic residential buildings.

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Get your coffee Fix  

The mobile coffee van The Daily Grind in Highbury Fields won’t disappoint. High quality coffee served outdoors (with an under cover seated area).

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A piece of history

Look out for the Victorian Clock Tower at Highbury Quadrant which was built for the celebration of Queen Victoria in 1897

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I hope you have enjoyed reading my Spotlight feature? Let me know where you like to go in Highbury Barn? With area do you think I should feature next?