In what better way can you spend a Sunday afternoon, than visiting a salmon smokehouse run by a Norwegian in the middle of Hackney, London! We only stumbled upon the news of the newly started smokehouse a few weeks ago, although been operating for more than 6 months and already managed to establish themselves as the salmon smokehouse amongst top end restaurants in London.
Located in a back alley in the heart of trendy Stoke Newington, Ole greets us in a traditional Norwegian bright red Helly Hansen fishermen Salopette. He and his wife Flora is now both working full time in the company with Flora handling the admin side and Ole spending his time in the smokehouse and around in the restaurants. He shows us around the smokehouse and tells us all about the process and why they achieve such high standard on the smoked salmon. And it’s no surprise, it’s all about the ingredients. Top quality salmon, the right amount and the right type of salt, smoke from danish wood and a little bit of love. Ole is even dreaming of playing the piano in the smokehouse whilst waiting for the deep orange delicatessen to finish before sending it out to customers. We were allowed a taste and both our two Little Scandinavians were over the moon and asked for more. The thing is that it’s rich with out tasting fat and it tastes like sea without tasting salt. It’s simply melting on your tongue and we will definitely be on our way to Broadway Marked on a Saturday to secure some more.
Hansen and Lydersen use an old-style smoking kiln and produce their salmon according to long-standing smoking traditions. Every Hansen & Lydersen salmon is prepared less than 48 hours after it has been fished. It is carefully hand-filleted and cured according to a family recipe devised by Norwegian fishmonger Lyder-Nilsen Lydersen in 1923. It is then traditionally hung and slowly cold-smoked in the brick kiln of their Stoke Newington smokehouse, using a unique blend of juniper and beech wood for a pleasantly sharp and piquant aroma. The wood shavings are responsibly sourced, 100% pure wood, with zero chemicals. The salmon is always made to order, and delivered pure and fresh out of the kiln. They never freeze it, never vacuum-pack it and never wrap it in plastic. The resulting salmon is intensely delicious, strong-coloured and smooth textured: a must-try if you haven’t already!
To find out more or to order online: www.hansen-lydersen.com
The Geffrye Museum located in the heart of Shoreditch, Hackney is one of London’s best-loved museums. It shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
The museum is set in elegant 18th century almshouses with a contemporary wing surrounded by attractive gardens, which include an award-winning walled herb garden and a series of period gardens.
The 18th century buildings are grade 1 listed, built in 1714 by the Ironmongers’ Company with a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye, twice Master of the Company and former Lord Mayor of London. The almshouses provided shelter for around fifty pensioners for almost two hundred years, before being converted to a museum.
We recommend taking a Virtual Tour around the Geffrye Museum with your children before visiting also by visiting the KidsZone. It helps preparing and makes the visit even more interesting for the whole family.
Note that the herb garden and period garden rooms are open from 1 April to 31 October. We are very much looking forward visiting again, possibly bringing our own picnic on a sunny day. www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
Living in London with kids is in many ways a great pleasure with a variety of places to explore. There is always a new area, exhibition, a play or a cafe you haven’t yet tried out.
The girls loves exploring London and last year we’ve made an agreement that we would go on a weekly outing. We have a wish list over things to do, then choose one from the list and go straight after School once a week -on our very own little adventure.
One of our favourite museums in London is The V&A Museum of Childhood located less than 5 minutes walk from Bethnal Green underground station. Open from 10:00 until 17:45 every day with free entry this museum is very much about exploring. The girls loves it as it’s so much to see and do. They have various of exhibitions and events to which is worth checking out when you plan your trip. There is a cafe if you get hungry and also a lunch room where you can enjoy your packed lunch. And a small museum shop on your way out with lovely little gifts for your child (or for their friends coming birthday parties)
Here are some of the ideas we had last year, on what do do in London with kids.
I’ll definitely try to share more of our kid friendly urban adventures with you this year. And if you have any cracking good ideas of places, galleries, activities or events in London this year that shouldn’t be missed -please do let us know!