Shooting the London Spotlight with In Clover Magazine

I'm so happy to finally be able to share these images with you about this particular photoshoot with In Clover. Late last year, Bryony from In Clover got in touch about designing a tour for a story in their second issue, a London Spotlight on some of the quieter spots in this city. 

All images are by the oh so talented Dunja Opalko.

Ariana Ruth Tour for In Clover

I was lucky to work with such lovely and talented ladies Alice and Dunja that day. Starting early in the morning we got to savour the crisp cold sunlight shining through the window panes of our first stop Hatch before making our way down the road to BOTANY on Chatsworth Road. 

Ariana Ruth Tour for In Clover

There were just so many great shots from the day, I asked Dunja if it would be alright to share some of these with you folks. Hope this inspires some of you to go and check out these places!

First up is Hatch in Homerton, this cafe is a great place just to relax, and if you like the chair you're sitting in well it's probably for sale! Not only are they a cafe but it's also a spot where local artists sell their goods. You can also get a haircut in one of the corners or go upstairs and rent a desk space for the day, the options are endless!

Next up is the oh so cool BOTANY where you can indulge your horticultural side with all the cool succulents and plants they have to offer! What's more is in the back they have a small gallery where they feature local artists work. They have also just set up shop in TOAST with a cool pop-up where you can buy a few of their plants. 

After our stop at BOTANY we headed over to Shoreditch to a dreamy cafe that you could easily pass by if you didn't know it was there.. With beautiful vaulted ceilings and skylights letting the sun in, Story Deli is a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street. Check out the gorgeous photos by Dunja below!

After some quiet time at Story Deli we headed up north to Hampstead where we shot at Ginger & White, easily my favourite and most frequented cafe in London. Those who know this place might be surprised that this busy cafe made the list of 'quiet spots in london' but the next time you're there hopefully you will notice what I do. No matter how many people are crammed into that tiny space, it always feels intimate. From the friendly staff who will call their loyal customers by name to the communal table where you share jam, water carafes, and of course marmite or vegemite depending on your preference. You feel like you're at family business that never wants to push you out for the next paying customer. It's quite a spot!

We ended our day with The Idler Academy over in Westbourne Grove. This bookshop cafe is a great place to escape if Portobello Road isn't really your thing. Let your friends go off to the busy market while you relax in the cafe or the secluded garden out back. At night the shop turns into an event space where you can take courses or listen to talks. It was the perfect way to end the day.

What are some of your favourite quiet spots in London? I'd love to hear some of your suggestions!

With Love,

Ariana Ruth x 

  • salt
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 Avocado, cut into 12 wedges
  • 2 cups of mixed baby sprouts, herbs and microgreens
  • 4 tbsp of creme fraiche (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of toasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp of toasted sesame seeds

    Takes Serves two people as a side.

  • Adjust an oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the carrots in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Season with salt, set over high heat, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the carrots and transfer them to a medium bowl.
    1. Cut the orange and lemon in half and juice half of each one, reserving the juice and the unjuiced halves, and discarding the juiced halves. Combine the cumin, garlic, thyme, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the red wine vinegar, red pepper, 1 teaspoon of the orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Season the marinade to taste with salt and pepper. Add the marinade and the unjuiced citrus halves to the carrots and toss to combine. Spread the carrots and citrus halves on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the carrots are slightly shriveled with a few brown spots, about 20 minutes. Allow the carrots to cool to room temperature.
    2. Meanwhile squeeze the juice from the roasted citrus halves into a small bowl. Add the remaining fresh orange juice, lemon juice, remaining 6 tablespoons olive oil, and the sugar. Season the dressing to taste with salt and pepper, and whisk to combine.
    3. Divide the carrots and avocado slices onto four plates. Divide the greens among the plates on top of the carrots and avocado. Add a tablespoon of crème fraiche to each salad. Sprinkle sunflower seeds and sesame seeds over each plate.
    4. Drizzle several tablespoons of dressing over and around each salad (reserve any remaining dressing for another use), and serve immediately.