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Urban Jungle Bloggers – ‘Other’ Café and Gallery

May 22, 2014

Well, since this is my third #urbanjunglebloggers post, it might as well have its own Urban Jungle Bloggers category. What do you say?

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

May’s theme is: “Greens in Cafés, Shops & Restaurants !

Every so often I come across a café or shop that hugely inspires me. When looking for one that would fit the bill for today’s post, I hit the jackpot but in more than one way. It’s not just about the greens, it’s also about the inspiring interiors and the man who owns this café and gallery.

The outside is already so welcoming. Do you agree? Let me introduce you to the ‘Other’ Café and Gallery.

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Meet Giuliano.

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Italian with a French accent, Giuliano, who’s had many years experience in catering, dreamt about opening an independent café and an art gallery space. Three years ago, he found the space and it’s only now that he’s starting to be happy with the end result. It’s been a hard graft, a true labour of love with major structural work and refurbishments, all on a very small budget.

After a 10 weeks intensive course at KLC, (think he’s still suffering from shock) he knew he wanted his space to be unique, full of personality and as far removed from what he saw being ‘in’ with the KLC crowd. Coupled with limited funds, everything is recycled, up-cycled, hand/home-made, bought at car boot fairs or donated. Take a peek.

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Spot the cactus/ Love the wall made out of found wooden palettes | beautiful pitcher

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There’s something charming about the simplicity of displaying this succulent.

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Loving the Chelsea hunting wallpaper against the reclaimed wooden palettes | That framed photo works really well here.

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Giuliano is passionate about making lamps. Left: a black Ikea planter turned upside down with simple bulb put in.

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I’m just so inspired by the sheer ‘homeliness’ of it all.

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Simple wooden shelving and decor makes it all so unpretentious and ‘non styling’, which is truly refreshing.

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Some wonderful jars and labels. Giuliano has a great eye.

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There was a rather large selection of eclectic tea ware. I want the one on the left!

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The food is fresh and home-made. Here some afternoon tea. Thank you to the nice ladies who allowed me to take this photograph before tucking in!

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Here’s my late lunch. I was famished and this simple but delicious salmon dish just hit the spot!

Downstairs, you’ll find a little outside space. There’s no seating there but it let’s in light, fresh air and adds to the charm. All of the downstairs used to be storage but was transformed bit by bit with found objects.

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I was in love with one of the rooms in the basement. Made to look like a living room it has the most wonderful and crazy decor.

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Check out the yellow TV and bird cage | This must be the best display I’ve ever seen for Ed Carpenter’s Pigeon Light

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Funky prints, urban jungle theme, on funky wallpaper.

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Love this Vignette.

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Told ya it’s eclectic and crazy. Just magnificent stuff.

Then there’s actually the gallery space with a large table in the middle. I didn’t take any photographs as there were guests sitting having their afternoon tea. Giuliano’s main aspiration with the gallery is to help emerging artists. His real passion is to be a fine artist and is hoping to launch his own art there in the not too distant future.

I ended up spending quite a few hours at ‘Others’. Another wonderful aspect of this café and gallery is the diverse and interesting people it attracts. There was a real feeling of community spirit and I was fortunate to meet and chat to everyone. I can’t wait to return and only being 10 minutes from my home, I think Giuliano might get to see a whole lot more of me. Oh, pssst, don’t tell him but I’m planning to sneak in some more plants every time I visit!

48 Balls Pond Road,
London, N1 4AP


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  • Reply Giova Brusa May 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I think I’m going here, the next time I’m there.
    My sort of place for sure 🙂

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Well…. why don’t we meet there next time:-) would be fun… don’t leave it too long! x

  • Reply Igor May 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Wow Tina!! This is definitely a place I would love to have a cup of tea with you next time I am in London! Such a charming place and Giuliano looks like a very friendly and welcoming host! Thank you for joining us this month again my dear!

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Igor, you would adore everything about it… quaint, individual and created with love and passion!

      Giuliano is gorgeous.. a really special guy!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha May 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Such a unique cafe with all sorts of interesting features to discover. And it looks like it has such a warm and welcoming atmosphere too!

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      There was so much more but I couldn’t show everything… Hoped to convey the feeling and sentiment!
      Thank you Sarah!

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  • Reply Shona Lockhart May 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    This challenge looks like a great excuse to try out some new cafés. Gorgeous photos as always. When I grow up I want to be able to take beautiful photos like you. One day……….

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Hahahaha, that made me laugh. Thank you Shona:-)
      Always love discovering new places but for this task I had to go scouting… love doing that AND finding gems!

  • Reply Judith May 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    What an eclectic and unstyled place! I like how it’s so different and love Giuliano’s genuine smile. Are any of the artworks in your pictures of his hand? Or is he still too shy to show any? And yes, please sneak in some more greens next time you visit!
    Oh and so cool & honored that our series even deserves its own category! Merci beaucoup! xx

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Ha. That’s what I enjoy so much. There’s definitely too much (samey) styling going on, so it’s so refreshing to see this.
      It also has such a great lived in feeling and I just wanted to stay for hours.

      A lot of the work is from Giuliano but I didn’t show everything and some stuff was difficult to photograph.
      I look forward to his own exhibition.

      Yes, the place could definitely do with some more greens:-)
      Ha. Thank you for noticing. Don’t think Igor did:-))
      Happy weekend xx

  • Reply Jocelyn Casey May 23, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Tina, can we go here next time I come to visit you? I love the sign/chalkboard that says they offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free items! How sweet of them! I find so many places in America don’t offer this as much as it is needed. The style is imperfect and I really appreciate that as today it seems everything is so “perfect”. Thank you for sharing and I love your photos as always! Big hug my friend xx

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      With pleasure. You will totally fall in love with Giuliano!
      Giuliano is vegetarian although he sometimes eats fish… but everything served is considered. There is a real homely feel about this place
      and I immediately felt cocooned..

      Yes, totally agree. Too much ‘perfection’ and samey samey. This is so much more original and authentic than most stuff I come across.
      Thanks sweetie and the crucial question? When are you coming over????
      Hugs back and happy weekend xx

  • Reply alisonsye May 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    My Goodness, Tina, this place is just wonderful. The address is noted.
    I take my hat off to Guiliano.

    • Reply tina May 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      You would appreciate it so much. In fact why don’t we meet there soon. I think it would be fab for you exhibit there xx

  • Reply Mel May 26, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Oh wow, such a great space and I can tell by that photo of Giuliano that he is such a good man. Cafes are such a playground for interesting decorating and he certainly achieved that, it looks fantastic. Mel xx

    • Reply tina May 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Ha. It’s true one can tell G is a good man:-) ‘soulful’.
      You’re right, it’s so inspiring to see how people open spaces and make them their own. Thanks Mel, glad you like it x

  • Reply Catherine@farmhousehome May 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I always admire people who say they’d like to do something like open a cafe on a small budget then actually do it. The cafe looks so homely and I love the way it’s decorated. Does Guiliano do all the cooking?

    • Reply tina May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I totally agree. It’s one thing dreaming and saying it and a very different one to actually do it!
      There are so many more interesting details that I haven’t shown (would have been too long of a post)

      No, Giuliano has a chef/cook.
      Thanks Catherine.

  • Reply Lallabel May 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

    So charming place, I love its vintage vibe and every little detail!

    • Reply tina May 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Hi Laura.

      Thank you, yes it’s charming in every way!!

      I love Tuscany or La Toskana and love making Ribolita:-))Ciao…

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey May 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Well needless to say my eyes went to the cakes! Definitely one of those eclectic London abodes to while away a few hours.

    And I say it’s always good to be removed from what’s ‘in’ with the KLC crowd!

    Good luck to Giuliano.


    • Reply tina May 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Ha. You are so predictable…. It’s a little too eclectic for you but I’m sure if you would come there with me you would be smitten by Giuliano, the cakes, the food, the atmosphere and nice people that mingle there…

      I had to laugh at the KLC reference that Giuliano made. I just couldn’t imagine him there:-)
      Thanks G xx

  • Reply Doris June 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Tina, I absolutely love this place! You are so lucky that it’s 10 minutes away from you! I had a giggle about the KLC reference and now the tweets with you and Gerard all make sense! One thing I’m glad of is that even thought he went through the 10 week course it didn’t change his aesthetic . I really admire that. And I loved his creative details. Such a great find. xD

  • Reply Giuliano June 14, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I trained at Chelsea’s KLC where I had to forget about a lot of things I believed in, and one of these is recycling and the environment.
    Dabbling with residential interior design I soon realised how much waste of materials and pollution created by each year’s new trend!
    Imagine changing the carpet every year?
    When I opened the cafe I have recycled and reclaimed as much as I could and this goes to show money cannot buy creativity.
    I might be blowing my own trumpet here but I feel my personal approach to interiors, so cluttered and bitty has got nothing to envy to a commercial property where everything is designed using a software by a machine…
    I invite everyone to come and chill in the space I have created and check all the details…thank you Tina xx

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