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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // HEJ COFFEE HOUSE IN BERMONDSEY, LONDON

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HEJ (meaning hi in Swedish) is a Scandi cool cafe / flower shop established in Bermondsey. With cozy Nordic interior and a wooden moose head mounted on the wall it gives the perfect hygge vibe, a little taste of Sweden in one of the most trendy streets of London. Here you can get coffee (of course), a selection of home-made pastries, open-faced sandwiches and Viking Balls – traditional Swedish meatballs in organic bread.

You can also find a shop section where they sell their own coffee blends, now also available from their online shop from wherever you are in the world after popular demand! Since they believe everyone should have access to great coffee, they also offer lessons at their coffee school for anyone interested, and even gives out free coffee if you pop in. This place sounds like coffee heaven to me.. If I was still living in London (and I actually lived in Bermondsey for a while) this would most likely be where you would find me most days!

“With a complex blend of hard work, an inquisitive nature and a dash of rebellion, we ensure our coffee delivers stacks of flavour and a generous heap of positivity in each cup” – HEJ

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// Photo credit: HEJ Coffee Co

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THE ART OF THE BRICK

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Photo by Ingrid Opstad

This weekend my brother came to visit, and since he is a massive Lego fan I decided to take him to the ART OF THE BRICK exhibition by Nathan Sawaya in Brick Lane (very fitting!) The exhibition included over 80 art sculptures which was created by millions of Lego building blocks – a recipe for success in my eyes.

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I have always been interested in Lego, as from a young age my parent would take us on holiday’s to Lego Land in Denmark almost every summer. I like how versatile the bricks are, that you can create almost anything out of these simple, colorful blocks and the fact that they have become a design classic & a must-have for kids all ages.

“Dreams are built…one brick at a time” – Nathan Sawaya

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The exhibition was great, almost like a Lego Land for grown ups. It was fun to go through the different rooms which all had different themes. My favorite area was where he showcased his Lego versions of classic paintings such as Mona Lisa & Scream. My brother’s highlight was probably the last room where the audience was encouraged to play.

I would recommend this exhibition for anyone who likes Lego..and who doesn’t?

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