Four days in Edinburgh

Sunday 28th – Wednesday 31st January 2018

When I first started work, I mourned the loss of my 3-month student summer when I had all the time in the world to travel. 25 days – with 2 weeks being the most I could likely take off at one time, if that – didn’t sound like nearly enough. But, as it turns out, if anything, I’ve found it hard to find the time to use it up. As my work’s holiday deadline approached, I booked 5 days off so I wouldn’t lose my holiday days. I had no idea what to do with it but I needed a break. As it was after Christmas, and not a time when anyone else could take annual leave, I looked into a solo trip to Iceland. It would be hideously expensive but I’ve always wanted to go. Then I started chatting to my parents but doing something with them. My Mum does not like flying which ruled Iceland out but we were able to find a closer place that we all wanted to go to: Edinburgh. I’d been to Scotland once before, to the RAF base at Lossiemouth, but apart from seeing the local beach (which was very nice) I didn’t really get to see much of the country, so this felt like my first real visit. Continue reading “Four days in Edinburgh”

Visiting Streatham Food Festival in London

24 June 2017

I’ve lived in Streatham Hill for over two years now but, with the exception of the train station, I can probably count the amount of times that I have been into actual Streatham on my fingers. And it would be debatable as to whether I would need more than one hand – I usually end up in Brixton and Clapham instead. But whenever I do go into the town I always spot places that I mean to go back to, so when my friend suggested going to the annual Streatham Food Festival I was game. If there are two things in this world that I love then it’s food and convenience – and this would tick both boxes. I’m not sure how this festival has managed to escape my notice for the past two years. Continue reading “Visiting Streatham Food Festival in London”

My London Adventures: an evening of cheese and beer

14 December 2016

I’ve had many adventures since I moved to London. On Wednesday night, I had one of the best so far. I had an evening of cheese. After work, I met a friend and walked for about a half hour from Holborn to Borough Market – by London Bridge tube station. We were going for the “Evening Of Cheese” event that was being thrown there that night. Continue reading “My London Adventures: an evening of cheese and beer”

London Fitness: Spinning

Back in the days before I actually owned a studio membership and developed a class addiction, I used to go to the gym weekly (or at least I went through phases where I went weekly) and use the equipment on offer. That inevitably involved a bike because that something I could figure out how to use without hurting myself. However, when it comes to exercise classes, in the past I have shied away from spin classes. They’re hard the first few I did I didn’t enjoy as much as other classes, however I have slowly started to come round to it. Plus, one thing all my spin classes have had in common is that they are a very good workout.

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Four Places to Find Currywurst in London

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a lot of love for Berlin. You might say that I am a little bit obsessed. I love the abandoned places turned into something new, the street art, the bars, the museums and, very importantly, the food. In particular, the currywurst: a bratwurst sausage covered in curry sauce. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

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London Food Guide: Get Your Freakshake On

Several months ago now, I was perusing Facebook when I came across the most beautiful picture. It was some milkshakes, piled high with whipped cream, brownies, marshmallows… you name it, it was on there. The photo made my belly ache. When I saw the small print – that they were being made by a place in Australia – my heart basically broke. I seriously debated hopping on a plane to the other side of the world simply for a taste, but I managed to restrain myself. After all, if I did somehow manage to scrape together the money for a ticket, I wouldn’t be left with enough to actually buy the milkshake. Finally, a few weeks later, I spotted the news I’d been waiting for. The freakshake craze had made it across the pond to London. Now my mission is clear: test out as many freakshakes as humanly possible. So far I have only made it to three but I will keep you updated as and when I inevitably find more.

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15 of London’s Sweet Treats

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone for me to say that I have a bit of a sweet tooth – much like the majority of people. I love me some sugar. I equally love the savoury stuff too. I just basically want all of the food. Thankfully, in London, that is not a problem: there’s plenty of both. In particular, there is an infinite amount of bakeries and cafes that serve up every sweet treat you could want – from cupcakes and cookies to macarons and giant milkshakes. (If you are looking for something more of the coffee and cake variety then check out this post as well)!
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Eight green spaces to find in London

I have spent the majority of my life living in the Kent countryside – pretty in the middle of a field where there’s more sheep than people. It was very picturesque – sprawling green fields, lambs jumping around in the spring and ducklings hatching in my back garden – but I prefer the hustle and bustle of a city, and London could not be more hustley and bustley if it tried. Although I love living here, it’s a pretty stressful city and I do miss Kent more than I thought I would. Happily, however, there is a huge variety of things to do in London – many of which provide a slice of the greenery and the peace I have been missing. Continue reading “Eight green spaces to find in London”

Six pizzas to try in London

Updated: May 2020

I’m not sure I could ever pick just one favourite type of food but if I had to then pizza would definitely be a strong contender. I mean, I think everyone can agree that pizza is the best. Although I am, and always will be, the ultimate fan of a Domino’s and Netflix night in, I do on occasion also like to leave the house for my pizza and thankfully London provides many options for doing so.

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A Guide to Brunching in London

I don’t think this is a particularly controversial thing for me to say (as I can’t imagine anyone will disagree) but brunch is easily the best meal of the day. Probably because if you’re working a 9-5 then brunch is a meal that is only possible two days a week so it has more of a novelty value. Poached eggs with a runny yolk, pancakes, Eggs Benedict, bacon … these are some of my favourite things. As such, I’ve brunched often since my move to London so I’ve complied a list of where I’ve been. Since I’ve done this alphabetically, I didn’t mean to leave the best until last but that is basically what has happened (although there are some other greats elsewhere on the list as well) – so make sure you make it to the end of this post! Continue reading “A Guide to Brunching in London”