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London Cafés: Brickwood

It’s hard to say what I loved most about my first visit to Brickwood in Clapham. It might have been the coffee, it might have been the bunting and fairy lights strung along the exposed brick walls, it might have been the coffee OR it might just have been the thoughtful shelf full of Tiny Teddies, Shapes, Violet Crumbles and other assorted Australian treats. On reflection – it’s probably just all of the above.

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London & California Life Lessons

What a whirlwind the past eight weeks have been. This past Saturday feels like the first I’ve spent inside in weeks after spending the summer travelling, eating, drinking and having a ball. Life could, obviously, be worse. But now that familiar darkness is creeping in, the days are getting shorter, the air a little crisper and the emails counting down to Christmas are slowly but surely landing in my inbox: winter is well and truly on its way. Bring on the fairy lights and mulled…

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A Day Sketching at the V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum, aka the V&A (#local), is one of my favourites in London. Aside from being one of the most simultaneously majestic and beautiful buildings in the city, it’s also full  to the brim of absolutely beautiful, awe-inspiring things: everything from architecture models to fine china, Rodin sculptures, paintings and tapestries. And, it’s free entry (except for special exhibitions). A few weekends ago, I had the luxury of spending a full day inside the museum, re-visiting the fundamentals of drawing at a Sketch Out…

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Afternoon Tea at The Charlotte Street Hotel

Miniature toasted sandwiches with the crusts cut off, sparkling champagne, perfect little petit fours and clotted cream slathered on warm scones: I’m telling you, afternoon tea at the Charlotte Street Hotel is just plain dreamy.  In general, afternoon tea is one of my favourite parts of London life. I’m not sure what it is specifically – perhaps the sense of occasion, the bottomless teapots and endless sandwiches. Or maybe it’s just the relaxed vibe as you kid yourself into thinking that that all those tiny little…

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London Life Lessons

Yesterday, I walked through a pile of leaves. Brown ones.  You know – like the ones you see in autumn, not summer. Except, of course, if you’re in London in August.  Thankfully, there’s going to be a couple of sunshiney scorchers this week. So, if you need me, I’ll be in the park with a picnic rug and a bottle of Prosecco lapping it up. But I digress. Here’s what I’ve been up to this past week: Eating. Drinking. Socialising. That’s London summer for you….

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London Life Lessons

Another London Sunday is upon us – but with the sun shining, it’s really a bit tricky to feel too melancholy. Pass the Pimms please. The past week been one of exercise, good times, sunshine and books: what more can a girl want really? Here’s a snapshot: Harry Potter is back! And with him, the enthusiasm and anticipation that I remember so fondly from all those teenage years I spent awaiting J.K Rowling’s next instalment. I’ve just finished reading the script for Cursed Child and am super excited…

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London Life Lessons

Hi guys! I’m so sorry – I know it’s been a while. I promise there are lots of interesting and exciting updates to come now that things are calming down a little bit. In case you’ve missed the greenery overload on my Insta-feed this week, I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the jaw-droppingly beautiful Lake District. More to come on this incredible place over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned. In the meantime… I’ve now well and truly learned the…

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What to do in London when…you need a walk

I’m not sure if it’s just a symptom of living in London, or merely apartment life in general, but staying inside all day in London can turn you a bit batty. Sometimes, you just need a walk For all the city’s positives, it has a tendency to get a bit claustrophobic. Whether you were an outdoorsy person before or not, don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving the great outdoors after an extended period visiting or living in the city. Personally, I’ve never been…

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London Life Lessons

It’s officially July – how did that happen!? It feels like just yesterday it was Christmas and now we’re less than 6 months away from the next one (terrifying, I know). Good news is that the sun is shining and it’s getting warmer! Bring on summer holidays! Here’s what’s been going on in my world: It’s been all about fitness this past week. Firstly, it’s absolutely delightful to have longer days which, though messing with my sleep patterns, are naturally much more conducive to early morning/post-work…

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My 6 Favourite Touristy Things To Do in London

I’m lucky that, thanks to my job, I get to do a lot of unique and exciting things in London. Everything from murder mystery evenings to Taste of London, cocktail making and other assorted and decidedly non-touristy London activities. That said, I’ve also ticked off most of the more typical tourist London activities. Whilst not all of these I’d do again (my patience was truly tested by the queues at the Tower of London…), there’s a few slightly corny, unashamedly touristy things that I still love…

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