5p Charge Not Your Bag? When Plastic isn’t so Fantastic…

Time to bag it up people…. Monday 5th October will forever be held in our memories as Doomsday. That tragic, unforgettable Autumnal day, our week began with a hard-hitting realisation that was almost incomprehensible. This was, I think you’ll agree, comparable to 1 Direction splitting up, or Bruce Forsyth leaving Strictly. Monday 5th October will… Continue reading 5p Charge Not Your Bag? When Plastic isn’t so Fantastic…

London in a Day

Only got one day in the big bad city? Don’t waste it getting mowed down by school trips and tourists, seeing the obvious attractions (that you’ve probably seen before) or being disappointed by mediocre meals. Check out my suggestions for when time is tight… Spitalfields Market 24 Hours in London London is about far more… Continue reading London in a Day

The Cross Keys, Covent Garden – A Proper Pub

This man, this white-shirted individual making his way into The Cross Keys, has the right idea. He’s after a pint in a Proper Pub, and that’s what he is bloomin’ well going to get… Follow his lead, people. When I stumbled across it on one of my walks through the awesomeness that is Covent Garden, its… Continue reading The Cross Keys, Covent Garden – A Proper Pub

10 thoughts I have when I travel on the Central Line

1. Is it just me, or is everyone refusing to stand on the right today? 2. I should offer my seat to that lady. (Mental evaluation of potential age of lady). Will said lady be offended if I offer her a seat? (Is she that old?) Drama avoided: lady alighted. 3. 50% of passengers seem… Continue reading 10 thoughts I have when I travel on the Central Line

SACRED, Carnaby Street: A chain-free caffeine hit in Central

Carnaby Coffee Stepping off the tube at Oxford Circus is an ordeal that occasionally requires therapy. The crowds of tourists, taking selfies outside Topshop; the steel pan musicians, providing a soundtrack to the street; the Hari Krishna’s parading with their instruments – this is a flippin’ busy place. Rather than negotiate the heaving throngs of… Continue reading SACRED, Carnaby Street: A chain-free caffeine hit in Central

Just Espresso Yourself: The Rise of Coffee as an Art Form

You can’t walk down any street in the city without it becoming clear that coffee has become a ‘cult’ of sorts: there’s even a yearly London Coffee Festival  (in Brick Lane, naturally – could it be any more hipster?). The coffee snobs, who won’t set foot inside a Costa, avoid Starbucks like the plague, and even deem Nero’s beverages… Continue reading Just Espresso Yourself: The Rise of Coffee as an Art Form

It’s a Big Big City

Indeed. London is bloomin’ huge. So moving to the capital was a bit of a shock to the system having grown up in the back of beyond – aka Oxfordshire. From green to grey, from birdsong to sirens, from country hikes to sardine-like tube trips. But would I change this big bad city? It would… Continue reading It’s a Big Big City

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