10 Awesome Coffee Spots Around Covent Garden

Give the Starbucks a miss and head to these fantastic places for a caffeine hit in central London.   1: For books and brunch: Drury 188-189 A newbie on the Covent Garden scene, Drury 188-189 offers coffee, cake, lunch and brunch with a side of vintage books. Drop in for a freshly pressed juice and… Continue reading 10 Awesome Coffee Spots Around Covent Garden

Drury 188-189: The New Covent Garden Coffee Gem

To say that Covent Garden is chocca-block with cafes and places to stop for coffee is an understatement. As well as the usual Starbucks and Prets, there are the slightly fancier, usually tourist-filled, ones in the Piazza and a plethora of pubs and restaurants where you can also get your caffeine fix. When a new… Continue reading Drury 188-189: The New Covent Garden Coffee Gem

Behind the Scenes: A Look Inside London Artist Vanessa Jackson’s Studio

    It’s a funny thing, stepping into an artist’s studio. Perhaps it’s like tiptoeing around someone’s bedroom, or opening up a private diary – there’s a feeling that you are entering a sacred space, one in which ideas are formed, decisions are made, creativity is initiated and yet one which also feels strangely out… Continue reading Behind the Scenes: A Look Inside London Artist Vanessa Jackson’s Studio

Post-Christmas Calculations: Very Accurate Statistics I’ve Deduced This Year

DISCLAIMER: Hari will not be liable for any inaccuracies in the below calculations. Love Actually must be shown at least 6 times over the festive period across various channels, otherwise the law states that it is not officially Christmas. I probably watch, on average, 2.5x Love Actually each year. Despite most things being the same… Continue reading Post-Christmas Calculations: Very Accurate Statistics I’ve Deduced This Year

London’s Woodland-Themed Christmas Lights: Fab or Fail?

Hands up if anyone has ever seen a rabbit hopping about in Covent Garden. Or how about a fox making its way from Trafalgar Square? Perhaps you may have come across a squirrel in Seven Dials? No I have not gone completely mad – but Covent Garden may have. This year, Seven Dials have gone… Continue reading London’s Woodland-Themed Christmas Lights: Fab or Fail?

Breakfast in a Bag: The Initiative Providing Breakfasts for London’s Homeless

It is impossible to walk down any street in London without coming across a homeless person. You may notice their curled up figure, hidden in a sleeping bag, or glimpse them sitting on a salvaged piece of cardboard, trying to keep their dog fed and watered. But precisely because homelessness is so commonplace nowadays in… Continue reading Breakfast in a Bag: The Initiative Providing Breakfasts for London’s Homeless

Wilton’s Music Hall: Head East for Entertainment

Looking for an evening’s entertainment or a quirky cocktail? Look no further.Tucked away between Tower Hill and Aldgate Stations is a hidden gem of an establishment: introducing Wilton’s Music Hall. If you think that all of the city’s best theatres and show venues are in the West End, think again. Despite the majority of musicals… Continue reading Wilton’s Music Hall: Head East for Entertainment

Isn’t it Ironic? Chuggers, Health Food Shops and Homelessness

There are many ironies in our big bad city. The Evening Standard, for example, have just run a huge campaign on tackling food waste, in a newspaper that must rack up mountains of rubbish as people flick through the news and discard of it. Or the fact that many of the adverts within the paper… Continue reading Isn’t it Ironic? Chuggers, Health Food Shops and Homelessness

This is London: Change Gonna Come

I’m going to say it plain and simple: I don’t like change. They say change is good, and maybe for certain people, at certain times, it is. But when something comes along and disrupts you just when you are feeling settled and comfortable, when things are safe and familiar, I just want change to buzz… Continue reading This is London: Change Gonna Come

London Tourists – and other Summer Holiday complaints

Summer holidays mean one thing for us Londoners – hell. Why, we ask, are these swarms of people descending on our turf/tarmac? Maybe it’s time to escape the big smoke…   The ability to spot a tourist comes as second nature after living in London for a few years. If it’s not the tell-tale backpack… Continue reading London Tourists – and other Summer Holiday complaints