Shop til you Drop? An Alternative to Black Friday

Head to Spitalfields Market to avoid High Street mania Fashion in London is unavoidable. Between the Fashion Weeks, Oxford Street offers a beacon of trend inspiration and even taking a tube journey, the sheer variety of clothes is amazing. London is the ultimate melting pot of styles and looks, creating a sense that you really… Continue reading Shop til you Drop? An Alternative to Black Friday

Covent Garden and Christmas in November

‘Christmas’ and all that comes with it, the songs, the madness, the big brands and the adverts, seems to be creeping earlier each year. As soon as November rolled along, Oxford Street and Regent Street went into Christmas mode – entirely prematurely if you ask me. By mid-December, the novelty and excitement of all things Christmas… Continue reading Covent Garden and Christmas in November

Money Money Money: Why the Hike in Theatre Prices?

After a day at work staring at a screen, most people like nothing more than to come back home and, um, stare at a screen… Usually, this is from the comfort of a sofa or a bed, and more often than not involves, increasingly, watching the film/TV series via the world wide web as opposed… Continue reading Money Money Money: Why the Hike in Theatre Prices?

The Tower of London, Agincourt, and being a Londoner

Otherwise entitled: ‘I don’t do those ‘London Things’, I live here’ and other misconceptions of Londoner’s It’s a strange thing, living in London, in that those that do reside in the city have rarely done the ‘London’ things. Ask any flat-sharing creative in Shoreditch if they’ve been on the London Eye, or a penguin-suited office… Continue reading The Tower of London, Agincourt, and being a Londoner

Is this Bond Street? How to do London 007-Style

I duck behind a red telephone box (alas, only taking cards these days), heart racing and blood pumping in my ears. It’s so loud it almost drowns out the never-ending and unspeakably aggressive sounding Crossrail works around the corner. This is serious stuff. I subtly look to my right, trying to gauge whether anyone leaving the… Continue reading Is this Bond Street? How to do London 007-Style

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

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

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