An Ode to Lidl

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of living in Islington (an assumed fancy borough) is that although we have an M&S Food, a Waitrose, a Planet flippin’ Organic, we have no Lidl or Aldi. A travesty in my mind, as discovering what randomness Lidl’s middle aisle has each week is one of life’s small pleasures, surely?… Continue reading An Ode to Lidl

Hat’s Off To London’s Sporty Masses

What’s with all the leggings, guys? Is it just me, or do 90% of Londoners look like they’ve just stepped out of a yoga class? This trend — known as ‘athleisure’ — is basically everyone putting on some high-end leggings and some labelled trainers, as if they’re heading for a good old workout at some… Continue reading Hat’s Off To London’s Sporty Masses

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

Coffee Encounters

  Just because London is a vast and busy city, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t meetings and conversations that are resonant of village life…   It was a Monday morning – generally, I reckon, the nation’s least favourite day. Especially, I would have thought, a Londoner’s least favourite; cultural endeavours and weekend lie ins… Continue reading Coffee Encounters

Is London really ‘All That’? Or can we learn something from the Germans?

London’s My Lobster went on a bit of a trip recently. This trip was to the far away land of Germany, specifically to the awesome city that is Cologne. Living in London, we (mostly) all think that this is THE city to be in – London has it all, doesn’t it? When people gawp at… Continue reading Is London really ‘All That’? Or can we learn something from the Germans?

The Ship Tavern: a Gin Den in Central

An old-school pub with a fabulous gin selection? This place has got it covered….   Step outside Holborn Station, and head towards the Wetherspoons, that reliable, cheap, generic chain where you can pretty much guarantee to get a drink that won’t break the bank. Aim for this vaguely satisfactory but not hugely awe-inspiring establishment, and… Continue reading The Ship Tavern: a Gin Den in Central

Fashion Utopias at Somerset House: where meets style meets fantasy

Utopia (noun): ‘an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect’ (Oxford English Dictionary). But what happens when these utopian ideas are applied to the world of fashion? Fashion Utopias at Somerset House is the result of this combination; a showcase celebrating emerging designers’ visions of their imagined worlds. Coinciding with London… Continue reading Fashion Utopias at Somerset House: where meets style meets fantasy