Why I love London coffee shops

I’m going to put my hands up and admit that I’m a coffee snob and I’ve done some slightly ridiculous things in the pursuit of a good coffee. This includes, walking 15 minutes out of my way (and more when I’ve taken an unexpected detour), being late for work, being late for meeting friends and almost missing our train to Birmingham at Christmas. James and I even have an ongoing joke about how I don’t… View Post

London Life ~ Keeping things in perspective

London is one of the best cities in the world to live in and I’m reminded on a daily basis how lucky I am to have so much on my doorstep. But in exchange for the culture, the beauty and ALL the food, you have to cope with a bit more pressure (or the have the skill to be completely oblivious to it!). Pressure to be doing all the fun stuff, pressure to be eating… View Post

Recent books ~ 2015, part 2

When look back at my student days, one of things I wish I’d appreciated more was getting the time to read. I had 5 hours a week at university itself and got to spend most of the rest of the time reading a ton of great books that had been picked out for me, I even had a reading week!¬†These days it takes the setting of a goal and the active reminder to spend time… View Post

Lumiere London

Lumiere London has captured the capital’s attention and it’s the event everyone seems to be talking about right now. As I’m on social media quite a lot, it’s hard to tell just how widespread the excitement is so I’ll hand over to Visit London to explain what the festival is all about: “Produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, for four evenings in January [14th – 16th] a host of international artists… View Post

Happy hopping between Broadway & Netil Market

If someone asked me what was the one thing I thought made everyone happy then my first answer would be delicious food. Of course what delicious food means to each and every one of us can be very different, but the pure joy from¬†eating something super tasty is universal. It’s this type of sheer happiness that when I take a moment to pause I’ve really started to notice at London’s food markets and it made… View Post

Snippets from Sark

  It was the night before Christmas Eve Eve and we arrived on a dark, blustery and wet Guernsey. James and I agreed last year that because our families are so far apart we’d alternate our trips between the two each year. This year was my first Christmas in Sark with James’ family, my first Christmas in 30 years without my own family and my first Christmas not spent in either London or Birmingham! So… View Post