Last month definitely lived up to March madness standards. One of the busiest months at work for a while, a fair bit of travelling across the city and around the country, plus social events in the calendar to fill up a few evenings. The unseasonable cold weather threw a few spanners in the works, but I still managed to find new things and enjoy some of London well-known icons.
The view from Monument was my favourite find of the month, great city views for just £3 – bargain. I got a few more iconic views as I climbed aboard HMS Belfast and wandered past Westminster Abbey doing some venue research for work.
This view of Marble Arch is a daily treat that makes commuting on the bus worthwhile. But sometimes you have to go a little out of your way to enjoy a view like the Thames at night.
Other evening activities included Musical Bingo in East London, where I spotted street art by Stik on the way over.
A week later I was very lucky to receive an invite to attend a charity dinner at The Dorchester, a rare treat and an amazing evening of Michelin star courses. Later in the month, after a busy Thursday and slow commute across town (a sea of red lights is never a good thing!), I had the more frequent treat of happy hour cocktails with friends.
We’ve been treated to a spring hint here and there, but chilly temperatures and snow seem to have dominated the month.
You have to seek cheerful colours where you can when the grey skies overshadow the day. Luckily we always have Portobello Road, but thanks to Easter we saw the return of The Big Egg Hunt to Covent Garden and these pretty eggs.
I enjoyed more great food with lunch at Borough Market and a whole day of food at Feast London.
My sweet tooth got satisfied at home with some tasty muffins from my new cookbook ‘What Katie Ate’. Then I got a great invite to the launch of The Royal Horseguard Hotel’s Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea (which is available to book up to 7 April).
Plenty of coffee has certainly helped me through the month. On the go at Camden Coffee House, who kindly held on to a copy of the new free magazine for coffee lovers – Caffeine. At Feast London, where they had Caravan on offer alongside some amazing brownies. Birdhouse was a great discovery thanks to a top tip from fellow South Londoner, Giulia from Mondomulia.
I made an excuse to pop to Timberyard whilst over at Old Street. I couldn’t resist popping into the brand new Talkhouse Coffee (full review coming soon!). Then I discovered Workshop Coffee just a few minutes from my house at Graveney and Meadow.
After a busy month Easter has been quite quiet so I’ve had some time to charge the batteries for April, when I hope spring will finally make an appearance.
How was your month? What are you looking forward to in April?
P.S. You can follow my daily snapshots of the city on Instagram @thiscitylifeldn.