Snapshots of the city ~ Sunny August

September has arrived signalling the end of summer and approach of autumn and I’m filled with mixed emotions. It’s been one of the best summers in the UK for a while, so I doubt I’m alone in feeling a little sad to see the decline in long days of sunshine, drinking in beer gardens, eating outdoors and lounging in the park. We’ve hardly had need for layers and a jacket these last few weeks which has been great. But I can’t deny I love the feeling a new season brings, a back-to-school type of fresh start, we briefly embrace our neglected wardrobe and the city changes its colours for autumn.

But whilst the sun’s still shining I’m holding on to the summer feeling a little longer with my snapshots of the city from a sunny August.


Street food is best enjoyed when the weather is good, so I had a great Friday night feast at Truck Stop London at the beginning of the month. I definitely recommend getting yourself to an event by Street Feast or Tweat Up. Not only do you get great food at reasonable prices, you also get an excuse to see parts of London you may not usually find yourself in.

They hosted this event at Wood Wharf so I had a rare trip to Canary Wharf. You can’t deny the corporate world does look pretty at golden hour.


A Sunday spent in Greenwich makes a complete contrast, traditional buildings with a long history are guaranteed. I could totally see myself living in one of these houses.


The city’s history can often take you by surprise though, I stumbled across this blue plaque in Marylebone on my way to the office.


Who knew John Lennon used to live there?! I was told on Instagram the plaque was only revealed by Yoko Ono a few years ago. It’s amazing just how much history there is yet to discover here isn’t it?

Of course whilst I was in the area I couldn’t resist the lure of a good breakfast with coffee from Monocle and a pastry from the Nordic Bakery.

Highly recommend this combination for a tasty treat!

I enjoyed some great drinks in August. Cocktails at Mr Fogg’s was definitely the highlight but I also enjoyed another great cocktail at B-Soho, coffee at The Borough Barista and homemade lemonade at Honest Burgers.


Of course lemonade wasn’t the only thing I enjoyed at Honest Burgers. They do a great cheese burger and fries too!


From the city to the seaside, I dipped my toes in the sea at Whitstable for my birthday.

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You can’t beat the noise of waves crashing on the shore. Throw in cupcakes, beach huts, Pimms, and fish and chips, and you’ve got the recipe for a great birthday.


As someone with a sweet tooth cakes aren’t only a feature on my birthday. I couldn’t resist trying one of Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s townies whilst I was on holiday.


When I wasn’t satisfying my sweet tooth I was soaking up the sunshine in a serene Hyde Park.


Then the bank holiday arrived and I spent the afternoon in the garden of Graveney and Meadow drinking prosecco with friends.


Fingers crossed for an Indian Summer and a sunny September!

How was your August? What are you looking forward to in September?

P.S. You can follow my daily snapshots of the city @ThisCityLifeLdn.


  1. September 3, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    Sounds like you had a pretty great August! Mine was spent quite similarly to yours, including the trip to Truck Stop! Will you be going again this week? I think it’s the last one for 2013. I am looking forward to the end of September as my Grandparents are coming to visit, I’ve not seen them for eighteen months!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      September 3, 2013 / 8:56 pm

      What was your favourite food at Truck Stop? I would love to go but may have a break and see what comes up in Autumn! It sounds like you’ve got something to look forward to this month then! Do you have a few things planned?