Snapshots of the city ~ Flying through February

The four weeks of February flew by in the blink of an eye. It was inevitable after a low-key month. When you’ve spent weeks counting pennies, crawling through to pay-day, you want a month of nice things to look forward to and I found myself with plenty of plans in the diary. Most of them took me out of town at the weekends, but when you live in a city like London there’s always something that catches your eye. Here are a few of the snapshots from my month.

Whilst the country was suffering with rain, floods, and travel disruption, there were a few rays of light to get us through the month. I even spotted a tree full of blossom along Portobello Road half way through the month, indicating the new season is finally springing into action.

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You can’t beat afternoons when the sun shines and you can finally leave the scarf at home. I always enjoy wandering around Little Venice on my lunch break at this time of year, getting excited about the thought of the trees along the canal finally full of green leaves again!

When the tube strikes got in the city’s way I was forced to do half of my commute by foot instead of by bus. On the upside, it reminded of all the iconic buildings I don’t always see when my head is buried in a book or I’m travelling underground.

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My first weekend out of London took me to my university town of Leicester. Departing from St Pancras is always a treat.

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The next weekend I was down by the coast in Brighton to watch my boyfriend complete the Brighton Half Marathon. It was a beautiful day for it and whilst The British 10K London Run is enough of a challenge for me, I did think it must have been a pretty lovely route by the sea.

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After a busy few weeks in the office and out, I finally got around to getting my hair cut at the newly opened branch of Taylor Taylor down Portobello Road.

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I left feeling as shiny and new as the salon itself. Whilst a step away from my normal posts I’m tempted to writeup a full review, so do let me know if you’d be interested to know more!

It’s known for being the month of romance and I was treated to these lovely roses.

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Whilst they sadly got lost in transit and didn’t arrive on the day (Prestige Flowers proving themselves pretty unreliable), they arrived after my weekend in Brighton and were suitably admired. Big bunches of flowers always brighten up the house and bring a smile, whether there’s an occasion or not (hint, hint, for any male readers out there 😉 ).

Of course, I managed to fit in a few favourite treats for myself with cocktail hours at Manhattan 34 (top left, Leicester location), and later in the month at Floridita (bottom left, Soho).

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Then coffee at Timberyard’s new cafe at Seven Dials and finally making it to Pizza Pilgrims (full review coming soon).

 How was the four weeks of your February? What are you looking forward to in March?

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