This week I reached my 6th anniversary since moving to London. I thought these fornightly posts came around quickly but SIX YEARS, they really have flown by. As each year comes around I can’t quite believe how things have changed since the weekend my dad drove me down from Birmingham (somewhat terrified by London drivers) with a van full of my stuff, and all the things I’ve experienced since then. The friends I’ve made, the housemates I’ve lived with and what I’ve learnt working in London. I love marking anniversaries because in a world that moves so quickly it feels good reflecting back and recognising what I’ve achieved.
It’s a happy coincidence that I after the epic two wedding weekend recently, I’m also back in London with no plans to travel until Christmas. I can’t wait to have some quality time in the city! I will be spending the next few weeks slowly getting into the festive spirit, finding winter warming activities and (hopefully) ticking off some of the things lingering on these weekend lists.
Here’s a few new things I’ve been contemplating recently.
Winter Street Food – I’m don’t seem to be a regular street food eater, but I do try to get a street food event in the diary even if it’s every six months. Luckily, the key players aren’t deterred by the cooler temperatures and have set up shop in doors or under cover. As I went to Dinerama over the summer, I’m toying between Hawker House and Night Tales for my next street food feast.
Jaz and Jul’s hot chocolate cafe – I’m determined to track down more of London’s best hot chocolates this winter, so when I heard that an independent chocolatier was opening a cafe in Islington dedicated to my favourite winter drink it had to go on the visit list. Timeout have all the details here.
The Ivy Cafe – The group which owns the iconic Ivy restaurant have been expanding its empire over the last twelve months or so. The cafe in Marylebone is the latest branch to join the group and I reckon it could be a nice place to take visitors for breakfast.
Festive Ice Rinks – I’ve been ice skating every year since I moved to London (I think!) but I haven’t decided where I want to go this year. I’m going to give this list on Londonist some thought over the weekend. Do you have a favourite?
Birdies Crazy Golf – I had a great evening over the summer at Battersea’s crazy golf course Putt in the Park, so when I heard about Birdies popping up in the Vaults at Waterloo I thought it could be a great winter night out option.
Underground Film club – The Vaults is also home to the Rooftop Film Club’s indoor cinema, which looks like a secret underground cinema from the war era (which is possibly the point!). I haven’t been to an independent cinema for a while and I reckon it would be fun to see something that’s old-school cheesy.
Have a peaceful weekend.
I found it hard to put into words the sadness at reading about last night’s terrible events in Paris this morning. In the face of terrorism the only thing the world can do is unite against it and there’s something reassuring in that.