June has been another crazy, busy and very stressful month!
The month started with a trip to the theatre to see Wicked. My friend Jess and I gave this to Anna for her birthday a while ago so I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. It was a really fun show with an insane amount of sets and some beautiful costumes. I’ve wanted to see the show for ages and it did not disappoint. Haven’t seen it yet? You really should, there is a reason why it’s so popular!
Dan and I are all about the spontaneous date nights so after work one night we headed to our most favourite restaurant in the world – Pizzeria Pappagone. It has been one of Dan’s favourites since he moved to London and he introduced me to it four years ago and I’ve never loved Italian food more. It is a special place with the most wonderful staff and of course the best Italian food in London!
We had another visit to Street Feast at Dalston Yard to celebrate a friends birthday, You can read about all the great eats here.
The first weekend in June Dan and I went to Poole in Dorset to celebrate one his friends birthdays. We caught an early morning train and got there by lunchtime. We spent the afternoon exploring Poole, I especially loved Old town Poole. There were some beautiful homes covered in gorgeous flowers and some serious door appreciation.
That evening we went on a boat trip in Poole Harbour and spotted this beauty in the distance. It is called Old Harry Rocks. It was so nice to be out of London and be by the seaside. You forgot how nice it is when you don’t have it on your doorstep. You can read about it here: Weekend in Dorset
Cara and I were lucky to score some tickets to Alan Carr Chatty Man (again) and it was an epic line up. Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ronson and the cast of Entourage. It was so cool, so many laughs and a great night out.
My friend Jess and I went to Savage Beauty by Alexander McQueen at the V&A after booking it months ago. I had read so many great things so I knew it was going to be good. It was a very eerie experience, it is both a celebration of his work but more an insight into his mind. Each room had a different theme and the collections were beyond different throughout. It was a great exhibition and worth every penny, if you haven’t been you really should go. Fashion fan or not it is worth going.
I had a bbq round my place one weekend and in typical London fashion the sun never showed it’s face. We stuck it out and hung out in the garden anyway like the true Brits we are!
As I said before we love our spontaneous date nights so after work one night we headed to Cafe La Davina on Upper Street for some Italian. We have been before and because it is on the taste card we returned, the food is great, the wine flowed and it’s always nice to have someone else to cook isn’t it?
The very next day it was our monthly taste card meet up. This time it was Rachel’s turn to pick and she took us to Camden Town to a very yummy Brazilian restaurant. Nikki and Rachel went for mains and Cara and I went for tapas. Although our meal turned out to be a very clear shade of beige it was nice and the cocktails were even better!
I went to Fenchurch Street to meet my girlfriends to go up the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie building. After reading mixed reviews of the place I was pleasantly surprised and actually enjoyed it. You can read more about my visit here.
That evening we fare welled some friends who are going back to New Zealand after being in London for a couple of years, it’s always tough saying goodbye but it’s more like see you later. The White Hart on Stoke Newington High Street was the venue for the shin dig and it has one of the biggest beer gardens I’ve seen in London. Bye Jess and Fletch!
The following day we met up with Dan’s family and headed back into town but this time to Five Guys. If you haven’t tried the burgers from five Guys yet you are most definitely missing out. I’m not much of a meat eater, I tend to eat chicken only but every so often we pop in here because the burgers are just that good. Ok it cost £20 for two burgers and 2 drinks but honestly it is worth it. So much American food goodness! Also there’s free drinks refills.
I was invited to attend the opening of the latest Brewhouse right by my work in Highbury. Before the Brewhouse it was called The Junction and it was the place where me and my work mates would go and have a few wines after a tough week at work. It has had a major overhaul and is now a functioning brewery (which my friend Nikki named), the decor is 100 times better and most importantly for the lads, they serve decent beer. We tasted six beers that are brewed in house and were provided with an array of delicious food. There were loads of competitions and it was a really fun night out with friends.
The weather this weekend was beyond awesome for London so it was time to get out and about in my local Kentish Town. I headed to Arancini Brothers for some risotto balls before taking a stroll around these gorgeous houses and ending up at Map Studio Cafe for some beers in the sunshine. I also picked up these great little post cards by a local secret artist of Kentish Town’s famous landmarks.
June also saw the arrival of a face from home. Lynette is visiting London before tripping around Europe. So great to see her. We caught up over fish and chips at The Golden Hind in Marylebone .
June has been so much fun and it is well and truly summer in London now, without doubt the best time of the year. I have just three weeks left at work before I get six weeks off over summer. With a new flat to move in and a couple of holidays in the pipeline it’s going to be a busy time.
Plans for July:
FINALLY MOVE INTO THE FLAT WE PUT IN OFFER IN FOR IN MARCH!!! (Can you tell how excited I am for this?)
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