Well this month has been all about the rugby, brunch, west end shows and well more sport!
As a kiwi you are pretty much bred to love rugby and the all blacks so it has been fantastic to have the Rugby World Cup on in my adopted home and of course being able to support my team has been awesome. The month kicked off with New Zealand v Georgia, I rounded up some girlfriends and we went to Pub on the Park in London Fields to enjoy the game.
I was very lucky to score myself some tickets to see All Blacks in the quarter finals against France in Cardiff. Now the Welsh sure know how to throw a party, Cardiff was absolutely brimming with rugby fans from all over the world and it was a great build up to an incredible match between two World Cup rivals. The Millennium Stadium is without doubt the best place to watch a rugby game, with the roof on the chants were louder than you can imagine and the intensity of the crowd and players was beyond expectations. I was 23 rows from the front and so close to the action, it was one of those ‘wow’ moments in life.
After we smashed the French in the quarters I decided to host a little get together at my place to watch the semi final against South Africa, after a tough match we made it through to the final and we all got a little crazy and partied well into the night in our All Blacks gears to celebrate.
So today is the day of the final and to say I’m nervous would be an understatement, hopefully all goes well and the All Blacks will be the first team to ever win it back to back and it will be a great send off for the most capped player of all time, the legend Richie McCaw. Right, enough about rugby I’ll tell you what else I’ve been up to this month.
My friend Megan was visiting all the way from Melbourne, Australia so I had to show her a good London time. We spent a Saturday morning at Broadway Market picking out some good eats and drinking coffee before going to see Matilda the musical in the evening. We had brunch at Market Cafe on Broadway Market and it was a great hangover cure!
I’ve been dying to see Maltila the musical for ages and Megan was really keen so we booked ourselves some last minute tickets and ended up getting pretty great seats. It was funny, amazingly choreographed and the kids were flawless. If you haven’t been yet, get it booked in!
Dan and I attended our first NFL (American Football) game of the season at Wembley to see The Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets. I love Wembley as a stadium and we were super lucky to get great seats this year, can you see which team we were supporting?
Our taste club had a ‘home edition’ this month instead of eating out, Rachel cooked a lovely dish straight from a Jamie Oliver book and we ate gluten free cakes from Romeo’s Bakery. I can say the red velvet was my absolute favourite! Cara provided the tarot cards for the entertainment.
My friends and I went to see Rudimental at Alexandra Palace one Friday night, I’ve loved them since they first released their album three years ago and have been dying to see them live every since. It was a wicked show with some great vocal talents and awesome lights. I do love going to gigs, I don’t do it enough in London.
One Saturday morning I caught up with some fellow blogger for Emma’s pre birthday celebrations at Searcy’s in St Pancras station. As you may know this is pretty much my fav place in London because of this and this. Was great to see some faces that I don’t get to see very often and of course get some eggs benny in me!
October finished with a girls trip to Riga in Latvia as it is half term holiday. We explored the old town, drank wine, did lots of eating and escaped from a prison (more on that soon). It was so fun hanging out with my girlfriends and having a break from the demands of life in London.
We had some family in London this week so we ventured into the west end to see a show, we saw American Idiot which is the Green Day musical. Just before the show we strolled along the South Bank and I just love London all lit up, it was a bonus seeing the London Eye all lit up in Black and Silver for the All Blacks.
Whilst still on half term break I spent some time discovering my new area and nearby Shoreditch, I’ve never really been a fan of the area but I am warming to it slightly. Now I drink coffee (shock horror) I’ve been enjoying trying out new cafe’s and discovering new streets, shops and of course places to eat. I found myself drinking a flat white and clutching a bag of expensive bread today and thought mmmm something weird is happening!
Check out my October blog posts:
Discovering my new neighbourhood – London Fields
View from the top #25 Monte Urgull San Sebastian
The best views from the top in London
Seal watching at Dunvegan Castle, Scotland
Day trip to Cambridge
So much in September
London Eye and River Cruise with Avios
Plans for November:
The final NFL match for the year
A bottomless birthday brunch at Bad Egg for my friend Cara
Beer brewing at Brewhouse Highbury
A few family visitors to London
What have you got up to in October?
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