Another month down and another month closer to my departure in August and to say I’m starting to freak out a little would be an understatement. I’ve got 3 more pay days and 63 more days left in London before I’m out of here. So I’m doing as much as I can, seeing as many people as I can and ticking off the all important brunch list as I go along. So here is how my May has gone.
May in London is all about the blossoms! I am lucky enough to walk down one of the most beautiful streets in London and for the first couple of weeks in May it was covered in gorgeous blossoms.
Where I’ve drunk
I had my first iced coffee of the summer in the garden of Vagabond cafe on Holloway Road during that crazy heat wave that lasted a week.
I celebrated my friends birthday at one of the best gardens in London – The Canonbury Tavern. We got all dressed up and enjoyed drinking in the sunshine.
As a member of Majestic Wine you occasionally get invited to some great events, this month it was their summer wine tasting evening where we got to sample some gorgeous wine from around the globe as well as get our faces on some beer bottles.
Dan and I tried out a new pub to us called ‘The Talbolt’ in De Beauvoir which is close to home. I’ve been past before and noticed they have a fantastic balcony so we stopped there on our way home from work on a Friday night to soak up the last rays of sunshine of the day.
Where I’ve eaten
I tried out a new to me brunch spot in the gorgeous Victoria Park Village one sunny Sunday morning called The Empress E9. Victoria Park Village is a little oasis in Hackney and is still relatively quiet on the weekends. I went for my usual Eggs Benedict and it was lush. The interior of this place was very cool as well.
I went to Manchester with my girlfriends for a weekend of fun and we hit up two brunch spots whilst we were there, the first was Trof in the Northern Quarter where I had some lovely egg, avo and feta on sourdough.
Another brunch in Manchester was at a Kiwi/Aussie place called Federal. This brunch was AMAZING! I had Eggs Benedict with avo and bacon and to top it off a cold Milo.
My friends and I have been doing a ‘Come dine with me’ evening and this month my friend Nikki hosted an Indian food theme night which was delicious of course. She finished it with mini pavlova’s (not Indian of course) which were divine.
We had a night out on the taste card as well to the truly amazing Chicks on Fire. This is a great place for chicken lovers and it is so ridiculously well priced we just love it! Check out this family feast for us four.
I finished this month with a brunch at Her in Haggerston, this is a local cafe to me and I’ve been meaning to try it for ages. It’s a little shabby chic on the inside but the food and coffee were great.
What I’ve done
I went and cheered on my friend who was running the Hackney Half Marathon as it was right at the end of my street (it would be rude not to). It was so fun cheering on the runners and it was a gorgeous day!
You can read about my fun weekend with my girl friends in Manchester here
Unfortunately two of my very good friends have done their 5 years here in London and it is time to farewell them so they had a leaving party to send them off. It was great to see everyone but also a little bit bittersweet 🙁
I’ve been busy getting some planning done for the big trip, we have sorted out the Rio Carnival in February and have started to think about things we want to do in New Zealand during our 2 month stay there.
May has been another busy time and I’m sure June will be much the same. I’m off work this week, not too much planned other than save save save and more saving! Here is a gorgeous sunset from the other night that I literally had to hang out of my window to get.
Here are my blog posts from this month