I feel the need to write a round up of the month of March post because SO MUCH has been happening!
First of all a matter of weeks ago my husband and I had the crazy idea to buy another flat in London to either rent out or if it’s nicer than our current place to live in. Fast forward three weeks and after viewing around 20 properties we had an offer than was accepted and we are now working with financial advisors, solicitors, vendors and agents to buy a new place! It’s a very exciting but scary time as everything has moved so quickly. In London the prices don’t stay around for long and you have to take what you like when you can afford it so hence why we have moved so fast.
I am very happy to say if all goes to plan I will be moving to Hackney from Islington in London in the next few months and be living right by Broadway Market and London Fields! I am looking forward to discovering a new area of London but also very sad to leave my lovely Kentish Town behind.
The month began with entertaining my lovely in laws whilst they visited London. We took a stroll through Broadway Market before walking along the canal to Angel. This area has changed so much since I moved to London and for the better! The cute cafes dotted along the canal are so nice on a sunny day. We also went to see Shakespeare in Love in the west end, having never seen the film I didn’t have any expectations but it was great. It was a comedy with a bit of drama thrown in, a brilliant cast and even though it wasn’t a musical the actual musicians were present in every scene. The following day we took a walk through Regent’s Park, even though I live so close to this park I hardly ever go and I really must do as it’s such a beauty.
There were also some stunning sunsets that I captured on the way home from work, which speaking of has been insane this month! Just when you think you can’t work any harder, turns out you can you just can’t really function as a person properly. Sleep is my new best friend.
My friend won a table the The Blues Kitchen in Camden on a Friday night so after a few drinkies at my place (which is close to Camden) we headed on down and were graced with a bottle of bourbon and shots! We had a grand old time dancing away to the live band into the early hours.
I also did plenty of brunching, firstly with my friend Danielle at the Bourne and Hollingsworth which was without doubt one of the best eggs benedict I have ever had in London! Big call I know, and they also had very nice staff who well up for a chat. I also liked how you could sit at the bar and have your food. The best part of the brunch is that you can purchase a bottomless bellini for £16, yes you read right! As much bellini as you please for £16! My next brunch was at the famous Duck and Waffle a.k.a the hardest place to get a reservation in London. I can assure you it didn’t disappoint and I will follow this up with a whole post dedicated to this special place.
I also visited the Shard in March and wrote about it here in my 20th View from the top post. The Shard View was brilliant and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting London. This was followed by lunch at my favourite burger joint GBK at London Bridge.
Last Tuesday I visited The Long White Cloud for the opening party for Plane Clothing. My husband is a massive fan of their work and has many t’shirts and jumpers with their London and New York designs. Basically they are graphics and illustration label based in East London and they were show casing their work at this lovely little kiwi cafe on Hackney Road. With free gin and great art it was a really fun evening. You can check out their website here.
I of course got my hot chocolate fix for the month from La Bouche Broadway Market, Duck and Waffle and All Press Red Church Street.
Last but not least I finally got myself to a taping of a show this week. I got my hands on tickets to the Jonathan Ross Show. I got an email for a taping the next day so I got myself down to the ITV studios on the South Bank on Thursday. It was a really easy process, you line up, get a wristband, come back in an hour and are ushered into the studio. It was a really exciting evening and after a few games to get the crowd amped up Jonathan came out and reeled off his gags. He’s actually quite a funny guy but because a lot of his material wasn’t exactly PG I can imagine a lot of it will be cut! I got to see Olly Murs, Keanu Reeves and Russell Brand (who I love). It was a hilarious night with so many laughs and I hope I can get tickets to another show.
I will be off to Scotland on Monday for 9 days and then onto Ireland for a few days. So April is starting off well!
Next month is going to be just as busy, here are my plans so far:
Taste Card Club
My friend is visiting from New Zealand and we are having afternoon tea at Library Lounge
Macaroon and Mews tour
Romeo and Juliet at The Globe
Meringue Girls masterclass