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August in Pictures

1 Sep
RED Market, Shoreditch

RED Market, Shoreditch

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Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market

The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark

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Celebrating my brother's 21st

Celebrating my brother’s 21st

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Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

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Bank Holiday Fair in Hampstead

Bank Holiday Fair in Hampstead

Hampstead Park

Hampstead Park

Picking blackberries

Picking blackberries

Homemade apple and raspberry crumble (this is a major cooking achievement for me!)

Homemade apple and raspberry crumble (this is a major cooking achievement for me!)

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Chorizo hash brown, scrambled eggs and mushroom at The Riding House Cafe

Chorizo hash brown, scrambled eggs and mushroom at The Riding House Cafe

Poached eggs and smoked salmon on sourdough toast

Poached eggs and smoked salmon on sourdough toast

The Riding House Cafe

The Riding House Cafe

RED Market Shoreditch – a cool little pop up food/drink market near Old Street. Could have done with a few more bars and food stalls though!

Exploring Greenwich – I have spent a lot of time in Greenwich recently looking at flats and it is really worth a visit! There is a beaut park, lots of naval history and a fab market at the weekends.

Notting Hill Carnival – as mental and busy as always!

Bank Holiday in Hampstead – if you live in London but want to go somewhere that doesn’t feel like London, then get yourself to Hampstead Heath! We had never been before but it was a really lovely, salubrious area and the park is amazing – there is even part of the lake where you can swim. And we spotted Ricky Gervais and Emily Blunt – bonus.

Picking blackberries – it seems to be the perfect time to pick some blackberries so I decided to dust off my (very unused) oven gloves and try making a blackberry and apple crumble – and it worked!

Brunch at The Riding House Cafe – Such a popular restaurant that you definitely need to book in advance! It was full of fashionable, cool people and had a really good menu, though I have to say my poached eggs/smoked salmon on toast was a bit disappointing – the eggs were overdone so were a bit like boiled eggs and the toast felt almost stale. Jen’s was amazing though, so maybe it depends what your order!

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December photos

19 Dec
Chocolate/oats/fruit delight from the Chocolate Festival

Chocolate/oats/fruit delight from the Chocolate Festival

Borough Market

Borough Market

Bounce ping pong bar

Bounce ping pong bar

Christmas at Covent Garden

Christmas at Covent Garden

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Covent Garden

Christmas window at Harrods

Christmas window at Harrods

Night out at the Kensington Roof Gardens

Night out at the Kensington Roof Gardens

Brunch at The Breakfast Club

Brunch at The Breakfast Club

Brunch at The Breakfast Club, Soho

Brunch at The Breakfast Club, Soho

Christmas at Carnaby Street

Christmas at Carnaby Street

Ice skating in South Kensington, next to the Natural History Museum

Ice skating in South Kensington, next to the Natural History Museum

Shopping in Libertys

Shopping in Libertys

December has been manic (as you can probably tell by the lack of posts!) but it has been amazing to be able to spend it in London. Plus it means that Christmas is coming soon – always a good thing!

The month started out quite badly as the weekend in Budapest that I had planned with the boy was cancelled due to Budapest airport being closed down from a fire. After the long, miserable day at Stansted airport and any refunds looking unlikely, we decided to make a weekend of it in London instead. We had a great time mooching along Southbank, visiting the chocolate festival and tasting samples galore at Borough Market – I urge everyone to go to Borough Market at some point for some really amazing and rare food (springbok burger, anyone?).

This month I also went to the Bounce ping pong club near Holborn for the first time which was a new experience for me but seems pretty popular in London.

I love Christmas decorations at the best of times and London has been especially beautiful – Covent Garden is always decked nicely and window displays like those at Harrods are pretty special.

 Last weekend one of my good friends from back home visited and we went out at The Kensington Roof Gardens which is a stylish (and pretty pricey!) club on Kensington High Street before heading the next day to The Breakfast Club in Soho for brunch. The Breakfast Club has become really popular thanks to great word of mouth so there is usually a queue; we waited for about 20 minutes before getting a table, though some larger groups were waiting for about 45 minutes to an hour. The inside was quite small, slightly shabby and a bit cramped – I was in front of a stock pile of drinks which the waiters sometimes squeezed in behind whilst my friend had cutlery dropped on her by the waiters twice – but in all fairness the food was AMAZING. I opted for the smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast which is definitely the best that I’ve ever eaten, while my friend had pancakes with maple syrup/bacon/scrambled eggs. I would definitely recommend a visit purely for the food, though I have heard the branches in Islington and Angel are slightly bigger.

We also had a Christmassy trip to Liberty’s and ice skated next to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. This is definitely a lot less touristy than the rink at Somerset House, is set in a stunning location and if you go at night there are hardly any children.