Olympic Park & Westfield – Stratford, E20

About once a month I head off to a shopping centre, being equidistant(ish) between the Westfield in Shepherds Bush and the one in Stratford means I could venture to either. Today it was really lovely weather, so I opted for Stratford to have a wander around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the same time. Although…

The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

A bit of a thinker. Thats why I loved it. I’m reading loads since being in London, mainly because my social circle has significantly reduced, as I suppose is the way when you move to a new city! I’m a bit of a fan of the ‘penguin modern classics’. The introduction was good too, but…

Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile – Francoise Sagan

I’ve been spending too much of my time in the bookshop recently, which will become apparent with upcoming posts. Anyway, the reason for this book? I decided I want to read some ‘modern classics’. Pretty impressive that the author wrote Bonjour Tristesse at 18 years after failing her first year exams at the Sorbonne. Another…

El Muro – Muswell Hill

What better way to spend a Sunday evening than catching up with a friend than a quick bus trip up to Muswell Hill to check out this new ‘Mexican’. It had only been launched the day before. Different from other Mexican places I have been, this has a very modern feel about it – twists…

If We Were Villains – M. L. Rio

Came across this by overhearing a conversation about what the upcoming read was for the next book club in my local area. I can’t actually go to the meeting as I’m working, which is a shame as it transpires its not so simple to ‘make new friends’ having relocated to a new city. Anyway, hearing…

The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Edward Albee – Theatre Royal Haymarket

So the reviewers told me this would be inferior to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I respectfully disagree. Yes the subject matter is bizarre, shocking and bordering on incomprehensible. But the fact it was so dark and twisted made it strangely compelling. To be honest, when it comes to plays, for me, the more messed…

Afternoon Tea – Rosebery Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park

Wow. So, I don’t make a habit of hanging out in five star hotels. Definitely not. Mainly as I can’t afford it, but generally like a more ‘laid back’ environment. However, this was a ‘special occasion’ celebrating a professional qualification with my husband and parents. After the presentation ceremony, we headed here for ‘Afternoon Tea’…

The Ivy – Chelsea Garden

We rarely seem to go to Central for dinner these days – when we were dating when my husband first moved here we used to go into Central London all of the time, but it does become tiring, expensive, and there are such good places out of Central that there doesn’t seem any need! Having…

Jacksons Lane – ‘Scorched’

For my first few months in London, I have tried to keep my days there as busy as possible, and without anything else planned for a Saturday night, we headed to Jacksons Lane – self labelled as ‘The Best Creative Arts space in North London’ to see a production called ‘Scorched’. I love the theatre,…

Easter in Sussex

The irony that my first London blog post isn’t actually about London is not lost on me. It is fair to say that I’m moving to the Capital with some trepidation (i.e. kicking and screaming). Believe it or not, not everyone wants to live here – at least initially. So for me, the times I…