Category Archives: Just for fun

Best Bonfire Night Fireworks in London

Fireworks in London 2016

Photo: Flickr

I LOVE Fireworks night. I love the trudging through parks and fields, the smell of nearly burnt jacket potatoes smothered in butter and laden with cheese and beans… I love hot chocolate in flasks, woolly hats on heads, bonfires, sparklers and being wrapped up in my cosies while gazing up at the crash bang wallops…

London does Fireworks night oh so very well and this year it falls on a Saturday (hurrah!) so we can all get out and wave a sparkler or two… Here are ten of the best displays in this glorious city…

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Is it Monday yet…?

Lipton Ice Tea

Are you one of those people who starts to get a dull niggle on a Sunday night, as you feel Monday looming? A sense of pending doom creeping around the corner, meaning you stop relaxing and immediately feel your brain start ticking over your To Do list in your head… ending your weekend with a bang and mentally  catapulting you into the office, even though it’s STILL SUNDAY?

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Covent Garden’s
Ultimate Street Food Market

Poppy Loves Covent Garden

Last week, Miranda and I sauntered on down to Covent Garden to witness and indulge in the ‘Ultimate Street Food Market’.

Both of us adore street food. And love markets. And we also have a real passion for excellent food and wonderful London restaurants…  What we hadn’t banked on was all of these things colliding in an delicious foodie explosion right in the heart of Covent Garden, on King Street, on a Thursday night. This is all part of #CGAfterHours, taking part very Wednesday – Saturday in July.

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A day at the races – my first time at Ascot!

Chaps and Dames

Ever since I saw Eliza Doolittle scream in the most unladylike fashion on my grandparents’ television, “COME ON DOVER!!” I have wanted to go to Ascot.

I was very lucky to attend Ascot a few days ago as the guest of Great British Racing. The excitement was palpable. Which was followed quickly by panic – I need a HAT! And, what am I going to do with my hair?

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Feast@Fitzrovia
27th June – 3rd July 2016

Feast of Fitzrovia

Feast@Fitzrovia is back and this time it’s bigger than ever! Once again, the all-star cast of restaurants, chefs, cafés, bistros and bars are coming together to celebrate an array of international culinary delights. From Monday 27 June – Sunday 3 July, we Londoners will be treated to one of the most diverse offerings of gourmet menus alongside a jam-packed schedule of events that are sure to ignite appetites around the capital…

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A lunch to celebrate ‘Succession’;
A James Stroud exhibition

James Stroud Succession with Balvenie Whisky

Last week I found myself in a carpark at The Vinyl Factory, to celebrate the launch of ‘Succession’ – photographer James Stroud’s new, beautiful exhibition.

James Stroud’s latest exhibition is a collection of photographs he took at The Balvenie distillery in Scotland – a place he was drawn to for the people, the process and the many generations whose lives have moved with it and have been connected with this wee part of Scotland for years… and he has captured their love, their heart and their true souls…

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Two Spectacular Silent Discos in London

Silent Disco: psfk.com, pic: Vandana Nagaraj

Silent Disco: psfk.com, pic: Vandana Nagaraj

Hello one and all and a very happy Monday to you all. For those of you that follow me on Snapchat, you will know that so far today I’ve taken delivery of a hamper full of Bailey’s and Vodka, listened to most of Spotify, announced a new book club and am very, VERY excited as my blog is back up and running…

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My Funny Valentine

Emma Bridgewater Hearts Radio

I am a romantic.

Not a hearts and chocolates and champagne romantic, but a letter writing, sitting on a bench, kite flying, no words necessary, foxtrotting romantic.

My grandpa used to serenade my grandma at tea time. Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, you name it – he knew the entire Cole Porter songbook…. and for this reason, so do I.

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It’s Burns Night Tomorrow!
Where will you be celebrating?

Bread Street Kitchen, St Pauls

Bread Street Kitchen, St Pauls

Burns Night celebrates the life and works of poet and lyricist Robert Burns – most widely known as the national poet of Scotland, but whom also penned that wee ditty, Auld Lang Syne… (does anyone actually know all the words?!)

Tomorrow night, 25th January, is Burns night, I’m certain that many of your will be donning your favourite tartan, popping on your long-adored kilts and celebrating with a dram or two of your favourite whisky

But if you’re still wondering where to go for your Burns Night celebrations, here are five of the best in London:

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My Top 5 Haunted Pubs in London

London is well known as one of the most haunted cities in the world, and what with our amazing long, varied and sometimes very dark history, it’s no wonder…

I recently purchased Bizarre London, by David Long – a book full to the brim of the capital’s secrets and surprises… and I quickly became engrossed in the Ghostly London section.

Here are a few spooky extracts from this brilliant book, which name a few of London’s most haunted pubs.

But I warn you, do not read at bedtime…

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Lumiere London

Lumiere Festival This very first Lumiere London is the biggest EVER light festival to hit London.

Artists from around the world have descended on London and have lit up the city in this new exciting free festival, where landmark locations in the West End and King’s Cross will be illuminated.

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Early Snowdrops
at Chelsea Physic Garden

Snowdrops at Chelsea Physics Garden

Tucked away beside the Thames lies one of London’s best kept secrets –  the Chelsea Physic Garden – a blissful sanctuary and celebration of the beauty and importance of plants.

This gorgeous walled Garden was founded in 1673 (!) by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. It actually became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world…

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Do not show up unless
you plan to take your trousers off

Alert alert! The Stiff Upper Lip Society is participating in the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride and running the official UK partner event – No Trousers Tube Ride  for the 7th time!
**THIS IS A PARTICIPATORY EVENT. DO NOT SHOW UP
UNLESS YOU PLAN TO TAKE YOUR TROUSERS OFF.**

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5 things to see in London this January

kikki.K stationery

Calendar: kikki.K

As you can see in the above photo, my calendar is looking pretty empty. Let me start by saying that it’s a LIE. This is how may calendar looked last week, but since I came home from my magical trip to The Cotswolds (heavenly heavenly heavenly), my diary has been filling up with all kinds of lovely (and more often rather mundane and boring) things.

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The World of Charles & Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.

I’d been wanting to get to The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition for ages so when a window presented itself yesterday, LM and I hopped on a train and whizzed down to The Barbican. The Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith Line were all up the spout, so we took the Northern Line to Moorgate, which was pretty much the same walking distance away from The Barbican than Barbican station itself…

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