Category Archives: Loving London

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The Village Bakery, Walthamstow Village

For so many, getting a foot well and truly on the property ladder seems impossible. Nearly every single person I know who has managed to buy a home, has had financial help from somewhere, usually an older family member or through inheritance.

So often though, this just isn’t an option and trying to raise funds to buy a flat or a house anywhere in the UK, let alone London, can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

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The Eleventh Door of Mayfair…
Bobble Hats, Hot Chocolate
& a Winter Stroll in Green Park

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There’s something about strolling in London parks, when the weather is sunny and crisp, when you’re wrapped up like a cosy bug and when you have a warm and comforting hot chocolate in your hand, that allows you to properly shake the day off and blow the pesky cobwebs out of your mind…

And the eleventh door of Mayfair – that beautiful grand entrance which leads into Green Park, always does just that…

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The Eighth Door of Mayfair..
Hunting for Christmas Presents
in a Sparkling Promenade

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The eighth door of Mayfair reveals one of the oldest covered shopping arcades in London. It’s beautifully glamorous at the best of times, but on the home stretch to Christmas  Burlington Arcade is looking more sparkly, shiny and irresistibly festive than ever…

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The Second Door of Mayfair…
Cheese & Wine tasting in Shepherd Market

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After much secretiveness and plotting, yesterday I was finally able to reveal my exciting real life advent calendar, Twelve Doors of Mayfair… and today I invite you to step through the second door with me, into the welcoming arms of the Shepherd Market Wine House – a stone’s throw away from the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, where I’d stayed the night before…

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Discovering London’s Villages: Belgravia

Wild at Heart Florist Belgravia

The villages of London are without a doubt, my favourite aspect of this amazing city. Each has its own personality, community, hubs and secret corners and a few days ago I headed over to one of the most beautiful (and expensive) residential areas of the world – Belgravia – to wander the streets and explore some of the most delicious foodie spots the area has tucked away under its wing.

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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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Oh hello, Autumn. There you are.

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Over the past few days there has been a noticeable shift from Summer to Autumn… Grey clouds have made a few appearances, the heavens have opened once or twice (and both times I have been caught out without an umbrella) and there is definitely the beginnings of an Autumnal carpet of golden leaves around my neighbourhood in London…

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Blooming Lovely

Floral Map by Larry Walshe

Fact of the day – more perfume is sold at Heathrow than any other location in the UK.

Isn’t that amazing? I had no idea – there are so many beauty halls and perfume stores around this fair land, it was such a surprise to learn that Heathrow was the ultimate scent destination… but, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.

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Bank holiday adventures
with Radley London

Poppy Loves Radley Bank holidays are like gold dust. They pop out of the calendar and glimmer with promise, turning a long week into a short spell and extending the weekend as if it were made of elastic. And even though it’s just by one day, these additional 24 hours can make you feel as though you’ve had a proper holiday. Continue Reading…

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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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Lunch at Coppa Club, Market Place

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Last week I met my cousin Rosie for a quick al fresco lunch in between meetings. As we were both around Oxford Circus on that day, we headed to one of Market Place’s newest arrivals and took full advantage of the glorious weather, settling ourselves outside at Coppa Club.

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Covent Garden’s
Ultimate Street Food Market

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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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Feast@Fitzrovia
27th June – 3rd July 2016

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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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“I work from laptop”
10 London cafés to work from

Charlotte Street Hotel

As a blogger, I find that there is often the assumption that I spend most of my time working from home.  But the truth is, when it’s time to hit the emails (always) catch up on some research or write a few blog posts, I find I’m far more likely to head to one of my favourite London cafes to settle in for the day, rather than sit by myself at home, with the fridge and all its naughtiness calling me…

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I made me a Terrarium!

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I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…

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