Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Life & London

Summer is a peculiar time of year for me. It's by a long shot the busiest period of the year for business which generally means I'm shorter on free time, it's time when there's often plenty of socialising to be done, a time when opportunities for all day adventures on my bike pop up, and for the last couple of years, it's also been a time where Tom is often away doing *something* or other with the Army. But the extra hours of daylight, the haze of barbecue smoke hanging over the laughter in my garden on a Saturday night, the long work days that leave me invigorated and the the never fading tan lines my cycle jerseys give me.... they leave me brimming with ideas and things to say, it's just that it seems I never quite have enough time to sit down and put fingers to keys and get it up here. And that's ok, because my blog is my hobby, but I also miss my hobby when so many other things come along- yes I do want to have my cake AND eat it, and Instagram it, and enjoy it in a world class location.

So what's all that got to do with London? Well last weekend, I took a moment to appreciate just how much I love living in London. Not in the sense of look at this crazy bar, and we also went to a museum and then we went to the theatre and we even made it to afternoon tea all on the same day, but in a 'we could do pretty much anything you can think of today' kind of a way. So in celebration of my moment 'Love London' moment... here's 3 awesome things you can do, because London.

1. Enjoy the view... 

There are worse summer Sunday view to have... #hmsbelfast #cityoflondin #londonlife #londonliving #home #lblogger

I love the City of London- having lived in the East End it used to be a bit my 'local' lots of things, these days I just really love taking a second to enjoy the sheer scale and the decades of changing Sky Line. FYI, that's HMS Belfast creeping in on the left hand side of the picture and there are scores of bars and cafes with a view across the Thames whilst taking a break.

2. Eat.... Dangling Above The Southbank... 


For real. You can have a meal cooked for you by a world class chef, all whilst dangling 25m above the Southbank... Last year Tom & I had breakfast cooked by Martin Morales and his team as part of the 14 day pop-up. It's run by Events in the Sky, more info on the latest dates HERE

3. Take part in pretty much any sport going... 

I still can't quite believe my 100km challenge is run and it's only 3 days until my birthday AND I knocked 5 mins off my 10k time yesterday. Last running spam (until track night tomorrow), but for now- look at my fly! #runningblogger #thisgirlcanrunning #

I like to run, and to cycle, but there's virtually no limit to the sports on offer in London- Horse riding in a park, water sports at Lee Valley, Olympic level facilities in Stratford, running closed roads past major landmarks, finishing a cycle race outside a the home of royalty, extreme trampolining...

4. Leave London 


Stay with me here... I can be at Stansted in under an hour. There are 4 other airports that are technically in London as well as Luton just outside.. and that's without the Eurostar. Access to international travel has allowed me to see Vietnam, Paris, Las Vegas and more in the last 2 years, with trips to India, Croatia and Spain all in the planning stages.

And it's not just international travel. In the last 12 months, we have:


Been to Royal Ascot for Race Day, spent an afternoon at Dreamland in Margate (the renovated amusement park, it was a blast), eaten ice cream on the seafront in Southend. Twice. Watched lions, tigers, leopards, ocelots, jaguars and reindeer at Paradise Wildlife Park (as well as the tiger cubs at London Zoo). All of which are less than 2 hours on the train from major London stations.

I'm under no illusion that London and Londoners do not enjoy a pleasant reputation for many who live outside of the city, but there are also lots of things to celebrate and I count myself as incredibly lucky to enjoy some of the things that London affords us- and sometimes it's as simple as enjoying the view on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

LondonBridge HMS Belfast


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