Mum and Dad come to visit!

With the start of June came my parents visit to the UK and Europe. I have to apologise for my lack of blog updates since Bulgaria. I have been too busy flitting about with my parents, sharing my London life with them and enjoying little jaunts to Europe. 

Mum and Dads arrival timing was interesting, being the Sunday morning after the London Bridge terror attack. Pretty good timing from my perspective as what better time to get a hug from your parents than when your city is under attack and you’re feeling a bit vulnerable. We were lucky that my pilot brother Patrick managed to bid in his roster to fly them from LA to London, meaning we were all together for the first time in a year! We enjoyed a Sunday pub dinner after they arrived, and a Monday morning breakfast up at Duck and Waffle to enjoy the views. After that I jetted off to work and left my parents in the capable hands of my brother. 

Tuesday evening I raced from work back to London and to the theatre, and we were off to see Kinky Boots for Mum’s Birthday. The remainder of the week was populated by working from home during the day and dinners with Mum and Dad, before we headed up to Edinburgh on Friday morning. 

I splashed out a bit for our train tickets, which made our journey a lot more comfortable and we quite quickly arrived in Edinburgh. The scenery on the way was quite stunning, especially Durham cathedral and the east coast of England and Scotland. 

Our time exploring the gorgeous Edinburgh was really quite fab. We walked up and down the royal mile, explored the castle, checked out the shops, went whiskey tasting and explored new town as well as old town. We made it to Holyrood House and explored Leith, as well as the Royal Yacht Britannia and St Mary’s Close. 

After Edinburgh it was time to part ways. I was off back to work and Mum and Dad were off to the South of France. 

The Street Art of Brixtonย 

Brixton in my eyes is one very cool place. Despite my ultimate inability to be remotely cool, that doesn’t stop me from venturing forth for drinks, brunch and general exploring. One summer evening I took the time to capture some of the fantastic street art while enjoying a few quiet drinks with a very patient friend. I love the street art, it gives an otherwise forlorn facade a bright new perspective, while expressing the culture and diversity of an awesome part of London. 

London Exploring

London has so many great opportunities for fun and exploring. There is always something happening and something new to do. I’m sure I will never be board here…. This is a selection of fun stuff I’ve been up to over the past few weeks. Now that I am officially employed I think th fun activities will be saved for weekends now.

Bike ride around Hyde Park with Sophie and Zak! Highly recommend this, Hyde Park is beautiful and riding around was so fun and relaxing.

The Serpentine

Off to Hogwarts after Harry Potter Studio Tour. A must for any Harry Potter geek! 

My lovely friend Jess came to London to catch up with Family and surprised me!! 

Reunited!

Bastille Day at Borough Markets

Flowery pubs!

Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College, the UNESCO world heritage site

The Chapel

Exploring with Kate!!

The view from Queen Anne’s house out to the Thames and Canary Wharf

Husband Hunting!!

My Local Market! Tooting!

Pop Brixton, with delicious food, drinks, music and even a kiwi wine shop.

Lambeth Country Fair. Think Grey Lynn Park Festival, only 10 times the size, diversity and variety. Great music, delicious food, quidditch, jousting, flowers, farm animals, carnival rides and much much more! Definitely a highlight of the South London Calendar. 

Ah the tube….

The tube, where many an hour is spent underground, zooming through tunnels on your way to various destinations, without a care for the fabulous sights and sounds above you. It’s very easy to spend all your time getting around on the tube and never walking, and therefore not having any sense of direction and how near or far various things are.

That said, the tube is also a wonderful place to observe your fellow humans going about their lives, and oh my there are some sights to be seen. 

Dogs. Dogs underground, on a train with their owners. I have seen the tiniest of handbags dogs, cuddled up with Mum. The happy medium sized dog sitting between Dad’s feet waiting eagerly for him to stand up and indicate this train journey was over. There was even the massive Weimaraner, just chilling by the doors, looking very relaxed by the screeching  and jerking of the tube.  
There’s the loud and obnoxious teenagers, talking far louder than necessary and being incredibly irritating and inconsiderate. 

There was the obviously very drunk young lady, clearly totally hammered at 10pm on a Tuesday. For a second there I thought she might throw up on me with her hand over her mouth like that. Luckily the tube arrived at the next station in the knick of time, where she got off and spewed in the rubbish bin on the platform. 

Travelers are people you see all the time on the tube, usually excited or tired from travels, deciphering the tube map to get to the next sight. This time though, the traveler cried silently while hiding her eyes, maybe missing home, her family, who knows…

Every now and then, the homeless man enters your train car, begging for a few coins to buy himself a meal as he shakes his cup. 

A young professional, suit and tie, grooving out to whatever music he was listening to, before suddenly realising where he was. A quick glance around and an embarrassed look and he was back to downcast eyes and sullen face. 

An important looking person, reading important looking papers while some other nosey person was reading them over their shoulder. 

The best part of the tube is all the people who don’t draw your attention, but just exist alongside you. The tube is by far the best place to see all the different and unique styles of the people of London. From fashionista, tattooed rocker, suited banker and everything in between. It really is a true picture of the people of London, many and varied, who just are who they are. 

Portobello Markets

A lovely Saturday in London calls for a trip to the famous Portobello Markets in Notting Hill. Portobello Road was crowded to the max with tourists and locals alike, browsing stalls of jewellery, bags, antiques, souvenirs, food and other knick knacks. The markets are serenaded by buskers at each corner, adding a fun and relaxing vibe to the markets where it seems impossible not to bump into people or get in someones way. Kate and I had a lovely day exploring the markets and enjoying some delicious food and Pimms. We even managed to find “the Blue Door” made famous by Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, however the Travel Bookshop is now a souvenir shop, even if the old signs are still up.

We finished our day with more Pimms (and strawberries) in the sun in Clapham Common, before a shower passed over making the grass wet and no longer ideal for picnicking.

So many people out to explore the markets

Anyone in need of a gas mask?

The Blue Door!
Pimms with a view of the market.

Saaarf Landan Yea

I am officially a South Londoner. Well not really, but this week I moved into my new flat in Tooting! I’m flatting with three other girls, one American and two Brits, in a cute little street with the common just up the road and only 5 minutes to the tube. I quite like my new neighbourhood. There are plenty of food places nearby, and Balham with its shops/cafes is a 10 minute walk, and Flotsum and Jetsum the kiwi cafe is only 15 minutes away. Perfect! 


My new flat!

It’s a very cute street.


Tooting Common, this week I’ll be trying out the Lido.