“Is there anything you particularly want to do while in London?” I asked my good friend, Amy, in a Facebook message. It was September 2013, and she was visiting me from the US for a week in London. I had thoughts of the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey — or perhaps something a bit more unusual, like The Hunterian, or Columbia Road Flower Market.
My phone dinged not two seconds later, with the message, “Can we go here?” She popped through a link: Mayfield Lavender, a lavender field located not too far outside of London. But far enough away that it made me go, “Really Amy?” and roll my eyes slightly. Amy loves nature and the outdoors — she was on her way to do a year of WOOFing through Europe, after all — so this somewhat strange request didn’t really surprise me.
In the end, we didn’t have time to make the trip out to see the lavender during her visit. But this conversation was the very first time I had even heard about Mayfield Lavender (from a non-local, no less!). It is what began a four-year quest to make it down to see the lavender blooming, each year a failure — until this July, when I finally ticked it off my bucket list.
Tucked away from the shops and tourists of Regent Street lies the restaurant-laden Heddon Street. “I didn’t even know this was here!” Stag proclaimed as we rounded the corner. Here you’ll find restaurant and sake bar, Sakagura, nestled among an array of other culinary delights. We arrived on a rainy Wednesday evening to try their new ‘Yakiniku’ barbecue menu. Much to our delight, we left later that night full of delicious grilled foods, happy from all the sake (*innocent face*) and, most importantly, impressed at the innovation behind some incredible taste combinations. Sakagura is not one to miss.
Would you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert? While I know it’s difficult to pin people neatly into specific categories (although it does make life easier, doesn’t it), I can comfortably say I am an ‘Introverted Extrovert.’ A Former pure Extrovert, my slow descent into Adulthood has seen me relish the comforts of nights in, pyjamas and regular unsocial events. However, what contradicts all of this ‘alone’ time is that usually I want Stag around for all of it. Deep down, I am my best, most motivated self when I am around others. And while I am so happy I’ve found a Life Partner who brings me joy and confidence, there are the occasional times when I’m — gasp — left alone. Such as this upcoming bank holiday weekend.
You know those people who always seem to be one-step-ahead of the ‘what’s happening’ scene in London? Yep, that’s not me, either. However, as there is a chance Stag and I will be saying goodbye to this wonderful city soon (more on that later!), I’ve been attempting to find out more about the going-ons and happenings. A zillion newsletters and daily emails later, I’m still not one of those people, but I have managed to learn about a few interesting happenings. One of which ended up being the most incredible art-meets-light immersive exhibition: teamLab’s “Transcending Boundaries.”
Featured image via Ralph & Rice. So you know how celebs/bloggers/annoying people in your life have ‘their’ salon that they always go to? The ‘hair stylist’ they can only trust to do their hair? Yep, you can tell I am not one of those people. Not because of lack of want, but because A.) I am financially dependent on first-time Treatwell discounts (my hair is fucking expensive and loooooong, people) and B). I hadn’t found one I liked enough yet.
Well, a few Mondays ago, one salon was able to break through my cynical shell and bring me that ohhh I get it now! moment that I had been wanting to find: Ralph & Rice. My favourite salon in London.