London at Christmas

Treasure Hunt in London

My girlfriend managed, somehow, don’t ask me how, to get tickets for the very-much-sold-out-until-I-don’t-know-when Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. She also thought it would be boring if I just got a plain envelope to open in front of our lovely tree. So, she got me socks instead. How thoughtful. Ok. That’s not entirely true. I’m being unfair. She planned a treasure hunt for me. One where I had to get up at 6 in the morning on a Sunday. To be fair, we’d decided we want to drive into London on Christmas Day a few months ago. Walk around […]

Open Air Cinema

Open-Air Cinema in London at Somerset House 2

The Somerset House website describes the even in the following way: Each summer, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court hosts London’s most beautiful open-air cinema; Film4 Summer Screen. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar, the series features a range of films, all showing on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound. I love attending open-air cinema events. As a child we would go regularly and it was always a summer highlight. Since we’d seen the musical with Glenn Close, we decided Sunset Boulevard was the right film to watch. Especially because I, gasp, hadn’t ever seen it before. I […]

Restaurant in London: Red Dog Saloon

Amidst all the terrible news that we seem to be facing day after day, I thought it was time for another restaurant review, because talking about food makes me happy (and hungry). Cooking for me is better than meditation. I can just focus on my pan and my spices and create something magical. Every now and then, however, a restaurant with delicious food is exactly what I’m in the mood for. We ate at the Red Dog Saloon for the first time on my 30th birthday and it was delicious, though I wasn’t too enamoured with our waitress who insisted […]

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery in London 4

The Highgate Cemetery in London is easily accessible via the tube. Get off at ‘Archway’ (High Barnet branch of the Northern Line) and then either take a bus (210, 143, 271) for two stops or walk. The walk is only about five minutes long and the stroll through Waterlow Park is definitely worth it. It might even be a great place for a picnic before or after your visit to the cemetery. The cemetery is divided into two sides. The East Cemetery is where Karl Marx is buried. Visitors are allowed to roam freely, and the entrance charge is only […]

Hidden Gems in London: St Dunstan in the East

London has a few gorgeous hidden gems lost between the vast buildings. Most of them we found by accident, usually whilst geocaching. Others I’ve read about on this thing called the Internet. I’d seen pictures of St Dunstan in the East and I immediately knew I had to check it out. I love gardens and churches; they both often offer romanticism and peace. The remains of St Dunstan in the East can be reached in just a few minutes from either Monument or Tower Hill tube station. We were in the vicinity many times in the last year, but we were […]

postmans park

Hidden Gems in London: Postman’s Park

Central London has a few hidden gems tucked away behind and in the middle of big buildings. They are usually small parks that are worth a visit. Postman’s Park is such a park, just north of St Paul’s Cathedral. We discovered it while geocaching. You can find it by following the street St Martin’s Le Grand just outside the St Paul’s tube station. The entrance is marked by an old police box. Like most parks it opens at 8 in the morning and closes at 7 or at dusk, whichever comes first. Postman’s Park was first opened in 1880 on […]