Category Archives: Things to do

Things To Do – May

May

With work being super busy with travelling, I won’t be in the City that much for the next month but I’ve managed to find a few things that I want to try cram into my free time.

Shaun in the City: I’ve been trying to walk home some nights after work, either all the way or at least some of the way and I’ve come across several differently designed ‘Shaun the Sheep’s’ which looks really cool. There are 50 sculptures across London to find. You can even download an app (costing £1.49) to help you find all the sculptures which makes it really interactive. This makes this a perfect day to spend in London following the trails and seeing some sights at the same time. And it’s all for a good cause as the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity is a national charity raising funds to improve the lives of sick children in hospitals across the UK. All of the sculptures will be auctioned off later in the year to raise even more money.

London Transport Museum Friday Lates: I’m not the most cultured person in the world and whilst I like going to the odd museum, I’m not in one every other week. But when you add entertainment, drinks and most importantly food, my interest rises through the roof for it. Lots of museums in London tend to have later opening times mostly on Friday’s and put something extra on. I really want to go to the London Transport Museum where they have film screenings, quizzes and music. Tickets are £12 each. More info here.

Outdoor Sport: I’ve spoken about this before but I am really getting into more exercise over the past couple of weeks. Something that I’m really keen to get into even though I am shocking is to play more tennis. There are a couple of parks near me that have tennis courts and it’s really simple to book a court, just choose the hour you want, no need to be part of a club so it’s super easy. Tennis rackets will be going on my birthday list! I found a useful website here that will help you find local tennis courts:

Outdoor Bars: As we look forward to the summer months, I think London changes and its nice to sit out and look over some spectacular views with a pimms of course. Timeout have done a great top list of the best places to go found here. The addition I would make is the Searcys One New Change which is near to Bank Underground where you can get a view of the Shard and St Pauls Cathedral.

Have a good May!

Just Alice – Film Review

Just Alice

This week I went and watched Just Alice at my work’s film club. It’s amazing, it’s only £2 and you get free snacks and wine, a much better deal than any London cinema. *Don’t worry – no spoilers*

Just Alice tells the story of a intelligent professor and Mum who finds that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Undoubtedly, its a subtle film following Alice as she deteriorates over her life time and how her relationship between her and her family changes. Alice is played by Julianne Moore who I thought was excellent, the irony of Alice being a linguistics professor juxtaposed with her now discovering forgetting words is really gripping. And whilst there are some points that really open your heart and sad, I feel that it could have delved into the emotion and heartache of the relationships between Alice and her family. Also, it ended when I was totally unexpecting it, in a bad way. It didn’t feel finished, you didn’t see the despair with the family, it just sort of ended.

I would call this film average, despite some strong moments within the film that nearly bring you to tears, it doesn’t grab you as much as it could have. I felt like it had a lot of potential but wasn’t used. It really was ‘just’ average.

Things to Do – March

March

It’s been a bit quiet on here lately because I’ve been out of the country on holiday. (More about that next week.) Since I’ve come back from holiday, I’ve noticed a big difference in how sunny and brighter it is outside so this month I thought I would celebrate the start of Spring with some good things to get everyone outdoors in March.

Visit London’s parks: All I want to do at weekends in London is spend time in space that resembles a slightly higher percentage of green than grey. Since its getting warmer, its not a more enjoyable experience spending a decent amount of time outside. I’l be heading to the park for a picnic with University friends this weekend, I’m thinking either Victoria Park or Regents Park. For a list of the best parks, see here.

Head of the River Race: This is one of London’s longest running sport traditions happening on the 29th March. Every spring, 400 crews come to race along the River Thames. This is a great excuse to find a cosy pub along the river somewhere, drink in hand watching the boats go past. Something to do on a chilled Sunday. Apparently the best places to watch the race from are Chiswick Bridge where they start, cheer Barnes Bridge as they gather pace, or Hammersmith Bridge. Find out more here.

Columbia Road Flower Market: Not forgetting Mothers Day in March on the 15th. Flowers are always a good option, and getting your mum a present this year can be a day out in itself! Head down to Columbia Road Flower Market in Bethnal Green, its got some amazing flower stalls as well as some cute chic boutique shops that you could peruse for houses… perhaps to purchase a vase. Columbia Road Market is open from 8am – 3pm every Sunday. Find out more here.

Fire and Stone: I visited Fire and Stone in Covent Garden in the past week and it will definitely be somewhere that I shall be revisiting more than once again given the number of pizza’s I wanted to eat all at once last time. The menu is so good and so far from the obvious pizza toppings, it also has some great cocktails! Find out more here. 

Saatchi Gallery: I’ve been recommended to come to the Saatchi gallery near Sloane Square by some friends who came down to London for the day. It showcases pop art that has exploited identifiable imagery from mass media and everyday life to reflect on the nature of the world we live in. It’s my kinda art – I like my art to make a point.

Things to Do – January

January

It seems the new year came around so quickly that I completely forgot to scour the world wide web to find the best things to do in London in this sometimes dismal month! Appropriately, this month, I’ve tried to find the best things to do that can help us all keep up those cliche new years resolutions.

I want to eat healthier“: Whenever I focus on being healthy, I’ll go out to the supermarket and stuff my fridge shelves with a multi colour set of vegetables. However, when I go out for dinner and I try to go out for dinner A LOT (my excuse is that there are too many restaurants to get round in London) the whole healthy meals goes straight out the window. It’s just too difficult in restaurants. So that’s when I tried to find some healthy-ier restaurants in London. And I’ve found this, first of all it’s got natural in the title which sounds goo and the dishes look pretty too. Now I know natural doesn’t necessarily mean healthy but at least they sound healthy. That counts right?

I want to get fit“: One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given and I could give to others with exercise is to battle it together! It makes it less of a bore and actually a fun activity! Then you can go celebrate together once you’ve achieved your goal! One of the other things that bugs me about exercise is the number of expensive exercise classes. Mainly due to the fact that it’s just another reason to put it off! I think it’s a well known thing but there are several free 5km park runs organised all over London. I believe the majority of them are on Saturdays at 9am which makes a perfect start to your weekend! Click here to find you’re nearest run! It’s also a great way to meet new people near where you live. Who knows… it may not just be something to do in January.

I want to save more money“: Out of all of my friends, I definitely feel the pinch in London all year around, not just after the big Christmas spending session. I’ve even missed the post Christmas sales this year. But in London, when you want to do stuff, it’s hard to do much without emptying your purse every 5 damn minutes. So I’ve had a look through the free events throughout the month of January and my top pick is this, it’s free entry to an evenings of Blue’s music at the Silver Bullet (near Finsbury Park underground station). People are welcome to come jam or alternatively to sit and soak up the music. I’ll most definitely be doing the latter.

I want to do Dry January“: Now I’m not the biggest drinker in the world so this applies less to me but several of my friends commit to not drinking any alcohol in January. With the option of pubbing it up one evening out the window, instead of going for a drink in the evening, why not go out for pudding instead? Secretly, its something that I’ve been doing for years. Pudding is so much better than main meals and sometimes better than a glass of wine in my opinion. Pudding not pubbing if you will? And I reckon this place is a winner being appropriately named, ‘The Pudding Bar’. I will definitely be checking this out this month. The only thing being, perhaps this isn’t the best idea if your other resolution is to eat healthier. Pickers can’t be choosers!

I want to learn something new“: Well then, its back to school and get studying those books. I joke, but visiting the British Library wouldn’t go a miss. It’s one of those places that you have to visit at least once while you live in London. So this gives you the perfect excuse, now go get lost in exhibits, books, and poetry readings.

Enjoy January

Lights at Christmas – Picture Overload

This week, I thought I would keep the word count short and focus on all of the pretty pictures I’ve taken over the past week which also included visiting the Enchanted Woodland in Syon Park. photo 1 photo 2 photo 4

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November LondonEach month, I scour the web to find the best and most unique things to spend your free weekends doing in the big smoke! This month – bonfire night is the highlight along with some foodie related places as always.

1. Bonfire Night: I love the 5th November, the idea of getting dressed up warm in the crisp Autumn air! Think hats, scarves, gloves, holding the biggest cup of hot chocolate in one hand and a sparkler in another! I always have fond memories of bonfire night, it always seems to be a good night with friends. To find a fireworks display near you, visit here.

2. Seas of Red: If you haven’t seen this already then it’s a must. The major art installation ‘Seas of Red‘ is showing at the Tower of London to mark one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. It is so stunning that I plan on visiting it for a second time round. But hurry – it ends on the 11th November. For more information, click here.

3.  BBC Good Food Show: I don’t think a month will ever go by without some sort of food related thing to do in London. The BBC Good Food Show is being held at Olympia London (High Street Kensington is the closest tube) from the 14th to 16th November. Expect ‘eyes bigger than your stomach’ amounts of food and drink, demonstrations from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as well as a ‘Bakes and Cakes Village’. What isn’t to love! To buy tickets, click here.

4. The Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell, London: I visited this pub restaurant last week with work and I was wowed by the decor and the interior features. It was just such a cool place to sit and have a drink and gave such a relaxed atmosphere. I didn’t even get a chance to try the food but I would definitely go there again! Find out more here.

5. Vauxhall Christmas Tree Maze: I really wanted to leave anything Christmas related until December but when I found this, I could not wait. Imagine a gigantic maze made out of Christmas trees crammed with fairy lights on an autumn evening! There’s even an outdoor ice rink, food stalls and a craft market! Who knows how many hours of entertainment this could provide, for me and my maze cracking skills, probably all weekend! For more information, click here.