What I Did: An Afternoon in London


A couple of weeks ago – before the snow, when it actually felt like Spring was knocking on the door – Sunny and I went away to London for a few days to see family… and try Bungle on the open road.  He’s never been more than 20 minutes in a car and has never stayed away from home – so we thought we’d take him along with us and try him out!

You all know I’ve got a strange relationship with London.  I lived there for five years and still can’t quite work out how I feel about the place.  I suppose it’s like that wild friend you hardly ever see and then when you do see them you know you’re going to end up with a massive hangover, £100 missing from your bank account and a reminder of just exactly why you hardly ever see them.  I mean, I LOVE London; I always have to pay my respects and drop by when I’m there and it’s so easy to get swept away by the buildings, the food and the noise.  Buuuuuuut, God is it nackering!  I spent one afternoon pottering around and it literally broke me in every sense of the word!  (You want how much for a sandwich?!)

My first stop was Notting Hill.  I spent an hour wallking around Portobello Road (🎶Portobello Road, Street where the riches of ages are sold….!) looking at all the colourful houses.  The lower half of Portobello Road near Notting Hill Gate one of the most photogenic streets in London, I think, especially at the moment with all the cherry blossom popping.

When my stomach started to rumble, I hopped on a train to Liverpool Street and met Sunny at Franco Manca for lunch.  If you asked me what my one regret was about leaving London, my answer would be that I’d left Franco Manca’s glorious sourdough  pizza behind.  Though probably not a bad thing for my waistline, eh?  😉

Full of pizza, I left Sunny in the city and hopped on the central line over to Oxford Street where I zig-zagged in and out of shops.  I didn’t buy anything, but I did try on this lovely cobalt blue wrap dress in Oasis.  I’ve got a couple of weddings coming up and I quite fancy this for one of them.  What d’you think?  🙂

By four I’d had my London fix and was ready to get the hell out!  I know some people wouldn’t live anywhere else, but it’s not for me.

Have a great week everyone!

London Snapshots

London and I?  I guess you’d call our relationship difficult.  And although I can say with 100% that I don’t miss living and working there, I still get all bright eyed and excited when I see the smoggy bricks and rising glass of the city.  There’s nowhere quite like London, but I do get fed up of how busy and expensive it is after a few days – I guess we’re better off as friends!

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I’ve done the Cardiff to London stint a lot over the years.  A lot.

In case you didn’t know, my husband’s from South East London and so when we left Swansea University we did the long distance thing for a while.  Yep.  I’m over-rehearsed in the whole Megabus routine; you know, getting there extra early to make sure you’re at the head of the queue for a window seat (…oh and then donning your headphones and pretending to be asleep as soon your butt hits the seat to minimize the probability of having someone sit next to you), and then that long lug up the street from Victoria Coach Station to Victoria Train Station.  I’ve driven plenty of times too, the M4 and I go way back; Membury is my favourite Services in case you’re wondering (they’ve got a Subway, y’know), and I’m so used to spending an irritating five minutes re-tuning my radio at Swindon that I’ve got a switch-over station programmed into it now.  Oh yes.  Back when I moved to London, I started to take the train home to see my family instead.  Yeah, it’s quicker (by about 45 minutes), but unless you book months in advance it’s really expensive, and there’ll be swarms of pigeons waiting to welcome you on the platform at Paddington.

Well, now there’s another way.  Last week Sunny’s Mum turned 60, so instead jumping in the car and hitting the M4, I decided to fly to London instead.  No pigeons, no traffic, no pretending to sleep.  I felt very fancy pants 🙂

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Hall Place

A couple of weeks ago we took a drive to London to see Sunny’s Mum and Dad.  The weather in Wales was very…un-Welsh.  Having been spoiled by consecutive days of blazing sunshine, we threw into the suitcase an optimistic ensemble of shorts, skirts, t shirts… and those strappy wedges I own that only ever make an appearance when the mercury rises above twenty.  We soon had a shock when we drove through Lewisham and spotted winter coats, scarves and fur hats…  It was freezing.  And wet.  And windy.  Yuck.

The rain did ease enough for us to take one trip to Hall Place though.

Sunny and I got married here nearly three years ago, so understandably it’s one of our favourite places 🙂