Some observations from Keston Common

During reading week Mr. Transport and I trundled through south London’s suburbs, dreary under the muted light of fat, grey clouds, to Keston Common. Descending the steps towards the ponds, Mr. Transport and I noticed that a sluiceway guiding the River Ravensbourne from its brimming source up at Caeser’s Well, was carving its own slow tributary and puddling at the foot of the steps, as if to protest its containment. Read More ...more

Area Guide to Highbury, London

It's been almost a year since we moved to the N5 area (between Highbury and Finsbury Park). In that time I've seen a few new businesses pop up and seriously think it's only a matter of time before it becomes the next up-and-coming London neighbourhood to watch. What I love most about the area is that N5 has only a handful of chains and the majority of local businesses are one-off London gems. The N5 area is also super close to the hip and hippy Stoke Newington, and Clissold Park is just two minutes' walk away too....more

15 Tips for Traveling to Bruges and London, with Two Sixes

My husband and I just got back from an amazing trip to Bruge and London! We did a lot of things right this time, and we screwed some things up as well. Since I felt like I wasn't able to find a lot of practical tips before we left, I'm anxious to tell you what we learned! I imagine many of these tips will be appropriate for other international travel, but since our trip was so specific, I don't want to generalize....more
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The moment you realise you're the oldest person at the gig

Last week I was excited to be attending my first gig in eight months at Borderline in Soho. After this hiatus I was looking forward to cramming myself into a tiny, sweaty venue, to drink some cider and to move my shoulders, or just tap my foot, in time with the music of UK/US band Drowners. In fact, I couldn’t think of a more pleasant way to spend my Wednesday evening....more

What it feels like to return to London

I’m hot, sweaty and wishing more than anything that the guy behind me would stop leaning against me breathing alcohol fumes in my face. Sadly there is no room to escape. I am crammed into a tube carriage, with my 60-litre, mud-covered backpack, dodging evil looks from commuters because I made the fatal faux pas of passing through central London at 8:30am on a Friday morning. I know I don’t have a leg to stand on so I keep my eyes pointed down, I bite my tongue and I apologise profusely every time the doors open and more commuters sardine themselves in around me....more

Visiting London This Summer? Here's What You Should Do

London summers are really hit or miss. Near the start of this year's summer, we had two straight weeks of chilly, driving rain. Luckily, that's passed and we've reached some pretty warm temperatures. Needless to say, I'm taking advantage of it like woah. Between strolling around our local parks (London's are the best), discovering back streets, and going to cool things like steam fairs, we've been out and about as much we can....more

Honeymoon Day 10: Greenwich & Blackheath

When we awoke on Day 11, it was to the lovely scent of breakfast being prepared by Lovely Lizzie. We staggered downstairs, where our hostess fed us and pour various hot, caffeinated beverages into our gullets. There was even a tea cozy on the tea pot. Being American and as couth as rabid raccoon, I had never seen the use of tea cozy in real life. I was entranced, much to Lizzie’s profound amusement. ...more

Honeymoon: Bard Night

I need to think about something pleasant, something fun, and I am sure y’all do too. Thus, I will continue with Tales of the Great Honeymoon 2013. Around supper time Awesome, Da Bomb, myself, and Sweet Babou all met up with another friend I had only known through the interwebs – Lovely Lizzie and the Taurus of her dreams, Handsome Hubby. We all immediately bonded like superglue (or at least I did; they may have been gagging for escape and I didn’t have an inkling). ...more

London Fashion Highlights: Ostwald Helgason

Europe Fashion Weeks: Spring / Summer 2014The streets come alive during the fashion weeks across Europe. Extravagant designs, magnificent embellishments and curated trends lure fashion industry professionals from all over the world. Europe is sought out for its diverse source of innovation. London, Madrid, Paris and Milan each convey a unique design approach that demands attention.    This week we are showcasing a designer from London.LONDON:  September 13 – 17, 2013Ostwald Helgason...more