This month is going to be very…telling.
Interesting. Time to experiment artistically. I can feel that Summer is on its way. So let’s get this party started. It has been beautiful being back in London for the week. Blue skies and starry nights. Now I’m ready to head on out again, fresh and focused.
Vintage waistcoat and boots
Tom Ford fragrance
Good to go.
Covent Garden Market
Byron Brownie anyone?
It was nice to be home this Week.
Yesterday was grand.
Today shall be as well.
The sun was shining high.
I’m in a good mood, can you tell?
Round the back
79 Highgate Road
October was orange.
Caravan. Dirty burgers and walks down the canal.
Reading. History books and eating the dinosaur.
Wallflower and buying flowers in Covent Garden.
London Cocktail Week shenanigans and classes with laughter.
Drinking hot chocolate at the W and stuffing my face with Thai food.
Old school friends. Disco dancing and two bottles of wine.
A tour of Liverpool. A lot of rain.
It’s getting colder.
I feel older.
Photo by my friend Z. Iqbal
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One would think that I would have reached my burger limit when I was out in LA, but little over a week after being back in London, where do I find myself? DIRTY BURGER. The burger shack, born from the Soho House collective, boasts a small, pop-up-shop vibe and a very simple menu. There’s one burger and two options for the sides. However, the menu does not need to be extensive because this burger is delicious. It’s juicy, it’s messy, it’s DIRTY. The onion fries are crispy (but perhaps slightly too peppery to eat a whole portion) and the crinkle cut fries compliment the burger wonderfully, soaking up all of the meat’s juices. The shakes are a good shout for something sweet and in general it’s definitely an experience as you sit perched on the stools and cram round the one table standing in the middle of the room. It becomes clear as I sit staring around at the furnishings that this burger joint does not need to be stylish, fancy or even well, furnished. The rich, flavoursome food does all the talking. Oh and it’s extremely affordable!
79 Highgate Road, NW5 1TL
It’s Johnny Knoxville meets Jamie Oliver.
Friday night was a laugh. Ended up going to four parties. It was fuuuun.
These next few days are going to be insane (partly because there’s still so much dessert leftover in the house from yesterday’s epic feast *see below*), but mostly because of all the madness I have lined up! WHOOP!
So seeing as Summer has hit the capital, I think it’s necessary that we all soak up the rays before they return back to their hiding place behind the clouds and the grey that we’ve come to know all to well. To best do this, it’s pretty much essential that everyone gets to jam, hang, eat, chill…on a rooftop/terrace in London. Here are two of my favourites (where you do not need to be a member/part of some secret club/in the know):
1. FIFTH FLOOR TERRACE, HARVEY NICHOLS
If you’re a shop-a-holic and you fancy a trip down to Knightsbridge, then the Harvey Nichols roof terrace is the perfect spot for you. After a long day of trying on clothes, piling up the price tags and no doubt adding to your already well-stocked wardrobe, you need look no further than the fifth floor terrace. It’s conveniently located at the top of the department store which boasts eight floors of fashion, beauty & lifestyle. Many forget that Harvey Nics also serves up a splendid array of dishes and drinks on the fifth floor. There’s a restaurant, cafe and terrace. Chill outside underneath the parasols or appreciate the sun beaming down on your face. The in-house burger is a beaut…in line with the Queen’s Jubilee and their celebration of a truly British Summer, the Fifth Floor Café is offering their (abovementioned) beaut British burger and beer or cider of your choice for £15. The offer is available until Friday 31 August, Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 10.30pm. They also do a delightful afternoon tea for those who prefer something sweet.
2. QUEEN OF HOXTON ROOFTOP
If West isn’t for you then another great spot is located on top of Curtain Road’s Queen of Hoxton. Expect it to be very busy full of barbecue-lovers, cool kids and generally fly folk. It’s a lovely spot and I’ve spent many an hour here (cramped in a corner) with a cider in my hand, absorbing the atmosphere. One of the best things about QOH is that they have a rooftop cinema club which offers up a selection of evening screenings. Although most films, that are showing in the next few weeks, are sold-out, be sure to check out their site to see if you can get your hands on any tickets - rooftopfilmclub.com. June will see them screen classics such as ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Goonies’ as well as more recent films such as ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Shame’.
So what are you waiting for?
Get involved and enjoy the sun while it’s shining!
If you’re ever in London and you fancy eating breakfast in the middle of the day, then The Breakfast Club is the place. Of course you can go and have your morning meal there, or even dine at TBC, but for some reason, there’s nothing better (in my opinion) than rocking up in the early afternoon and having their beautiful brunch (usually served 9-5). They then do a late late breakfast, ‘filling in the after 5pm slot, because it’s always breakfast-time somewhere in the world’ which is well-suited to all those nursing hangovers, often unable or incapable of leaving the house until it’s dark again. The menu is massive; offering up countless variations of eggs (benedict, florentine, royale, on toast), pancakes with just about anything, sandwiches, butties and even a breakfast burrito. I’ve been going for quite some time now and have made sure to hit up all four TBCs around the city. I loooove it. The food is SO good.
If you haven’t been, I suggest you go and check it out. If you have, go again!
My diary has been manic as of late.
The Duchess in the day, I do love the Old Vic.
St Martin’s Lane Hotel. The Light Bar. One of my favourite spots to chill out, grab a glass and catch up with friends. They do a fantastic Old Fashioned. I haven’t found myself there three times in the past two weeks *cough cough*.
I had a lovely dinner on Thursday night with some friends; old and new and laughed a lot. A lot. It just confirmed how much I do enjoy good food, good company (and good drink ).
Finished the night, partying in PUBLIC.
Wednesday is quickly becoming my favourite day of the week.
For the past few weeks, they have all been so good. Spontaneous. A midweek madness. Yesterday was certainly no different. I started off the day in an IR class in the morning and ended it drinking wine and eating ice-cream with friends at Soho House. Everything in between was rather wonderful. The bipolar British weather did not stop me from walking around Londontown and running some errands. Nor did it sway me to stay in. I ended up at a fashion event with a friend and helped her win a trip to Paris. As you do. So here’s hoping next Wednesday follows suit and is just as memorable, or at least, just as fun.
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