Thursday, 6 September 2018

MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE CITY


Even though I moved to London 5 years ago, I had never spent a summer here until now. Having grown up in Spain I had spent all my summer breaks at home in Mallorca but part of being an adult is getting a job, and jobs don't usually come with summer breaks sadly. 

Not going to lie I was dreading spending it here, I was expecting 15˚C max. and many grey cloudy days. 

Instead I got a heatwave... life's a funny thing. 

I thought I was going to hate it heloved it - London in summer is so amazing and there are so many things to do, it's almost better than Spain. Honestly, the city transforms as soon as the sun is out and it's slightly warm- everyone (and I literally mean everyone) is out having drinks, eating dinner on rooftops, going to the park on the weekends and just walking around and exploring this beautiful city. 



I never realised how lively and happy everyone would be, and I am sure the wonderful weather definitley helped, but it honestly made me not miss home at all. All that was missing was a swimming pool or a beach but I can live. 

By far what I loved the most were the sunny Sundays spent napping at Primrose Hill, eating bread and chorizo, getting a bit too sunburnt and eating ice cream whilst staring at London's skyline. Oh, and of course the evenings spent at the pub watching the World Cup games. Everyone just came together to support England and enjoy the sunshine, it was beautiful. If only the World Cup happened every year...I don't think I had ever felt that emotional about football, or any other sport for that matter. 


London truly transforms once the days are longer and the sun is out, everyone suddenly becomes so friendly and outgoing and you genuinely feel like you live in the best city in the world. 

However, we're going to quickly ignore the tube because commuting in that heat was definitley an adventure, even though I was lucky enough to be on a line with AC for the first half of the summer (Met line, I miss you every day). 


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Sunday, 2 September 2018

A DAY IN CAMBRIDGE


Living in London, it can be very easy to feel like you never have to leave, anything you could ever want is probably here - any type of restaurant, park, entertainment and museum. 

However, it can be so nice and refreshing to leave the city for a day and there are so many great places that are so close and so easy to get to! Last week, me and my friend decided to visit Cambridge for the day (as apparently we have run out of brunch places to try here lol). 

Getting there only took a bit over an hour by train from Liverpool Street and it was just over £10 so not expensive at all! 

We left London at around 10AM and got to Cambridge right after 11AM. The train station is very close to the city centre so we just walked towards the main part which is around King's College. Our first stop was, obviously, brunch because what else would I do? 


We went to Hot Numbers Cafe which is this really cute and cosy cafe where I can imagine loads of students go to work in the winter - it had big wooden tables and their food was so tasty! It was also very cheap compared to most brunch places in London which is always a plus. 

After we had fuelled our bodies with carbs, sugar and caffeine, we ventured into the actual town. I had been to Cambridge twice before, once when I was very young with my family and then again when I went to summer boarding school when I was about 16 - so I kind of knew my way around it a bit and knew where I wanted to go. Regardless of how many times I visit Cambridge, my favourite spot will always be right outside King's College. It is such a beautiful college which reminds me so much of Harry Potter and also makes me want to do another degree and go to Cambridge (even though we all know that's never going to happen). 



We tried to go in but decided it wasn't worth the £15 they were asking for, it's simply extortionate especially since you can visit other less famous colleges for free! 

Something worth doing whilst you're there is climbing the Church of St Mary the Great. You do have to pay £5 but the view is definitley worth it! You can see so many colleges and the whole town of Cambridge which is simply stunning. 

After, we wandered around the town centre and browsed the market before spending a good two hours in TK Maxx looking at home decor... whoops. 

Right after we left TK Maxx it started pouring which was beyond annoying as we had spent the last couple of hours of sunshine in a store. We decided to hide from the rain and go to the very well known cafe called Fitzbillies, famous for their Chelsea buns.  Not going to lie, all their pastries looked insane, but obviously we had to try the famous buns. It was my first time trying one so I can't compare it to anything else but it was really good and I can imagine having them as an afternoon snack during autumn with some hot chocolate... so maybe I'll have to get some imported from Cambridge. 




The rain stopped for around half an hour during which we visited one of the free colleges: Pembroke College. It genuinely felt like I was in another world, almost like Hogwarts. I can't imagine actually going to uni there and living in those colleges, I would love to experience it but probably only for a couple of weeks - I'm too much of a city girl.

We were planning to visit a few more colleges and explore the town a bit more but since it was raining so much we decided to leave at around 4PM as we can always go back another day! 

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

MY TOP 3 FOOD MARKETS IN EAST LONDON


If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know by now I love food - my whole social life revolves around food: brunch, cake, lunch, dinner, drinks, you name it. 

If there is food, I am there. 

Living in London makes it so easy to want to try a different cafe every weekend, Instagram is flooded with food accounts about the best places to eat in the city. And you can’t say no to a mouth watering brunch that’s only a tube ride away. 

I have never been a market kind of girl. I like to sit down at a table and chat with my friends whilst we wait for our food and enjoy the nice decor. Also, London’s weather is not exactly ideal to walk around markets as you never know when it’s going to start raining, hailing or snowing. 

However, since the weather has been so lush recently I have been spending most of my time outdoors. When it’s sunny and warm in London, it is a sin to stay inside. That means, I have been exploring more markets and ditching the Instagrammable overpriced cafes in West London for the equally overpriced food markets in East London. So I thought it was only fair to share y favourite ones

GREENWICH MARKET


I quite literally stumbled upon this market a few weeks ago when I was walking around Greenwich - I had no idea there was a market there, let alone one that sold food. I had a Mexican empanada and a delish iced latte for lunch, which I totally recommend. They also had a great selection of desserts, from refreshing watermelon juice to rich and dense brownies. I tried some Jamaican dessert made with coconut (I wish I could remember what it was!) which was so good! 

VICTORIA PARK MARKET


Okay, if you like cheese and live in London - you have to go to the food market in Victoria Park and try the grilled cheese from Meltsmiths - it is the best thing I have ever tried. It comes with onion jam, which at first I wasn’t too sure about, but oh my actual god it goes so well with the cheese and it is just so incredibly good. No words can explain how good it is, you just have to try it. 

I also had a cheesecake brownie which was fab, and I definitely want to go back and try the giant cookies and the red velvet cake. 


OLD SPITAFIELDS MARKET


One word: pizza. They have the best pizza in London, in my opinion, in London. You do have to wait for a bit as there is usually a small queue but it is so worth it! They also have really good baklava, which is one of my favourite dessert, so I always have to have it when I am around there. 

I do think this market is very hyped up, but if you want good pizza or good baklava definitley worth a visit! 

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

THE 3 BAGS THAT YOU NEED THIS SUMMER


There are two things I love: bags and shoes. No girl can ever have enough of these, especially bags. You need one for every occasion - going to work, school, lunch, dinner, a walk in the park, a party... finding the right bag is a real struggle. Which is probably why I always end up buying a new one every time I go shopping, you never know when it's going to come in handy.

About 90% of my wardrobe is black, and this include my bags. You know, black is great - it goes with pretty much everything, it looks classy and it's hard to mess it up. However, with the weather finally getting better I am trying to make my outfits slightly less dark. I love adding a yellow or a red bag to an otherwise very basic outfit.

I recently came across a website called Attavanti, which is basically bag heaven. They are a UK based online shop that sell the most beautiful Italian leather bags. They have so many different styles, you will definitley find something for you!



Whenever it's sunny and warm in the UK (which has been very often recently), I like the get out of my house as early as possible and come back as late as possible. So I want a bag that is easy to carry and that can fit some of my essentials, like a water bottle, a light jacket (you can never trust the English weather) and whatever else is needed that day. And guys, I think I've found it. Their Arcadia Backpack in light blue leather is to die for. It has been on my wishlist for weeks now, so I think the time to make the move and buy it has finally come.

Another backpack that I have been dying to get my hands on is this super cute black backpack. I know I have just said I was trying to stay away from black but, I don't currently own any back packs, so I need to go for the basics too...

I think the main takeaway from this post is that I really need to go bag shopping. But honestly, if you're trying to find a good-quality bag for the summer, you should check out Attavanti!


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