Winter weekend in Paris

December 16, 2014

I think it was Audrey Hepburn who uttered the famous words "Paris is always a good idea"
 - and I have to admit, I agree with her. 

I've been going to Paris fairly regularly since I was a child but somehow, I'm still not bored of it; I don't know whether it's the amazing architecture, all the art, the yummy vin or the elegant - yet ridiculously rude - Parisians themselves, but I just keep going back. After the initial thrill of moving back to London had worn off, I needed a little something to keep me going until Christmas so naturally, I booked a weekend away. We managed to find return tickets on the Eurostar (which I can't help but marvel at - getting to another country quicker than you can get to Newcastle? Incredible) for £66, which was too good a bargain to pass up.

South Bank Christmas Market

December 08, 2014

Last weekend, for the first time in about seven weeks, I found myself with a free weekend to spend in London. I've been so busy rushing from home to Leeds to various other places that I had actually forgotten what it was like - and I was at a bit of a loss for something to do. Whilst I've been busy over the last couple of weeks, Christmas seems to have snuck up on London - everywhere I look now is covered in lights and tinsel and glitter. I can never understand people who complain about the christmas coming earlier and earlier - I get as excited about Christmas as a very small child. For me, it literally is the most magical time of the year.

Adventures in Winterville

December 04, 2014

It started in late October. A frisson of excitement running through social media - a few shares on Facebook here, some retweets there. As Christmas crept closer, the news began to spread around East London: something fun and festive was coming to our very own Victoria Park. Winterville. 
Marketed as "London's alternative christmas destination", it's designed to be a mini Winter Wonderland, with similar holiday vibes, funfair rides and plethora of bars selling delicious mulled wine. Having been unfortunately predisposed on Tuesday when it opened (I'd had a Brazilian Blowdry that morning, it was raining - go figure), last night I braved the crisp air and headed over to to see what it was like.