Asos Edit, September

Hyde Park // Peckham, London

August 19, 2015

It looks as if summer may well be over. The nights are slowly getting darker, and as much as I try to deny it by wearing skirts and bare legs - it's getting colder too. 

Let be honest - before we know it, we'll be discussing Christmas plans and Slade will be on the radio. Selfridges already have their Christmas window display up. 

The end is nigh. 

So, with that merry thought, I planned a weekend of summer-themed fun to a) make the most of my last free weekend in London and b) deny the fact that summer is basically over and I have done nothing but work, work, work.

Obviously, the place to start was a picnic. And what's more fun than just a picnic? A cold, windy British picnic, of course.

Columbia Road Flower Market, London

August 18, 2015

I've lived in East London for the past two years now, and I thought it was the best part of London to live in. 

Obviously, every Londoner thinks their area is the best. The North/South divide can be a controversial subject: Northerners think everywhere south of the river is the countryside, and Southerners don't care because they know that when there's a tube strike, they'll be winning. 

I really did think East London was the best. I lived a stone's throw from every new niche pop-up cafe in existence (Shoreditch), undoubtedly the loveliest park in London (Victoria Park) and several great runs along the river, with a view of Canary Wharf. Central London was practically walking distance. I was wholeheartedly a Northerner - why on earth would you live anywhere you had to take an actual train to get to?

Until I moved to South London. Or rather, Katherine did and I just jumped on the bandwagon. Yes, it is serviced only by National Rail and it's undeniably suburban - but it's cute and friendly and has such a nice atmosphere that, within weeks, I was converted. 

I have since fallen in love with Brixton, Peckham (more on that later), Dulwich, Crystal Palace and even Croydon; which may be one of the worst places I have ever been to, but it does have a remarkably chilled Primark.

However, there's still a couple of things I never got round to trying in East London, and since I only have a few weeks left in the city before I move to Italy, I wanted to give them a go. One is Columbia Road Flower Market. I've heard plenty of good things, and decided that on Sunday, I'd make the trek back to visit. 

Citadel Festival, London

August 04, 2015

Despite many, many efforts on my part to organize things, this summer was always going to be a little bit boring. In an attempt to see that as a positive, I decided that it would be my "summer of blogging", and I would actually post more than just once a month. 

Then, I got a job. An actual, real life 9 - 5 job in the city that requires I write an awful lot about things I know nothing about - so whilst I've settled into office life, eaten a lot of Pret sandwiches and drunk too many overpriced lattes, the blog has remained a little bit forgotten. 

Anyway, despite the fact I see none of it from my desk, the sun has been out and festival season is in full swing. For someone with an avid dislike of camping, mud and fat people in denim shorts, that's not a particularly good thing - but you can't go wrong with a one-day festival in London, right?