Day Tripper: Notting Hill Carnival

I’ve long heard tales of Notting Hill Carnival and when this year’s event coincided with my friend Jenny’s visit to the city we decided to head down and see what all the fuss was about.  We went to Children’s Day arriving nice and early at around 10.30am.  Having taken a few wrong turns navigating the walk from the station we were surprised to see only a few stands set up.  It turns out that the 10am starting time slot is merely a guide and, as one policeman told us, we needed to embrace the Caribbean carnival spirit and take the day in our stride.  Sadly we couldn’t stay for the main parade – I think it kicked off around 3 or 4pm – but we had a great time nonetheless.  We even got to visit the famous Notting Hill bookshop from the film!  We just missed Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts but maybe we’ll see them next time round, eh?

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July Favourites

It’s that time again folks!  July was a whistle-stop tour of all things food and friendship as I flew home not once but twice to see my loved ones.

I also had visitors and really enjoyed playing tour guide to my mum and my pal Jenny who popped down for the amazing Bette Midler concert.  So without further ado here were my best bits from July:

Happy Birthday Mama T!

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My Perfect Sunday

Last weekend I fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition to share the same breathing space as the one, the only, Bette Midler.  Granted she was on the stage at the O2 and I was about 5 rows away from the venue’s ceiling but I’m totally counting that.  She was absolutely incredible with razor sharp comic timing and perfect pitch myself, mama and my best friend Jenny had a blast singing along to all her hits.

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5 ways to make the most of your mornings in London

A couple of Fridays ago I rose to the chipper tweeting of the birds and made my way to Old Street Underground Station at stupid o’clock to take part in my first ever early morning rave.  That’s not a typo. My friend Sophie had signed up for the event after spying it in Time Out magazine and I was delighted, if a little bleary eyed, to go along too.  The event was hosted by Lipton Ice Tea as part of their Be A Daybreaker campaign to get people to try something a little different to kickstart their days.

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