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Happy Sunday From // The London Coffee Festival

As a self confessed caffeine addict, it should come as no surprise that I went to London Coffee Festival for the second year in a row. This year was a lot more crowded, and unfortunately some of the rooms had really loud music. The overwhelming noise made it a bit unpleasant at times, but the heft of free samples of chocolate and coffees made it fun. We spent most of our time wandering around aimlessly, grazing like happy cows. Finally settled on Norð for two bags of beans and a beautiful tote. I discovered oat milk that (finally!) doesn’t split in my coffee, and watched two baristas (one of whom went on to win the whole festival!) go head-to-head in a latte art competition. “We believe food should be bought directly by the people who make or find it. Be it the farmer, the fisher or the cheese maker. We know it’s better for the environment, we believe it’s healthier, and we guarantee you it tastes better.”Norð Midi maroon skirt H&M | Black All Saints …

Londoner on a Budget: Peckham and Crafty Fox Market

Living on a budget in a city can be pretty demoralising. It’s like existing in a world you can’t access. For me, it hits home when I can’t spontaneously pay for something I want to do or have, tend to my own ‘soft’ needs (hair cuts, things like that), or travel too far without detailed pre-planning. But one great thing about London is the amount of free stuff you can do. Any adventure is automatically made cheaper by investing in a bicycle, which I understand is an expense not everyone can take on (I got mine a few years ago). Of all the cities I’ve spent time in, this is the one I feel most at ease with on a tight budget. Looking for free events is easy – Skint London on Twitter and Londonist’s things to do each weekend are my two go to’s. This Saturday I explored our neighbouring area of Peckham, specifically for Crafty Fox Market. I’ve been to Peckham quite a bit, but this time we really walked around and explored it a bit more… Crafty Fox Market is in the Bussey …

Spring in London, and A Host of Golden Daffodils

One of the things I love most about living in London is the incredible amount of green space this city has. The weather yesterday was gorgeous, for the first time in ages, so we decided to cycle down to the famous Kew Gardens. It was 22 miles in total along the Thames (with one shortcut past the Wetlands centre) which in and of itself was great. We saw so many areas of London I don’t usually see – like Barnes which was super cute – and it was cheaper, and healthier!, than taking the overground. My first thought when we walked in was that it was SO BIG! We were given a map and I just thought there’s no way we could do the whole thing in one day (spoiler alert: we didn’t).  We had no plan. In fact the trip was a spur of the moment decision. Our first step, though, was definitely lunch – after all, we’d just done 11 miles on the bumpy river path. I have a Giant Flourish bicycle, and there’s no shock absorbers …