I just read that Skye Gyngell’s new restaurant opens today at Somerset House in London. Whenever I think of that beautiful building, I think back to a moment in December 2005 when I stood in front of it, watching the ice skaters whizz by on the temporary outdoor skating rink installed for the winter. Skye Gyngell, by the way,… Read More Petersham Nurseries Cafe and other fine dining memories
I’m currently waiting in the terminal of the new St Pancras international terminal; it’s such a relief to be sitting here, finding a moment to blog before boarding the train in an hour. I haven’t caught the Eurostar in five years, and this terminal didn’t exist back then. Part of me can’t believe I’ve finally… Read More Boarding the Eurostar to Paris
An absolutely essential aspect of my London experience has been the Underground (or ‘Tube’) which is a complicated rail network which functions as the arteries of this great city. London’s public transport system, including buses and trains, is totally superior to any other one I’ve encountered – but then, it would have to be, given… Read More London – Part 5
I think this is the first time in my life that I’ve been really heartened by the arrival of spring. Maybe it’s just something I’ve never really noticed in Australia because the change in temperature is not hugely dramatic. And though it’s still cold here, the important thing is that it’s less cold. It would… Read More Spring in London!
In idle moments, you may have wondered where exactly I live and what it’s like…and well, if you haven’t before now then I hope you’re interested, because this entry is going to be an overview of life in Leyton, which is the place I fondly call home…for now. (And thankfully it is a temporary stay… Read More London – Part 4
I think I’m getting used to the cold now. Sometimes – and this is where I show my true stripes as a always-look-on-the-bright-side kinda girl – it’s even nice to leave home when it’s sub-10 degrees Celsius because it really perks you up in the morning. Really. That’s not to say that I want to… Read More London – Part 3
There’s a pretty tower visible over the top of the neighboring office building; its roof is dome-shaped and oxidised copper, with a port window and a little spire that birds constantly crowd around. Each day the slow passing of time is marked by the movement of clouds outside my office window like a time-lapse sequence… Read More Angel Islington, London