London life in 2014

london lifeLondon life in 2014 wasn’t how I hoped it would be and I ticked nothing off my list of goals. I still don’t own a flat (London, I hate you), I never started ballet classes again and I haven’t written a single piece of fiction.

Maybe I should be telling myself off but I’m not. Instead I’ll carry those goals into 2015 and be thankful for the year that has passed. I broke my leg but it made me realise just how wonderful my friends and family are. I haven’t written but I’ve been so busy living that I’ve had more fun than ever. I don’t own a home but in hindsight, is that the type of goal I should be setting?

I haven’t done half of what I hoped I would with this blog either, but at the same time London is for Living feels more like my little space of the Internet than ever before. So a big thank you for reading, for commenting and for all your suggestions of books to read and places to visit. Thanks for making blogging fun and for helping me learn new things. See you in 2015!

pret-a-portea berkeley hotel

I visited Tate Britain and marvelled at THAT staircase. And a few bits of art… I also visited the Thames Barrier for my Spooks fix and had a Blair Waldorf fashion moment.

I also had a lovely afternoon at the Pret-a-Portea afternoon tea with friends, which I finally got round to posting about a few months later in April.

I broke my leg. It was a nasty break and I was off work for four months. Working from home is lonely so I went a little stir crazy and let out my frustration, worry and fear at never walking properly again in a few blog posts. Thanks (again) for indulging me and for all your nice comments.

10 months on I’m walking almost as fast as usual. I can’t run yet and my pliés are poor but I’m not going to let that stop me finally taking those ballet classes in 2015.

girls themed screening party

It was a quiet month spent mostly in the house so I threw a Girls themed screening party at home. There were emoji invites, games and a whole lot of laughs.

I started to get to grips with the whole working from home with no remote access to my files or emails thing, so blogged about what I’d learnt. I shared a recipe for Passover sweet potato burgers and also rambled on about how much I’d love a porch.

tiny book store rye

Friday night cocktails became a thing. I shared a rosé sangria recipe and my personal favourite, a blueberry and gin cocktail recipe.

A few tears were shed as I finally discovered the Humans of New York blog and reminded myself how much I love short stories.

May was also the month I started a new series of guest posts with A Day in the Life of a London Civil Servant and a A Day in the Life of a London Banker.

glastonbury festival

I had to give up my Glastonbury ticket this year as I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope with my broken leg. I wrote a couple of blogs about it, including this list of ten things I love about Glastonbury festival.

The Day in the Life series continued with A Day in the Life of a London Lawyer, and I also introduced my first Tech Tuesday post (the inaugural entry was about live chat on websites).

I discovered a new love for bourbon, and shared a ginger ale float recipe and a bourbon iced tea recipe. There was also a guest post about A Day in the Life of a London Writer and did you manage to solve Einstein’s riddle?

Summer finally arrived and I was addicted to this chicken avocado salad recipe. I also spied these New Yorker magazine beach towels that I should have put on my Christmas wish list…

visit bruges

I shared five reasons why you should visit Bruges after discovering the city myself. It was awesome and so much better than I’d expected. I also dressed up as Hercule Poirot at work but the less said about that the better.

The best weekend of the year, Open House London, was upon us. It was amazing as ever and if you’ve never done it before please save the date and participate in 2015. I shared a little London love and raved about A Thousand Splendid Suns. My first beauty blog appeared too, as I gushed about my new perfume.

I finally made it to California after having to reschedule my trip. It was totally brilliant and I shared Sunday Selections for Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

This was a quiet month as I had plenty to catch up on back at work. I did find time to perfect my apple pie cocktail recipe (which tastes much nicer than the photo suggests).

meryl streep

I spoke a bit about Christmas Eve rituals, gushed about Meryl Streep and was quoted in the Financial Times!

Next year
Inspired by Not Quite Enough I’m going to visit one new place in London each month. That’s the great thing about London; there’s always somewhere new opening or a place in the deepest darkest depths of London suburbia you have yet to discover.

What are your plans for the next year? If you’ve blogged about them please leave a link to the post in the comments so I can take a peek :)

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