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Most popular: London is for Living

london is for living blog I do love a good retrospective, so like everyone else in blogland I thought I’d do a round-up of the most popular London is for Living blog posts this year. I’m just behind the times and posting in 2015…

I loved taking a look at the most popular posts and I’m really pleased that some of my favourite posts to write have been the most read, which is always rather lovely to see.

1) A day in the life of a London writer

2) Baby on board badge

3) A day in the life of a London banker

4) A day in the life of a London civil servant

5) Pret-a-Portea

6) Passover sweet potato burgers recipe

7) Epping Forest

8) How to throw a Girls themed screening party

9) Einstein’s Riddle

10) The New Yorker Magazine beach towels

I’m really thrilled that the ‘A day in the life’ series was so popular. I’d love to do another run of it this year, so if you’re interested in talking to me about your London day job please get in touch.

Thanks for reading and have a great 2015.

Sunday Selection


Happy Sunday all! I hope you’ve enjoyed the glorious weather in London this weekend. I’ve eaten lots of barbecued food, watched too much football and cricket for my liking and played many a game of cards in the garden with a gin and tonic in hand. And here, of course, are a few London related things I’ve read on the Internet this weekend:

Just look how many new buildings were built in central London between 2007 and 2012! Yet still not enough housing for everyone…

Addicted to Humans of New York? Now there’s a Humans of London.

I’m always on the hunt for good Japanese food in London. This Reddit thread is my new list of Japanese restaurants in London to try.

London is apparently the selfie capital of the world.

I’m always thrilled to discover new (old) painted adverts in London.

Sunday Selection


A few London related bits from the Internet that I’ve read this weekend:

London Mapper, a website that aims to provide comprehensive insights into the state of poverty and inequality in the capital, launched today.

Watch how London has evolved since Roman times. A clever video developed by the Advanced Spatial Analysis team at UCL.

A selection of new London fiction.

The circle line is the slowest London Underground line.

Public transport accessibility by London ward.

It would be a shame for Rio but I’d love for London to host the Olympics again in 2016.

Have a great week ahead!

Sunday Selection


Happy bank holiday weekend to you all! As I spend yet another weekend at home, I’m writing the longest list of things to do in London when I’m able to get out and about again.

I’m trying to plan the perfect first day out so I’ve been thinking about what my perfect day out looks like – where do I like to walk? What’s my favourite museum? What shops do I miss? And most importantly… Where should I get my first cup of good coffee?

If you only had one day in London, how would you spend it?

While you ponder that all important question, here’s some stuff I’ve found on the Internet this week:

With more tube strikes expected this week, remember this is what the tube service looks like for those with a disability every day of the year.

London gets deleted with a giant photoshop eraser.

Scroll down, and there’s actually some valuable advice about how to grow plants and herbs in a city.

London property developments and unrealistic journey times.

A very old photograph of the London underground.

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I’m back

I’m back blogging! A short hiatus turned into a longer one as I kept waiting for the perfect time to delve deep into the world of HTML and CSS.

Funny thing is, I don’t think there is a perfect time to start learning something new. If I keep waiting for it, I won’t blog again for months so I’ve decided to get back on bandwagon, blog when I can and play around with the code whenever I do have time.

Any design suggestions and CSS tips are welcome. Hint hint.

A Cup of Jo: 10 Surprising Things About Parenting

A Cup of Jo is one of my all time favourite lifestyle blogs. Her posts are consistent and the writing is just so likeable, for want of a better word.

As the queen of blogging prep she lined up a series of guest posts to keep the content coming whilst giving birth to her second child, including a series about motherhood in different countries. Parenting is not a topic I ever read about but learning about different countries and cultures through this perspective presented a unique take on different lifestyles.

I thought I’d round up the 10 most surprising facts I learnt about parenting, and life, in other countries through reading the posts. Here goes:

On appliances in Northern Ireland: ‘Priorities are completely different when it comes to home appliances. Washing machines are tiny. Refrigerators are tiny. I haven’t had a freezer for a year and half. But every home has an electric tea kettle. EVERY SINGLE HOME.’

On clothes in Congo: ‘Congolese women have serious style. Everywhere you look, they’re wearing fabulous, wild-colored, curve-hugging dresses. Old, young, thick, thin. There are no allowances for “mom-uniforms,” like workout clothes. If I wear sweatpants on a vacation day, the nannies all give me looks and suggest I have a dress made. Hiring a tailor for some custom work is not something reserved for the rich in Congo.”

On greetings in Mexico: ‘Mexican mamas do this really great thing where they teach their children to greet adults with a peck on the cheek. It doesn’t matter if the child is 2, 12 or 22. It doesn’t matter if the child runs into you at the local market or comes into your home for dinner. A well-mannered child will always saludar bien—greet properly with a kiss.’

On walking to school in Japan: “All the kids in our town meet in the road and walk to school together…as young as seven. The elder people in the neighborhood volunteer to make sure the kids safely cross the roads.’

On being a woman in Abu Dhabi: ‘while I was pregnant with Elena and went to the local hospital for routine visits, my husband would have to sit in a separate male waiting room.’

On street art in Mexico: ‘Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most beloved artists, believed that art should be enjoyed by everyone—especially the working class and the poor. So he dedicated himself to painting murals in public spaces. Mexico City is all about this idea of “art for the people.” ‘

On friendliness in Norway: ‘there’s no American pressure to be friendly and “on” all the time. It’s okay to be quiet and keep to yourself. I love getting a haircut here because I don’t feel pressure to make small talk with the stylist.’

On breastfeeding in Congo: ‘Mama NouNou told me that in her experience, if there is a baby crying on the bus, all the women on the bus shout, “Feed the baby! Give it the breast!” She explained it as, “Everyone wants the mama to know that she should feel comfortable feeding her baby—no matter where she is.”‘

On community in Japan: ‘Community is everything here. The town holds lots of events, and everyone goes. Once a month everyone gets together to clean the neighborhood and local Buddhist temple. When you’re out walking around you always have to “do greeting,” which is a formal bow and hello. It’s so nice, but also sometimes I think, leave me alone! In New York I could be anonymous and never know my neighbors.’

On school in Norway: ‘Most kids here start Barnehage [pre-school] when they’re one year old—it’s subsidized by the government to encourage people to go back to work. You pay $300 a month and your kids can stay from 8am to 5pm. They spend a ton of time outside, mostly playing and exploring nature. At some Barnehage, they only go inside if it’s colder than 14 degrees.’

On midwife visits in Northern Ireland: The absolute best part of having a baby in Northern Ireland (besides it being free) is that you don’t have to leave your house for any pesky doctor’s appointments. The first week I was home with Ollie, a midwife came to my house every day to weigh him and see how I was feeling. Once she finished all her visits, the “Health Visitor” took over, and now I never have to leave the house to take any of my kids to their wellness checks. It’s amazing. I’m still trying to figure out why the U.S. doesn’t do it. It would solve so many early postpartum issues.

On birth in Congo: ‘For a woman who gives birth in one of the many tiny maternity clinics around the city, the result of not paying the bill is often hospital lockdown—for mom, baby or both. We visited a friend’s charity clinic where women can receive care for no fee, but most American women would be shocked by the conditions. We wrote about them here.’ Please take a look at the photos – Carla.

Read all of A Cup of Jo Surprising things about Parenting around the world

I really encourage you to take a look at some of these posts. Living in the UK I found that reading the Northern Ireland one allowed me to see elements of British culture, life and politics so clearly. The 12 year old boys who sit around drinking tea after pushing each other around in the mud, the healthcare system which allows you to get whatever you need during pregnancy for free and the children’s books full of dark, adult humour that is just so typically British… it all made me smile.

These posts also gave me a glimpse into how others live around the world. There are cultural elements in practice that I adore and it felt like a privilege to learn about them.

sunday selection

Sunday Selection

Happy Sunday doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as Happy Friday, does it?!

Although I’m mourning the end of another weekend that has flown by, I’m pleased to say goodbye to this week which has been long, stressful and emotional for a number of reasons.

On a positive note I have a million blog posts up my sleeve including another three restaurant reviews, some facts about your Starbucks drinks and a review of a new food product. Oh, and I’ll throw in a few bits and bobs about London too in order to remind you that I am in fact a London lifestyle blogger, not a wannabe foodie expert.

Here are some links I’ve loved this week:

Edgy and great light. Plus tattoos. I love tattoos.

London is tiring. And nothing beats a cup of tea, Somewhere in England

Walking in London

Finally, a reminder: The things you take for granted someone else is praying for

Have a great week ahead,


Changing the Holocaust Narrative

Tonight marks the beginning of Yom HaShoah, a day for remembering the Holocaust.

The link I’m posting has gone viral and the site is currently coping with the increase in traffic sporadically, so please do continue to refresh the page if you don’t get to the see images immediately.


My Twinterview with London Living

Last week I participated in a ‘Twinterview’ with London Living (not to be confused with London is Living, which is me). It was great fun and I got to talk about my favourite areas, pubs and places in London.

All the questions and answers are published on London Living but here is the bulk of the interview. Let me know if you agree / disagree with my suggestions!

Q1. Hello @londonisliving! First up – you live and work in North London but what do you love most about the area?

@EastVillageLDN good question – I think I have to say the numerous independent shops and restaurants that are a hub for the local community

Q2. We’ve seen you’re the lucky owner of a famous Blue Peter Badge! May we ask just how you acquired such a prized possession, londonisliving?

It’s classified information I’m afraid but sticky back plastic obviously played a part!

Q3. Ha ha! Okay, what’s on your London to-do list over the next few months, londonisliving?

I’m looking forward to the Lowry exhibition at the Tate and Murder in the Library at the British Library

Q4. Sounds good, londonisliving! Leaving London aside for a minute, where’s your favourite foreign city and why do you love it?

Istanbul – it’s hip and happening, has an incredible history and the architecture is beautiful. The food is great too!

Q5. Would love to go, londonisliving! You blog about cooking – which London restaurant is really floating your boat at the moment?

Ciao Bella (Bloomsbury) for Italian,Jose_Pizarro (Bermondsey) for tapas & I really need to try steak at HawksmoorLondon!

Q6. A fantastic range! Looks like you’re big on design too; know any good second hand furniture joints / design exhibitions on, londonisliving?

Local boot sales are great for bargain buys – they get your imagination going too.

Q7. On the subject of secret stuff, where’s your favourite secret London gem,londonisliving? It can be anything!

It’s probably the worst kept ‘secret’ London gem, but the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman’s Park is lovely.

Q8. We’ve not been yet! The Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park is a great North London pub, but where’s your favourite boozer, londonisliving?

Heading towards your way I like The Hemingway Pub in Hackney for post Victoria Park picnic drinks in the summer

Q9. Great shout! Where’s your favourite London venue for a live gig / boogie afterwards, londonisliving?

I’m cheating because I’ve never been, but I reckon UnionChapelUK would beat all mainstream venues easily.

Q10. And finally, tell us what your favourite London Is For Living blog post is and why, londonisliving?

My Japanese food feast as it took ages to make http://bit.ly/140CyET & this sign as it makes me giggle! http://bit.ly/Tg6wTn