I feel like this is the first evening I’ve not had plans in ages, but I’m sure that’s not true. I have been busy though, working and playing equally hard as usual, in my little corner of the East End. Some highlights include hot chocolates and popcorn at Timberyard, mooches round The Museum of London, incredible roast dinners at The Pig and Butcher, seeing Brother Ali at The Garage, spontaneous karaoke and beer and Earl’s new place, Robot Safari at The Science Museum, celebrating Martin’s birthday at Night Tales (then Alibi, then The Barfly…), brunch at The Advisory, Thanksgivukah dinner and who knows what else? On Tuesday we ate Japanese food in Camden before seeing Slint at The Forum, and yesterday I got my hair cut at the wonderful Blue Tit salon in Clapton, then watched Gravity at The Hackney Picturehouse.
On Sunday it’s my 25th birthday, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it… more positive than last year, that’s for sure. It’s been a pretty intense year, for many reasons, and I’m definitely excited to share the next phase of things with a truly wonderful person. On Saturday Earl’s taking me for brunch at The Book Club, then we’re going to browse the vintage market at Spitalfields. In the evening a big group of us are going for dinner at Bill’s in Hoxton Square, before going on for drinks and dancing at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Sunday will be about baking birthday cake while incredibly hungover, opening presents, drinking Buck’s Fizz and coming to terms with the fact that I’m a quarter of a century old. Mental.
Christmas parade and fireworks during the Christmas lights switch-on at Westfield Stratford on Saturday
Being silly in Victoria Park a couple of weekends ago
Múm performing @ The Roundhouse in Camden, as part of the JaJaJa Nordic Festival
Manchester // Warehouse Project
The last couple of weeks have passed in a busy, happy blur… I’ve been working hard and playing equally as hard! A few days in Manchester for Warehouse Project, spending a day at Whipsnade Zoo, making homemade pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, going on sunny autumnal walks around East London, enjoying midweek free cocktails at the re-launch of one of the venues I look after, free shows a-plenty, eating pizza at Sodo Cafe, seeing the Christmas Parade, fireworks and lights being switched on down the road at Westfiled Stratford and who knows what else… my birthday trip to Norway with Earl in January is all booked up, and I seriously cannot wait. Tomorrow I’m seeing Naomi for hot chocolate and chats, Wednesday I’m seeing Superfood play the Camden Barfly, Thursday I’ve got the day off, and Friday we’re seeing Dilated Peoples and Brother Ali at The Garage, another venue I look after. It’s great, I’ve been to more gigs in the past two months than I probably have in the last two years! I honestly do love my job, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say that.
Four Tet and Daphni at last Sunday’s all day show @ Village Underground
Last weekend we got on a train back to Norfolk and spent a couple of days at my Mum’s house. We took a trip to the beach and ate crab burgers, watched documentaries on the sofa, had lunch at one of my favourite tea rooms by the river and got chased by the ducks. It was great to get out of London together, just what I needed.
On the other end of the scale, this weekend it’s all about embracing the city I live in; starting with after work drinks last night and catching up with Alice, followed by dinner with Earl and my housemates back home. I slept late today, and Earl has to work so I’m going to go check out the exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery and Tate Modern. I think we might get dinner out tonight, and tomorrow it’s the Four Tet all-dayer at Village Underground! I can’t wait, it starts with a live set by Four Tet at 8am so no lie in for us, but it’ll be so worth it.
TOY @ The Garage last week, playing a show for the Q Awards. I could get lost in those long psycedelic riffs, such a good gig.
Adventures at The Horniman Museum/strolls through Dulwich Park last Sunday
Saturday we slept late and had a late veggie brunch at The Gallery Cafe, before mooching round The Museum of Childhood and getting a bag full of bargains at The East End Thrift Store. On Sunday I picked up my new dress from Lucy In Disguise and then we walked around Hyde Park, soaking up the sunshine.
The last couple of days have involved the doctor’s surgery, hospital and blood tests, but hopefully that means I’ll be feeling better soon… back to work tomorrow (I’ve yet to tell you about my new job- I will after this week), after which I have a cinema date to see Filth; James McAvoy AND Jamie Bell?? Yes please.
VIP @ Lovebox
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