Big city life

big city, london, hammersmith bridge

It’s called public transport and it’s hard.

Remember when I said I was excited to not have a car? Well I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. I guess it takes some getting used to.

I’ve officially been in London for a week! Here are some snippets I’ve learnt about living in this new big city…

I would still be lost 2 hours out of London if it wasn’t for the app “City Mapper“, I think I love the app so much I might even write a good review.

This isn’t spring. Or maybe I’m not getting this whole weather thing. Everyday I walk down the street wearing boots and a coat and there will be someone wearing a dress/shorts or even worse, sandals on the tube.

portobello road market

Portobello Road Market is the prettiest of them all! Food, fashion, antiques, coffee, books, multi-coloured houses – what more do you want in life?

IKEA is amazing.
They have great hot chocolate (and apparently meatballs).
Turns out putting the furniture together isn’t as much fun as walking through the store.

Franco Manca makes great sourdough pizza, it reminds me a lot of Woodlands Eatery in Cape Town.

franco manca

If you want a cocktail be prepared to pay £8 and it will come in the equivalent of a champagne glass.

Those iconic red telephone booths area a lie. Firstly there’s barely any around, most of them are grey and vandalised and the ones that do exist are filled with trash.

red telephone booth, london

The Pound store is my new friend. Fancy a huge slab of Toblerone for £1?! This is where I win all my money back.

Wok To Walk is really good Asian takeaway where you create your own meal, which is both fun and delicious. Also I like their packaging.

wok to walk, asian takeway

There are always lots of people around. Always. And whatever you do don’t stand on the wrong side of the escalator.

The machines are taking over! Self-service shopping tills are a real thing here and you will likely mess it up..twice..in one shop. It will be embarrassing and you won’t use the self-service option for the next 4 days until your ego has recovered.

The Columbia Road Flower market is really beautiful and if you go an hour before it closes (around 1:30/2pm you’ll get really good deals).

columbia flower market

Lastly, tube beats the train. If you can avoid it never set foot on that expensive, delayed thing.

Otherwise I’m really excited to be in this big city. There’s so much to do I just need to sort out all the admin involved with moving and then I’ll be exploring more 🙂

If you have any suggestions for where to shop/eat/see let me know, otherwise follow my adventure on Instagram (@juliefarrell_) where I’ll be posting regularly.

Jules,

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5 Comments

  1. Absolutely love this light & airy account of your first week in a foreign land!!
    (I won’t say foreign city coz it sounds as though you’re already at home among the Londoners & their leathers)
    Love you dear brave adventurous Girl!!!

  2. PS I can’t help thinking the slits in your jeans are letting in too much of the cold London air
    Please will you trade them in for a warmer pair to match your gorgeous coat??!
    Thanks Girl;)

  3. one more thing Girl… I can’t help thinking the slits in your jeans are letting in too much of the cold London air
    Please will you trade them in for a warmer pair to match your gorgeous coat??!
    Thanks Girl;)

  4. PS I love Alex’s forlorn look into the red phone booth. I’d feel the same if I saw one of those icons filled with trash!

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