If there was a theme to this monthly session of chatting over coffee, it’d be decisions. The decisions you make both in life generally, and specifically when you live the expat life in London.
I think I’d be sipping a tropical espresso martini – ideally at the top of Aqua Shard with my lovely friends.
But, let’s rewind. After my first post-Covid 19 pandemic outing to The Laundry in June, a kiwi-run restaurant in Brixton, I booked an afternoon dim sum table at A Wong with the fabulous Jess. We nibbled our weight in delicate dim sum, including the infamous custard buns before wandering to a glass of rosé on a Chelsea pavement.
I met up with the usual crew for the Brasserie Zedel Bastille Day dinner which was so interesting. The vibe was high with tables of merrymakers and the covid-19 precautions were at the top of everyone’s minds.
The situation is that there is still Covid-19 but at much lower levels than there were pre-lockdown, so the government are trying to encourage people to start going out again, supporting small businesses – hospitality, retail etc – who have been adversely affected. Everyone seems to be taking things slowly and at different paces; I have friends who are basically back to normal partying and friends who are still sheltering at home the majority of the time.
On that note, after 4 months lockdown in our place (doing SO much DIY) I did a road trip down to Devon with a friend – taking our own pillows & duvets, eating outdoors as often as possible and occasionally indoors with social distancing. (For the memory books – statistically scientists think that it’s much lower risk to see other people outdoors and/or with masks on which filter the possible virus from passing on to other people. When you enter a restaurant now, you’re often temperature checked – a major symptom of the virus, encouraged to lather on hand sanitiser and wash your hands often for 20 seconds to help stop the spreading.)
Devon was beautiful and fascinating.
When I launched myself into self-employment 3 years ago, I genuinely had no idea whether it would work or not. I had no inkling that I’d spend more than 3 years running my own business successfully. Cheers to many many more! So, hearing my friend’s words ringing in my head about actually celebrating milestones, we broke out the bubbly for a leisurely break between emails.
Back in London, I met up with the fabulous Claire for an inpromptu brunch at The Wolseley…
…and made up for missing our trip to New Zealand & Vegas with sky high cocktails at Aqua Shard where the bartenders invented a delicious cocktail for us. They said they’d name it after me which was ridiculously sweet.
Ate a few Vada Pav (a mumbai street food) whilst watching Indian Matchmaking (and further copious amounts of TV)…
…and treated myself to a few treats whilst Rich spends some quality time up north with his lovely family. I opted to stay home for a few reasons, including that I’d been into London and not had two full weeks of quarantine before going up there. The strange expat life in London decisions that have to made at the moment…
What has your July looked like?