Chelsea in Bloom goes Carnival!

Despite calling myself a Londoner, I still haven’t made it to the Chelsea flower show. Despite having green-thumbed in-laws with the prettiest cottage garden in the world (complete with Japanese section), a multitude of tea cups sipped in their local garden center (don’t laugh, it’s beautiful especially at Christmas) and absolute admiration for how they coax life from winter soil. Despite watching my Dad’s tomato plants shoot up through NZ earth through the medium of… View Post

The joys of commuting in London (it’s all in the subtle detail)

Commuting sucks. Being stuffed under a stranger’s armpit in sweltering heat whilst the tannoy crackles with another delay platitude is not fun. Racing down stairs, around corners and cramming onto a train so you’re not late for that very important meeting, to only watch the train carriage close and pull out of the station. To be kicked out from a malfunctioning train into the pouring rain on a winter evening. We’ve all been there. But… View Post

Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl

A traditional of Kiwis living in London is the Waitangi Day Pub Crawl. 27 pubs, 1 at each of the 27 stops of the Undergrounds Circle Line. It’s (allegedly) known as one of the most famous pub crawls in the world and this date is particularily special to London and abroad Kiwis – Waitangi Day considered New Zealand’s National Day (more on Waitangi Day later in the week, stay tuned!) If you ever happen to… View Post

Where to eat and drink in Chelsea – 10 of my favourite places

Chelsea began life as a Saxon village some miles from the thriving town of London (the name derives from Saxon words cealc hythe, the word hythe meaning a landing place for boats) and has long been a sought-after area. So sought after that in 1536 Henry VIII built a manor house in Chelsea but it was demolished in 1760. Disclaimer: Any of these that I was a press guest at some point are indicated with… View Post