Selfridges Christmas

Christmas lights in London

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year in London, the buzz, the festive events, the mulled wine and carols, but mainly because of the Christmas lights.  London is lit up so  beautifully that even those of us who have seen many many Christmases are still enchanted by the sights. Each area has its own style from classic to wacky, with Carnaby Street winning the prize for the latter!  Take a stroll with me to enjoy the lights from the warmth of your own home.

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Hoppers restaurant

Hoppers second restaurant is a hit!

Getting a table at London’s no reservations restaurants can be a real pain but usually well worth it when it happens.  Check out my review of The Barbary to see one recent success.  Hoppers is another venue I’d been wanting to try out for months but their Frith Street site was always surrounded by crowds of people wondering whether 2 hours was a reasonable time to wait for a table.  I decided not,  went right to the source and visited Sri Lanka instead!  Hoppers there are everywhere, even on the breakfast buffet in our hotel and I found I really like them.

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The Barbary

Getting a seat at The Barbary at last

I’m not a fan of the no booking  fad that restaurants in London are so keen on.  I’m not a fan of queuing nor of wandering around to find a restaurant that has a table. But The Barbary in Covent Garden has been on my list of ‘must visit’ restaurants for a while now so when I was in the area early one evening for a play at the nearby Donmar Warehouse, I  thought I’d give it a try and hurrah there was space at the bar for 2! Top tip is to arrive at 5.15pm and to do so before Time Out make it their number one restaurant in London as I fear it will be even more busy now!

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Draper's Hall

London’s Hidden Treasures at Open House

Once a year London lets us into its hidden treasures, the many fine buildings which we usually can only see from the outside. Open House weekend is when it happens and it’s one of my favourite times to be exploring London.  Some of the buildings are accessible all year,  some only for an entry fee but during Open House weekend, a huge list of buildings are there for us to enjoy and it’s all free!

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Jazz Cafe

The Jazz Cafe

London has lots of great music venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Club, Roundhouse and I would happily count the Jazz Cafe among these.  It’s a fun place to see live music and I went there recently to test it out for 2017 and I wanted to tell you how it went.

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