Category Archives: London

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Weekend Scenes

Hello! Did you all have a good weekend? I had my sister and her husband visiting me in London on Saturday and Sunday so did some lovely exploring around the city with them. But first on Friday night me and a group of girls kicked off the weekend by checking out the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Seven girls + a few wines + this movie = lots of giggles! Have you seen the film yet & what did you think?

Here a few photos from my weekend scenes in London…

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My Valentines Day

Hello everyone! Did you all have a lovely Valentines Day over the weekend? I started my Valentines Day with a visit to the Tate Britain museum. Even though I’ve lived in London for 5 years, I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never been to the Tate Britain so I thought it was about time I ticked it off the list. What a stunning building and a great collection of art to admire. Wandering through a museum is such a lovely weekend activity, don’t you think? Afterwards we had brunch and coffee at popular local cafe Pimlico Fresh near Victoria Station, definitely check it out next time you’re in the area. No picture of my avocado and chilli on toast sorry..but it was very yummy!

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Brunch at M1lk in Balham, London

London is a huge city so because I live in (North) West London, it does mean that I do not always tend to venture too far south of the river. But sometimes you just have to make exceptions, and especially because South London has some amazing cafes & restaurants, this means that as a foodie I can’t ignore these areas! M1lk in Balham is one of those places that had been on my list-to-visit for quite a while so last weekend I made my way down South to catch up with a good friend over brunch in Balham.

When I first arrived at M1lk I wasn’t sure I was at the right spot. I just stood there staring confusingly at my Google Maps saying this was the location, but seeing the Almas signage all over the building – it threw me off. But when I noticed the line outside of hungry people waiting for a table (no reservations for this popular spot means lining up unfortunately) I realised this must be M1lk. Not sure why they have gone for this kind of ‘unfinished’ signage look but hey if it works for them, then who am I to worry about it. Lucky for me, my friend had arrived early and managed to beat the crowds and score us a table inside already by the time I got there.

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My new fitness obsession: Psycle

Being Dutch means that me & a bike pretty much go hand-in-hand. As a little girl I learned how to bike and there was no looking back after that, because growing up in the Netherlands means you use your bike every single day! And even now that I live in London; I have a big Dutch bike that I use as my main form of transport around the city. I bike to work every day and will avoid using the tube where possible. I only really take the underground if it’s pouring down with rain or if I am planning to have a few drinks that evening ;)

However, I still don’t see my daily commute or biking around London in the weekends as exercise. Sure, it keeps me healthy and it’s a lot better for me then just sitting on the bus or tube, but I still don’t count it as a workout. No lycra outfits for me on the bike – just my regular clothes, and by that yes I mean even skirts and heels; the true Dutch way! Now when it comes to exercise it’s no surprise,being a bike-lover and all, that I am a big fan of spinning as a way of keeping fit. The high pumped energy of a spin class is a great workout and will definitely make you feel the burn. But a few months ago I discovered something even better….let me introduce you to my new fitness obsession; Psycle!

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Brunch at Brew Putney

I first fell in love with Brew when I used to live in Clapham about 4 years ago. They had a wee little cafe on Northcote Road (which is probably one of the best streets in Clapham for foodies) and because of their delicious brunch menu, it quickly became one of my favourite places to catch up with friends on the weekend.

Started by Australian chef Jason Wells, Brew Café was such a roaring success that they now have four locations, all in South West London; Clapham, Wimbledon, Battersea and most recently Putney. Aside from serving an amazing All-Day Brunch Menu (it’s like a dream come true) which is very Antipodean, they now also are open for what they call ‘brinner’ – a combination of Brunch and Dinner.

During my healthy January I decided one early Saturday morning to meet a friend for a nice long walk along the Thames from Putney to Barnes and back…..

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