My Life in England

London: Bicycling the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford

September 3, 2014 Bicycling & sport

(Our reflection in one of the large signs outside the Copper Box Arena in the Park.) Last Saturday Hannah, Rach and I spent the day biking around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which opened fully to the pubic in the spring. It still feels like one of London’s hidden secrets: it’s one of the best [...]

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London: Rowing on The Serpentine & Brunch at The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in London’s Hyde Park

August 20, 2014 LLG Fashion

(The view across the Serpentine, from The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in London’s Hyde Park) As a north Londoner, it’s easy to overlook  the myriad attractions of Hyde Park for the more bucolic delights of Hampstead Heath, or the local pleasures of The Regent’s Park, where I walk the dog, and occasionally train. For, after all, if I [...]

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The XXth Commonwealth Games Athletics Final & Closing Ceremony, Glasgow with Longines

August 19, 2014 My Life in England

Glasgow, it transpires, can be wet. Very, very wet indeed. I had been invited up to Scotland for the final weekend of the 20th Commonwealth Games by my friends at Longines, the official timekeepers of the Games,  taking the sleeper train up overnight from London Euston on the Friday night. London was bordering on heatwave [...]

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The post where we head to Wilderness Festival 2014

August 9, 2014 My Life in England

I’ve left London for five days to sleep in a tent in a field, eat five meals a day, listen to lectures in a marquee, and dance with wild abandon under the stars. Yup, it’s Wilderness again: a festival for the arts in the parkland of Cornbury House in north Oxfordshire. My sister and I [...]

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LLG Travels: The Caledonian Sleeper train from London to Scotland – and back

August 4, 2014 My Life in England

When I posted my teaser from the Caledonian Sleeper, I was quite surprised at the interest shown: I do like a good train journey, but I wasn’t expecting quite so many of you to be fascinated by it too. Then again – a bed on a train! That’s pretty cool. I’ve just got in from a four and [...]

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On the Road: River Cottage Christmas in July Course with Boden

July 23, 2014 LLG Fashion

River Cottage + breadmaking + a perfect English summer’s day + blue skies + wonderful women + Boden = perfection

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It’s nearly time for Port Eliot Festival 2014!

July 23, 2014 My Life in England

The Port Eliot Festival, held in the grounds of the home of the Earl of St Germans, in Cornwall, was on hiatus last year, but returns with a bang this Thursday – Sunday. It’s quite lovely – only 5000 or so people, with flower shows, spelling bees (2012’s was hosted by Dominic West – I [...]

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Hello from The Caledonian Sleeper

July 18, 2014 My Life in England

I was planning to blog properly from the Edinburgh – London sleeper but I forgot that these rather wonderful old slam door trains were built pre the digital age (I’m guessing 1970s) and there are no plug sockets. That means that I don’t have enough juice to write much more than a brief couple of [...]

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Royal Ascot Ladies Day: Wearing Suzannah and Edwina Ibbotson

July 16, 2014 My Life in England

  (Wearing Suzannah, and Edwina Ibbotson) I think for the first time ever, I had a win at Ascot. After a cracking time on opening day with Brig, as a guest of the racecourse, I returned on Ladies Day with my friends at Longines, the official timekeepers, for lunch in their box, and what turned out to [...]

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A weekend in London from Fischer’s to Lemonia

July 14, 2014 LLG Food

After last week’s dashing about from pillar to post, I dedicated this weekend to seeing friends and family, exercise and beating my flat into submission. I had a lovely long lie-in on Saturday, before waking with a jolt at 0930hrs, casually glancing at my phone and realising with horror that I had booked myself into [...]

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