Living in London with a crazy border collie (yes I know, we’re mad!) we’ve come to love our staycation breaks, ok you can’t guarantee the weather but what you can guarantee is fresh air and plenty of R&R. Read more
When I told my Mum that we were heading east to explore Peckham her immediate thoughts were of high rise concrete blocks similar to those characterised in Only Fools and Horses; but much like the rest of South East London the area has changed vastly over the past few years. Photos of Peckham fill my Instagram feed daily and there seems to be a new bar, café or restaurant opening every week (far too many to try and review in an afternoon). The area is popular with young professionals, families and hipsters alike all trying to get a slice of the action.
After spending last Christmas and New Year travelling the East Coast of America on our honeymoon we decided to make a New Year break our new tradition. For whilst missing out on family celebrations over Christmas was tough we really enjoyed escaping for those days between Christmas and New Year where nobody really knows what to do with themselves. There was no feeling guilty about sitting around eating a tub of Celebrations whilst watching films, no temptation for Mr B to log on and do a few hours work and certainly no pressure to arrange a big night out for New Year’s Eve. After a short search I came across a beautiful cottage in Winchcombe which looked perfect for our needs. It’s possibly one of the most impulsive bookings we’ve ever made but it turned out to be a great one.
I vividly recall a conversation I had with a work colleague in early 2013 about buying a property in Tooting. He at the time was trying to convince me that it was a good idea because in his opinion Tooting would be the next place on the Northern Line to see a big rise in prices, but after a few brief visits I just couldn’t imagine myself living there. I don’t very much like telling him that he’s right, but on this occasion I have to admit he was! Oh how I wish I could turn back time!
It’s been a busy summer with a trip to Scotland, weekends in Wales and the Euros taking priority over our area search. Come early August I was starting to miss the buzz of London and I was very keen to get the search started again but still there wasn’t a free weekend to search entirely new areas. But a visit by my cousin, who had come to stay with us to celebrate his 21st birthday, prompted action. Having spent last summer living in Russell Square whilst completing an internship he is very familiar with central London so we thought it would be good opportunity to show him London life outside zone 1 and we came up with the idea of a south London beer tour.
The big walk and much needed recovery! Read more