Little London Lunch Break: Home

Little London Lunch Break posts will appear every Wednesday around lunch time. I’ll ask a questions or start a discussion, give my answer and leave the comments open for the rest of you the same when you have a minute or two. If you would like to suggest a question, please email me at littlelondonobservationist@hotmail.co.uk.

Question: What does “home” mean to you?

My Answer:
I’m home in New York for Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to start with the topic of home because the meaning has changed for me since I moved to London.

In a city of immigrants, home needs to become more than a physical place for a lot of people. Instead, it becomes an idea or a feeling. It is easy to feel like you belong to two places and nowhere at the same time when you live in a country other than the place where you grew up.

For me, the feeling of “home” is in laughter among friends, a glass of red wine over good conversation, in waking up in the arms of someone I love on a Saturday morning, wrapping cold hands around a warm mug of tea. It comes in memories, like the sound of songs from my childhood, the smell of rain on a summer’s day, reminiscing over old photographs, watching the odd bit of London snow blanket the ground.

It’s about finding a place in the city – a certain bench in a certain park, a specific corner of a bookshop, a dock along the river Thames – somewhere that is yours as much as anyone else’s but somewhere you can always return to clear your mind. 

Home has become something I carry with me rather than the house I return to every night.   

And you?

London Links: Daily Candy-London

Daily Candy London is a colourful place to catch up on London fashion, beauty, culture, food, etc.

One of the latest articles features a photo of a mouth-watering creme fraiche tart with lemon curd ice cream. Even better, they’ve revealed the recipe. (Okay, what am I talking about? I’m too much of a disaster in the kitchen to try to conquer that, but it definitely makes me want to pop over to Kitchen W8, the restaurant in question, for dessert.)

Of course, there’s the question of what to wear to dinner. Daily Candy’s on that as well with their fashion page, highlighting the latest shops, trends and sales by product, neighbourhood or feature.

Separating articles by a selection of London neighbourhoods is an option on the front page, adding a unique twist to surfing the site.

There’s a lot more to check out, but be sure to read the captions and articles because the punchy writing on the site and attention to detail is my favourite.