Little London Observationist in 2013

Dost thou love life? 
Then do not squander time, 
for that is the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin

I created Little London Observationist in 2009 to remind myself to appreciate the little things about life in London, to encourage myself to step off the pathways carved out by tourists and explore the gritty urban sprawl of this great city and get to know some real Londoners. It was also created to be a platform to share my own photography and writing. During the majority of the last three years, I posted seven days per week. Admittedly, not with the same passion throughout. So it’s time to change a few things and re-invigorate LLO.

I also want to say thanks to all of you who have started following along in 2012 and of course to all of you who have been following for years. To that end I hope to offer more giveaways this year to share my appreciation. So far, in the next few weeks, 10 of you will have the chance to receive a Photo Larks postcard and two of you will get to trial some cool fitness packages for a month. I’m also speaking to another company I did a giveaway with in the past that went over well. Secrets.

So, I have to say that lately I’ve been dipping into other ventures like running my Etsy shops – Photo Larks and Made in Mogotes, writing articles for Townfish and Move Guides and creating a new website for my dad’s side business, Sadler Garden Collections (launching at the end of January). I’ll also be working on a website for my brother who is running his own business, Sadler Fence and Staining, full time from the Spring. I have a number of other freelance projects in mind for 2013 so it’s going to be a busy one to sat the least. I’d also like to spend some time focussing on improving my Spanish (New Years resolutions and such), travelling, cooking more often, enjoying the little things in life with Jorge and spending more time with friends.

Time for Tea

This is great news but also means that because I’ve been so busy, being committed to posting on LLO every single day can simply feel like a chore. That goes against the original vision for the blog and it also takes away from the quality of the posts. As you can see from my own Flickr stream, most of my recent photographs are from my travels, not so many from London. That should also change this year.

I asked all of you to answer a survey in the last post of 2012 and your answers gave me some insight on what you’d like to see here (you can still answer the 3-minute survey if you haven’t yet. I appreciate your input).

The majority of you who answered the survey mentioned that you’d like to see the following on LLO in 2013:

  • More of my own photography (which is great because that’s something I want to focus on more this year anyway.)
  • More interviews with Londoners (also good news as these are always fun for me as well and I already have a few lined up for you.)
  • More neighborhood highlights (I will do my best!)
  • More personal reflections on life in London (I will definitely try to write more along with the photos, but keep it just as colourful!)

With that in mind, in 2013, the name of the game will be quality over quantity.

This means not posting every single day, but coming up with more original ideas, taking my camera out and about around the city and making the time to interview more of you Londoners (please email me if you’d like to volunteer – stephanie.sadler.23 @ gmail.com).

I will of course, still draw from the Flickr pool so please continue to contribute! I’ll also put some more effort into posting additional content on Facebook. Also in the next few months, a new LLO logo and a possible transfer to WordPress.org in the Spring.

Hope you are all having a fabulous 2013 so far!

More soon (and with more photos!)

Sponsored Post: Alternative ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in London

It is one of the biggest parties of the year. We pull out all the stops to find the greatest events London has to offer, put on our finest glad rags and ensure we see the New Year in with a bang. The capital hosts an extraordinary array of New Year’s Eve parties, from the weird and wonderful to the extravagant. Whether you’re a club hopper or enjoy good food in luxurious restaurants, you’re sure to find something that suits you down to the ground.

London is also the place to be if you’re looking for something different and a night that you’ll never forget. We have scouted the most unusual nights London has to offer; from a Medieval Banquet to a Viennese Ball you won’t be disappointed with our New Year’s Eve party short list.

Happy New Year 2011

Blitz Party New Year’s Eve Special

It’s time to route around your grandma’s wardrobe to find that spectacular dress she wore in the ‘40s. The Blitz Party celebrates the New Year in true vintage style. Dress up as a war hero or a ‘40s siren and dance the night away as live bands perform their renditions of the decade’s greatest hits. Let’s get the bunker swinging this New Year’s Eve and celebrate in true retro fashion.

Where: The Arches, 481 and 482 Reliance Square, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY

Ticket Price: £40

Happy New Year 2011

A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party

If it’s a vibrant retro scene that you’re after, the Royal Festival Hall might just be the place for you. From authentic cocktails, live bands and DJ sets that take you back to the ‘20s and through to the ‘90s, to films and glamorous pop-up venues, there is something here for everyone. At the Torch Club you can meet the UK’s best George Formby impersonator, at the Soul Casino you boogie the night away, at Let It Rock you can show off your karaoke skills and at the Pick Up Joint you’re sure to have a giggle at the crazy costume changes. There is so much to do at the Royal Festival Hall; they even have a beauty parlour there.

Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Ticket Price: From £65 or £139.50 per person including a three course meal.

Happy New Year 2011

Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala

Want to know how Cinderella felt at midnight, waltzing with her Prince charming? At the Barbican this dream can become a reality. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some Strauss classics, Johann Strauss Dancers will be performing in the ballroom and you can be left to find the Prince of your dreams. The Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala has been a tradition of the Barbican for over 25 years. If you have been spending your New Year’s Eves in London bars and clubs and you’re ready for a change, the Gala could be the perfect event for you.

Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

Ticket Price: From £19.50

Happy New Year 2011

Medieval Banquet New Year’s Eve

King Henry VIII and his court will be hosting a tremendous feast for you and your friends. Not only will you be provided with a five course meal, the entertainment will also be majestic. No expense has been spared by the King, from magicians and jugglers to minstrels, medieval tumblers, knights, contortionists and troubadours, your feast is sure to be nothing less than theatrical.

Where: Ivory House, St Katherine Docks, London, E1W 1BP

Ticket Price: £110 per adult, £80 per child (4-17 years)

Happy New Year 2011

“Alternative Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London” is a sponsored post written by AFD, one of the UK’s best fancy dress retailers. If you will be dressing up as a ‘40s starlet, war hero or medieval king this New Year’s Eve you’re sure to find the perfect costume at AFD.