Merry Christmas everyone!
I took this photo in Woolwich Arsenal. Hope Santa found you alright. Enjoy the day!
The lights are already sparkling in trees around London and strung across Regents Street and Oxford Street and many others. Shop window displays are spewing fake snow onto mannequins and Santa’s already in town to hear the children’s wishes. Jamiefraser1 added this snowglobe shot to Flickr pool over the weekend.
Hyde Park just opened up its Winter Wonderland so if you’re looking for something fun to do, they’ve got a huge ice rink, Christmas shows, rides and a giant observation wheel.
What are your favourite Winter in London activities? Anyone have any good recommendations to share?
Listen to a Londoner is a weekly interview post with people who live (or have lived for a while) in London. If you fit the bill and want to be interviewed, give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. Always looking for new volunteers.
If you can find another native Kentuckian in London, you earn a cookie. Sarah came over in September 2008 to earn a Master’s degree in International Politics and Human Rights, and enjoys working for a children’s charity in Kentish Town.
LLO: How long have you lived in London and where are you from originally?
SO: I’m from a tiny village on the border of Kentucky and Illinois, smack middle in the bible belt, land of fried chicken and all things unhealthy. I came here in September 2008 and never looked back.
LLO: What’s the best thing about living in your postcode?
SO: I live in Camden Town and madly love it! There’s always a store open late, always something going on, always the most unusual people hanging out. Plus, it’s well-connected enough that night buses from nearly all parts of the city roll through.
LLO: Favourite place to find a taste of home?
SO: I miss great Mexican food from home, so La Perla in Covent Garden is pretty good when it comes to my Mexican cravings. Their Margaritas are to DIE for!
LLO: Best London “discovery”?
SO: That it’s legal to drink in parks? Weeee! (See last question)
LLO: If I only had one day in London and wanted to spend it off the beaten track, where would you send me?
SO: A Sunday roast (assuming the day is Sunday) at a pub in Kentish Town called the Pineapple or perhaps exploring Borough Market and ending with an evening bottle of wine at Gordon’s Wine bar..yes, not exactly unknown to London, but that’s what I envision FAR FAR away from Oxford Street.
LLO: Favourite pub, club or other place to spend a Saturday night?
SO: I’m madly in love with Retro bar, a gay bar hidden in an alleyway next to Charring Cross. You really have to search for it, but it’s classy, clean and has board game nights! Otherwise, The Black Heart is your typical indie pub in Camden, also hidden in an alleyway, that’s full of ‘misunderstood’ but exceptionally nice people. They serve pizzas named after the seven deadly sins and banana bread beer. Highly recommend both, as alleyway pubs are the way to go!
LLO: What’s the most random thing you’ve ever seen in London?
SO: About 200 people dressed up in Santa costumes on a pub crawl in Camden. In January. They were a little late…
LLO: What’s the most interesting or unusual food you’ve eaten since moving to London and where did you go to eat it?
SO: A couple weeks ago, I went to dim sum with friends and tried baby octopus, duck tongue, beef stomach and beef tongue. Everything was good except the duck tongue….ugh.
LLO: Most quirky or unusual place you’ve discovered in London?
SO: I live in Camden, you want only one?! All I have to do is walk outside my flat and I see strange things everywhere. Especially in The World’s End.
LLO: Describe a perfect Spring day in the capital.
SO: A sunny, windy day for a picnic on Primrose Hill with great friends. The lunch includes some amazing hummous, pita, cheeses and wine, and the wind is helpful in flying our infamous dolphin kite. Bring on the summer!
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