Originally, this post was going to be something along the lines of ‘5 Reasons Why There Is No Life Outside London & OMG Derby Is *So* Dull’, but I decided against it.
I didn’t want to offend my Derby-dwelling friends and the truth is that, well, Derby really isn’t that bad. I did live here for nine years and actually managed to enjoy most of that time.
But I am missing London dreadfully and I’ve been planning my escape since Weednesday evening. I’m aware that this makes me sound like a horrible sister/daughter/grandchild/cousin/friend but London has karaoke bars, the British Museum and more than 4 buses an hour into the city centre. London wins.
Anyway, I’ve got lots to look forward to when I get back. If I write these events down in a list, link it up and add a few pretty pictures it’ll make the time pass quicker, yes?
I’ll be joining 19 other Qypers on Tuesday night at Lucky Voice for a night of realllly bad singing. With strangers. *Gulps*.
I’ve been to Lucky Voice before and had a fantastic night, but I have a slight reticence (read: crippling shyness and zero social skills) when it comes to being around lots of people who I’ve never met before. To help me get over that, I resolved to go out at least twice per week (extra points if there are strangers).
But I’m getting nervous about it already. I can’t bow out because Sian is hand-delivering my pretty new earrings and I’m quite looking forward to getting them. I guess I’ll have to just, you know, talk to people that I haven’t met before. That will be interesting.
2. Reading in Foyles’ Jazz Cafe
I’m fully aware that reading can take place anywhere, but it’s extra-special in the Jazz Cafe. Especially when it’s rainy and overcast outside and I’ve managed to nab the big armchair and a slice of apple cake.
3. Having a nose around Camden Passage, Angel
Camden Passage is a cobbled backstreet in Angel, Islington containing a few restaurants, very cute antique shops and Paul A. Young’s chocolate shop (the rose and garam masala white chocolate is more delicious than anything containing flowers and curry powder should be).
It’s very charming in an old-fashioned way, and probably the closest you can get to Diagon Alley in real life.
4. Staying out until silly o’clock in Brick Lane
When I moved back to London last year, it was a long time before I went to any of the clubs purely because I had no idea where to go – too much choice!
So why fellow London newbie Laura and I decided to go to 93 Feet East and Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane (a hassle to get to for both of us) is beyond me. But I’m very glad that we did – it’s reasonably priced, friendly and has an ‘anything goes’ dress code (if, for some crazy reason, you don’t enjoy getting dressed-up before a night out).
Oh, and beigels! It’s compulsory to have a salt beef beigel or two when you visit Brick Lane (one with mustard to eat outside Beigal Bake, one without mustard to eat on the night bus home).
I’m a very lucky person. Not only do I have a sister in Derby that I have loads of giggles with, I also have three equally bonkers fun sisters in London. It’s very difficult to be bored that way (or run low on pretty dresses).
Plus Zi (sister #2) has a new kitten which she lets me play with. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to snuggle something more – it’s like a living hot water bottle. And you haven’t lounged about until you’ve lounged with a sleepy kitten curled into your arms.
Flickr image from Dimitry B’s photostream