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How to spend a Solo day in London

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There’s something quite refreshing about spending some time on your own. Not on the days when you’re already feeling a bit lonely and then go and spend the rest of the day in your own company. But on days when your full of energy and sass and just wanna get out and get some air, what the hell’s gonna stop you from just going?

This week I found myself in London with a little bit of time on my hands – so I guess this should really be called ‘how to spend a few hours solo in London’. But here’s a list of a few things that are easily accessible and don’t take too long to travel between; a couple of places to stop and chill, a few places to shop and a few cultural highlights just to give a nice balance.

  1. Oxford Circus

I’ve included this because it’s basically where I started from, and really every time I’m in London I end up here a my starting point. From Oxford Circus you can head for a little bit of retail therapy down Oxford Street of Regent Street. The giant Topshop is always a good place to start if you need pointing in the right direction.

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2. & Other Stories

& Other Stories is found just behind Oxford Circus and is always worth a little look around, mainly for the shop decor. The clothes and beauty products are also well worth a look, really beautiful contemporary pieces perfect for anyone trying to create a capsule wardrobe. If that’s not really your kind of thing then you could always pick something small and beautiful.

3. Joe and the Juice

This place holds a little something in my heart, with it being the place my boyfriend and I used to meet for day dates in London back when we were doing the ol’ long distance thing. They’re situated just to the left of Oxford Circus and serve every kind of fresh juice you can think of as well as a cup of well, joe. They have a really fab upstairs seating area, perfect for a little chill if you took my first advice and indulged in some retail therapy.

4. National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of my favourite galleries in London. That’s mainly because it’s so big that I forget what’s actually in there and it’s a bit of a surprise to find out again. But it’s also bang next door to the National Portrait Gallery which always has a new and super interesting exhibition on, including an Audrey Hepburn exhibition that I was just dying to see.

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5. Covent Garden

You could fill your whole afternoon with a visit to Covent Garden. There’s street entertainers, shops, usually on weekends there’s a market and just the general vibe of the place is worth going to soak up for a while. You can get there pretty easily from Oxford Circus on the tube, or you could go the scenic route and take in Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus and tick those off the list too. There’s something about the crowds in Covent Garden that kind of absorb you, so don’t worry about being on your own.

Sadly my day (read: few hours) had to come to end here, but if you have more time then I fully recommend a quick trip across the river to the Southbank. Again there’s plenty to do – there’s the Tate Modern which is such a classic London attraction, but there’s also the aquarium and usually a great book and record market under one of the bridges. So don’t be afraid to spend a solo day in the country’s capital, it’s really not that lonely or scary.

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Four Ways To Enjoy An Autumn Weekend.

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Are you sick of Autumn based posts yet? I know I’ve read my fair share of them, but since this is only my second seasonal post I figured you’d all forgive me, right? I always feel that the weekends in Autumn are slightly different to other seasons of the year, especially now that the clocks have changed. Having a shorter amount of daylight makes me want to get up and run around trying to fit everything in, because once it gets to four o’clock it’s just a race to get home and into the warm before it’s dark once again. So I’ve come up with a few ideas to help make the most of the shorter hours and of course, the colder air and crispy orange leaves.

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  1. Lunchin’ and Brunchin’

Brunch is actually one of my favourite mealtimes, if it even counts as an official mealtime. Man, I just love anything where eggs on toast is a firm favourite. And possibly pancakes too. But soon it wont be getting light until about eight thirty in the morning, which on a weekday is more OH MA GAAD WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME, but on a weekend simply means you’re not allowed to get up until you can see sun in the sky. The next appropriate meal after that is brunch; one to enjoy while catching up with friends and coffee just tastes so much better when you don’t have to throw in back and run back to the office.

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2. Countryside Walks

Lets be clear here – I’m not a hiker. In terms of exercise I like it to be short and sweet and I tend to be in and out of the gym in about 45mins. So a long, drawn out climb up a mountain is not really the one for me. BUT who doesn’t want to run like a child through piles of fallen leaves? Autumn is the perfect time to really enjoy what the countryside has to offer. There’s no high sun turning you into a sweaty mess after the first mile, and the leaves are still around rather than the spindle-y stumps that are left in winter.

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3. Carve a lil Pumpkin

Whether you have embraced Halloween into your life as a full on holiday to celebrate, or you aren’t really that bothered about the scariest day of the year there’s no way to avoid the mountains of pumpkins dotted around every supermarket in the country. It’s the perfect way to dip a toe in the day if your not that bothered, and get a little craft action going on. One year when I was still a student, my friends and I left it too late for a pumpkin and had to resort to carving a face in a melon instead. Has to be said, it was a lot tastier…

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4. Pay a Visit

This is not strictly an Autumn weekend activity but I get excited about day trips at any time of the year. I tend to get a bit restless by the end of the day if I haven’t got out for some air and seen a few things, so day trips are a regular feature for me. My recent one to London included the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy. I would highly recommend a visit and it’s right across the street from Fortnum & Maison, perfect for a little post-exhibition snoop around their pretty displays.

These are just a few ideas of what I like to get up to while it’s not so cold you need five layers on before leaving the house. I’m always up for trying something new though, so let me know if there’s something to add!

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SCI-FI-LONDON.

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It’s not often that you find yourself on a film set on your weekend off. Unless you’re in the business of course. But for myself and all the amateurs out there, this weekend was a new experience! As part of the SCI-FI-LONDON 48 hour film challenge we wrote, planned, filmed and edited a short film. I say ‘we’, I mean mainly my boyfriend and his film-making friends. Not being the most knowledgeable about films and how they’re made, my role mostly involved observing, the odd bit of lighting and my very first go as an extra.

When the filming was wrapped (I’ve learnt a lot of technical film lingo this weekend!) we left it in capable hands and had the next day off to do a little exploring. Being in London was a massive excuse for a little trip home, and with the complete 180 flip that the weather’s done recently a trip to my ol’ faithful Greenwich was in order. I’ve spent many Saturday’s as a teenager wandering around the market with friends, hitting the Shake Away for a skittles flavoured milkshake… Memories!  Sometimes a lot changes while you’re away and looking around the new shops, coffee shops and market stalls makes me all excited for my home town again! At least the view from the top of Greenwich Park hasn’t changed too much. It’s one of my all time favourite views and I’d probably start a petition if it did!

Have a little look at our finished film here, especially if Sci-fi is you film flava of choice!

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Grey Skies, Cheery Sundays

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Don’t be fooled by the grey-ness of the photos in this post and come to any conclusions about drab visits to London and wandering around in the rain. This weekend just gone was as lovely as the skies were dreary! What with it being Mother’s Day on the Sunday, I thought I’d pay a little visit to the homestead.

Although it was a very fleeting visit to the capital I managed to catch up with some family, chill out and get a bit of history on the go too! We set of out on a grey-est of grey days over to the Embankment of the river Thames, to a little exhibition on a boat. It was actually super interesting, all about the hospital boats used to transport the injured soldiers in the First World War. It was great to step back into my History student shoes and the museum was just the right size; I definitely didn’t have to drag my way around to the end! And as a bonus, there were no creepy mannequins to be seen (you know the ones I mean…)

Although my relationship with my home town can sometimes be a bit of a love-hate affair, it’s trips like this that remind me why I should probably show it a little more love and care than I do. But then again if I get held up by one more delayed train, then London and I are going to be having some serious words…

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