My colourful London

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I know, I know…  in London the sky is quite often grey. Pitch grey.

Since I have been living here I’ve learnt to hunt for colours everywhere, and when the Sun finally decides to come out every corner of this city reflects a different light and everything seems to be more beautiful.

Believe it or not, even in London you may find colours… Want a proof?

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My favourite London bookshops

When I walk in a bookshop I can seriously be dangerous.
It is impossible for me to get out with empty hands.
Sometimes I feel I’m addicted to “literary shopping” and since I’ve moved to London, it’s getting worse because there are so many bookshops around here.

Although I love of all them unconditionally and I still need to visit a lot of them, I would like to share with you a list of my favourite bookshops in London.
They are magical spots where I literally love to get lost in.

Love 2.0: being single in London

In a city where supermarkets are swarmed with prepackaged individual meals and where work hours are so inhuman that the only moment you are able to socialise is the drink night out with your colleagues, being single… has never been easier.

In London, when you get back home from work you are so knackered that if you are able to give a ring to your parents or to your friends – who often live abroad – and ask if they are OK, it’s a miracle.
During the week it’s quite rare to go out, and if you decide to do it most likely it’s because it’s related to your job.

On weekends though everyone becomes a party animal: you just need to stand outside a pub on a Friday or Saturday evening to see what I mean. Guys still wearing their suits gulp down one drink after another – the quality here doesn’t really matter, the important thing is that it’s alcohol – competing in a kind of marathon: the winner will be the most pissed, the one who will be “honoured” by being bounced off a taxi because too drunk.

The well known English self control goes bananas, together with the dignity, inside a couple of drinks.

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Never say goodbye

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They say that London is a crossroad and that’s it’s something normal to see people leaving in here.
It’s quite impossible to get bored in this hectic mish-mash of languages, ideologies, ethnic groups and habits, but it’s quite difficult to spend here an entire life.
During my almost 4 years here in London, I’ve noticed that many people living in this city are sooner or later leaving, going back to their countries or moving somewhere in the world.
Everyone loves London but living here is such an intense experience that there is a moment you reach the point you can’t cope with it anymore and you need to leave. You will keep London deep in your heart but you prefer to look at her from far away, because if you get inside her whirlwind again you will be just fucked.

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Christmas holidays in London

It’s quite impossible to get bored in London, where you can literally do whatever you feel like but… how to choose the best things to do during the festivities?

Here you are my list, enjoy!

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            ICE SKATING:

Choosing an iceskating ring in London can be hard as since November it seemed like you could find one of them in every corner… I really wanted to go to the Somerset House’ one but unfortunately we were not able to find a single ticket… never mind! My friends and I had a wonderful afternoon at the Natural History Museum ring sponsored by Swarovski.
It was great fun even though I do believe 15 quids for an overcrowded 50 minutes round it’s a bit too much… Anyway we were absolutely amazing… none of us felt down!  😀

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Xmas in London? Very sparkling

I think I’ve already said here http://thefrillydiaries-en.com/2015/03/25/and-also-this-xmas/ that I don’t really like Xmas and I’m definitely not a big Winter fan but… there is something that helps me facing this period: the colours, the lights… the glint London is pervaded by for a couple of weeks.
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Sisters in London

Being an expat it’s not always that easy.
Especially when the Summer – or that sort of Spring the English take for Summer – ends unexpectedly, the winter arrives suddenly giving you pitch dark at 5pm and the last two close friends of yours are getting ready to leave London for good.
Let’s say that in this case the kilometres that separate you from your hometown are feel longer than ever.
But of course everything comes to an end.
Because in London everything runs fast, even the blues.
Luckily enough there are: low cost flights, express trains, long weekends and the beloved younger sisters who FINALLY decided to come and visit you more often.

While I’m here writing, I can still sense all the emotions I was feeling during the last weekend.
I close my eyes and I can still feel the energy that the lively – can’t believe she is 69!- Patti Smith gave me during her concert at the Roundhouse in Camden and I’m still laughing because of our sticky fingers during our Halloween styling.

Obviously it wasn’t my sister’s first time in London, so instead of the traditional tour this time I wanted her to experience more of my everyday life in a completely relaxed way: from the concert of the Queen of the Punk in Camden and the Halloween dressing up to the traditional English Breakfast in the sunny garden of Baskervilles Tea Shop in Palmers Green, the amazing sushi at Eat Tokyo Restaurant  in Soho and the coffee at the Bar Italia in Frith Street to feel a bit at home.

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After I stuffed her with the heavenly Sunday Roast of the Kings Head Pub in Winchmore Hill  and that 20 minutes before her Stansted Express departure I insisted she tasted a lemon cheese cake at the Euphorium Bakery in Highbury&Islington, the young lady complained because she said I just think of eating all the times: well, to be able to face the fast-paced London life you need energy, babe!

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