Illy in Wonderland

 

And finally… here we are.

After a never-ending waiting list – we have been waiting a couple of months to get in! – we are here with a skyrocketing enthusiasm.

My ex colleagues Jessica and Francesca and I decided to give ourselves a treat, the Mad Hatter afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel .

Are you ready to follow me and the White Rabbit?

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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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A very special Afternoon Tea… at The Ritz!!!

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Whilst my heals were being absorbed by the hall soft carpet, I felt like the star of a movie.
All around and above me stood gleaming mirrors, enormous flower vases and huge chandeliers hanged from the high ceilings.
A bygone era atmosphere.

A couple of scenes of Notting Hill, the famous movie with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, took place here but The Ritz Hotel, inaugurated in 1904, is scented with glorious past.
You can feel it as soon as you arrive, and you find yourself backward, surrounded by rich women sipping a cup of tea, or international high society individuals such as Churchill, Eisenhower and De Gaulle – English, American and French Prime Ministers during the II World Word – who used to have meetings right inside these history saturated rooms.

Quintessentially British.

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It was all about Art. And Love.

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Here I am, on a desert chilly winter evening – where apparently everyone is shut in their home except me – on my way to the cinema.

I’ve been waiting such a long time to watch this movie and since I had to face the sold out twice and a couple of cinemas stopped projecting it to give space to new releases, I am walking as fast as I can to the Curzon cinema in Bloomsbury.
By looking at the map on my phone I’m trying to cheat time, as I want to reach my destination faster than what expected by Google Maps. I realise I’m very nervous: I feel like I’m going to a date, or meeting a friend I haven’t seen for ages. You know, that feeling you have when you ask yourself a lot of questions, such as if your friend will recognise you, if you will recognise her, if she had a haircut or if she still wears that dress.
I arrive at the Curzon knowing that once again I’ve been wandering too much but I’m really glad to notice that I’m not the only crazy one who got out of her place with such a cold weather: the cinema is small but is gradually filling up.

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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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Selfridges, Oxford Street
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Boots

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