Whiling away the hours in a bookshop stocked from the floor to ceiling with books from different eras, genres and authors from across the globe has to be one of my favourite Sunday morning activities. The excitement of finding a book that you don’t want to put down is rare but such a treat when you find it! I often make my best book purchases when visiting an actual bookshop, rather than an online site, where you can read the booksellers recommendations or chat to those who work in the shop who often know what would best suit you and your tastes.
London was my home city for just over twenty-years and I always find something very comforting about it when I visit. It’s partly due to the family connections I have there but also the familiarity of the streets and the sights. If you’re planning a trip to London and want to venture away from the more touristy areas, then have a read below of my alternative guide to London.
As a nineties child, I grew up with Harry Potter. I vividly remember my mum sitting on my bed, reading me the first chapter of the first book and being hooked immediately. As I got older, I would count down the days until the next book was released and then hide myself away in my room until I’d finished it. You can imagine my delight then when Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened.
Notting Hill is a beautiful district in West London, located in the north of Kensington within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. It is home to some of the most stunning mews and boutiques in London and is famously featured in the 90’s film Notting Hill. It’s a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of central London and somewhere that definitely should be on your London ‘to-visit’ list!
One of the best things about London is that it’s so well connected. From Edinburgh you can catch a fast train that gets you to London in just four and a half hours, which does work out slightly quicker than flying and is the perfect opportunity to get stuck into a good old book and catch up on the odd email or two.
Recently, I’ve made a rather big life decision and moved to a different country (albeit still in the UK). Scary eh? Before the big move, I had a bit of time to spend with my family, as the next time I see them will be Christmas (really not that long at all now and I haven’t even started to think about Christmas shopping, despite shops being stocked to the top with gifts and christmassy-themed pieces).