Tales of a City Girl

London Life

Fri 16th Sep 2016 16:23

The 11 people you meet in every office

So, while I’m in between jobs (honestly, I am in between contracts, that isn’t just code for unemployed), I’ve started missing being in the office. There’s only so much delight you can get in watching TV programmes your partner hates you watching, and organising your wardrobe you can do, before you need the cash and camaraderie of the office environment. Which led me to think about the different characters you meet while there. Do you recognise any of these?

London Life, Pet hates

Mon 1st Aug 2016 15:22

The perils of the super-perky waiters (and an apology)

Dear Tales of a City Girl fan(s) – I owe you an apology. As if Facebook wasn’t enough of a minefield of guilt trips, it also snidely reminds me every time I log in that it’s been over 45 days since I posted anything TOACG related. Let me explain.

London Life, My loves

Wed 25th May 2016 22:59

The Maids – the battle of acting vs plot

They say the greatest mark of an actor is how well they can perform on stage, especially in a play. With minimal set and musical trickery, the emphasis is purely on how well they can draw you into the story with their acting power.

London Life

Mon 16th May 2016 20:54

Need a new bar for the summer? Try the Victorian Bath House

What is the best way to serve champagne? Chilled, from the fridge? Pfft, good answer, but kind of amateur level. Try this for size –from a backlit, ice-filled bath, served by a well-dressed waiter. Now we’re talking.

London Life

Sun 1st May 2016 20:44

City vs country- which is better?

Firstly, I must apologise for the long delay since my last post. A LOT has been going down, and I will share it with you before getting on to the main debate.

London Life, Marathon challenge, Pet hates

Mon 15th Feb 2016 22:21

Londoners: are we more awful than you think?

Yesterday I sprained my ankle. I was blissfully running along, about half a mile into a 13 mile training run when all of a sudden my headphones were brutishly ripped from my ears, my ankle turned inwards, I threw my phone outwards, and I fell downwards, scraping all the skin off my knees in the process.

London Life

Tue 9th Feb 2016 21:34

Five of the Londoners you’ll know

Ah London. What a beautiful melting pot of cultures and activities. A place to fall in love with. A place to realise dreams. A place to be whoever YOU want to be. A place of diversity. But despite all of this poetry, a place where you are almost  guaranteed to meet all of these people.

London Life

Sun 7th Feb 2016 22:20

An escape room with a difference – Lady Chastity’s Reserve

Escape rooms have sprung up in the capital more and more recently. Offering an injection of high-paced fun with an adrenaline-popping challenge element, I’ve always wanted to try one. Lady Chastity’s Reserve isn’t an escape room in a traditional sense as you’re not trying to break your way out. But you are trying to win a bottle of wine, so after sorting out my booze ‘cheat days’ for the week (yes, I am now a full-on marathon training wanker), I joined an illustrious team of work pals to give it a go.

London Life

Wed 13th Jan 2016 22:55

Dans Le Noir – Dinner in the Dark

Close your eyes. Now. This may be an error, seeing as I want you to read my review, but just do it for a couple of seconds. That is how dark Dans Le Noir, the dining in the dark experience, is. It’s disorientating, disconcerting and something everyone should try once.

London Life

Mon 14th Dec 2015 21:38

Is Winterville a worthy Christmas market contender?

Now is the time of year you may be considering trying to nudge your over-worked mind into the direction of Christmas festivities. Not having any children to get me in the Christmas spirit (thank God), I’m usually looking for anything to get my cynicism Christmasified. Mainlining mulled wine, having an enormous Christmas tree, staring glassy-eyed into the Libertys window trying to muster enthusiasm… and Christmas markets.

London Life, My loves

Fri 20th Nov 2015 16:42

26 places to drink this weekend

Stuck for somewhere to go this weekend? Looking for somewhere new? Here is a list of 26 places you could go in London this weekend, and a handy key to help decipher which you’re in the mood for. Aren’t I good to you. Oh, and two to avoid too.

London Life

Sun 15th Nov 2015 19:50

Gourmet Cinema Club, Sanctum Soho

Gourmet Cinema Club brings a classic film to you with a difference.  No longer will you be sharing your cinema experience with other cinemagoers loudly crunching nachos while you simultaneously try to ignore the beacon-like glow of people’s iPhones in the dark.  With Christmas just round the corner, should you be putting the Gourmet Cinema club on your list to Santa?

London Life, My loves

Fri 13th Nov 2015 08:08

Five of my favourite things I’ve done in London

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I lost my writers’ mojo a bit, and began to get disillusioned with thoughts like how Gwyneth Paltrow can write a seven step guide to yawning on Goop and still get more hits on that one post than I have since launch.  But fortunately for my millions of readers who didn’t know where to turn, I am BACK with five of my favourite things I’ve done in London and why I’ve enjoyed them. The mojo may have died but the love of alliteration in titles never will.

London Life, My loves

Thu 5th Nov 2015 08:00

Kill your Friends review – plus a Q&A with Caitlin Moran

Kill your Friends is based on the 2008 novel by author John Niven, a great book of biting satire for those of us looking for a different, more updated  American Psycho.  But is the magic lost when translated into screen?

London Life

Sat 31st Oct 2015 17:13

007: For your eyes only – Edible Stories

Edible Stories combine a love of food with a love of literature, and their latest serving focuses on the latest of the James Bond franchise, Spectre.

London Life, My loves

Sat 24th Oct 2015 12:43

Dionysius Wine and Cheese tasting reviewed

Wine and cheese tasting is one of life’s great pairings – like toasted cheese and Worcestershire sauce, gin and tonic, chips and ketchup, it’s just meant to be. But it can be expensive for little return (let’s not forget the upsetting Cheese and Wine Festival). Can Dionysius do it better?

London Life, Pet hates

Wed 21st Oct 2015 23:12

39 pet hates Londoners can relate to

I thought I was overdue a pet hates post. So here’s my therapeutic look at everything annoying me with London life right now (please note this post is meant to be taken tongue-in-cheek. I’m not enough of an idiot to really count these as real problems).

London Life, My loves

Sun 18th Oct 2015 21:18

Why The Book of Mormon is a must-see

Whatever you think about theatre, there’s a production you cannot have failed to hear the hype around. The Book of Mormon is the one show that if you’re going to see it, people either enthuse about the time they watched it to you, or express their longing to see it too. Everyone’s heard of it. I was lucky enough to get a last minute ticket from my friend – and suddenly my evening plans of laundry and going to the gym didn’t seem so fun anymore. Here is what I thought.

London Life, My loves

Wed 14th Oct 2015 22:38

An ode to The Roxy

Posh bars are all well and good. But if spending £7.00 on a gin and tonic for weekday drinks makes your wallet sob then I would recommend the Roxy. The Roxy puts the bling in dingy, the hope into Happy Hour, the soul into student bar, the tenuous rhymes into my blogging time.

London Life, My loves

Sun 11th Oct 2015 20:21

Tales of a City Girl London food directory

So, I’m feeling lazy (Sunday evening, y’all) so instead of writing a proper post I thought I’d write down the places I’d recommend you check out in London. The list started being way long though so I’m starting with just food (oh, and coffee snuck in there, now I can’t be bothered to remove it). May add to this as I remember more places. Anyway, enjoy. I haven’t linked to these places as it would take far too long to do the whole ‘no-follow tag’ thing for this list but I’m sure you can use the power of Google. 

London Life, My loves

Sun 27th Sep 2015 11:21

Future Conditional at the Old Vic

London has a huge cultural offering and no-where is this more apparent than in our theatres. If done well, theatre has the power to make us laugh, cry, and be inspired. I went with my uni friends to find out how many of those boxes Future Conditional ticks.

London Life

Sun 20th Sep 2015 23:01

Afternoon tea with a view at Vertigo 42

Afternoon tea is one of those quintessentially English treats, and Vertigo 42 offers you the opportunity to combine this with a great view too.

London Life

Thu 17th Sep 2015 23:20

ABQ Breaking Bad cocktail bar – a review

I love London’s thirst for immersive experiences, and when this one promised cocktails too, I couldn’t help but leap at going. Especially as it’s themed around zeitgeist synonym of the past five years, Breaking Bad. Way I figure it, enough super-fans of the show will be queuing for a ticket it would have to be bang on the buck to amuse all these Heisenberg wannabes. So a few of us work lot went along to find out.

London Life

Sun 30th Aug 2015 13:16

The ugly side of beauty voucher sites

I love a bit of grooming. Even better if it’s not me having to do it. Given the fact I’m not a Kardashian, I like to use beauty voucher sites to bring the cost down. A bit of pampering without the huge price tag – a win-win situation, surely. But a recent experience has really put me off.

London Life

Sun 23rd Aug 2015 20:29

Flower fan? Get yourself to Columbia Road Flower Market

If you want your balcony or garden to be something other than where spiders hang out, flowers are one of the cheapest and best ways to inject personality and charm. If you’re not fortunate enough to have outdoor space of your own, flowers and plants are a way to bring nature to your indoor space too. But don’t just pick up a drab bunch or window box from the supermarket or your local Homebase.

London Life

Thu 20th Aug 2015 21:06

Paternoster Chop House – brilliant on a first date or a 50th

Have you seen the Channel 4 show ‘First Dates’? Apart from being a brilliant tapestry of all of Brits’ singletons, the restaurant also serves as a great background – relaxed without being hum-drum, sophisticated without having to take out a loan to afford. 

London Life

Sun 16th Aug 2015 12:18

On Sundays we roast – Hawksmoor Seven Dials

If you’re after a good Sunday roast, you must try the bastion of London roast beef – Hawksmoor Seven Dials. Here’s why. 

London Life

Mon 13th Jul 2015 22:44

Like gin? Then Sipsmith Distillery tour is a must

As advocates of the old Mothers Ruin, I got my own ruined Mother (I jest) a ticket to the Sipsmith Distillery tour and tasting as an alternative to the overdone wine tasting. One of the best ‘I want to do that so I’ll sneakily buy it as a gift’ decisions I’ve ever made.

London Life

Sun 21st Jun 2015 16:00

Open Garden Squares Weekend – discover London’s hidden gardens

Do London’s free parks make you feel a bit of a peasant? I know, me too. Nothing like the embarrassment of trying to ascertain your own square of grass next to a million others, humiliated in the knowledge none of you have actually paid to be there.

London Life

Sat 20th Jun 2015 15:21

Tumble down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures

To mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classically adored novel, the Vaults under Waterloo station are hosting an immersive theatre experience for those lucky enough to nab a ticket.

London Life

Sun 5th Apr 2015 15:32

Why I won’t go back to the Cheese and Wine Festival

I bloody love cheese. And I bloody love wine. When I saw on one of the myriad voucher sites I have haplessly signed up to that there were 2-for-1 tickets available to the Cheese and Wine Festival, I roped in a fellow connoisseur (she was the one who first introduced me to Lambrini, after all) and decided to go.

London Life

Mon 30th Mar 2015 15:26

Bogan Bingo, Shitty Disco

Bogan Bingo, Shitty Disco certainly does what it says on the tin. And that tin is full of cheap cider.

London Life

Mon 16th Mar 2015 19:37

Holi in the City – prepare to get messy

Would you like to throw paint at your colleagues? Right in the mug? You would? You animal. Better not tell HR.

About me

I'm Florence and I like to write.

When I'm not writing about pensions and mortgages in my day job, I write about my life in London, in which I cannot afford a mortgage even if I sold off a kidney, and I've still got another 40 years at least before I can access my pension.

I'd say I'm an ordinary girl looking for an extraordinary life, but clichéd phrases really annoy me.

Read my blog to find out more about my pet hates; and more on the places and things I love. And if you want to, please feel free to contact me with article ideas or feedback.