Tales of a City Girl

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.

My loves, Travel

Sat 12th Mar 2016 20:07

Where’s the best spa I’ve ever been to? You may be surprised…

What do I have in common with the Made in Chelsea lot? No, it’s not the fact people pay me to go to their bars – it’s that I also agree going to a spa is the only way to spend a weekend darling. Although, unlike reality TV toffs, I can’t really afford to go a lot. This is why I’m so pleased to post about my brilliant and affordable trip to Aqua Sana Spa in Center Parcs. Yes, that icon of happy childhoods everywhere has a spa too – and a damn good one at that.

My loves, Pet hates

Mon 4th Jan 2016 22:07

January: crap or cracking?

On the first Monday back at work, that might seem like a stupid question. And to make my day worse, I walked 25 minutes to a swimming pool to start off my pre-marathon cross-training and they were shut due to lack of chlorine in the pool, which seems a bit of a fucking pool essential.  And then, when I called Dan on the way home, he sweetly suggested that I could pick him up dinner as I wasn’t going swimming any more. Suffice to say, he got his own damn food. Anyway, I’m going off topic. Here are some reasons why January is crap – and some why it’s cracking.

My loves

Sat 2nd Jan 2016 18:33

Tales of a City Girl resolutions

Every year I give myself New Year Resolutions and I’m usually fairly good at sticking to them. Not to toot my own horn, but last year I launched the blog, exercised 3-4 times a week (apart from a gap of a month or two in the summer, which unfortunately coincided with the only time I was in a bikini all year) and grew back one of my eyebrows from overplucking (such patience you know). I had a bunch of others, but those were the main ones. This year, I’m going to start on Monday. Partially because I spent this New Years Day in bed until 1.30 and then went to the pub for a cheeseburger and chips.

My loves

Mon 28th Dec 2015 17:40

Good things about your late twenties

Getting older gets a bad rap.  Your hangovers are dire, you’re probably not going to get away with not turning up for work in the same way as not turning up for seminars, and you’re legitimately old enough to marry/have a baby and will be expected to have opinions on both. But it is not all bad. At the ripe old age of 28 and a half (remember when the half used to be important to add? Ah, youth) here are some of the good things about nudging 30.

My loves

Sun 20th Dec 2015 21:04

Why it’s the most wonderful time of the year

As a bit of a change from my usual Grinch-like pet hate posting here are some reasons why the week of Christmas is brilliant.

My loves, Reading corner

Wed 9th Dec 2015 22:47

Elle talent writing comp entry – #relationshipgoals

I entered a writing competition for Elle, where the brief was to write a piece around the hashtag #relationshipgoals. I lost (trust me if I’d won, you’d have heard me going on about it by now). I reckon that’s just because they’re keeping this wicked entry behind though.  So at a special event to celebrate women in writing I will be presented with a separate special prize while Caitlin Moran and Lorraine Candy cry and call me an inspiration to the future of words.  Anyway. Take a look. It’s pretty different from my current blogging style, but hey, it’s good to try something different every now and again.

My loves

Sun 6th Dec 2015 20:35

Tales of a City Girl Christmas wishlist

It’s getting to that time of year when I start to feel all prickly that I haven’t managed to tie down what I want to get anybody for Christmas. It would be so much easier if you could just give yourself the money you’d spend on presents and then everyone could watch you unwrap them on Christmas Day. True, the magic would be somewhat lost, but imagine never having to see the crestfallen expression on a loved one’s face as you realise your ‘quirky’ gift was in fact just mis-judged.   But I am here to help your Christmas inspo with my dream Christmas list. Kind of. In no real helpful way at all.

My loves

Tue 1st Dec 2015 23:10

Three reasons why sleep is the best

How often have you asked yourself whether you’d rather just be asleep? From work to bars, there has rarely been an area of my life where I haven’t thought to myself that I would. That I’d rather be in bed and that it is only society that is stopping me fulfilling my desire for entire hibernation. I mean I reckon if I was allowed to work for half the hours of the day  I have to I’d have twice the capacity. If nights out finished at 10pm I wouldn’t have to pretend shuffling and swaying like a sleep-impoverished zombie is a dance move and I drink espresso martinis for their taste. You get the hint. I LOVE SLEEP. So, on a night where I would love to be asleep by 7 but life got in the way, here’s three reasons why sleep just is the bomb.

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, 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, 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, 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.

My loves

Sun 7th Jun 2015 10:32

A man’s best friend is mine too

I’m going to start off this blog post with a declaration that may tear any readers I have into two camps. This may make you feel indignant or convinced I am wrong. But here it is. Dogs are better than cats.

My loves

Sun 31st May 2015 17:09

Why I’m raving about Ravercise

What stops you from exercising more? Is it the monotonous dedication you need in order to pull yourself to the gym and work out with the other drones? The sinking feeling you get when you are considering a run and it looks like a wet sponge outside? Is it feeling like you either have to compromise on exercising on your lonesome or having to be super competitive team-player style? Well, Ravercise could be the solution to all three of those.

My loves

Thu 2nd Apr 2015 22:17

My name is Florence and I’m a reality TV junkie

Geordie Shore. Made in Chelsea. The Only Way is Essex. Even Ex on the Beach. I can’t help it. I love it. Help me.

My loves

Sun 15th Feb 2015 11:37

Returning to Running

This year I’ve decided I need to get back into exercise. Like everybody at the beginning of the year, really –  when your body resembles more of a pig in a blanket than a human and even your elasticated Christmas pyjamas feel more like control pants, suddenly a bit of self-discipline is actually pretty tempting. 

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.