Laters, East London!

A very belated tribute to the neighbo(u)rhood(s) that launched me into London. I’ve had a soft spot for East London for a while*. On previous visits to the city, it was an affordable but central area to stay in. I liked the cobblestone streets and lamp-posted alleys, the blend of old and new, dusty and…

London Sunshine (I’m Not Crazy, You Are)

Unpopular opinion: the weather in London is great. Maybe it’s a particularly nice year? Maybe it’s climate change? Maybe I’m from Boston, which has actual shit weather, and so by comparison London is a sunny paradise? Maybe crappy London weather is a myth spread to keep out the tourists? (Sorry Londoners, but as long as there’s…

A Break in the Radio Silence

As much as I like connecting with people via WordPress, I’ve been largely silent, blog-wise, since I left France last year. But I enjoy this platform and I’m in the mood for some idle digital chatter, so… hey there! Since my last post in September, I’ve become local to a new place: London. To make…

Six-Day Wander: London, Again!

Every time I go to London, I love it more. The city is a business hub, but has an enduring reverence for literature, art, and intellectual curiosity. A place of royals, tourists, immigrants, foreign investors, politicians, workers of all kinds, students, and ceremonial cavalry horses “who may bite or kick” (according to actual warning signs), it swarms but accommodates….

Five-Day Wander: London

London, London. I lived in New York City for a few years, and I think my time there predisposed me to fall hard for this city across the pond. London has all the culture of New York with less of the psychotic intensity. Sure, finance types with perfect haircuts and expensive, unwrinkled suits dart about…

How to Get Your Phone Stolen in London in 8 Easy Steps

1) Stand at the edge of a busy street in a touristy area. Euston Road in front of St. Pancras railway station worked for me (see map, above). 2) Remove your phone from your pocket and hold it up to snap a picture of a majestic landmark. Oh hey! Your phone’s gone! 3) Wail and…