Saturday, November 03, 2012

Country Mouse In The City: Autumnal Goodness!

I love London at this time of year.  The dark nights, the dreich weather, the compulsion to stock up on books and curl up somewhere warm, or to while away an afternoon in a museum!  It's also the season of new coats and boots and scarves, hurrah!  Here are a few of my favourite things to do during the November chill.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum is a fabulous place to visit, whatever the time of year!  They have so many displays and artefacts I don't think I'll ever tire of visiting.  Take the tube to South Ken, wander through the underground tunnel to the museum (no need to get wet!), spend a couple of hours surrounded by treasures, then curl up in the cafĂ© with a good cup of tea and an enormous slice of cake.  Lovely.  The museum is free, but some exhibitions are ticketed and you pay for.

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This weekend and into next weekend there will be a lot of fireworks displays as we commemorate Guy Fawke's Night here in the UK.  One of the best vantage points of the many displays has to be Primrose Hill in NW London.  Always a treat!

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The colder weather hits my hibernation button, and I just want to stock up on soup makings, yummy teas, and red velvet cake.  We do most of our shopping at regular stores, but for a few treats, Selfridges food hall is a must.  They have such a brilliant range of unusual ingredients and items!

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On Monday the Oxford Street lights will be getting turned on - I'll definitely be heading to the West End soon to check them out.

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Also in the hibernation theme, the wintry chill makes me want to go to the movies more.  One of my favourite cinemas is the Everyman in Belsize Park - comfy seats, and you can have tea and cake while you watch.  Absolutely divine!

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Another autumn favourite has to be buying new books (because then you get to have PJ days where all you do is eat toast, drink tea, and read!).  There are loads of booksellers here in town, but a favourite of mine is Primrose Hill books, in NW London.  They have a great selection, and friendly, clever staff.  I love going there!  Matthew loves me going there a little less, however - once I get started I can't really stop buying books...

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Not technically in the city, but very much about the city - I always watch Love Actually in November/December.  It's a great movie, and also something of a love song to London in the lead up to the festive period.  Great to watch with a hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course!).

What are your autumn favourites?


  1. Now I am curious: Where did they film Love, Actually? I love the V& autumn favorites are the days where it is crisp and not raining (not too many of those here at the moment), snuggling with cats, warm drinks, good books. :)


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