Guest Post, Random Raves

Random Raves: London Edition

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Is it just us, or is London really in the spotlight these days?  We couldn’t let this week go by without getting in on the action so we asked the adorable London-based blogger, Meghan, from Wishful Thinking to share some of her favorite things.

“Since I’m South African, I wondered whether I should share some authentic African random raves with you, but given the Queen’s Jubilee this year and the upcoming Olympics, London is definitely the place to be!  There is so much to rave about that I had a hard time whittling it down to just 5!  So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is what I am raving about right now:

Boris Bikes

With spring nearly upon us and the rising cost of tube/train fares, everyone is talking about the mighty Boris Bike!  There are thousands of these (rather retro-looking) bikes scattered around the city, which you can hire for next to nothing!  It still amuses me to see city workers in full suit and tie or 9″ heels and pencil skirts biking to meetings or lunch dates!

Jamie Oliver Cooking Classes

A friend and I recently went to two Jamie Oliver Cooking Classes in Clapham – we did Thai Chicken Curry (delish) and Pasta Making (semi-soul destroying but fun.)  The class is really well organised and it’s a great night out with a friend.  If that doesn’t tempt you, there’s free wine, too!

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

OK, so this is nothing new to Londoners but it is rare to find a restaurant that gets it right every time!  I recently visited the city GBK and enjoyed an out-of-this-world avo and bacon burger with a massive milkshake, all under the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral (and all under £13!)

Free London Walks

I have lived here for 7 years and have only just discovered that you can download maps and  maps and guides for walking tours around London!  My fiancé and I recently did the Legal Walk which was fascinating and fun…  next up is the Jack the Ripper tour!

The Faberge Big Egg Hunt

This Easter, there are over 200 giant Easter eggs (each created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers) scattered all around London.  I have only managed to find about 20 so far but the quest continues (yes, this has brought out the big child in me!)

So if you’re in the city or planning to come to London, try these out!  Thanks so much for having me, Carolyn – it’s been fun sharing my little slice of London!”

Don’t you just love Meghan’s picks and that she went out and took all the pictures to create these great collages (making our ability to post soooo much easier?!)  Those giant eggs are amazing and we wonder if Jamie Oliver would consider cooking painting one…  Thank you, Meghan, for your terrific post and I can’t wait to come to London and enjoy a burger with you!

P.S.  Meghan should have included her own blog in her list of raves since it’s one of our favorites!  Click here to read more…

Photos via Wishful Thinking

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  • Reply The enchanted home March 14, 2012 at 6:12 am

    All I can say is this is making me want to go to London like now! A Jamie Oliver cooking class? How fun, and what a great way to see the city on one of those cute bikes! London is certainly an exciting and innovative city! Will check out her blog.

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita March 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

    What great picks! Lots of fun here. And you’re right – London is definitely hot right now.

  • Reply Lisa @ A Room with a View March 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

    So much more to indulge in than when I lived there. Would have loved a Jamie Oliver cooking class and the burger sounds delicious! Faberge eggs around town – oh my! Great post by Meghan. She always does the perfect travel posts with amazing pictures.

  • Reply stitchfork March 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Okay, I seriously want to do AlLL of the above now! First round of shakes on me!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Hamptontoes March 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    So much fun to read this post. I have never been to London and need to go soon. This has given me some good ideas. I chuckled at the suits and heels riding bikes to meetings/lunches…sounds like my kind of city. xoxo.

  • Reply Donna with Design Perspective March 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Everything Megan talked about makes me want to fly on over to the U.K. and do everything she mentioned!! I would love to be in London for the Olympics!!!

  • Reply quintessence March 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What fun! I fell in London all over again last fall when there. They have a way of merging the old with new that is truly unique and inspiring!

  • Reply Kelly Market March 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    This is so true and London will only be more on trend with the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics – both of which I’m looking forward to! Can’t wait to visit London soon – wouldn’t mind taking a spin on those Boris Bikes or a Jamie Oliver Class, so fun! xx

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass March 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t wait to go to London! My daughter want to visit England, France, and Italy within the next couple of years. I will be looking up your blog, Meghan!
    Happy Thursday.

  • Reply Jessica Rowe {The Aestate} March 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Can’t wait to get back to London. These all look so fun!

  • Reply annie March 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    This post makes me want to book a spring break trip to London! I love the egg project going on…kind of reminds me of the cows (is that right) several years ago all over NY. The Free London Walk is definitely something to remember next time I’m there…and that burger place too (maybe after a walk)!

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