After living in the same London flat for five years, I had to move and it was a pain, but you know what I am very excited to start my year in a new flat. In this post, I am sharing some insight on: How to find an apartment/flat in London? and how much does it cost to rent in London?Read More
I think I am going to start all my posts with "Can you believe how fast this year is going?" It is funny to think that when I was younger I felt like days are lasting too long and now I feel like I can't get enough hours of the day. Let me tell you what I was up to in August and why I felt like it was gone it a flash. Although we did have 31 days of it!
I was in London in August and I did not make any travel plans on purpose because all I wanted was to get a huge chunk of work done so I can pre schedule everything for September so I can focus on other things this month. Even with the insane amount of work I still did not manage to do this, but at least August was a very productive month. I actually have to go back to my calendar to remember all the things I did. That is what working form home does to you! It makes you forget (or maybe it's just me!)
I think this month have been my most productive video production months in my life. I have a very long backlog of footage that goes back to 2016 and I am still trying to manage my time better to get the videos edited and published and I managed to get eight out! If you haven't seen them, please do! You know how hard your girl works on them lol (Videos!)
I started the month with taking another art course to advance my art skills because I do art part time as an extra side hustle. I have like 5 side hustles it is crazy! I learnt a little more about tiles specifically Persian tiles that used to be made in the 12th century because they are the prettiest ever.
I finally found my writing motivation in August, I credit that to the sunshine that we all got in London. I decided to write four books on Reedsy! I do not know what is wrong with me, but I love making unrealistic plans hehe. I wanted to finish at least one of them in August, but I will still be working on it for another week. It is a small 16k word e-book about being a content creator and how to start doing that. I am not sure how it will be received, but you will all get to see it end of Sep *I hope* or start of Oct. The other two books are about my travels and the last one is about art because I can never choose between art and travel and I love them equally.
The second Eid that celebrates the Muslim pilgrims and their achievement happened in August. In our family this is just another excuse to see each other and since most of the family is back home in Saudi, I went to see my sister and her kids, which was lovely!
August had a bank holiday, which meant a summer bank holiday. My favourite person & I went camping and it was my first time ever going into the woods and pitching a tent up and sitting in front of the fire for hours. I loved it!
I ended the month with a live theatre show! I went with my bestie to watched Wicked the Musical and that was lots of fun! and it was seriously on the 31st of August. Apart from this outing, I don't think I tried anything new or impressive in London last month, but might try to go to few new places next month to share new places with you!
As you can see, it has been busy and I always feel weird about telling people all of these details and I still get responses that all the things I do should not keep me this busy, but I kid you not. I work and work day after day, but I love it. Absolutely love it and it is the reason I wake up with so much will and motivation. The challenge is to keep this momentum going! Hope your month was great as well!
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Previous Monthly updates:
I am so happy my March update was received well. I didn't think you would be interested, but I am glad you are! That's why I am doing another one for April. As you know I travelled most of the month, so I didn't get to see much of London this month, but I managed to eat in a few new places and see spots that I haven't visited before! :) And we had three days of amazing weather as well and I am glad I managed to go out then!
Food Spots I tried in London in April
Old Cottage Coffee Shop in the Park
This is a really cute little cafe in Charlton Park, where you eat and see life goes by in the park. It's also where all the cute dogs hangout. The sandwiches are simple, but the desserts and scones are delicious. I can't wait to go back there again.
Kimchee Restaurant & Bar
I was craving Korean food, more specifically Bibimbap, which is a Korean dish made in a hot stone bowl with rice, vegetable, tofu (or whatever meat you want) and an egg to be mixed with some spicy sauce. I was in the area and the Kimchee restaurant was the first thing that popped up and since I haven't there before, I just went to it. It is not halal, but they have sea food and vegetarian options. I tried the veggie dumplings and had a tofu Bibimbap with a prawn starter. It was nice and the staff were attentive, but I will search further for my perfect Bibimbap.
This was a little family restaurant run by women with a small menu filled with big flavours. I really enjoyed the food and the service. The design of the restaurant is very cozy (read small with 3 tables downstairs and 3 upstairs). It was also really loud because the space didn't have any fabric or cushions to absorb the sound and people's voice, which made it really hard to speak to each other. I would like to go try it during the day too.
New Places I visited in London in April
King's Cross Canopy Food Market
I knew about the regular market outside of the station that sells my most favourite donuts of all times: Cross Town Doughnuts, but I didn't realise there is another food market further down into the restaurant area near UAL Central Saint Martins campus. I didn't eat there, but it looked like a cool place to hang out in the summer.
Market Times: Weekly from the 30th March. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More Info.
House of Illustration
I thought I have been to all the Museums that are worth visiting, but NO! There's a whole list of good museums in London that I am yet to visit. I managed to squeeze one of them this month and it's the House of Illustration. There was an exhibition called Made in North Korea and I thought it was brilliant. It was simple in terms of it represented items from a very curious place in the world such as packaging, postcards, books and some food items, but it was insightful to see the simple things from a country. As a travel content creator, I really appreciated this insight because they are things I notice on my travels. Like going to the grocery store on a trip is always interesting just to see how the locals live.
My good friend, Sarah, has been wanting to go all last year, so we finally found some time to go! I haven't tried anything similar before and it was interesting to do. Basically you are placed in a room and you solve puzzles to get out and go to the other rooms to finally escape. It was lots of fun to do with a big group of friends. We had lots of laughs and kept asking for clues the whole time, but we made it!!
This is a little further than Central London, but if you find yourself near South East London, this little park is worth a visit. I happened to be in the area and the weather was amazing, so I went to this park and it was such a nice relaxed park with kids playing, some teenagers skating and grownups either reading or playing ping pong.
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Read More About London:
This post is a roundup of all my London ventures of the previous month. It’s a list of food I tried, places I visited and things I did. This post will keep you up to date with my life in London. This is the first time I do a post of this nature, but it seems like a lot of people are interested in what I do in London, so here is a quick summary. Please let me know in the comments if you would like to see this update every month!
Let’s start with the London food I indulged in:
Darjeeling Express Indian Restaurant
Since the beginning of the year, I went to Darjeeling Express twice and each time the food was really good! Their all Halal menu and delicious choices are fantastic. The service is a little slow, but it’s a kitchen made of home cooks, so I can let it slide. My advice is to go with plenty of time on your hand.
Opso Greek Restaurant
When I go out with the girls, we aim for a new restaurant depending on our location. My foodie friend, found this tapas style Greek restaurant and it was amazing. The goat curd cheese and the Fava beans were so good! We shared five tapas between the four of us and got an extra mini Fish burger each, which was more than enough!
The first time I tried this place was a few years ago when it was first opened. In March, I tried the Tottenham Court Road branch and it was just average. I tried their fish tacos and cheesy fries, but it was nothing special so I won’t be going back there in a rush.
The Black Penny
This is a nice cafe in Covent Garden with a nice breakfast/brunch menu and yummy dessert bar. I was impressed with their chocolate and salted caramel cupcake and chocolate brownies. It was a bit hard getting a table there on a Sunday, but if you do manage one then it’s a nice cafe to chill for a bit.
Places I visited around London in March
In March, I attended my first late night event of the year. By late I just mean after the usual hours of a Museum opening hours. The theme was night at the palace and I got to fully dress up, which I loved! Seeing the gallery at night wearing a gown was a little much, but it was one of the month’s highlights for sure!
Earlier in March, I went to the Arab Women Now festival in Rich Mix. I love the gallery space and the various things they usually have planned in there. During the day, I tried a play writing class, which was interesting. In the evening, I attended a concert in the same space for a Tunisian band and absolutely loved it! Snippets of all of that is in the video below!
Cass Art Islington
Cass Art has a few locations around London. I usually go to the one in Soho when I have any art emergencies, but this time I went to the Cass Art Islington branch to teach an art class and I really liked the location. It was close to Angel tube station too!
I usually pass by the Borough market a lot, but I rarely go spend the day there. I managed to visit to film and have lunch with a friend last month. It was really lovely and I should actually visit it more often.
City and Guild Art Show
Having artist friends is fantastic, I went to my friend Clare Dudeney’s art show, which was part of her post graduate degree. It was fun seeing what she and her classmates created.
Things I almost bought for my London flat
I do a lot of online and window shopping, but going through with it is rare unless I feel they are very important to have. I am trying to make my space a bit prettier that's why I was considering these. I might end up making my own home accessories though! Aren't they all just so pretty and tempting?
Speaking of my London flat, I hosted a gorgeous Spring lunch *alhamdulilah* that was mostly vegan except for the fish and the yogurt dip. I was very proud of myself and my favourite people liked it, so it was a win. It's those moments that I look forward to the most when I am not travelling.
Disclaimer: living in London is fabulous, but it has its challenges and high costs. Although, I got to do a good amount of activists it took me an hour each way to commute to and from. Also notice, there were 31 days in March and I only went out to these places. The rest of the month I was at home working! #KeepingItReal