East Meets West: Ash Kumar & Virgin Media

East London is going to be getting tons of love on the blog this year.  Until discovering this trendy area of the city way back in 2009 I ignorantly thought east London wasn’t worth visiting.  That changed when a friend introduced me to Brick Lane, Spitalfields market and their surrounding areas and I quickly saw…

On the Road Again & More London Street Art

The day has finally come and I am heading abroad for the first time since August 2012.  D and I are going to Barcelona for a week to celebrate his birthday.  The following week we will be hosting my friend Erin and she and I and a friend of hers will venture to Berlin for…

London East End Street Art: Take Two

I had never really taken much notice of street art until living in London.  I was semi familiar with Banksy’s work but didn’t know much about him.  It wasn’t until going on my first tour last year, watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, and seeing a lot of street art in Paris did I really…

The East End

Back in July David and I hosted my 3rd friend from Canada this year, Lindsay.  She was only in London for 4 days, short but we were able to cover a lot of ground. The main problem with London is there is way too much to see.  Always a festival, concert, or one off event…

Olympic News Roundup

We are well into the Olympics and things appear to be going ok, dare I say really well.  All the forewarning about travel disruptions and congestion in the city has been heeded and people have listened so much that shops are upset now because the number of customers has dropped. Last week the opening ceremony…

Pleasure Gardens – What is Old is New Again

  Last weekend an age old tradition was revived: the London Pleasure Garden. A Pleasure Garden is usually a garden that is open to the public for recreation purposes. Historically they differed from other public gardens in that they served as venues for entertainment, featuring concert halls or bandstands, rides, zoos, and menageries. The festival D, Jen, and I went to…

London’s First Cable Car Opens

On the 28th of June the Emirates air line cable car opened.  Construction took just under a year to complete, right in time for the Olympics. The cable car is supposed to assist in the regeneration of the area, but it is also meant to be a sight itself.  More than 50% of the funding…

Lovebox 2011

I’m 2/3 days into my first music festival!!  The Brits are serious about them.  There is a lot of choice to fit your tastes occurring throughout the summer.  Lovebox is being held in East London, Victoria Park to be exact.  You probably have heard of Glastonbury which is their biggest music festival. We choose Lovebox…