St Paul’s cathedral

London
St Paul's Cathedral

After four and a half years of living in London I finally went into St Paul’s cathedral. After going along with one of the guided tours of the cathedral floor and crypt – with a lovely elderly lady with a great sense of humour I might add – I made the climb up into the dome of the building, first up to the Whispering gallery where I was met with the strange sight of people talking into the walls. In actual fact, they were testing out the acoustic effect, a result of the dome construction allowing them to whisper into the wall and be heard on the other side.

Another hundred or so steps up to the Stone gallery leads outside the dome where through the gaps in the stone, there were the most amazing views. Coincidently it was just in time for the sunset, so to make the most of it, I headed up further to the Golden gallery – the highest point of the outer dome – and got one last panoramic view of London for the day.

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What would you do with red?

Illustration

Back when I had my archive of blog posts, any old readers might remember this illustrated spread I worked on for a sketchbook project called 2 Pages, with the theme being based around what you would do with red.

It’s been a while, but the sketchbook finally made it around and back with the entire contents available to view here.

The Clove Club

Food, London
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Back in August, I decided that Will and I should splash out on a nice meal out at The Clove Club because it was a celebration, anniversary, any form of special occasion, I’d heard some great things about it and really wanted to go, cuing one of the most unintentionally extravagant nights out I’ve had since moving to London.

5 course menu, yes. Great bottle of wine, of course. After drink cocktails in the local hipster hotel? Sure.

It’s given me a taste of what it must be like to live like a cast member of Made in Chelsea but without the pretentiousness. Don’t make me leave this lifestyle, I can’t go back.

Glastonbury 2014

Events
Glastonbury 2014

What an experience! Glastonbury is one of those things that everyone seems to rave about as others listen on with sceptical ears as their eyes roll about.

As someone that had never ever camped before, Glastonbury was probably an intense choice to experience what the great outdoors had to offer. I’ll be honest and admit that for the first few days the thought of leaving to go back to my home comforts grew ever more appealing, especially when it started pouring down with rain after one day of sunshine and whilst attempting to sleep in a tent that was pitched on a steep hill with little success.

But as I gradually got used to the wet weather, the huge amount of walking and the toilets, I felt less like a grumpy sod and absolutely loved it.

Helpful reading
Tort’s Glastonbury FAQ

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Whitstable

Travel

Last weekend a friend drove a couple of us across to Whitstable for a day trip out of London. I love being by the coast – it’s one of my favourite places to be as I find it so calming in comparison to my everyday life in central London. It’s a shame that I can’t bring myself to commute in everyday from somewhere like Brighton. Maybe in the future.

Although I didn’t have much time to explore a lot of the area away from the beach (we spent a good couple of hours eating at The Whitstable Oyster Company), I get the impression that it’s quite a small traditional fishing town which makes it lovely for a quiet, relaxing day out. I’ve also been told it’s well known for their oysters, but having never been that keen on trying them previously, I gave them a miss again for this visit.

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