london spring blossom

A funny thing about my life/job these days is that I’m frequently called upon to make regular trips to London.

Regular trips to London” is a phrase that sounds incredibly casual, but in my head it’s still kind of a big deal – not least because I have convinced myself that I am the imminent victim of an ISIS terrrorist attack every time I board a train.
Plus, London’s not that close to Yorkshire – it’s about 4 hours away once you add in train & travel & parking etc. It’s not cheap, it’s not easy, it makes me feel really tired. But it’s also kind of amazing.

I read on the train down, drink the free gin & tonic and tiny cups of strong black tea in the hush of First Class. Sometimes I book into a hotel and enjoy the huge rain shower and the vast white kingsize bed all to myself. I order room service and watch total trash, unjudged, on the huge widescreen TV that I’d never want in my own home. I meet friends in the bar downstairs and kick my shoes off because they hurt from walking around the city all day.

So, my fears of doom aside, I’ve finally started to enjoy my trips in London. Usually when I go there’s exciting meetings & glitzy press events; the shopping’s good, the food is awesome. My friends are there and I have a lot of fun. Here’s a minute’s worth of sunny vlog to give you an idea.

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Last month I was down for a couple of days as a guest of Made.com. Made have been on my radar for a while as we’ve slowly moved out of the Ikea-only bracket of home furnishings and started to invest in more unique and grow-up pieces.  They actually have a showroom right here in West Yorkshire, as it happens, but when the opportunity was presented to visit in London it seemed to great to miss. I’m a woman; I’m always looking multi task.

In London they can give you a bowl of fake noodles made from vegetables and they still taste delicious and like actual food. In London, when your phone dies, there are USB charge points around all the walls in the bars because they just expect you to need that. But also in London, a gin and tonic can cost £8.50 and absolutely everybody thinks they are more busy and important than you. Pros and cons, swings & roundabouts.

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Speaking of, I swung by Made’s showroom during their S/S16 press event and enjoyed a swanky guided tour of the collections. They have a nifty system where you carry around an tablet and scan in the code on everything you like, for them to email you about & gently suggest you might like to buy later. It’s super clever; I kind of wish that everything in life came with this and I could compile one big and endless life wishlist with my phone. On second thoughts, perhaps I already do that.

My faves in store were the huge beanbags (ostensibly for Orla, but really for me), the Tiffany-blue toned desks (I already have two desks and always work from the kitchen table, so I probably don’t need this) and the tiny-weeny baby sofas (really actually for Orla, and maybe the cats).

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I’m in London again next week to run some workshops and have my first wedding dress fitting. Providing I don’t die in any natural or man-made transportation disasters, that is. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

10 Comments

  • Daisy Jones

  • March 23, 2016

I’ll see you there, feeling anxious about being up so early and not hearing my alarm! …

  • Farrah Dupoux

  • March 22, 2016

That’s a really cute video! I live in nyc, and ughh I feel the same way every time I go into the subway. Makes me want to get a car even more even though that would be very impractical haha.

  • Charlie

  • March 20, 2016

Aw I’m glad I’m not alone, I have huge London travel anxiety for similar reasons. But I always have a great time once I’m there and manage to get about without freaking out too much – Expensive G&Ts help with that! 🙂

  • AnnaInternational

  • March 20, 2016

Ha, I could totally have written this myself! I work three days a week editing a law journal, and the office is in London, but I moved to Huddersfield last year! Luckily my boss is very understanding and has allowed me to work remotely, provided I am in the office once a fortnight, which I try to stretch to every 3 weeks or so, because it really is exhausting schlepping down there, plus I always take advantage of it by seeing friends in the evenings and staying with them, so there’s usually late nights and wine in the mix too. Whilst I love the energy getting off the train at Kings X, I also cannot wait to get back home to my quiet country existence every time! xx

  • AnnaInternational

  • March 20, 2016

Franco Manca on Tott Ct Road is also amazing for pizza (and I have high standards after 4 years living in Italy) and very near Paperchase and West Elm and Heals and other essential London emporiums! 🙂 x

  • Sara Tasker

  • March 20, 2016

Thanks Alexandra – I love hearing about your adventures and plans, and thinking I’m a little part of your preparations for it now. Yorkshire is definitely the kind of place you miss. Once it’s been home, there’s no going back I think! <3

  • Sara Tasker

  • March 20, 2016

Oooh pizza recommendations are *always* needed. Thanks for the heads up! ?? & the kind words! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • March 20, 2016

hahaha! I take it back then – I’ve obviously found a bargain! ?

  • Alexandra M

  • March 19, 2016

I really enjoy reading your posts. Now that I’ve been to both London and Yorkshire a few times, I can….almost….imagine things in my mind as you write. Your photos are lovely and bring missing “home” that much more. Certainly more so, for the hubby, who was just sharing this morning over breakfast how he misses his hometown. Anyway, so wonderful to follow along your journey in life. xx

  • Agatha

  • March 19, 2016

well, I would say that £8.50 is rather a bargain here in The Big Smoke 🙂

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