Summer has finally arrived in London! After a number of weeks of grey skies and only a handful of sunny weekends there was finally a break and the days started to heat up.
On the first weekend of June Dan and I decided to take some time out of our busy London lives and pop down to Brighton for the night. We were surprised by two wonderfully sunny days at the famous pebble beach. On our first day we enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the pier, stopping for a quick beer in the sun and a ride on the rollercoaster. We lay on the surprisingly comfortable pebbles under the Ferris wheel and then ate fish and chips overlooking the crashing waves.
We spent the afternoon exploring the Brighton Lanes, a collection of twisting narrow lanes in Brighton that include several antique shops, creative small shops and many boutiques and cafes. The Brighton Lanes offer a creative shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques bustling with people enjoying a lazy weekend. Brighton’s night life was equally tempting as we saw an array of hen’s nights, party-goers and young-uns gradually taking over the city of Brighton.
The following day we walked in the shining sun along the top of the chalk cliffs and back along the beach towards the popular and crowded marina. We were sad to leave later that afternoon and vowed we would return to experience the night life.
So far June has been treating us very well.
I have been spending a number of late nights at the office working on a huge project while Dan has been putting his market research skills to good use in a new role at the firm he is currently based. Since he is recovering from a knee injury at the moment, he has been sidelined for his rugby league games over the last few weekends. Instead we have become sunburnt spectators during the last few weeks.
We spent a night out in Soho laughing at Aussie comedian Wil Anderson and watched the State of Origin at the very crowded and rowdy Walkabout bar in Shepherd’s Bush. There have also been going away parties, housewarming parties, BBQ’s and picnics keeping us very busy every weekend on top of plenty of night’s out during the week.
On Thursday night we ventured out to Brixton to the O2 Academy to watch hip hop group Jurassic 5.
After such an awesome gig we are very keen for the upcoming festival season. In two weeks we will be praying off the rain and camping out at Worthy Farm for Glastonbury music festival.
But in the meantime we are preparing for next weekend’s Royal Ascot races. I am rather excited about the races this year since I was not able to attend last year’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Ascot. If you recall, I was holed up in France and recovering from foot surgery while Dan and my parents flew to London for the weekend for the festivities. It is hard to believe that this was 1 year ago!
I am looking forward to the coming weeks. Our second European summer of our grown up gap year is shaping up to be the best yet!