Well, we have made it to the end of 2013 readers; what a year it has been! Thank you so much for sticking with me. This time last year someone asked if Lady loves Cake would still be published on a weekly basis and I told them there was no way I could see it continuing with what life was about to throw at me – funny how things never quite turn out how you would expect. If I say so myself, I think we’ve made it to Christmas looking way better. Normally I’d do a long overview of the highlights of this year, but I will do my best to keep this short and sweet.
- Gentleman loves cake and Canadian Jen wrote some excellent guest posts while I got used to life with a new-born (thank you to my AMAZING and AWESOME two friends for that)
- Brunches continued to be consumed, including this spectacular one at NOPI
- I had an afternoon tea created by the gods at the Corinthia
- I spent a lot of time in the East End, including participating in a food tour of East London and scoffing many red velvet cupcakes + slices of warm banana bread at White Mulberries
- Friend R and I celebrated 25 years of friendship on our day trip to Paris
- I had beautiful sushi at Sake no Hana with Lalani & Co.
- I mastered the remote control fireplace in our suite at the luxurious Culloden Estate in Belfast
- I spent a lot of summer hours in Victoria Park with this little rug-rat:
I guess one could say it has been a pretty good year…
I’m now taking a two-week break from the blog to do my annual tour of the North and look forward to seeing you in 2014. In the meantime, here’s a quick list of (relatively) little luxuries I thought you might enjoy to keep the energy up when we all return from the Christmas break:
- Afternoon tea at a good hotel (£30ish)
- Curl up on a couch with a blanket and a good movie at Aubin Cinema (£11-15)
- A cocktail with a view at Sushi Samba or Aqua Shard (£12)
- Explore an empty City of London with a Boris Bike on a Sunday morning (£1)
- Warm your cockles with a hot chocolate containing a scoop of dark chocolate gelato in it at Snowflake Gelato (I promise that you will not regret this) (£6)
- Get your ice-skates on at Somerset House or the Natural History Museum (£14)
- Take in London’s sparkling lights with a walk along the South Bank or a stroll down Regent’s Street after the shoppers have gone home (freeeeeeeeeeeee!)
- Find a cup of hot apple cider at Borough or Brockley Markets (£3). Enjoy it with a friend (priceless).
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for staying with me this year.