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Archive for April, 2009

There are some advantages to living five minutes from Selfridges. I popped in there the other day and came out with this Kate Moss Liberty-inspired bandeau dress. Its bright, beautiful and bold and perfect for rain or shine.

I’m not a big Topshop/Kate Moss  fan – which
I find too grungy usually – but this, with its splashes of poppy red, is classic.

There are still some left in the store or go to the Topshop website.

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Biggles – best English sausages in Marylebone.

Or at least according toLondonist who reviewed the legendary sausage shop (est. as London’s first all-sausage emporium in 1989) for St George’s Day.

The first bite almost overwhelmed us with patriotism. Images of Winston Churchill flashed, our ears rang with the stirring sound of Jerusalem and our stomachs filled with pride. For this is a superior sausage sandwich. The meat was totally without gristle. It burst with moisture and didn’t feel fatty. The spices delivered a peppering of background heat. Under normal circumstances we would have smeared it with English mustard, but unfortunately the St. George’s flag doesn’t offer scope for this in its colour palette!”

Read the review here

Biggles, 66 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PF

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Two retro pictures. Isn’t life just that much better when the sun shines?

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The Independent has recommended this new bar and restaurant, which opened on the 17 April.

“Literary types and royals alike should both feel at home in Marylebone’s The Swan and Edgar, a thoroughly British affair boasting a bar built from second-hand books, seating fashioned from recycled tweeds and a menu stuffed with hearty, old-school fare.”

(Read the full review here)

The Swan and Edgar, 43 Linhope Street, London, NW1

Apparently the quaint, quirky venue offers good English stodge such as stew and dumplings and also has a buffet-breakfast on the weekends.

It reminds me of a wonderful cafe / second hand book shop I know near Bondi beach in Sydney. The cafe (I’ve now forgotten its name) served delicious cakes and delicacies (such as warm freshly baked pear bread spread with ricotta cheese) and was a hove of gorgeous, well-worn books. The beauty is you can read before you buy, at leisure. I bought a few gems there, and still have them.  

I’m going to go and try out the Swan and Edgar soon. I wonder if you can also borrow a book while you read, or if it is just a visual gimmick?

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P.S…

I’ve been abroad so sorry about the lull in activity recently…

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Since the sunshine is so glorious its always wonderful to find some green space where I can have an ice cream, read the paper or simply escape to.

Paddington Street Gardens is a tiny slice of just that, situated only one street behind the Marylebone High Street. Its closer than Regent’s Park and smaller, and also has a children’s playground.

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The most interesting thing though, is the park’s history, as it was once a burial ground for St Marylebone Parish Church and has over 80,000 graves buried there.

Here is a link to a page about its past.  But a basic summing up is:

  • It started life as a burial ground around the 1760s
  • The graveyard was official closed, however, in 1814 when St John’s Wood burial site opened
  • The site became used for more lively activities in 1885 when it was opened as a recreational space

In some ways it is a little creepy to think of playing, or resting or even just reading on a old graveyard. In another way, though, it’s rather nice that life in London continues and grows.

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