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With just 24 hours in Manchester on my recent trip to the other side of The Pennines, I knew I’d have to plan carefully if I wanted to get the most out of this awesome city. In an ideal world I’d spend every single city break getting lost on purpose, taking long, relaxing coffee breaks [...]
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I blame my love for city breaks on my parents. While our summer holidays usually consisted of a week in Devon or Dorset, our weekends away almost always saw us exploring a new-to-us city in the UK. We’d pile into the car on a Saturday morning – mum, dad, my younger sister, and me – and [...]
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Just east of Blackfriars bridge, in the borough of Southwark, is Bankside, an area so rich in history, culture, and foodie delights that I honestly don’t know why I didn’t spend more time there when I lived in London. I dunno you guys, I think in hindsight I might have been one of those east [...]
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She was standing by the coffee stall, waiting for her…latte? Cappuccino? I didn’t think to ask. Flora and I hadn’t seen each other since I left London, had hardly even messaged each other in the months since I moved to Leeds, but as I ordered my flat white and stirred in a sachet of sugar [...]
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For me it was Shoreditch, London Bridge, and that long stretch of road from Brick Lane to Bethnal Green. Every morning, I’d walk the 10 minutes to Shoreditch High Street overground, change at Canada Water. Jubilee, London Bridge, Tooley Street. My commute was easy compared to some and, after work, I’d walk home across Tower [...]
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It’s been almost four months since I left London and, a lot of the time, the fact that I did that – quit my job and moved back to a city I hadn’t lived in for almost ten years – feels a little bit like a dream. Sometimes it even feels kind of brave. It [...]
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It was a Saturday morning like any other: I was hungover, desperate for a coffee, and had made plans to be somewhere other than my bed. But unlike many other times I’ve woken with the kind of headache only 2 ibuprofen and a flat white can sort out, I was actually looking forward to getting [...]
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I used to live by the beach. My contract had ended at the flat I’d been sharing in Wolli Creek, a suburb south of Sydney, and I needed another short lease before moving to Melbourne. It was December 2010 and I’d been in Australia for 6 months. I searched Gumtree for rentals, almost giving up [...]
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I heard it before I saw it. With the windows open at my flat near the dock, 70s disco music floated from the nearby Duke Studios while I applied glittery copper eye shadow and, looking outside, I could see a crane and the silvery tip of a giant disco ball suspended in the air. A [...]
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You’re probably under no illusions, by now, that there are a few things I don’t like about living in London. It’s not that I’ve ever come out and said it explicitly, but it’s been there under the surface. Sometimes I’ll hint at it in my newsletter, or a blog post. Sometimes I’ll take a tongue-in-cheek [...]

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