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Good-bye, Parsons Green!

I was so lucky when I first moved to London and got a little studio flat just off the Kings Road in Fulham. I fell in love with the area, and never left. Then we got our little mews house in Parsons Green, and I can honestly say that there is no other neighbourhood in London I’d rather live. It’s a truly special place.

Fulham Parsons Green Lane

Fulham Epple Road

Parsons Green has plenty of curb appeal, with endless rows of streets to wander down on a sunny day. I’ll miss spending Saturday mornings making the rounds to all my favourite shops and stops. Here’s a few in case you’re ever in the neighbourhood:

Fulham Epple Road Doors

Fulham Road Cologne and Cotton

Cologne & Cotton is the only place I’ll go for bed linens and bath essentials. I can’t resist their luxurious cotton nightwear. They stock fancy European fragrances and toiletries, and a selection of adorable children’s items – in case you’re on the hunt for a perfect baby shower gift.

Cologne and Cotton Blue Stripe Sheets

Fulham Road Nomad Books

Nomad Books is the indie bookshop that every neighbourhood in London yearns for. With a steady rotation of staff picks, there’s always a  recommendation in the window to tempt me inside. The cafe buzzes with the sounds and aroma of freshly brewed java, great with a new novel and a crumbly slice of cake.

Fulham Road Nomad Books Window

Parsons Green

Parsons Green The White Horse

Every neighbourhood in the city has its local public house. But living here we’re blessed with one of London’s most iconic pubs, The White Horse. The beer garden gets rammed in the spring and summer when the outdoor grill gets fired up, wafting the sweet smell of barbeque across the green.

Parsons Green The White Horse taps

Parsons Green The White Horse Beer

Parsons Green The White Horse Drink

Parsons Green Elizabeth King

Grocery shopping is never a chore at Elizabeth King (also known as Bayley & Sage). We’re spoiled for choice with its impressive range of fresh fruit and veg, homemade pastas and sauces, and heavenly pastries and baked goods. And we’ve never come away from here without a big, gooey hunk of cheese from the dairy case.

Parsons Green Elizabeth King Fruit

Parsons Green Elizabeth King Shopping

Parsons Green Elizabeth King Tomatoes

When it comes to health and fitness, I’ve got it pretty good in my neighbourhood. There are a slew of places to get my fitness on. For my gym kit, I go straight to Sweaty Betty. They sell comfy, stylish activewear, and they host free yoga classes in the shop several times a week.

Parsons Green Sweaty Betty Pilates Socks and Leggings

Bootcamp Pilates is an old fave. Everyone knows them by now. Sure, it isn’t the poshest or sexiest studio in London. But it’s gooood.

Parsons Green Bootcamp Pilates

Bootcamp Pilates Fulham Parsons Green

Every corner of this neighbourhood is now so familiar and feels like home. There have been many crazy dinner parties, and quiet weeknights in, and rainy Sunday mornings reading The Times with a steaming mug of tea. So it was a with a heavy heart that we packed up everything and watched the removal vans be loaded one by one. This place holds so many wonderful memories of our years in London.

Mustow Place Parsons Green Rose Red Door

Mustow Place Flat Upstairs Sitting Room

Mustow Place Sitting Room Upstairs

Moving Day Mustow Pl

Moving Day Mustow Place

Moving Van

Moving Day

Moving Day Beam Me Up To The Container

Moving Day Boxes

Moving Day Eddie Van

Moving Day Van Postcard Crazy New

Soon, all our earthly possessions will be aboard a shipping container, crossing the Atlantic to the shores of the New World. We don’t know what will happen next on our new adventure, what people we’ll meet, or good times we’ll share. The only thing we know is that we couldn’t have picked a better place on the map to spend our time in London.

Long live the Green!

Another Happy Birthday!

The other morning I woke up to the nectarous scent of rosebuds by my bedside. And the smell of coffee… in the room?

I squinted my eyes open groggily scanning my surroundings. Then I remembered, it’s my birthday!

Birthday Bed Flowers

I hate to gloat – but my husband is pretty gosh-darn dreamy.

I guess you probably want to hear about the other surprises he had planned…

Only the most gorgeous, flowy Paper Crown dress from Anthropologie ever!

Birthday Bed Dress

Birthday Bed Looking Down

Birthday Bed Card

Plus a motherload of ESPA oils which I’ve been hooked on since the Harvey Nicks Spring Beauty Event and which he’d noticed I’d run out of…

Birthday Bed Espa

When he told me where he was taking me for lunch, my only concern was how fast I could get into my new dress!

Birthday Lunch Dress Birthday Lunch Dress Long Hair

A peach blossom creamsicle confection! I am in LOVE with this dress!

Birthday Lunch Dress Flowy

The River Cafe is a west London institution – and a personal fave. Gwyneth Paltrow also likes to celebrate her birthday here. Like me, she’s prone to throw down on a big bowl of pasta on her big day.

Birthday Lunch River Cafe

Birthday Lunch Entrance

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Pasta is still a little ways off.

First we toasted with Rossinis made from prosecco and mashed strawberries.

Birthday Lunch Table

Then we lingered over exquisitely ripe melon and salty ribbons of ham that dissolve on the tongue.

Culatello di Zibello – with Charentais melon

Culatello di Zibello – with Charentais melon

Birthday Lunch 1 Melon and Ham

Then it was pasta time!

Spaghetti – with parmesan, green & purple basil, Amalfi lemon & Selvapiana extra virgin olive oil

Spaghetti – with parmesan, green & purple basil, Amalfi lemon & Selvapiana extra virgin olive oil

Tagliatelle ai Funghi – fresh pasta with girolles, thyme, garlic & Parmesan

Tagliatelle ai Funghi – fresh pasta with girolles, thyme, garlic & Parmesan

Followed by a crispy-skinned filet of turbot slick with the most succulent roasting juices from the artichoke, olives, lemon and oil.

Rombo al forno – turbot tranche wood-roasted with lemon, olives & summer savory with violetta artichokes & potatoes ‘al forno’

Rombo al forno – turbot tranche wood-roasted with lemon, olives & summer savory with violetta artichokes & potatoes ‘al forno’

Birthday Lunch 3 Turbot Artichoke

After a colossal three courses, there was no room for dessert, or even a coffee.

But it’s impossible to turn down a birthday shot of limoncello!

Birthday Lunch 4 Lemoncello

Birthday Lunch Limoncello Drink

Birthday Lunch 4 Limoncello face

That’s my sour limoncello face!

After lunch, we look the long way home, strolling through Fulham Palace Road Cemetery. It’s such a peaceful, reflective oasis in the middle of the city where time seems to stand still. It’s actually most beautiful in the spring, when the cherry trees are heavy with pink blossoms.

Birthday Lunch Walk Fulham Cemetary

Birthday Walk Path

Birthday Walk

Birthday Walk Monument

Birthday Lunch Walk

Later that evening, after a quick costume change, a trip to the theatre was also in store. The production was a stage play of the World War II existential satire Catch-22 at the Richmond Theatre.

Located just off of Richmond Green, it’s a striking Victorian building.

Richmond Theatre

Richmond Roof

The dress circle bar is warmly lit by the glow of stained glass. We took our drinks out on the balcony to enjoy the mild evening air.

Richmond Bar

Richmond Balcony dress

Richmond Balcony

Richmond Beer

Richmond Us

I’m another year older and wiser, but I cannot get any happier!