September has crept up on us all I assume, hence the delay in getting round to write and post my five suggestions of what to get up to this month!
I've got the excuse of another exam coming up (a wine one this time!) so I've been super busy cramming in everything I can on French wine the past few weeks, but the end is in sight.
To be honest I haven't really spent much time in London recently, I pop back and fourth just to collect deliveries and get some more decorating done, but I find everything a bit daunting so I'm happy staying out of the centre a little while longer.
I am missing art galleries and museums terribly, but I just don't seem to fancy it, and I'm sure I'm not the only person feeling this way. But nevertheless, there is plenty happening across the capital as more and more places open up, and let's hope normality resumes some time in the near future.
The British Museum is finally open and I couldn't be happier. I'm planning a visit over the weekend and it will be interesting to see the changes they've put in place - have you been? Although I'm sure it will be a very different experience to what it was pre-Lockdown I'm still super excited, and I think it will be a chance to notice objects and areas you might otherwise have completely missed. I recently came across their Collecting and Empire Trail, bringing attention to some very sticky subjects in regards to the museum and its history.
With such negative news of restaurants, cafes and bars closing their doors for good, it's great to see a few places taking the plunge and opening their doors for the first time. Noble Rot is opening a second site very soon in what used to be The Gay Hussar in Soho and Darjeeling Express is relocating to Covent Garden! I'm sure both places will get plenty of support and it's great to see some confidence in the dining out scene in London.
We are finally one step closer to the Artemesia exhibition at the National Gallery which opens next month and I'm sure I'm not the only one who is super excited for this. The National Gallery have been going from strength to strength in their delivery of exhibitions so I'm super excited to see what they will offer.
I'm still using Lockdown as an excuse for drinking my body weight in wine, so I'm trying loads of new stuff from companies that deliver to get me through these bizarre times.
I've probably mentioned them before, but Low Intervention have been keeping me nice and watered the past few weeks and it's a great way to try new and exciting wines. They also do next day delivery which is always good!
A few weeks ago I finally got round to trying out one of my new locals when I was feeling particularly brave (or just in need of a draft beer!). Farringdon Tap opened its doors in January, so probably hasn't got off to the best of starts. But it's from the people behind Euston Tap so I was obviously impressed with their beer selection and will definitely be returning. You'll find it under the arches of Farringdon Viaduct.
I was over the moon to see that Open House is still taking place this year and they seem to be as popular as ever despite the many restrictions I'm sure they are facing! I managed to get a few good tours booked, and I'm yet to get round to planning how to spend the rest my time over the weekend. I really like the idea of the self guided walks they've organised where you go and pick up a leaflet at certain starting points, and it's great to see they are also offering many online tours too.
Find all the information to start planning your weekend here.
Is there anything you're particularly looking forward to this month?
I hope you have a lovely September, and do let me know what you've been up to in London in recently, as I would love to hear from you! If you've enjoyed reading any of my blog posts, why not subscribe? You'll find the form on the homepage here.
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