the community roof garden
the community roof garden

A Southbank Summer

we love our city
we love our city

Naturally, now that I’ve decided to explore my home country, I’m going to start near. One of the great things about living in London is that no matter how long you live here, you will find new things to discover and love all the time if you try. I could easily write for months, or years, just on this city, but I promise to branch out to the rest of the UK soon…

See this love of London is actually the problem, and the reason for my writing here. Londoners tend to love London. And, to be brutally honest, we don’t often go to other UK cities because we truly believe that London is the best and so why bother exploring anywhere else? If you’re a Londoner and I’ve offended you, then sorry, but do you really deny it? I don’t, and as someone who has a complete passion for travelling, I’m a little embarrassed by how little of the UK I’ve seen outside of Zone 3 (London is split into circular [sort of] ‘Zones’ starting with 1 in the centre – it’s related to our public transport system, but any Londoner will understand me, and my lack of treading into Zone 4…).

the real food market
the real food market

So, as promised, I WILL be exploring more, but for now, I wanted to share one of my newest London loves. I’ve been trying to explore more, and so after hearing so much about it, this summer I headed down to the Southbank to see what was going on. The Southbank has regular events and is the home of several theatres and TV studios, but this summer they’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain and the place is buzzing.

the community roof garden
the community roof garden

There is an amazing food market every weekend where myself and friends have gorged ourselves more than once… An urban beach, a stunning roof top community garden and cafe, a pop up Indian restaurant, street music, and a great exhibition about the history of building the Festival of Britain back in 1951 (a seriously huge task).

I’ll admit that the urban beach, although it sounds cool, is actually a slight disappointment, but the Real Food Market more than makes up for it (try to arancini wrap or the churros). The great thing about places like this in London is that you can wander down on any day and find something different. The last time I was there I stumbled across the enormous Southbank Book Market. It  sells some amazing second hand an antique books and prints everyday under the bridge and is one of the biggest book markets of its kind in this area.

Next time, who knows what I’ll find. As long as I get to go to the food market at the end… I’m going to be happy.

Next stop – leaving London. Big breaths now…

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