It’s summer in London!

Wait, did I say that out loud? Sheeesh. I really don’t want to jinx it.

Summer in London truly is a phenomenon. While it’s easy to say that Sydney weather is always fantabulous (and I *really* cannot wait to go back to Oz for my dad’s 60th in December) the “alwaysness” of it makes everyone quite blah-zay, like yeah our weather’s awesome all the time, the sky’s blue, the mercury’s up and yep, that’s just what we’re used to.

Not that I’m complaining about that.

But what is amazing about summer in London is that it is so rare. This makes summer all the more special so that when the warmth hits, it hits with a infectious high that affects every. single. person. Everyone’s out, everyone’s in a good mood, everyone’s disproportionately happy.

I {heart} summer in London.

Panu was away last weekend, gallivanting around Amsterdam with his mum and sister and they went to De Kas again! Gah! I LOVE THAT PLACE! But don’t worry, I had me a pretty good weekend too. After a completely inappropriately hot tongue burning lunch on Saturday, I rectified my wrongs by heading down to Southbank and enjoying a jug of Pimms (or more like two) with my gorgeous friend Mags.

We sat and chatted and ran into random friends and I totally got sunburnt on my back. But I tell you what, when you only get burnt once a year, trust me, the pain hurts so good.

Sunday saw me having the most fun I’ve ever had with two boys. Ahem.

Bea (of Bea’s of Bloomsbury) has been busy with her pop-up afternoon tea project and I volunteered to take her two boys for the afternoon – meet Toby and Lexi, the cutest pair of shih-tzu’s ever!

We took a stroll down to the park and chilled out, sometimes in the sun, sometimes in the shade and sometimes drenched in the water I splashed on them (and they splashed back on me). I am a DOG LOVER like you can’t imagine and recently my dog from back home passed away… 🙁 … Bea also lost a puppy recently and reached out for me to doggie sit the boys and, at the risk of sounding totally dorky, they did fill my heart with a particular kind of love that I can’t really express.

Speaking of Bea’s pop-up afternoon tea, I myself hadn’t booked a table because to be frank I thought it would be just another afternoon tea. But when photos of the event were posted on twitter, I was like OMG. I mean check it out. This is on a rooftop! The garden and the surroundings and the space utterly floored me because there’s nothing I hate more than sitting elbow-to-elbow with the next table (unless it’s Harry).

Photo courtesy of Bea's of Bloomsbury

The mercury reaching into the high twenties this week really changed London. Weather forecasts are saying it won’t last – today was meant to be only 14 degrees but wait, look outside it’s a good 25 degrees right now, so here’s hoping.

Summer. I love you. Please stay.

20 Thoughts on “summer in London: I love you. Please stay.

  1. Francine on May 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm said:

    WOW! Your photos are lovely – I agree I want summer to say, but alas it has already gon *sob*!!


  2. Francine on May 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm said:

    I meant gone!! xx

  3. diana on May 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm said:

    What a lovely post! I’m sorry to hear about your dog and I think really nothing will replace him/her but at least you had a fun time with your friend’s dogs! They are too cute. London summer looks nice, it’s so cold in Melbourne!

  4. Lovely lovely pictures! bottled summer for the rain to come (and I fear it surely will…).

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  6. diana: Thanks! Yeh it is sad, and I haven’t lived with him for a long time now but it doesn’t make it any less sad. Bea’s dogs are absolute CHARMERS!

    HungryinLondon: If only we could bottle the sun! We’d make a mint 😀

  7. Bec Lee on May 26, 2010 at 3:04 am said:

    Bring on Dec…..

    Are you sure you are still in the UK? With all that sunshine and blue sky I would swear you are in OZ 🙂

  8. Aww no fair Catty! 😛 We’ve just had a day of relentless rain and cold. I wish I could fly North right now!

  9. Bec: Can’t wait to see you in December xx

    Lorraine: Surely you’re not complaining about Sydney weather? I’d trade any day 😉

  10. Wow, where did you take your boys-on-loan?! It was in London right? Because I’m sure it should have been full of parboiled Londoners slowly sizzling in the midday sun. Most green spaces I visit, even in the more burby places are full of seared bodies packed in tighter than baked beans in a can.

    • Haha, I took them to Southwark park which is a little quieter and away from the masses of nakedness. Having said that I didn’t escape all the nakedness, lots of people still taking their clothes off to catch the rays!

  11. ben+jess on May 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

    Ah, yes summer in London is rare but it’s also wonderful. Everyone would have been at Southbank or one of the parks on Saturday… hope we get more of this weather.

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  13. SUMMER!!! My friend has a shih-tzu and I can see why you’d risk being dorky to express how they make you feel, they are so kyoooot! I changed the link I made to you from my London post from the front page to this one ^^

  14. Phoebe on May 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm said:

    love your sunnies!

  15. i really really really miss this kind of sunny weather where you actually want to be in the sun. not hide from it!

  16. Phoebe: Thanks lovely! xx

    mc: Aren’t you in KL? Surely it isn’t soooo hot in KL… in fact, nice and warm and surrounded by delicious hawker food. Stop complaining, you 😉

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