The week I got back I was very lucky to see sunshine. It had been raining and cold in London non-stop for over a month. When I touched down in London town it was 20 degrees or hotter for the whole week. The sunshine can only mean one thing in London: Pimms O’Clock.

Homemade Pimms

Some things you can only get at home…

Enjoying a stracciatella ice cream from Gelato Mio, Holland Park

Coming back from such a long trip can be depressing, but London was in such high spirits because of the Jubilee. Everywhere we went we saw people getting into the celebrations. Going into central London, there were flags and bunting everywhere.

London’s Oxford Street

Having a Snog in Soho

Covent Garden

Hope and Greenwood, Covent Garden

I work in a lovely lifestyle boutique in London. We enjoy any big event that means a special window display. Up went the bunting and all things British in the shop.

The Sunday evening of the Jubilee, our family held a tea party, but with pimms and champagne and no tea. Everybody bought British themed food, from savoury pies to cream filled scones.

Fabulous cakes by Oxford Homemaker, Jenny

Union Jack Quiche

Katie’s themed cupcakes: Eton Mess, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Victoria Sponge and Poppy Seed cake…

The next I had to go to work. To be honest, I was not entirely disappointed with this, as the street I work on was holding a huge party, the Clarendon Cross Diamond Jubilee Street Party.

Everybody got involved with different activities, from croquet to face-painting. There was a crown-making competition and a best cake contest.

The winning cake! Held by Virginia Bates, the main organiser of the event.

A week on, and the remnants of the Jubilee were still around as we spent a Saturday strolling around Portobello.

It’s good to be home.


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