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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Planning Your Weekend Away To London

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Whether it is your first time ever visiting, or if you know London like the back of your hand, there’s something to offer everyone. When planning your visit, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to travel, where to eat and the best places to stay.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide to give you all the information you need for your weekend away in London, so you can focus on packing your suitcase and setting your out of office.

Planning your weekend away to London - Typecast - overhead view of Tower Bridge and the River Thames
Photo by Benjamin Davies 

Planning your travel arrangements

Like many big cities, London is vast. Whilst you certainly won’t be short of things to do, it can be tricky planning what to do when. This is especially so if you are visiting the big smoke for a short amount of time – if you’re not careful you could end up spending a lot of time travelling between places!

When planning your trip, to minimise travel time, reduce stress and reduce your chances of getting stuck in traffic, it’s best to get the train. You can easily get the train to London, of which you can then use the underground to get to your destination. If you’d prefer, you can also use one of the many frequent busses or even hop in one of the famous ‘black cabs’ if you’re running short on time.

Finding accommodation

Accommodation in London is thankfully not difficult to come by. London boasts some of the best hotels in the world (including the Savoy!), so it can be tricky deciding where to stay.

Whilst it can be tempting to book a bargain a little further out of the center, it is often a good idea to splurge a little extra on a hotel in a central location. Although it may seem more expensive at first, it can prove cheaper in the long run. After all, travelling in and out of the city can get expensive!

If you’ve left things last minute, there will likely be some last-minute bookings at B&Bs which would do the trick. They might not be quite as luxurious but should still offer a good place to rest your feet after a busy day sightseeing.

Best places to eat and drink

Home to cuisine from all over the world, you won’t be stuck for choice in London. Whether you’re looking for a fancy afternoon tea, or something a little more rustic - there’s something for even the fussiest eaters. For some of the most popular food places you will need to book well in advance, but if you’re struggling to book somewhere – don’t panic! There are a plethora of smaller restaurants serving excellent food that happily take walk ins and you could always consider a private group dining session too that using Square Meal UK for something completely different. 

If you’re after something a bit different, there are also pop-ups all year round. TimeOut London have all the latest details, so why not have a look and keep up with the latest openings? Similarly, if you’re looking for street food, why not give borough market a try? As one of the biggest food markets in London, you won’t be leaving hungry!