motel skirt
Coming back to London after four months – FOUR MONTHS! – has thrust me into a state of constant celebration. All I want to do is hug long-lost friends ’til they pop, over-caffeinate at all the coffee shops I’ve abused as roaming work spaces, and dress like I’m ready for an impromptu East End rooftop party at the drop of a flat.

It’s good to be back (and wearing skirts that children try to stroke on the Underground), London.

What I Wore:
Weaver Skirt in Disc Sequin White from Motel
Leopard print top from Ganni
Nude ballet flats with a bow (similar here)
Ol’ faithful biker jacket (similar here)

motel skirt
motel skirt

This city is second to none over the holidays. Though we have very few hours of sunlight to play in, we seem to play harder than ever and hold no social prisoners as we enjoy as many festive pop-ups as our free time will allow.

This month, I’m here to highlight the best of them:

Proud Camden‘s Polar Bar
In addition to Solomon’s Yard, Camden is also playing host to Proud’s revamped terrace bar. The “Polar Bar” is a little less North London Cool and a little more Alpine Ski Lodge; a faux-snow-covered adult playground with plenty of places to grab a blanket and snuggle up among the wolves, chandeliers, and polar bear taxidermy.

If you’re looking for full-on festive fun, Winterville has got you covered. The alternative Christmas pop-up has taken over Victoria Park and built an expansive microcity of of entertainment. There is a Santa’s Grotto, market stalls to aid your Christmas shopping, pantomime, club nights, ice skating, crazy golf, fairground rides, ‘Sh*t Faced Shakespeare’, and more.

Gaucho Broadgate‘s Winter Terrace
To celebrate the launch of their new late night menu at Broadgate, Gaucho have reopened their super-sparkly Chandon Winter Terrace and added new cocktails and winter warmers, to boot. I advise you to spend an evening snuggled into their lavish sofas with a complimentary hot water bottle with a Bariloche (Gin and lime, topped with Chandon & garnished with cucumber) and braised beef short rib with truffle mac & cheese as soon as your schedule allows. The menu is served from 10.30pm–1.30am, Wednesday to Saturday.

Underground Film Club
Last but certainly not least, The Underground Film Club. This fantastical pop-up has taken over the vaults of Waterloo Station and turned it into an intimate cinema with handpicked food and drink wonders; Smokey Joe’s blues bar and Rockadollar Dogs (the brainchild of Hawksmoor Knightsbridge’s head chef, Richard Sandford), respectively!

Their Christmas-heavy catalogue extends until the 23rd of December but is selling out quickly. Thankfully, I have two tickets to the sold-out showing on Love Actually next Tuesday (the 15th) for one of you to win!

underground film club

Win tickets to Underground Film Club Experience With Lela London and LG

The prize:
Two tickets to the Underground Film Club screening of Love Actually, on the 15th of December at 8pm!

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter (@lelalondon) and re-tweet my pinned tweet (about the giveaway!). The winners will be announced via Twitter on the 14th.

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solomons yard camden market

Solomon’s Yard, Camden Market

Though I have been on the proverbial road (slash sky) for an obscene slice of the last three months, each time I return to London I find myself as exhilarated and entertained as I am while travelling.

This is thanks – in large part – to the never-ending variety of ‘things to do’ in the city; the current highlights, of which, you’ll find below…

A photo posted by Lela London (@lelalondon) on

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Good morning, loved ones! Today, I am very excited to unveil this wonderful video project with Camden Market and take you on an authentic cobblestoned tour through some of my favourite places to eat, shop, and play.

For a local look at one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, watch the video – above!

Places featured – in order:
Cereal Killer Cafe (Lucky Charms, Cinnabon cereal, and peanut butter drops with almond milk)
The Camden Watch Company
Lantana (soy flat white)
General Eyewear
Belly N’Bao (bao bun)
Chia (chicken and halloumi salad box)
Cookies and Scream (vegan ice cream sandwich)
Collectif Vintage
Half Hitch Gin Distillery

What I Wore:
Hair – Blow dry from Show Dry (their beautiful blow dries are some of very few which last 3+ days – even after running around and trying on multiple dresses!)
Clothes – Cape, boots and gloves from F&F / Vintage checked dress (similar here)

Videographer & Editing – Leanne Meurer

moving to london
I am a Londoner: born and – at least partially – bred. I have lived in America, Asia, and other regions of the UK, but always end up hightailing it back to the capital.

In fact, at the end of my Thailand adventures (and the week itself) I move back to London for a gajillionth time.

Moving to London 101

Get a job. I know, I know – it’s much more tempting to show up at some imaginary magazine office and get hired as a fashion assistant based on your great taste in heels, but London is as competitive a market as you can imagine. Whatever industry you work/hope to work in, jump on it like Channing Tatum. Employ the help of recruitment agencies if you’re of the delegation mould or search niche job sites if you’re more of a DIY job hunter. (There is quite literally a niche for everyone; budding lawyers, Fashion Week hopefuls, and beyond.)

Get to know the areas. A fair share of first-timers end up making the wrong decision when it comes to location-picking and I just can’t have that happen to you, babe.

First, you follow one of two choices:
– House sharing (follow your adventure to Spare Room!)
– Renting (follow your adventure to Rightmove!)

When you’re decided, you try every tube or bus stop under a 45-minute commute to your workplace (TFL is your BFF here) until you find something in your price range. Then find out as much as you can about the area (hell, ask me!) to make sure it will suit your lifestyle. The basic rule of thumb suggests you’ll be living in a flat from travel Zones 1-3, but a house from 4 onwards (I chose the latter – around a tonne of amenities – and bagged myself a wonderful home with a garden).

If you’ve got some cash to splash, of course, there is no other choice but to move to Soho (and invite me over). That is where the party’s at.

Get out there! To paraphrase someone saying something at sometime, “when you’re bored of London you’re bored of life”. You will be the happiest little city-dweller imaginable if you make the time to pursue friends, memories, and adventure. Time Out is the ultimate ‘What’s Happening in London’ resource (but I dare say my food blogs are a stellar contribution).

Live. I’ve met a surprising number of people who say they ‘can’t do’ London and, well, all I can do is appreciate our differences. London – like any metropolis – can be a hectic beast to new eyes but once you get around the Oyster cards, rush hours, night busses and North/South rivalries, there is no place like home.