There are loads of London blogs where you can read about the latest bars, clubs, exhibitions and openings. Some will tell you all about an exclusive event that you weren’t invited to. Others will post your brilliant London related infographic. This isn’t one of them. Sorry.
SheLovesLondon.com arrived on the internet in the same year that the Olympics came to London, only with a slightly less fancy opening ceremony.
It’s about life as a seasoned, local Londoner.
The day-to-day of living, working and renting in this brilliant, annoying, expensive, frequently rainy, busy, surprising, stupid, beautiful-and-you-know-it city.
In 2012, that meant an endless cycle of flat hunting, moving house, commuting for an hour on the bus each day, harrassing dogs in parks, many hangovers, and the struggle to find bars open past 2am near Tottenham Court Road.
Five years on, and there’s just as much commuting, but marginally fewer hangovers, and a lot less time spent on Gumtree and Spareroom searching for somewhere to live. And these days, my heart’s usually in London, but my mind and feet can often be found wandering somewhere else.
So here’s what you’ll get: London life, travel, creativity, or, to be honest, whatever I’m thinking about on the bus that week.
And here’s what you’ll never get: sponsored posts, weird brand partnerships, or photos of me staring at my feet.
You in? Good. I also send a newsletter once a week. A bit of writing, some good things I’ve seen that week, and ideas for London at the weekend. Put your email address below, I’ll do the rest.
I’m Jo Harris-Cooksley. I live in east London, work in Farringdon, and grew up in Pinner, Zone 5. I’m a writer. I’m head of editorial at a travel website, and have been blogging since 2006.
I love London, long haul flights, books, podcasts, putting my phone down, gigs, hip hop, Simon and Garfunkel, rum, and loose-leaf tea. Like most Londoners, I spend far too much money on rent, and seeing a dog on the tube will pretty much make my day.
— East Village London (@EastVillageLDN) October 18, 2012