Oak Trail, Epping Forest

Being far away from my beloved Alps is a lot harder than I initially thought. My longing for high peaks is constantly there – my desktop background speaks for itself. However, instead of falling into a long depression, I decided to tackle the issue differently: discover hiking routes around England. Unless I make my way to the Lake District, the Highlands or Snowdonia I need to exchange the feeling of mountaineering with long walks through forests around the Southern part of the Island. I started this morning with the nearby Oak Trial, a nice trail in zone 6 which served the purpose of walking in my new hiking boots. Continue reading

10 + 3 Best Brunch Places In London

img_7386Now that I am working, a perfect weekend for me starts with after work drinks on Fridays, often followed by exploring London’s nightlife. The next two days are predominated by sports, discovering new things in the city or its surroundings and a good dinner with friends. Yet, to make the whole weekend great, a brunch on Sundays is not to be missed. For me, the mix between breakfast and lunch is a great way to catch up with friends which is why I am always at the lookout for new venues (this list will probably be continued…) Continue reading

Walking London: From Balham to Clapham Junction

img_7751 There is a lot of Londoners who do not go to areas with two digit postcodes. The prejudice: they are boring, they are there to live and completely out of question when you want to meet up from friends from the other part of the city. I agree with the last argument, however, I completely believe that the double digit suburbs have loads to offer. This time Walking London takes you from hipster…ish Balham (SW12) to funky Clapham Junction (SW11).  Continue reading