I haven’t done one of these updates in ages, so I thought that I would write a little bit about what I’ve been doing in London (and the surrounding area) in the past couple of months!
First of all, let’s start off with the big one – I got a new tattoo! The studio that I went to was called Parliament Tattoo, and I was tattooed by the lovely Eszter. The studio is based in Finsbury Park, which was really nice, as I lived there for a year whilst I did my Masters. So I poodled back to my old stomping grounds, and found myself in the most gorgeous tattoo studio I’ve ever been in.
Honestly, the front room was so light and airy that it felt like a coffee shop. As you can see, there were plants everywhere and books of flash that I could look through. I do sometimes find tattoo studios a little bit intimidating, especially if they’re quite cramped and loud. This one did have heavy music playing, but it wasn’t so loud that it bothered me. In the back there was a huge open space for all the artists to do their tattooing. Again, I thought that was a really nice change to what I was used to. The last place I went to was super tiny and it felt like the artists were getting up in each other’s space.
While I’m no tattoo expert, if you’re looking for a good place to get tattooed in London, I think that this is a good one! I personally think that the work is really good quality, and overall it was definitely the most fun and relaxing tattoo experience I’ve had so far. I’m definitely going to go back to Eszter for my next tattoo.
D20 Board Game Cafe
I’ve chatted about this place a couple times on my Instagram! My partner and I really wanted to get more into board games, but we didn’t want to shell out a bunch of money for a game only to realise that it wasn’t very fun, or it just didn’t suit our style of games. Then we discovered D20 Board Game Cafe! It’s not in London proper, but it’s in Watford, which is pretty close, so I felt like I should include it in this post.
This is basically a cafe where you can try out a huge selection of different board games. (The photo below is only showing one part of the wall of games that you can buy from them.) My partner and I are pretty new to board games, so we were a little apprehensive at first, in case the cafe was a bit gatekeeper-y and unfriendly to newbies. But happily this wasn’t the case at all! The staff are trained to know loads of the different games, and are happy to recommend and explain them to you.
This is a place that we’ve been to with different numbers of players, and each of them have been good! The first time, it was just the two of us, which did admittedly limit the number and type of games that we could play. We’ve since been with three and four people, which suited us a bit better, as we both like to play more involved games that take a bit of strategy. (However, that doesn’t limit our love of games such as Bears vs Babies or Sushi Go!) Every time we’ve tried new games, and discovered potential new favourites.
Finally, one of the other things that I’ve done in London in the past few months is go to a comedy show by Sofie Hagen called The Bumswing. Sofie is a Danish comedian, who creates two of my favourite podcasts: Secret Dinosaur Cult and Made of Human. When I heard that they were doing a tour in the UK (and specifically a couple of nights in London) I knew that I absolutely had to go.
It’s a show that had me and my partner crying with laughter, as their observations about British behaviour was just so SPOT ON. But it was also one that made me think a lot, especially when they talked about trauma and memory. It’s a rare comedy show that makes me want to discuss its deeper meanings for hours after it has finished. I think that they’re doing more freeform comedy nights throughout November and December, so I definitely want to go to at least one of those, too.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to! I’m hopefully going to do some more things in London in the next few months – I want to go see Paddington On Ice at the annual Winter Wonderland, and I want to try and get to some bookshops as well. If you’re a Londoner and have any recommendations for me, please leave a comment! And if you’re not, and you want to know a bit more about London, let me know! I’ve done a lot of the museums and touristy bits so I could definitely write more blog posts about those.