W A L K S T H R O U G H L O N D O N
After reading this fabulous post, I’ve been thinking about my own winter rituals , and one of my favourites is taking advantage of any rain-free days and walking around London as much as possible. It’s often too tempting to just stay inside and barely get any fresh air during the winter, but I always notice that taking a walk has a very positive effect on both my creativity and mood, so lately I’ve been making a real effort to go for more walks.
London is beautiful in any season, but I’ve come to welcome these last winter months as a chance to truly appreciate the city’s extraordinary architecture. Standing clearly against a subdued winter sky, London’s elegant buildings are allowed to shine. Last week, I went for a spontaneous walk around Farringdon Road and Clerkenwell with a friend of mine. This is an area I’ve barely explored in the past, but it’s a fascinating mix of history, architecture and great food, with its impressive collection of ancient pubs, elegant churches, markets, pretty squares and famous restaurants (I finally got to try the doughnuts at St. JOHN and they are just as delicious as everybody says!).
W I N T E R R I T U A L S
Besides going for long walks, I’ve been making a list of other winter rituals I enjoy. I love the idea of having different rituals for each season, and I’d be delighted to hear of any that you have for the colder months too. It would be great to add more to my list!
Drinking hot chocolate.
I love hot chocolate, but only tend to drink it in the winter. It’s a lovely treat to make for myself at the end of the day.
I love the notion of ‘hygge’ in Denmark and want to incorporate this more into my own life, especially in the the darkest months of the year when we can all benefit from soothing comforts.
I often light candles as soon as I get home from work in the evenings: it adds instant cosy!
Watching the sunrise / sunset.
Shorter days mean that you don’t have to be up at 5am to catch the sunrise, and I love how bare black branches stand out against a pinky-gold sky. It makes me feel like I’m living in an Impressionist painting.
Listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
My favourite thing to do in the late afternoon is to make a cup of tea and listen to a podcast or audiobook. Happier with Gretchen Rubin is my current favourite.
Seeking out places with roaring firesides.
London pubs with fireplaces are perfect meeting places in the winter. The Holly Bush in Hampstead is one of my favourites, especially when I nab the prized table by the fire!
Tweaking my skincare.
I pay a lot more attention to my skincare this time of year and am constantly trying out different moisturisers.
I read all year long, but in the winter I tend to spend more time indoors, and I really luxuriate in taking a whole afternoon just to read. I just started the book Room which is incredible and completely enthralling.
Putting blankets on the couches.
There’s nothing more snugly than curling up with a cashmere blanket on the sofa.
Buying a new winter hat.
As you know, I love hats and tend to get a new one each winter. The latest addition is the bright red one in these pictures: I adore it!
Eating my favourite comfort foods / drinks.
Fondue, mulled wine, homemade brownies and risotto: these all scream winter to me!
Do you have any different winter rituals? Please do share them!