Monday, 9 July 2012

LONDON - #iwasthere and West is Best

This summer has been a big one already for London, and at the end of this month things get even bigger when sport takes over the capital. Westfield shopping centres have launched a campaign to pitch East against West and offer a whole bunch of fab prizes in the process. 

Prizes include £25,000 Visa prepaid cards to spend at Westfield as well as London 2012 and Team GB merchandise. They'll also be sharing exclusive gossip, interviews and tweets from Team GB athletes.

I am flying the flag for Team West! 

So how do you get involved? Show your allegiance and share your story by signing up to Team West! Tag your pictures, tweets and videos #iwasthere #west and get involved on Facebook to win points and prizes for you and your team.

So join me in Team West (at the time of writing we're winning! And don't forget to tag those tweets and Instagram pics with #West and #iwasthere .


Why I chose West...

I've always lived West
When I first moved to London my postcode was SW12, and leafy Wandsworth Common was home. My local pub was The Hope which did an awesome fish finger sandwich. There were also some fabulous little coffee shops along the common. If anything it was quite 'yummy mummy' but nothing beats going to the Common on a Sunday and seeing all the ways that people use the park from exercising, to playing with the kids or relaxing with friends.

iTunes festival

Marina and the Diamonds at The Roundhouse.

I, rather reluctantly, left the South West to go North West to NW1, moving into my own pad in Camden. For two years I've been conveniently located for some of the best nightlife and just a five-minute walk away from the gorgeous Regents Park. Everything's been on my doorstep (including the evidence of other people's wild night's out unfortunately) but it's been fun. I've definitely made the most of the live music too at Electric Ballroom, Koko, The Roundhouse and Proud Galleries.

In August I'm moving again, and this time home will be SW2. Brixton is cool, filled with amazing eateries and real characters. My new pad is right next to Brockwell Park which has a Lido and plays hosts to some great community events. The Ritzy cinema is a real gem too, along with a great gig venue, the Brixton Academy. 

I've always worked West
After being made redundant I got a job working for Debenhams head office. The timing couldn't have been better and it put me on the doorstep of Oxford Street. Some people might have thought this a bad thing, but for a blogger it was a dream. I did all my shopping, press days and events post-work or on my lunch break. It was probably a blessing that I left just as Meatliquor opened up round the corner. There were so many options for eating, drinking and dancing.

Now, I work in Paddington. The cafes of Edgware Road remind me of holidays to Greece and Egypt with all the yummy grilled food smells. I'm a stone's throw from Hyde Park and have Marylebone and the canal, filled with fun, painted boats. 

Westfield London Balans meal

I've had great times at Westfield London
I've done Blogger tutorials, eaten amazing grub at Balans, gone on date nights with the boyfriend to the cinema and had some great shopping sprees. I even saw the Greatest Fashion Show on Earth there.

Are you East or West? 

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