In this blog, I’m aiming to provide a guide to life in the City for those of us who ARE unattached, who like being single but who sometimes feel like we might be missing out on things. According to the 2001 Census single households account for 30% of the UK population, and that figure is rising and higher in London. And yet, it’s not something that people accept or appear to feel comfy with yet. I know I struggle with going to the theatre alone, although I’m happy to go to the Opera! I tend to eat out with friends and do so regularly. I’m lucky enough to live in central London and to have a good network of foodie friends who enjoy trying things out with me. Of course part of the benefit of writing this blog is that it gives me the perfect excuse to go to events by myself so that I can review them here. The counter to that is I hope to share how things work for me, fear of the unknown is a real barrier if you are ‘going it alone’ so I will be writing what works well, and why. I live in London UK, I have done for most of the last 20 years, when I’ve tried to move away, I’ve been pulled back. So, I genuinely have a love for the city and all it has to offer.
Because I love good food, a lot of what I do revolves around cooking and eating out. I’m happy to cook for myself – I rather like experimenting with ‘proper food’ for one person and I love treating myself to a beautifully cooked meal. I hope that this blog will encourage other singletons to start enjoying cooking for themselves and not relying on take-aways and ready-meals. One of the benefits of experimenting on myself is that I can just bin the lot if it is a disaster and not worry about anyone else having to wait for their food. And, once I have a recipe perfected, I am more than happy to scale up and have a supper party or dinner at home for friends. I’ll share some of my successes on here as this blog evolves.
I’ve found a whole host of ‘mummy blogs’ and if I am perfectly honest, they can be just a little bit irritating for those of us who are single in the city. I am really not going to be interested in the fact that little x, y or z screamed while he or she was being taken to nursery. I’d rather eat in a restaurant that is child friendly but not overwhelmingly geared to mummies and pushchairs, I hate families who let their kids scoot round waitrose and while I want to eat on a budget sometimes, I’m never going to be feeding a family of four on £50. So, this is me filling what I see is a gap in the blogging world, for people like me who do have a life, are not reclusive or nuts, but don’t have a family! You might be a London loving singleton like me, you might have been seconded over here for work or you might just be taking a holiday here. I hope the areas I’m covering are of interest and useful to you all.