Happy New Year! Here we are, about to move into the latter part of the decade. 2017 has proved a turbulent year with politics and some horrific terror attacks in our great city. However, I’ll always be proud of how us Londoners stay strong in the face of terror and refuse to bow to fear. As we continue to move through the Brexit process, the fate of the capital and country as a whole seems uncertain as ever, with our economy expected to show more unpredictability in 2018.
As well as looking back on the year, I’m also taking stock of my blogging and how it’s gone. When I started my blog in 2012, there were dramatically less bloggers than there are now. Sometimes it feels difficult to stand out and be heard amongst a sea of other blogs. Occasionally, some people have suggested I try to find a USP. However, to me, my blog isn’t to make money and win ‘likes’. I started my blog to write about what I want to write about, to showcase my passion for and knowledge of my hometown. My interests and hobbies cannot be pigeon-holed into a certain ‘type’ and I often enjoy polar opposites. I love both luxury and bargain restaurants. I love history and art, but I also love clubbing and concerts. I would expect many of my readers are the same – we are versatile people with a range of interests. I don’t know how long I will continue blogging, but for now, I still enjoy it and am committed so expect more London events, restaurant reviews, history and more from Metro Girl in 2018.
Taking my what’s on guides out of the equation, here are Metro Girl’s most popular blog posts of 2017.
- Bolton House: A rare piece of Art Nouveau in the City of London.
- Granada Tooting: A neo-renaissance cinema masquerading as a bingo hall.
- Is this London’s smallest alley? Squeeze down Brydges Place in Covent Garden.
- Beauty And The Feast review: A fabulous and playful immersive, theatrical dinner experience. (On until 4 January 2018).
- Neal’s Yard Water Clock: A quirky timepiece in Covent Garden.
Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year and see you in 2018 for more London adventures.
Love Metro Girl
Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on the past 12 months. Well, it goes without saying that 2016 is going to be one year that stands out in the history books years from now. The huge volume of celebrity deaths, the shock Brexit and Trump results, among other events, have provided plenty of things to talk, lament and worry about.
In terms of my blog, it has continued to grow and the feedback and engagement I get from my audience is encouraging. Every new year since I launched MOAMG back in 2012, I wonder how long I can keep my blog going. Well for now, I am still enjoying it as much as ever and documenting my exploration of my hometown so expect plenty more posts in 2017.
Taking my listings guides out of the equation, here’s Metro Girl’s most popular blog posts of 2016.
- Artist Julian Opie creates new permanent artwork for Carnaby as Lumiere London kicks off
- Revisit the romance and energy of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet with Backyard Cinema
- Beyond The Waterfall: Take a boat trip to a magical cocktail bar at Westfield London this Christmas
- Trade Union review: London’s most versatile day and night destination opens in Wapping
- St Katharine Docks: A hidden oasis in the centre of London
Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year and see you in 2017 for more London adventures.
Love Metro Girl
This guide was for 31 December 2013. For the 2015 guide, click here.
- New Year’s Eve firework display over the River Thames
Thousands expected to take to the north and south of the River to watch the free fireworks display near the London Eye. Wrap up warm and bring a flask of mulled wine! There will be a lot of congestion or potential closures of some tube stations around the Southbank so check with TFL before you travel. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- Belle Epoque Dark Circus Party
See in 2014 at a party celebrating the ‘glamorous, provocative and a little bit risqué’, featuring music, DJs from across the decades, dance routines, freak show and acrobatics. Tickets: £50. 9pm-3am. The Grand Hall St Pancras, Euston Road, WC1H 9JE. Nearest tube: Kings Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the Dark Circus website.
- Space Las Vegas Hotel – Pacha
House music lovers should get down to Pacha for the special Las Vegas-themed edition of Space. DJs on the bill include Ray Foxx, Seb Fontaine and Nick Bridges. Fancy dress encouraged, but not compulsory. Tickets start from £45. 9pm-6am. Pacha, Terminus Place, Victoria, SW1V 1JR. Nearest tube: Victoria. For more information, visit the Pacha website.
- Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve – Café De Paris
Celebrating New Year’s Eve as Jay Gatsby would have done. Champagne and canapé reception, club and party anthems. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £50. 9.30pm-3am. Café De Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, W1D 6BL. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Café De Paris website.
- New Year’s Eve Stand Up Show
Start your night off with some comedy from Phil Nichol, Ian Stone, Paul Thorne, Nathan Caton, Jeff Innocent, The Noise Next Door. After you’ve laughed yourself silly, there will a DJ spinning tracks after for some dancing. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £59. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.
- Vintage New Year’s Eve Party – Royal Festival Hall
The team behind the Vintage Festival (Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway) put on a glamorous extravaganza of live bands and DJs spread across pop-up nightclubs, bars and beauty parlours. Music and looks from across the decades, including 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Around midnight, some of the action will move to one of the balconies for a great vista of the New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Thames. Tickets start from £95. Starts 7pm onwards. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- Prohibition 1920s New Year’s Eve party
See in 2014 in the style of 1924 at this prohibition-themed party at a secret Central London location. includes live music, gramophone DJs, silent cinema, roulette, blackjack, dancers and cocktails. Must dress in 1920s costume. Tickets: £50. 9pm-3am. Location to be revealed two weeks before. For more information, visit the Prohibition 1920s website.
- ’60s Chic Party – Bar Soho
Sixties-themed party at the two-floor Bar Soho. Music: RnB, commercial, ’90s and club classics, and some ’60s of course. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £10. Bar Soho, 23-25 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JL. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit Bar Soho’s website.