London is city that has almost everything. But, if you live in the Big Smoke, it is nice to escape on occasion.
But, in this beautifully sprawling metropolis getting away to the coast or countryside isn’t always an option. Life in London is hectic, but that’s part of the reason we love it, right?
Anyhow, if you live in London and you’d like to create the kind of sanctuary that makes you feel like you’re kicking back in a faraway land, here are a few ways you can do so…
Lights, drapes and hippy things
Even if you have a small concrete yard or two-person balcony, you can create an oasis of calm in your outdoor space for little money. Have you ever been to one of those traveller cafes in Thailand or Cambodia? They’re pretty damn relaxing if we do say so ourselves.
To recreate that same feel at home, simply grab some incense sticks, an eye-grabbing piece of wall tapestry (or two), some fairy lights, some cacti, a few comfy cushions or bean bags and arrange to taste. Before you know it, you’ll be reclining in your very own South East Asian traveller cafe, listening to chill out tunes, tropical drink in hand – aaaaaand relax!
Reminisce and replicate
Once you’ve created your external (or internal if you don’t have a garden) oasis, to make you feel like you’re really on your holibobs, think back to one of the happiest holidays you’ve ever had. If it was a beach on the Costa Del Sol, source some seashells and grab a box of San Miguel; if it was scorching your face on the top the French Alps, you might want to put a few panoramic mountain views up and sip on a Vin Rouge or three.
Well, you get the message: essentially, if you really personalise your staycation space, you’ll be able to take yourself back to one of the happiest moments of your life, making you feel all tingly inside. And, you won’t even have to get on a plane.
Dine al fresco
If you have space for a fire pit, build one. If not, yourself a compact kettle BBQ or gas powered camping cooker and whip up a meal outdoors, dining al fresco with a chilled drink – preferably a cocktail. Dining and cooking outdoors with a decent Spotify playlist in the background is one of the best ways to evoke that holiday spirit and make the most of the warm summer weather (just keep your eye out for the rain) while it lasts. Looking for a little culinary inspiration? Perhaps these Pinterest recipes will help.
We hope our ABC staycation garden guide has given you the inspiration to create a holiday without going anywhere and we’d love to see your creations, so feel free to share them via Instagram.