About me

Welcome to Life in London! Sharing all there is to know about Life in London, Ontario.  Business, Community and Lifestyle.

My name is Nicky and I’m a Brit who recently moved to Canada to be with the man of my dreams and start a new life.  I think he’s a bit of a dreamboat and he appears to think I’m funny when I’m goofing around so our crazy little dynamic seems to work.

We moved to London, Ontario at the beginning of 2017 and have been busy figuring out our favourite restaurants, cafes, shops, markets, walks, parks, festivals, yoga studios and pubs ever since.  Needless to say, I love London (hence the blog), the people, the community and the lifestyle it has to offer.

Winter view of the fountain at the Thames River Forks, London OntarioSupper at Wich is Wich London Ontario

Living in Saudi Arabia

I moved to London, Ontario from Saudi Arabia where I lived and worked as a Health Club and Spa Director for four years. Things that drove me nuts about living in Saudi:

  • I wasn’t allowed to drive because I am a woman and apparently driving was bad for my ovaries
  • there were no fitting rooms in clothes shops
  • the summer was three months of breathing fire and sweating from my eyeballs
  • there was no logic…..ever!

Walking along Al Khobar Corniche wearing an abaya in Saudi Arabia

Although Saudi was a fairly frustrating and dull place to live I made the most of my time by globetrotting whenever weekends and holidays allowed. I travelled solo or with friends and destinations included the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Zanzibar, New Zealand, Greece, France, Denmark and of course Canada!  

I count myself pretty lucky that I have been able to visit to some amazing places and meet some truly remarkable people along the way.  However, my inquisitive nature is unabated and London, Ontario now has my full attention.

Passionate about business

For info about my Small Business Planning and Strategy Services click here.

One of my real passions is business.  Even as a teenager I was walking around school with a Fiorelli briefcase and running mini-enterprises.  I studied Business Management at Bradford University Management School, went on to work for a multinational French company (Saint-Gobain) as a graduate and studied for a Masters in Customer Service Management distance learning.

I then set up a boutique spa business in London with my sister which had three branches before moving to Saudi and running the largest Health Cub and Spa in the Middle East.

I really enjoy chatting to business owners about their motivations, experiences, lifestyle, regrets and what they enjoy and dislike about being an entrepreneur.  Every story and business journey is unique which is fascinating to me and why I believe it is so important to support and treasure small businesses.

London, Ontario is an amazing city because there are so many entrepreneurs working really hard for success. You can read about some of them on my special feature “Business in Focus” page.

I love butter tarts

So that’s me! I love my life in London and I especially love wandering around, chatting to people, getting caught in thunderstorms, eating butter tarts (they are amazing!), hanging out in coffee shops, any kind of yoga and discovering new and interesting stuff.  If I’m not doing any of that, I’ll be at home sanding and painting an old piece of furniture I picked up in a secondhand shop.

Sanding and painting at my house in London Ontario

Get in touch

If you would like to advertise your business, social enterprise or community event on my blog, please get in touch!  If there’s something happening in London that you think I need to know about, please let me know.

 

nicky@lifeinlondon.ca