Monday, 21 August 2017

My Mini Break in London.

So two weeks ago my partner and I took a little break in London for a few days and I had such an amazing time that I really wanted to share my experience with you lovely people. London has always been a city that I was never really bothered about until I actually went for myself and during my short time there I really began to appreciate how much of a fantastic city it is and saw how much it has to offer.

So on Monday we caught the train to Waterloo and arrived at around 2pm and headed for our hotel to drop off our bags so we could go and do some sight-seeing. The hotel we stayed at was a Travelodge just ten minutes from the station where we had booked one of the Super Rooms which was a little more swanky than the average rooms (See here for more info). We were both starving so went for a Nandos (cheeky!) which also wasn't far from our hotel. After we filled our tummies we went to St. Paul's Cathedral which is one of the most famous and recognizable sights in London. It has been featured in many films such as Mary Poppins, London Has Fallen and Thor: The Dark World. We didn't go inside as there was a visitor fee of £18 so instead we walked around its gardens and took in its stunning exterior. We didn't get much else done as we had to rush back to the hotel and get ready as we had reservations at The Ritz for 7:30 (or so we thought..) Once we were ready we booked our Uber to The Ritz and walked out of the hotel dressed up to the nines and panicked a little as we thought we were going to be late, but we arrived just on time and were greeted at the door by a fine gentleman in a top hat! Long story short, my darling boyfriend got the bloody day wrong so we headed back the hotel and slipped into something more comfortable and went for a walk to the London Eye which was closed by the time we got there but I got some snaps of it anyway. After that we went for a walk in Covent Garden and visited the M&M shop which I enjoyed cos, chocolate.

This day was a little more eventful as we managed to get a lot more stuff done. We started at the London Dungeons which was a brilliant experience and one that every single person should do when in LDN! The actors put on such brilliant performances and it was great to learn about the history of London in such a fun way. Next we took a long walk past the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben and Westminster Abbey (breathtakingly stunning) to Buckingham Palace where I got a little excited at the guards in their cute hats and red coats. We both hadn't eaten so headed to the Hard Rock Cafe which is such A cool place featuring memorabilia from the likes of Eric Clapton, Queen and Pink Floyd. The whole vibe in that place is awesome with great music, amazing food and friendly waitresses. I went for the Hickory Smoked Ribs which were amaaazing and JT had The Texan which was pulled Pork served on a brioche bun with crispy fried JalapeƱos, onions, Monterey Jack cheese and barbecue sauce. Both meals were served with Fries, Cowboy Beans and Coleslaw. JT also wanted onion rings which were the biggest I've seen! Next we headed to Tonight Josephine for cocktails which is literally THE cutest bar that I have ever visited. Everything is Pink, sparkly and super girly and their cocktails are to die for! Happy hour was between 5-7 and featured 2 for 1 cocktails so JT ended up with the same drink as me.. Possibly the girliest drink he has ever had the pleasure of sippin' "The Lovepotion No.10" which consisted of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Fresh Strawberry, Fresh Lemon juice, Pineapple syrup and Processco, yummmm! After cocktails, We went back to the hotel to freshen up for our reservations at The Ritz (which happened to be the right date, bravo!) Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is something I would definitely recommend and I am going to write up a full review of my experience so watch this space.

As this was our last day we wanted to squeeze in everything we wanted to do that we hadn't had time for the previous two days and although it rained literally all day, we managed to get a fair bit done. We started our day with food, obviously. We visited Joe's Southern Table and ordered Buffalo Chicken bites, Chilli cheese fries, Creamy mashed potatoes and THE BEST Mac n Cheese that I have ever tasted. If you're in London then it is definitely a place to check out. Trust me, you wont be disappointed. We then headed to Camden and had a little gander around and took some snaps and then me being a huge Potter fan wanted to check out Kings Cross station. I visited the shop on Platform Nine and Three quarters but didn't end up buying anything just because I was hot, felt claustrophobic and didn't want to wait in a line for half an hour to pay for my goods. If you do find your way there, then be prepared to wait in a huge line and get squished from the amount of people inside. Next we went to Harrods where I purchased a Christmas ornament as that was the only thing that didn't come with a hefty price tag. If you want to go on a spree in Harrods then you sure as hell better take some serious £££.

There was so much more that we both wanted to do but we just didn't have the time. I'd love to pay another visit to this wonderful city in the near future so we can tick those things off our list. Overall, the three days that we spent together were wonderful and neither of us wanted to come home. Our little break was simply perfect and one that I would love to do again soon.


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