My London Bucket List – Lulu in London!

This entire post makes me sad because even though bopping back to London was really amazing, staying in my old workplace and seeing all of my old work colleagues was fab but saying farewell to Lulu was not.

BUT I was excited to tour around London with my faves!

So we checked into the Hilton London Wembley, said hello hello to all my old work colleagues (who I miss dearly if you’re reading this) and got ourselves settled up in the room before myself, Brad & Lulu hit London town!

Naturally the tube into central London takes about 20-40 minutes depending on Metropolitan or Jubilee line from Wembley.

But before heading to central we had to check out the new Boxpark in Wembley and show Lu the good stuff!!!

They have one in Shoreditch, the OG Boxpark, but decided that Wembley needed one as well and I fully back their decision. It is as cool as the one in Shoreditch and for sure will be incredibly popular and busy when the football season is on and the season games are at the stadium!

After this we headed straight for Central London, Southwark & London Bridge to be precise. I HAD to show Lu the Hays Galleria which will forever be my favourite. We walked along Bankside of the Thames and enjoyed the galleria, the views of the buildings along the Thames and of course obligatory pictures of London bridge and castle.

It was a really beautiful day just spent with a few of my favourites in my favourite place. I was just enjoying the time left with Lu more than anything. After our London adventures we headed back to Wembley and up to the executive lounge at the hotel for their two hour happy hour.

IMG_20190106_184637Free food and booze? rude not too to be honest. And it mean that Myself, Brad, Lu and Milda (Lu’s cousin) could enjoy some food and chills before hugging the shit out of Lulu and nearly suffocating her so she couldn’t get home to the US.

It was pretty sad moment, and I’m still sad about it, come back soon B (Don’t worry, I will definitely come to you otherwise one day).

The following day Brad and I decided to finally do something we had been meaning to do for a while in London, The Natural History Museum!

It was such a beautiful setting with the ice rink outside the museum! The best thing about museums are the free entry but don’t forget to donate if you can when you come in or before you leave to support the museums!

God I love London. The museum was a really great experience especially with the interactive section as well. Typically we have a habit of going with only 2 hours to spare before the museum shuts, we did the same at the Imperial War Museum so we are going to have to go back the place is so huge and we missed out quite a bit of the museum as well!

The new dinosaur section was awesome but my favourite part, OBVIOUSLY, Was the BLUE WHALE. The skeleton of a blue whale, full size, in all its glory and hanging from the ceiling of the museum. Its pretty damn awesome and Brad and I were in awe at the size of it. 

It was a fun day out followed by a long drive back from Wembley to Lincoln, to end this post enjoy this adorable picture of Lu on the tube which makes me smile to no end,

I’ll see you real soon g

J x

@whenlifegivesululu // @jessiexmills

(ISNT SHE ADORABLE)

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My London Bucket List – Part 8, A West End Show & Hotel Living

IMG_4482The West End is my favourite place and Theatre is one of my favourite things in the world. Brad and I headed to Piccadilly to watch The Book Of Mormon in the theatre! Written by the same people who write South Park, It was hands down one of the funniest and the best shows I have ever seen on the west end. 

It was so funny from start to finish, Brad was even crying with laughter when the interval came around, absolutely one hundred percent worth going to see! The tickets weren’t as expensive as some of the other tickets you can get to see the shows on the west end and It definitely should be higher but of course the price being £40 a ticket who can complain!  

After we had been to show we headed literally around the corner of the theatre to see the famous screens on the corner of the Piccadilly road! Of course it was wonderful, there were people everywhere and souvenir shops, there was even a man dressed in full head to toe I love England gear, it was brilliant.

The area itself is actually very photogenic, the architecture is wonderful colours and the statues in the small square area are a marvel. There was a gentleman who was playing guitar by the statue in the centre of Piccadilly playing some real old school banger, the Real and Raw Talent some of these street performers have absolutely blows my mind sometimes.

Beside him was a lady dressed ad painted as a Victorian woman statue, she was very elegant and deserves a meddle for staying still all day because I could NEVER.

Once we had our pictures we headed to our hotel, Hilton London Wembley! It was weird coming to my place of work for pleasure and not for work.

We had our stay in the hotel and it was wonderful. We were given a Deluxe room with a stadium view (I advise if you’re booking a room to book the Deluxe rooms because we will be losing the view soon! Bloody Construction). It had an en suite and of course the most essential thing in the room was the kettle and tea bags duh, and I really IMG_1322did need them for the following day as well as I was unbelievably hungover.

We had a complimentary dinner where Brad had a steak and I had the fish and chips, the meal was delicious, especially as it was accompanied by a house wine that we also got complimentary! It was a really great experience in my ow place of work, we even had a couple of drinks in the Icons bar as well to finish off!

It was a really good experience and I was super impressed with my own place of work! It was welcoming and the experience itself in the hotel was something I will always remember.

The following day, after enduring my hangover, we had a real sightseeing day around London ticking off bits from the Bucket List!

We started in the best place possible to have a look at some shops on Oxford Street! The Zara on Oxford street is huge and I know my sister would’ve loved it! But my favourite place to visit was the Disney Store!! It was huge inside and even had Cinderella’s Carriage, so of course I had to sit in it.

After having a leisurely stroll we jumped on the tube ad headed across to Covent Garden! My favourite place for street performers! There was also just a huge square of roses so of course I had to get some candid shots in front of it.

Almost immediately we were met with a magician and he was so talented and good, well worth the trip to Covent Garden, we had a little wonder around the shops and my friend from work recommended a really nice cafe called Chez Antoinette!

It is located on the bottom floor of Covent Garden, its a french cafe where the atmosphere is incredibly calm and just a really pleasant place to visit, really good tea and cakes as well of course. I had a Lemon Tart and I am now hungry writing about it.

It wasn’t really Brad’s scene but we wanted to cake so anything was good!

Next was Trafalgar Square and the first thing I HAVE to draw to attention is the HORRENDOUS Thumb statue. It looks like a penis. I’m sorry but its absolutely ridiculous, yeah the concept of it may be relevant but whoever thought It was a good idea and thought that it WOULDN’T get ridiculed was very wrong.

AND I KNOW that its not the point of it (if you’ll pardon the pun), Its just typical.

There were street artists and I didn’t realise that the National Portrait Gallery was also there as well! The place was really gorgeous and we got there as the sun was going down too, the water was uber co’d because yes I got close to the fountains and just had to at least stick my finger in the water.

After a very enjoyable 2 days, home we went!

 

My London Bucket List – Part 3, Brads Birthday adventures!

Our next London Adventure was a good one, it was for Brads 21st birthday!

I thoroughly enjoyed this one because I planned the wholeeeee day for Bradders and what he wanted to do in London, so I’m going to enjoy telling you about it! So we were headed to central London! Of course we started with some food as we set off around 12ish. So where else to be for that but Camden?

89We arrived and as per usual it was busy busy! It was a lovely day as well which meant we could walk about in just T-shirts, so we headed down all the different alleyways looking at the clothing stalls and smelling all the food. I went for the old school Chinese chicken and noodles, The stall I got it from was incredible, I chose it because the last time we visited Camden they gave me a sample from the stall and it was AMAZING. So of course I went back for more this time! We had a proper wonder around Camden and there are so many different stalls I want to go back and try, for example the cereal Killer shop looks incredibly cool. More reason to come back hey!

We found the main area of the market, kitted out with deck chairs on different levels and places to sit, theres a statue of Amy Winehouse as well as a memorial to her, it was really lively. But my personal favourite shop that we found was called Cyberdog. Its a ravers shop with two huge metal statues outside the front, its all luminous and loud bass line music pumping out the shop, I didn’t even realise until after we went inside the shop it has 3 FLOORS. It was crazy fun!

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93.jpgOnce we decided it was probably about time to head from Camden the next part of Brads 21st was somewhere he kept talking to me about going, so if course we headed straight over to the Imperial War Museum!

When we arrived we had a couple hours to go around the entire building, it was incredibly impressive and moving, really enjoyable and insightful too! The outside of the building had two massive gun statues placed right out in front of the building. It looked so good. As we headed up the pathway and inside the who place opened up and there was a huge open space in the middle of the museum. With the building rising up 5 floors and being able to see each display roughly from the outside of each floor from the balconies above, it was a pretty cool place. 99There were huge planes hanging from the ceiling and a number of tanks dotted around, with all these different displays of the trenches and how brutal the war was. You could see each story of WW1 & WW2 on different floors. There was a new floor that had opened also dedicated to the holocaust. It was eye opening and moving, dark tourism at its finest, with there being a model of what Auschwitz would’ve looked like from above, behind the model in glass cases were real shoes left over from those who were hoarded into the gas chambers, it was chilling.

We stayed right up until we had to leave because it was closing, it was a wonderful place, we didn’t quite manage to get all the way around, gives us an excuse to go again!

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Once the museum had closed we headed to the hotel! We’d booked in to stay in the Doubletree Hilton Docklands, right on the Thames/Docklands area of the Thames, And just opposite Canary Wharf!

It was a beautiful hotel on the water, we’d booked a king room and it was wonderful and huge, with a view of Canary Wharf and the thames one side and a skyline view the other side of the window! The beds were comfy, of course we got warm cookies upon arrival, and the en suite was so clean and fresh. Of course I wore my robe religiously around the room. Nothing better than hotel robes.

We had a lovely stay, a cracking breakfast as well, like my god did it set me up for the day. But it was nice to stay in London for a change, we were pretty close to everything we wanted to do and it didn’t take us long to get back from dinner at the Savoy to the hotel either!

One thing I wont forget was when we were heading back to the hotel from the bus stop literally 2 minutes away, there was a small park and as we were walking past, there were 3 urban foxes all fighting and playing in the middle of this park. I’d never seen anything like it, and it was so dark and quite they didn’t even see us. it was wonderful to watch and I never thought id get the chance in such a big city to see such a thing.

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109Finally, Brad and I went for a wonderful Dinner together at the Savoy Hotel in London, In Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant to celebrate Brads 21st Birthday!

It was a very fancy place, the Inside of the hotel was beautiful. It was marble floored and the bathrooms were something of royalty, yes the bathrooms were a high point, but if you’ve seen them you know they’re fancy as hell! There was a piano in the middle of their open seating and dining area, and the woman playing the piano was so talented and she had a wonderful voice.

We then headed into the restaurant, two glasses of rose and our food orders later and we were incredibly impressed. With someone to ask us what when we wanted before we ordered the wine, and incredible service and food, it was a lovely experience.

I ordered The Lamb and it melted in my mouth and the flavours were incredible, and brad ordered a Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and chips and it was cooked exactly bow he wanted it, They even put something together for Brad for his birthday which was also lovely!

After we were done we headed down to the Thames and had a little walk down to the London Eye and back before heading back to the hotel. The city lights looked so pretty from there, with St Paul’s also lit up in the background. I’d never even walked along the thames before this, so it was really nice. A wonderful way to spend such a lovely night!

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The next part of the bucket list coming soon guys, thanks for reading!

J x

 

Adulting & My London Bucket List

So I posted a while back about how I had been offered this cracking op to work in the city of London for my placement year, and after starting nearly 3 months its safe to say I am loving life, well 90% of the time.

Moving was a pretty big deal. It was a brand new place and it was just my boyfriend & I, it was lonely too say the least, and finding thing to do in that first month when you’re broke is difficult and I was later to start work than he was so I was BROKE for at least a month after I started work as well. But minus that, life is good.

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Work is going really well and time seems to be flying, its already nearly been 3 months! But then time does fly when you’re having fun. I’m out on the desks now at work which is good, I’d like to think I’m always improving! I even got a certificate of recognition for enrolling the most people into our loyalty programme in the week, which made me feel like I was settling in just fine! But I also rarely have any free time that is actually on a day that makes sense, working weekends comes with the perks of the industry I guess! I love game day’s the most at work as they’re always incredibly busy days and its always good fun, the team is great too so its just all good fun!

I will be trying to post a little bit more to my blog, of course I’ve gone slightly off track getting all settled here but its all good now so hopefully it’ll be plain sailing from here and I won’t leave you guys in the dark!

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IMG_7899My favourite thing about moving though is that we’re now super close to the city of London, I’ve already been to so many cool places and done so many good things in London that I think I might write about them in a little bit called;

My London Bucket List!

Which I will be posting here to my blog! It’ll be a basic list to start of all the things I want to do/see/ in London and then let you know all about it when I do it! Plus that way I’ll be able to post a little more frequently as well as Ill make sure to write about it after I’ve been there and done that! So I’ll be starting on this at the start of October so we’ll see how it goes hey! Im here till next July so who know how much I can get done! Its good because it will give me the opportunity to search and have a proper look around the city that is my own!

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My First Hospitality Job

I’ve been incredibly quiet on here the past couple of weeks and I am apologetic but do not regret it. This is because Ive started my first job in the hospitality sector. For me this is a pretty big deal, It is part of my university degree where I shall be working for a year in my chosen industry (hospitality). So, I’ve joined The Hilton Team!

Hilton is one of the largest and possibly most well known hotel business worldwide. So for me this opportunity to work in one of their hotels for a year was an obvious yes. Not only will it give me the experience I need in the future but it gives me a year to see what its like, because this is the real world not university. So a lot has changed.

I’ll be on placement from July 2017 until July 2018 so unfortunately no holidays/travelling to write about for you guys other than my South Africa trip from a while back which I’ll tell you guys all about when I have the time to write my blog! I mean I’m taking a holiday in September, but I’m only heading back to university for a week to see my friends, & I’m not going to write about that because all I’d be able to write is “I am too hungover and recovering from this week for this”.

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Getting up at half 7 is normal, maybe even half 6 now, which is really nice. Makes a change for me! I’m actually going to bed at 11pm and sleeping through till half 7, Getting up for work isn’t even that hard! The only thing I could say that could possibly fault it is the drive to work. I live 20 miles away from work. Now for those who are well aware of the hospitality industry you’ll know that normal hours 9-5 are a thing of the past, which is something that I really don’t mind as I love having different shifts as no shift is ever the same! If I can time it right I can get to work in half hour especially if my shifts are good. If my shifts are in peak times, we’re talking a whole hour and 10 minutes just to get 20 miles away. Ripping my hair out on the regs.

I’ve been working coming on three weeks now nearly and I am throughly enjoying myself. Even though the training is frustrating and it is a long process its something thats got to be done, I just can’t wait to finish the training so I can get out onto the desk and finally do something!

After starting the job I thought a lot would be different but I was wrong. I was convinced as I was so young I wouldn’t be lucky enough to make friends, now I realise it was hands dow the stupidest thing I had ever thought/said in my whole life. I’ve already met some wonderful people, Yeah I may be a baby but I’m not the only young one either. Everyone made me feel more than welcome, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it. I was also so worried that I was going to be thrown straight into the deep end and that I might crumble and struggle big time. But its actually been the opposite, I’ve never been so throughly briefed about the way things are down in my life, It made me super confident which was really really nice.

One phrase used regularly by my family whenever I moan about work is “Welcome to the real world” because lord they aren’t lying. But I would much rather Live to work than work to live, and thats the aim especially if I can find a good career in Hospitality after this year and university (and travelling of course).

Its incredibly interesting seeing how the hotel business actually works, and It’s actually really impressive. There’s so many people all in one team. But at the same time all in different teams in departments and it’s all so well organised and yeah sometimes I’m sure as hell it gets hard to deal with everything for a lot of people and departments. So next time you visit a hotel, any hotel not just a Hilton Hotel, Be considerate because everyone goes that extra mile to make sure you enjoy your time whilst you’re staying.

Im very excited to see what the future holds! Here’s to the next year!

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Here’s a picture of Primrose Hill, London, With the London Skyline Just because!