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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Budapest’s Clubs, Pubs & Ruin Bars, My Liver is Crying.

Budapest was trip intended for drink, and drink we certainly did whilst we were out there. I gained about two stone just in beer alone. Budapest is particularly well known for its RUIN BARS.

We made sure that we went to plenty of them whilst we were staying. 8 Ruin bars to be correct, thats nearly 1 a day!

So our first stop as we ventured into Budapest centre for the first time was a place called Baross Sport. I think at this point we just wanted to find somewhere that wasn’t Mcdonald’s that would sell us a panini and a pint. We were successful at Baross, its not exactly somewhere I would hype and rave about how great it is but it was perfect for what we needed, a quick snack, nothing special and a pint, THE FIRST PINT OF THE

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Say cheese!

HOLIDAY THOUGHT. So shout out to Baross Sport nearby the train station for supplying us with our first pint of many, the rest of the day we proceeded to get very drunk.

From Baross we moved onto a place called Pub 7. We sat outside alongside the path and I enjoyed possibly one of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted (which is insulting for Brad as he is a mixologist but we can let it slide). It was nice and reasonably priced, only downside was it being beside a main road. Other than that I would recommend for a brief pit stop for sure!

NOW we found the ruin bar I’d been suggested that we go to before we got to Buda by complete accident. We were just walking along the streets and saw the entry to Szimpla Kert. Hands down one of the coolest ruin bars we went too (minus Instant but we shall get to that). It had multiple different rooms, one being a small quirky trinket shop, one being a seating area with TV’s all over the room and fairy lights, there was graffiti all over the bathrooms of people who have come and gone and a huge bar and separate wine bar!

Another seating area out the back and then if you venture upstairs you can eat during the day and in the night it becomes an extended addition to the bar! Totally awesome place with a great vibes as well, the drinks are at a good price too, good music and a small dance floor even at the back completely hidden away, it was a great place and we went back a couple of times when we went out because the ruin bars are just so enjoyable. They’re also full of tourists, of course, so its good to mingle as well!

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The following day on our adventures we wandered right to the Chain bridge and the centre of Budapest, rather parched we decided to go for a drink in a waterside bar called Raqpart. It was situated right on the Danube with dec chairs down by the edge of the water if you wanted to sit by the Danube. The veranda itself was covered but open so you could still enjoy the weather and a drink, it was a really stylish place and probably pops off in the night time. It also serves food as well but we weren’t there to eat. Again really reasonably priced, nothing too extortionate!

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Another Ruin Bar for your lists is Udverrom 21. This one was just as funky looking as Szimpla but not as large! We stopped in here for a pint after another busy day sightseeing and it was really sweet. It was long in length and above the bar area were stairs to another smoking area. Naturally I wanted to head up there, sorry boys, so the decision was made. Although it was also surrounded but hostel bedrooms it was open air meaning we could smoke in the ruin bar as well!

Ruin bar number 3 is Fuge Udvar & Play, cheap drinks and more music and games! This one was also really long and thin and whilst we were there there was also a pub crawl so we were able to make a friend or two again whilst we were there! Although the toilets here were something out of a horror movie, shall not forget that!

Doboz was the funkiest ruin bar to get into, two huge floor to ceiling metal doors and a bloke out the front. I don’t know how much entry was because it was me and the 3 lads and they let me for free!? ladies get in free apparently, nothing like a good bit of sexism eh! As you walked through the doors there was a huge metal sculpture of a demon with red glowing eyes hugging the tree, its massive! Its a huge open space with some tables and a dance floor around the tree, its a really good atmosphere as well all themed Red and black for what I can only assume accommodates the demon on the tree!

 

 

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Luca & I in Instant after bumping into each other!

Instant was the sHIT. It had an underground Techno bunker and a DnB room and then a main dance floor where one side was smoking and the other wasn’t and you had to pay 50p to have some toilet roll if you wanted to go, It was fucking awesome. We stayed out until 5am I’m pretty sure that night, it was amazing. Drinks were decent and the music was sick, and I even bumped into once of my old school friends in there, of all the places hey! He was also there for BudaFest with his friends which was sick. I ended up spending half the night in the techno bunker because it was just too good not too, a night to remember for sure, HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Alcatraz Bar was an outside bar area nearby where we were staying, we had a couple of quiet drinks there as I think we were all very wounded from the night before. But determined to at least have a drink we sat in the summer warmth and had a couple of bevs, it wasn’t anything special but just really lovely to actually sit somewhere quiet for once.

Raktar Beach was a bar we found VERY unexpectedly. Situated almost as soon as you step foot on to Margaret Island, Budapest on your left hand side. We were drawn to this pub because we could hear the baseline from the street before we could see anything. It was about 2 in the afternoon at this point so we were intrigued and in need of a drink before exploring Margaret Island. We walked down into this white open bar where these lads where playing house and techno on a set of decks an that was that. Pretty sure we all had about 2-3 drinks each just enjoying the music and the sun before we went anywhere else. It was awesome.

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EAT THEM BREADSTICKS

Our next stop on our long walk back from Margaret island was a place called Publin, an IRISH PUB HOW OUTLANDISH, not. I bought some breadsticks and moaned about my feet as per usual. As its just your average Irish pub I certainly won’t be dwelling on this one but worth the visit if you just want a quick drink and some English.

Koleves Kert was a real cute ruin bar that Brad and I went too after date night and was shortly going by the boys after their visit to the casino! This was a my favourite bar as it was just so beautiful, it had hammocks and the tree’s were hanging between the seats and you had to beware the falling fresh fruit! It had a lovely atmosphere and was a really lovely place to drink.

Finally, we went to a bar called Kertem. A really beautiful park bar situated in the large community park where Budapest zoo can be found and the castle also! It had great music, there were DOGS EVERYWHERE. It was a dream come true, and the food was really really nice as well, it was a lovely place to relax as the sun went down!

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Akvarium and Otkert are two of the main clubs/ruin bars as they are right in the centre of Buda! These were also the two clubs that BudaFEST was held at so I will go into detail in my Budapest posts instead about these places, trust me, they’re amazing and not one to miss.

So as you can tell, there was a lot of drinking this holiday.

I almost died and I salute the boys because they smashed it harder than I did and I thought I was dying.

So up next? BudaFEST! Where the fun REALLY starts.

Budapest’s Places to Eat & Places to NOT.

FOOD.

Its an essential in our lives, obviously.

We tried to eat out as little as we could because we were away for 10 days and it gets expensive after a while eating out all the time. But when we did, we certainly enjoyed it!

FOOD DO’S;

So one of the coolest places we went for food was next to Simple Ruin bar, called Karavn Street food! You walked in to find food truck after food truck after food truck of all different types of food. Burgers, pizza, traditional Hungarian cuisine as well as noodles and waffles with ice cream. They literally did everything and it was so hard to choose. Id have rather have eaten traditional Hungarian food from a traditional proper Hungarian restaurant so I went for the noodles instead.

 

Il Pastaio Retaurant was the first place we visited for dinner, a small Italian spot near the centre of Budapest where all the shopping centres are. It was delicious and service was fast as well although we didn’t stay for long. The service was really good and my pizza tasted A* so iI would definitely recommend it!

MVIMG_20180821_203052Next stop, Buddies Burgers!! I believe there are a few of these around Budapest. I don’t want to say its fast food but it sort of is. you’re given a burger menu and you choose your burger, side and drink, order at the desk and then they put your name and number up on a screen when it is ready for collection. Its literally that simple. It just tastes AWESOME. My burger was banging and I really enjoyed the comfort and atmosphere of the place as well.

STIKA Budapest, you want breakfast? GO TO STIKA.

The food is unreal, the service is quality and the tunes are banging inside. There is a lovely seating area outside as well. I would highly recommend this place for breakfast. I paid the equivalent of 1 cup of tea in the UK and got a pot go tea and managed to get about 4-5 cups in. Ya girl was caffeine ready. I also had homemade pancakes with salted caramel sauce and berry compote, MAN WAS IT SO DAMN GOOD AND AESTHETICALLY PLEASING. This place is a little pricier than your usual as its really really nice. We had to queue to get in but it was totally worth it.MVIMG_20180825_122338

Piknik Cafe is situated by the Fishermans Bastion. The coolest outside cafe with SO MUCH FOOD on display to eat. I wanted it all. It was really cute and traditional and they sold a lot of sour bread. I just went for your typical snack of Onion rings because how english can you get? But generally the atmosphere was really good and its on the list because I want to go back to eat ALL OF THEIR FOOD.

Huszkar Etterem was our proper Hungarian cuisine experience. We walked in completely blind and no idea what to eat. There service was unreal and the gentleman was really happy that we as tourists were willing to try their food. AND MAN WAS IT DELICIOUS, I had stuffed schnitzel with cheese and bacon and some other Hungarian things which I do not remember how to spell no pronounce and man it was the nicest meal I had all stay, even if the amount of salt on the meal meant that the dead sea may as well have been in my mouth.

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Gozsdu Udvar is a huge food area, multiple restaurants and an amazing atmosphere, people dancing together in the square, karaoke bars. It really has a good feel about it but typically we went to the one restaurant in the place which had the worst reviews and brad never got his food and it was cold, But more on that in my FOOD DON’TS below!

Csiga cafe for breakfast was a little more reasonably priced and also really really well hidden, we didn’t even know it was there until James found it on his maps for breakfast as we had to be out of our Airbnb by 10am. All I had was a croissant with ham and cheese and a cup of tea and it looked and tasted amazing and didn’t even cost that much! The atmosphere was really lovely and I felt like I could’ve happily sat in there for hours.

BBZ Bar & Grill was our last food stop. We chilled here and had some food before our flight home and I would definitely recommend it! I had 4 burger sliders and MAN were they tasty! This was actually our second attempt eating here as Myself and Brad tried to eat here earlier in the holiday but when we got here we couldn’t get in because there was a DOG FASHION SHOW. They have a doggo menu on the tables where if you also purchase a meal of the dog menu the meal goes to a dog in a shelter, SUCH a wonderful and creative idea! The restaurant itself also looked really snazzy and has hands down the most inspirational toilet doors I have ever seen in my life. For a final restaurant experience I was really happy we went here, reasonably priced as well and really good food!

FOOD DON’TS

Do NOT, EVEN IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, go to Rico’s Restaurant & Music venue in the Gozsdu Udvar. We didn’t even look at the reviews for the first time ever and once we had sat down and did have a look, we realised how bad the reviews are. We thought we would give it the benefit of the doubt. BIG MISTAKE. My food came lukewarm which was disappointing but I ate it anyway, and brads food came stone cold, so when he told the waiter it was cold whilst we waited for a new plate of food to come for Brad a LOT of time passed. Like I finished my meal and he still hadn’t had his main back. We asked the waiter when he would be bringing Brads food out and their response was ‘oh, you wanted another one?’, as you can imagine, we very quickly left, without leaving a tip, to find somewhere where Brad could actually eat!

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Those were our Budapest Food adventures! Mainly all successful minus the unfortunate experience typically on our date night!

Much more to come on Budapest, stay tuned!

 

 

My London Bucket List – Part 17, The End (For Now).

I have been doing My London Bucket List for about a year now.

It was the most wonderful experience being able to spend the year on my Placement in London. After having an entire list of things to do I ended up doing so much more than I could’ve ever anticipated I would do. I feel all nostalgic just thinking about it.

My London Bucket List was a great achievement in my eyes. For me it was a real motivation to go out and explore the parts of London I really wanted to see. I got a lot done, most of it I eventually stopped writing items on the official list because I just couldn’t keep up with it! Sightseeing TOO much, Who would’ve thought?

But alas, I have finished my placement year. We moved away from Watford & London in June and I miss it and everyone I met there as well.

For me My London Bucket List was almost a challenge! I wanted to push myself to keep writing whilst I was away. My main worry was that I would start my placement year and work life would take over. Meaning my blog would’ve probably disappeared into the background which is not what I wanted at all, HENCE My London Bucket List.
It made me explore London and places I never even knew existed.

My favorite day out in London?

COOR, I couldn’t choose. So I am going to give you all my Top 5 favorite things to do In London!

  1. Notting Hill Carnival!
  2. The Savoy Grill For Brads 21st Birthday
  3. Oblix Restaurant in The Shard for Tasmin’s Birthday!
  4. Hayes Galleria
  5. The Science Museum!

WHY?

Out of all of the places I have visited and the things I have seen these ones above were definitely my favorite, Notting Hill Carnival especially! I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Notting Hill so to have that opportunity and especially with some great friends made it a really great day.

The whole day for Brad’s 21st was amazing, but eating at the Savoy Grill was a real pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed my food as I have never eaten anything quite like it or so damn good before! I guess that’s what you get for eating somewhere that is considered a luxury, we just wont talk about the bill.

I also highly recommend The Oblix restaurant in The Shard! Beautiful views and food as well, the cocktails are phenomenal as well, they taste so good!

Hayes Galleria is one of my favorite locations in London due to the architecture of the building. The beautiful glass canvas across the top of the small boutique shopping area and and statue in the middle gives it all the character possible. Every time I visit there I take a picture as its such a beautiful area!

We visited the science museum together Brad and I and it was really good fun. I have done the science museum before but I do not remember it for the life of me. I was about 10 years young when I went last, so I am sure a refresher after 11 years is always necessary. Its all just so interesting, ESPECIALLY the Air section at the top of the museum and the SPACE Section at the bottom.

London will always always have my heart. I was only in the city for a year but the energy from the place was something that you can’t replace. I already can’t wait to go back, hence why The London Bucket List is over,

FOR NOW.

We will be back.

My London Bucket List – Part 16, Mock The Week

The second to last post on My London Bucket List Saga! How sad!

This chapter will only be a short one as well, I just has to share the experience! Nearing the end of our placements Brad managed to win two tickets to take us to see Mock The Week!

For those who don’t know what Mock The Week is, it’s a panel show on TV where there are 6 comedian panelists and Dara O’Briain is the panel host. The panelists will spend the majority of the show looking at different segments of the news that week and make jokes about the apparent news. It’s just a really fun and funny experience to be in the audience and watch the show be filmed.

My favorite segment of the show is called “Scenes we’d like to see”. Where the panelists stand opposite each other 3 on each side and a topic is displayed on the board behind. Things like “Things you won’t hear on the evening news” or “what actually happened in these kids TV shows”.

IMG_20180626_221148_458-1.jpgThey are endlessly funny. Because we also won tickets to ‘8 out of 10 cats’ but didn’t get there in time due to traffic it meant the next tickets we were offered we got priority! So we were sat right at the front for Mock the Week, it was awesome and we met a lovely couple sat with us too.

Before we went to see Mock The Week we headed through Westfield’s at Shepard’s Bush. Personally I thought the one in Stratford was impressive. UNTIL I came to that Westfield’s.

It was MORE than impressive and so much bigger and nicer than the one in Stratford. Although we couldn’t do any shopping as we were skint, we did have a good look around! The Tesla shop was my favorite, ONE DAY I SHALL OWN A TESLA.

We stopped for some dinner in Tortilla, for some Mexican food! Never eaten in a Tortilla before so I will definitely recommend it for future quick meals, I had Quesadillas and they were SO GOOD.

Once we had chowed down we headed out of Westfield’s to towards the BBC Film Studios! It’s a really awesome area, the atmosphere is really nice and the organisation of the event was really good. We were in and seated within a couple of minutes which was really great.

The panel is made up of 6 comedians! So for this episode of the show we had Desiree Burch, Hugh Dennis who is a team captain and my all time favourite. Milton Jones, Ed Burns, Angela Barnes and Glenn Moore!

It was a really awesome experience I would definitely suggest trying to get tickets for these events if you rate panel shows! You can get the tickets through SRO Audiences online! Its reliable and means you get to see the panel shows that you want to see, you just apply for tickets and see if you get lucky!

My London Bucket List – Part 15, For This Weeks Beverages? Central London!

Hey everyone, Welcome back to one of the final few episodes left on My London Bucket List! 

Just so you are all aware, there will be no Whatever Wednesday Until I return from Budapest on August 31st! I repeat NO Whatever Wednesday, just so you are all updated.

So, lets get on!


This day was a day of a lot of drinking and catching up, it was awesome.

I met up with our family friend Ellie. The last time I saw Ellie I don’t even think I was old enough to drive let alone drink; so being 21 and in the city naturally a catch up was needed with PLENTY of drink! Ellie has been living in London for a while now so she knew all the best spots to have a drink as well. 

We met on Oxford Street and made our way to Carnaby Street. I had never been to Carnaby Street but it was on the list! So we had out first drink there at a place called Carnaby Zebrano, a cocktail bar just off Carnaby. It was really lovely.

The sun was shining so we sat outside and we talked about up and coming holidays and how Ellie was going to Ibiza and myself Budapest! As it was a cocktail bar we consumed many. I had a Kiwi Cooler and Strawberry Sensation cocktail and they were as great as they sound.

I could now tick Carnaby Street right of my bucket list as well!

After a good couple of hours spent eating nachos and chatting shit we moved on to a place I’ve wanted to go for ages, Madisons at St Pauls. I know if you watch TOWIE or Made in Chelsea it’s a place you will recognise.

On the sixth floor of a shopping mall beside St Pauls Cathedral, Madisons is a Tapas and Cocktail bar. The view from the top is amazing, especially of the cathedral. When we arrived it was a bottle of Rose for the two of us which went down an absolute treat whilst we continued to catch up on life as we know it.

It’s definitely priced for London. Expensive depending on what you buy. I am used to a £7.50 bottle of Barefoot Rose so you can imagine the difference between that and the £28 bottle we bought! Naturally of course, the photo opportunities were not wasted either on the rooftop! 

After being asked to move due to there being a table reservation, probably for some glam Z list star, we made our way out and on to the next place! Walking past St Pauls and over the Millennium Bridge & the Thames, we didn’t get far before we stopped again. Too thirsty! 

We ended up literally to the side of the Millennium Bridge at a place called the Founders Arms. It was the time of day where everyone had finished work so it was BEYOND busy, getting a seat inside or on the balcony was an absolute no BUT, there was a gate which lead down to the side of the Thames and naturally as it was low tide, a sit on the sand was on the cards.

img_20180820_133206_151.jpgThe view was great, it was warm and the drinks weren’t that expensive either which made a change! We sat and chatted MORE SHIT like us women do and it was the best day.

After many a Pimms, shoulder sun-burn and so much catching up it could’ve been endless, we called it a day. 

It was a great day because I didn’t quite realise I was drunk until I got onto the tube. Thats when it hit me and LORD did it hit me. Brad and James had a good laugh at me when I got in the car in Watford, wasted and sunburnt. 

All in all ot was a great day of drinking and catching up with an awesome family friend. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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My London Bucket List – Part 14, ‘You’re Not Hardcore, Unless you Live Hardcore’

So this impromptu day out was really nice because we were in London AAAAALL day.

We had stayed overnight at Hilton Kensington which was actually really lovely. The view from out room was overlooking Shepherds Bush Westfields, which is just as impressive if not more than the one in Stratford. We did but the looks of things used to have a balcony for the room, but the door was bolted shut which made me incredibly sad. But none the less it was a great stay with of course a cracking breakfast in the morning as well, all you can eat, absolutely amazing when you’re tired and hungover.

Once we had laid in bed an extra 3 hours after breakfast after our late check out at 2 we decided to go and join my friends Sami & Boris just around the corner from our hotel in a place called Holland Park.

IMG_20180702_132720_639.jpgIts a really large park in Kensington, right near Notting Hill, with cafes and restaurants. Whilst we were there, there was even a small music concert happening at the venue in the middle of Holland Park. Even though we didn’t go around the entire park I am pretty sure it had a Botanical Garden section as well.

We chilled for a bit in the summer sun with the world cup on Sami’s speaker in the background. Typically I sat on chewing gum so I had to fucking change as well, but theres a whole other blog post about that here!

Once we had had enough of the football we decided we wanted to go for a wander an myself, I knew we were near Portobello Road! Naturally my inner Disney came out and Bed-knobs and Broomsticks ‘Portobello Road’ Swirled around my head even when we arrived at the road itself.

‘Portobello Road, Portobello Road
Street where the riches of ages are stowed
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the barrow in Portabello Road
You’ll find what you want in the Portabello Road’

It took us about 15 minutes to walk and we weren’t disappointed. We arrived to a busker singing in the street with his guitar and market stalls all the way up the road. First we headed upwards to find myself so damn clothes to change into after sitting in chewing gum. We found a dress stall and I purchased a really lovely summer dress! 

As we headed down the road the houses were all pastel colours and it was exactly how I had seen it in all the pictures. The stalls held things like old jewellery and vintage items to fruit and veg! It was just an array of everything and anything you could’ve needed. The street art or graffiti was also really cool. I did wonder if Banksy had been around the area and I did search for something even on google, but alas nothing. But the street art was still really funky. 

IMG_20180630_170205_221.jpgThere was a pub also running along side the market and Brad and I could hear this voice. We were Instantly drawn to where this music and the singing was coming from. A woman was singing with a jazz band in this pub! We went inside just to listen to her sing, and it appeared so did the rest of the pub as when she finished performing everyone just fizzled out of the pub! She had Talent for sure.

Once we had called it a day at Portobello Road we headed back to Westfields at Shepherds Bush so we could head to the theatre!! We stopped via to have a browse at all the shops but we were just passing by really. 

We arrived at an area nearby Covent Garden so we could attend ‘School of Rock‘ at Drury Lane Theatre. At first we had to get some grub as our hangovers were catching up with us. We had been at my Hilton Leaving do the night before at The Loop Bar in London, it was a great night out but the club really wasn’t my cup of tea. And FAR to expensive as well. I know it was central London but it really wasn’t worth all the hype.

So we headed to the Prince of Wales pub just around the corner from the theatre. It was a really lovely pub and we just had some typical pub grub to share. I waked highly recommend it if you’re in that area.

We entered Drury Lane Theatre with a full stomach and it was wonderful, we were seated in the bottom circle right in the middle where we had a clear view of the stage! Literally we could not have had any better seats if we had tried, and only at £70 each a seat!

IMG_20180630_230638_816.jpgNOW I LOVE MUSICALS. Also spoiler alert so If you plan on seeing ‘School Of Rock‘ do not read ahead!! I was nervous for Brad because I wasn’t too sure how he would enjoy it. Luckily it is a comedy also so I know he would like it, so my fingers were crossed.

I was in luck, once we got to the interval both myself and Brad were thoroughly impressed. Not only was the musical amazing, but the TALENT. ALL of the younger children in the show played their own instruments and sang beautifully. Even the gent who played Dewy was SO talented. I was just impressed from the get go to be honest.

I was a little bit sad because I was totally ready for the song ‘STEP OFF, but instead we got something even better, a song called ‘Stick it to the man’ which was Just as catchy and sang absolutely brilliantly.

I was just overall impressed with the entire experience and musical as a whole. Big thank you to my mum as it was a late 21st birthday present and Brad enjoyed himself too which was a bonus!

I would Highly recommend a viewing!

 

My London Bucket List – Part 13, Taylor Swift & Friends @ Wembley!

ALLLLLL I was thinking was Jesus Christ I have done an entire year working at Wembley and I have NEVER been to an event in the Wembley Stadium! Yeah, I’ve done a Stadium Tour but that is CERTAINLY not the same as seeing someone live or a football game.

I went to a boxing event in the SSE Arena before, which you can read about here, but never the stadium. I was actually having this conversation with Brad as well. 

Well, as it happened. The following day I get a phone call from Brad from work;

“Fancy going to see Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium?”

Snapchat-267383867.jpgOBVIOUSLY I wasn’t going to say no. Brad had managed to get some tickets from his workplace!!

It’s a little different to our usual Techno gigs at Fabric, but shit why the hell not! Tay Tay has some bangers anyway, Look What You Made Me Do is my JAM.

So June 23rd of we went to see T-Swizzle at her Reputation Tour!

It was a group of us from Brads workplace and even some of Brads family! We were pretty high up on the stands, and if you’re afraid of heights or get vertigo its probably best you don’t ever book these seats.

Regardless of where the seats were it was still a great view. You could just feel the atmosphere around you it AMAZING. People singing, screaming, chilling out, drinking, parents just sat wondering why they had to come, it was a great atmosphere throughout the whole show.

The stadium Itself was nearly full but not quite and upon arrival you’re given a ‘Present from Taylor’. Its a small wristband! BEST Idea’s ever as far as we were concerned. The wristbands lit up as the music played, flashing different colours too the beat around the entire stadium. All these different light up patterns spread around the stadium as she sang and it was amazing to watch! Snapchat-1432132129.jpg

The bracelets themselves didn’t stop flashing until two days after the gig. I thought they may have died the further away we got from the stadium but to our surprise they lasted!

The stage itself was huge with two protruding T’s into the audience, of course. BUT HAVING ONE STAGE WAS TOO BASIC. No, she had 3 and a LOT of blow up snakes to go with it. SLAY.

Her support acts were Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX, although we missed Charlie XCX which isn’t the end of the world, Camila Cabello was Phenomenal. The girl is just effortless in all that she does.

The show itself was amazing, Im going to post the set list below for you guys as well!

But personally, the BEST part about the entire show was without a shadow of a doubt, who she brought out mid set. 

She said that she wanted the whole stadium to sing, a song that was well known and would get everyone going. Boy she wasn’t lying, she sat at that piano and BAM, Angels, ROBBIE WILLIAMS APPEARED.

This was like a childhood dream and the fact I got to see Robbie Williams perform Angels live was just the icing on the cake. It couldn’t possibly have gotten any better than that.

ALL in all, it was an amazing night. I have Bradders to thank for the tickets, and Taylor Swift to thank for the experience. I wish I could do it all over again!

Until the next gig Wembley!


 

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SET LIST – TAYLOR SWIFT REPUTATION TOUR 2018

1. “…Ready For It?”
2. “I Did Something Bad”
3. “Gorgeous”
4. “Style”
5. “Love Story” 
6. “You Belong With Me” 
7. “Look What You Made Me Do”
8. “End Game”
9. “King of My Heart”
10. “Delicate” 
11. “Shake It Off”
12. “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
13. “All Too Well”
14. “Blank Space” 
15. “Dress”
16. “Bad Blood”
17. “Should’ve Said No”
18. “Don’t Blame Me”
19. “Long Live” 
20. “New Year’s Day”
21. “Getaway Car” 
22. “Call It What You Want”
23. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 
24. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

The Versatile Blogger Awards

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The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nomiante bloggers for the award.

Now Personally I have never ever EVER been nominated for anything like this so this is my first time ever doing something like this as a blog post.
Firstly thank you to my Wonderful friend Hannah for nominating me. Not only is she a beautiful person but she also has a beautiful blog! You can find her blog right here! She has some really fun blog posts so check out her page whenever you can!
So as I said this is the first time I have ever written something like this or be nominated and I am very grateful so I am ready to do the same for others! So I will post my nominees below who I think deserves to be recognised for the Versatile Blogger Award and then below that my 7 facts about myself!
Okay, so without further ado, here are my nominees in no particular order! :-

You all have amazing blogs and deserve to be recognised!

Now here are 7 facts about myself! :

  1. I LOVE working in customer service. I am a very talkative person so any job that involves loads of contact with members of the public on a day to day basis? You can sign me up right away.
  2. I was a beach lifeguard for 3 and a half years. It was amazing and I loved the tan I would get, I got to work on multiple of my favourite hometown beaches, it was bliss, such a great Job!
  3. I LOVE DOGGOS AND CANT WAIT TO OWN ONE OF MY OWN.
  4. I bite my nails and always have done since I was a lil gal, which is why I try and get acrylics and shellacs as often as i can on my nails so that they actually grow and look pretty.
  5. I Get really hangry when I don’t eat. Sometimes when I get home from work I have to eat before I speak to my boyfriend it’s that bad, I’m so bad!
  6. I am addicted to tea. Long day at work? Tea. First thing in the morning? Tea. Having a cigarette? Tea. Before I go to bed? Tea. TEA ALL DAY IF I COULD.
  7. I LIVE TO TRAVEL. I’m incredibly broke and trying to get through my study at the moment, once I’m finished, I will be planning and ready to go all over the world!!

My next travel adventure is to Budapest in August, I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

So those are just 7 facts about myself, Trust me I could definitely go on! I could talk for days and anyone who knows me knows that well.

Thank you for reading and again its been awesome to be nominated, thank you again Hannah!!

My London Bucket List – Part 12, A Scientific & Pretty Pink Kinda Day

An Odd Mixture right? 

Me and Brad had another day out in London! And of course as per usual, it was damn great. This day was a really fun one, we didn’t do too much but we also didn’t do too little!

SO we set off from Watford and headed for Central London, South Kensington to be exact where we could go to the Science Museum!! I had never been to the science museum before and Brad loves all of that kind of stuff which makes it so much more enjoyable.

I love going to London with Brad and knowing that he is enjoying what we are doing as much as I am, that really makes a difference to the trip. Why I always make sure that we do something we can both do, no point in dragging Brad around for no reason. We are good at finding a balance too which makes a difference. Today was definitely a compromise because I wanted to go to Peggy Porchen.

BUT ILL START THAT LATER. 

We arrived at the Science Museum and wandered on in. Free entry of course. I LOVE How museums do free entry, so amazing. COME IN FOR FREE EDUCATION, how it should be for things like that! 

The Space area on the 1st floor of the museum and the Flight area on the 3rd floor are my favourite areas. Not only is space absolutely fascinating but I also love flying! 

My favourite area about the Space section was learning about the astronauts and how they ate, drank, slept and ‘other things’ whilst up in space! I can confirm the space food does look absolutely vile. 

35361780_10211335330410853_2245973205216919552_nIt was amazing to learn all these things about space, there was also an area about steam power, the information age which includes how phones and and wifi have adapted and grown, and a section about maths! 

The section about Maths was something that I wouldn’t expect. Maths actually goes into so many different creations and different things. I was astounded to find that without maths we would have no architecture. I know thats a pretty well known fact (apparently), but I wasn’t aware, so it was a really fascinating day.

They also have an interactive section where you can play games using your body and remembering the things you’ve learnt from each section. The Science museum really is such an amazing place, and a really amazing day out for any age!

We then headed up to find section of the museum and it was Flight! I love seeing all the old fashioned planes and the difference in planes then and now and its phenomenal to see how much technology has changed! They even had a HUGE cut out piece of a British 35300583_10211335329490830_7419031047167279104_nAirways Boeing 747 Just casually sat at the end of the display!

You could see the luggage, the first floor of seating and then the second floor of seating. You could see all the exposed electronics and whats in where the luggage is stored. It was just fascinating and Brad enjoyed himself too!!

After a good 2 and a half hours, nearly 3 hours wandering around the museum we stayed until it was closing time. Once outside it was a beautiful day and I wanted to go to a particular cafe!

Now for Brad, This was a nightmare. 

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Peggy Porchen Cakes.

An all pink, all floral, all very photographic and Instagram/Blog worthy. The only condition was that he got to eat and that was definitely good enough for me!

So we headed to Victoria from South Kensington on the tube and it was about a 5 minute walk from Victoria station. 

You could see Peggy Porchens from down the road and there were HOARDS of people outside standing and getting pictures and then leaving!! Why would you leave once you had a picture?! LETS GET SOME CAKE AYE.

So Bradders and I sat outside under the flowers and had Tea and Cake! We had a cuppa tea for two and Brad had a Cookie Crumble Cupcake and I had a Biscuit Cake, which was a rocky road cake. Brad loved it really being sat amongst all the pink and flowers.

Of course once we finished our tea and cake I definitely made sure I got my Candid picture outside of the shop to end the day!

It was a great trip, we got back to watford at about 8pm, and ended it with a Beer and a Burger by the station. I love our days out!

More to come soon! 

Next up: Hyde Park Nights, 5K runs & 28 flights of stairs for charity!

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