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 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 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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The Budapest Bucket List

So Naturally even though I’m not going to Budapest until August, I wanted at least a brief overview of some of the things I wanna see and do!

SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!!!!

I feel like the list is already pretty long but if you all know any places I have missed off then that would be amazing, I’m there for 10 whole days, so that is a lot of sight seeing to get done.
I’m really into the architecture in Budapest because it looks absolutely marvellous and so beautifully done. My wonderful friend Sophie has just been to Budapest and all her photos look amazing and she sounded like she had the best time so its giving me the anticipation I need! I get the feeling its going to be a very aesthetically pleasing visit and this makes me happy. Apparently you can smoke in the bars as well (this matters to me because I smoke like a chimney).

Any Recommendations regarding food and bars and drinks as well would be really appreciated! I don’t want to elaborate on too much about the places I’ve got on the list already because I will talk about them plenty when the time finally comes to go to Budapest!

So here are some of the wonderful things I want to see and do;

  • Buda Castle – Currenty houses the National Gallery in a very beautiful building.
  • Fisherman’s Bastion – A 19th century Fortress!
  • Hungarian Parliament Building – Explains itself really but apparently the building is one of the more beautiful ones to see.
  • Szechenyl thermal bathI’ll be heading here for definite as I’m going to Budafest, so one of their parties is the Spa Parties! Which is held in the beautiful and yellow coloured heated spa facilities!
  • Matthias Church – More gorgeous architecture.
  • St Stephens Basillica – Roman Catholic Place of worship!
  • Chain Bridge – 19th Century landmark and suspended bridge.
  • Hosok tere – Part of the UNESCO world Heritage sites! With statues of the 7 tribes who founded Hungary! Also smetimes know as Hero’s Square!
  • Margaret Island – A Really lovely Park between Buda and Pest!
  • Great Market Hall – A small shopping mall! Souvenirs on the 1st floor and food on the bottom!
  • Gellert Hill – 235m Hill overlooking the Danube!
  • Vajdahunyad Castle – The evolution of Hungarian Architecture in on castle!
  • City Park – A huge park to relax and plenty to see inside as well i’m sure!
  • Liberty Bridge Connects Buda and Pest!
  • House of TerrorA museum on the nazi and soveit reign! I love things like this, its so historical and moving, really catches my interest. I adore dark tourism.
  • Citadel – This building is the symbol of the city!
  • Shoes on the Danube – A memorial for those who were killed at the river by a fascist party in the holocaust time.
  • Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden – Says it all really! A gorgeous Garden and A zoo!! Whats more fun than that!!
  • Gellert Hill Cave – Before a monastery, now a grotto chapel in the mountain!
  • BudafestTHE BEST DAYS EVERRRRRRRRRRRR, A 3 day festival where some of my favourite artists are performing, one part of the party is even in the thermal spa! Its going to be an awesome, cheap and fun few days!

My London Bucket List – Part 11, Gals Trip!

This trip to London was really good fun because instead of doing some exploring of new areas I was being the tour guide!


 

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My Cousin and her girlfriend, Charlotte and Zara, came to London! 

Naturally for me having fam come up is the best thing in the world so I loved being able to see the girls and show them London!

We did the Thames walk which Brad and I did on my birthday!

We walked This time we actually walked over the Millennium Bridge and it made me realise that its a pretty impressive piece of architecture. We marvelled at the Tate Modern Building for a bit and then continued our walk down the river! One day soon I will go in there.

We stopped at Shakespeare globe, only to be told after I thought it was the real thing, that it isn’t! Its just a replica of the original building which I guess makes sense as it would be old and rotten if it was the same building.

The walk was wonderful, we caught up and we enjoyed the street art, the girls are both very into their photography and Zara also into her film as well, so it was a grand day out for pictures alike!

The artwork outside of Wagamama’s was enjoyable enough for us to stop!

If you would like to see more of Charlotte and Zara’s Photography and film work I have linked their accounts at the bottom of the post!

We walked over Tower Bridge and looked at HMS Belfast, By HMS Belfast along the Thames was an outside Art Gallery! It was all photography so naturally it was perfect because the girls love all that.

We had another nose at Tower of London and had a little seat outside the building by the water as well, it was a very chilled but also plenty of walking kind of day too, and then we headed for some food!

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CAMDEN MARKET YAAAAAS!!!

NATURALLY I has my usual fodder in Camden which is the Chinese food! The most amazing noodles, sweet and sour chicken amongst other things!

I love it because its all cooked up and made in front of you on the food market, Of course there are plenty of other things to eat but I am always very set on the Chinese, its a lovely treat!

We had a look at the Amy Winehouse Statue as well, it’s a very nice memorial for an absolute ICON.

After that we made out way in the unfortunate miserable weather to Primrose Hill so that we could enjoy the view! Naturally for pictures it was a very successful day, but the weather on the other hand was not at all on our side.

But we could still see the view! I was adamant we had walked all along the canal to Primrose Hill, all for it to be foggy and grey! But we got very very lucky. 

It was MISERABLE, It rained and if it wasn’t raining then it was grey but of course we made the best of the day, it was just glorious to see them and be out in London again!

29683607_10210918221343387_1630433358025549848_nWe went for a tea in Costa by Marylebone Station after all the excitement. We looked back on all of our pictures and it was just lovely to see them.

I’ve had an incredibly tough year mentally, so any family visit is wonderful.

I have a Polaroid now of the 3 of us and it is so nice I’ve popped it up on my memory wall for this year! 

I love those girls, it was definitely a day that I wont forget, especially because for once I was in the Tour Guide shoes!

Don’t forget to check out the girls Instagram pages with their photography below!

 

Charlotte’s Photography

Zara’s Photography

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My London Bucket List – Part 10, My 21st Birthday Bucket List Adventure! (The Day Time one).

My Birthday was hands down one of the best days out In London I have had to date, All thanks to the man himself Brad who planned it all!

He went through my bucket list and chose a route that made sense to cover as much as we possibly could in 1 days! It was amazing, I couldn’t have asked for a better 21st!

This is going to be one long blog post about the day so I hope you’re ready and enjoy!

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The first place we headed was the Olympic Park! I’d NEVER been to the Olympic Park until then and it goes to show how much money they spent on their Olympic Village, it was immaculate and evident it was made for many people at a time. Its absolutely HUGE and very impressive to look at.

Our main reason for our visit to the Olympic Park was because we were going to do the SLIDE! The ArcelorMittal Slide in the heart of the Olympic Park. You can’t miss it.

Naturally we arrived and dropped our bags in the lockers before getting the lift up to the top floor where we could access the slide.

When we reached the top we were given proper cosy hat as headgear so we wouldn’t hit our heads as you go a lot faster than you think. (Of course its proper safety headgear which they struggled to find big enough for Brads head).

We were also given arm pads to prevent any burns on our arms from the slide and once we jumped on the slide we were given something that looked like a black sack.

You popped your feet into the bottom and then held onto the handle and laid down on your back and they held you till the light turns green.

Its incredible because its one big spiral and you go A LOT faster than you’d think, I got to the bottom in like 42 seconds, although according the guys who were working there that was SLOW, GOD knows how!!

I still felt like I was going so much faster than I was! The top of the slide is glass in certain areas so you can also see the view from the slide as you make your way down!

Once we got to the bottom we got the lift to the level below the slide, here we could see the view of the entire city, anyone would argue that it was better than what you can see from the London Eye as this was the Horizon of the entire city, it was just as gorgeous as the view from Primrose Hill!

The best part was you could stand on a platform which put you above the slide, and when you look through the hole on the floor you’re directly above the spiral of the slide, its really something!

So after all the slide excitement we headed straight into the centre and emerged at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Id always wanted to go because its such a beautiful piece of architecture. Typically The weather wasn’t too great, Nice and Grey, nothing new for the UK. So we wandered around the entirety of the building, its just huge!

It was build in 1675 and Its a listed building so shall not be moved or demolished either, so its a beautiful piece of heritage for London, and Very photographic too which is nice considering it was originally destroyed by the fire of London and then rejuvenated.

Literally directly behind (or in front depending on how you look at it) of St Paul’s Is the Millennium Bridge!

Now I know the Millennium bridge from Harry Potter, that’s where a lot of other people do too, so we walked past it we didn’t walk over it, that was for another day I’ll be writing about with my cousin and her girlfriend very soon!

Another pretty architecturally satisfying bridge in the city!

29695045_10210918175542242_9099137199821672704_nFrom the Millennium bridge there’s a Thames walk from there where you can walk all the way along the Thames river and enjoy the scenery! It was a really nice walk to do but its a shame the weather was so rubbish!

We enjoyed it none the less and walked all the way from Millennium Bridge to London Bridge! It takes about 15 minutes to get to London Bridge from there and I’m sure on a better day its SO much more appealing, but it was fun none the less.

Now I’ve never seen let alone been near the Tower of London, I didn’t even realise that it was right on the Thames. I know that the area is obviously super popular and lovely, I remember when it even had the roses as the artist display across the Tower Walls but I was gutted because I never actually got to see it.

So we walked around the Tower of London and took some photos, We didn’t go inside though as Brad had so many little bits and bobs planned! So straight from the Tower of London we walked over Tower Bridge!!

I almost felt like I was finally EMBRACING London, are you even a Londoner if you haven’t walked over London Bridge? I’ve looked at it from The Shard but never actually walked across it, so it was nice to finally do it.

There is actually a cafe underneath/part of the bridge and I really really wish we had gone in it as it looks like a typical Pub/Cafe inside and I can always do with a beer.

Now we were the OTHER side of the Thames and walking back alongside the river! Once again we were off and were heading towards HMS Belfast.

HMS Belfast is a ship made for the Royal Navy! I really really wish I had spent £17 just to go on the ship, its definitely one to go back and do! Would I ever have the opportunity to go on a royal Navy ship any other time? Probably almost definitely not, So that is another thing I will be definitely coming back for.

29793367_10210918157981803_1864689162316212480_nI have a two week period at the end of my placement where I will have nothing to do! I Finish in Wembley on the 3rd of July and Brad has a handover period for his placement so those are two weeks I can really have a proper In Depth exploration/Adventure!!

Once we had a nose a HMS Belfast expressing how cool it looked, we headed to Hays Galleria. Hays Galleria is the most impressive and gorgeous place I’ve been in London, just small shops like Accessorise and Costa under this beautiful glass canopy roof.

It looks so regal and expensive when really it really isn’t! There’s a very interesting statue in the middle of the Galleria, Its a boat where the bow is a huge Nose and the driver of the boat, his face is majority Nose. Its also another listed building of London but this one is Grade 2, it was refurbished to look as good as it does now in the 1960’s.

You can throw money into the mouth underneath where they are collecting for charity, so do your part if you can!

After that super long walk, we were a little pooped and warn out, so we headed to our next part of the day, Bradders had booked THE LONDON EYE!!!

21 years of age and that was the first time I had EVER been on the London Eye, I was disappointed it had taken us THAT long (March) since we arrived! (July!).

The view from the London Eye is spectacular, we used a taste card to get BOGOF Offer as well so we paid £27 for the two of us. It was really lovely, we had a picture together done by the guys who work there which was nice but that certainly wasn’t worth the money so we didn’t purchase it, we got our own pictures doing exactly the same thing ourselves!

It was just so lovely to overlook a city in which I love so much and see it in all of its glory. We jumped into our pod with 8 other people and it takes about half an hour to 45 minutes to do a full circle, but time really flies.

In the pod you can also go to different points and use the Samsung iPad’s dotted around facing in the direction of what you can see in front of you from the window! So if you’re not sure what a building is then you can enquire on the iPad and it gives you all the correct information on that building, its pretty cool.

Once we clambered off the London Eye, we had some free time before out table booking in Soho! We went to McDonald’s next too the London Eye to use the toilet and ended up discovering an ARCADE

I’ve always lived by the seaside so I am a BOSS at arcade games, so we spent at least an hour there playing games against each other (I won most times don’t let Brad tell you otherwise).

29694957_10210918160461865_8832776330109105796_nAfter we were doing pretending to be children again we hopped on the tube over to Soho where we were about to encounter the meatiest meal I have EVER had. Brad had visited this restaurant before and because he had hyped it up so much I was adamant to go there, it is a place called Bodeans BBQ!

It doesn’t look like much from the outside but once you’re in there, my god. We paid £50 for a BOSS HOG PLATTER for 2! It consisted of SO much meat, two different types of BBQ chicken, pulled pork, burnt ends, brisket, two types of BBQ ribs and even baked beans that have MEAT in them!

It was such a lovely meal and well worth the money, the food came really quick too and our servers were the fiercest guys I have ever met. We even got a complimentary brownie with a candle in it because it was my 21st.

All in all it was a really wonderful day and I absolutely could not have enjoyed myself more, the boy did good, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to spend it with either.

The drinking part on another hand?

Well, that’s for another blog post!

 

My London Bucket List – Part 9, My FIRST Art Gallery/Exhibition!

This was an incredibly interesting day, my first art gallery!

(The first of many to come)

My friend from work, Anastasia, is incredibly cultured in the arts and knows her stuff!

So naturally when we were talking about art I was a little bewildered, but she knew what was what, so of course the right person to take me to an art gallery was going to be Ana!

So I ventured to Waterloo station for the first time to meet Ana, FYI, the station itself is absolutely fucking huge and we couldn’t find each other for at least 10 minutes.

Once we met (eventually) we wandered over to Southbank where we went to the Hayward Gallery, there we went into the Andreas Gursky Exhibition!

Now as a person who has never experienced art or an art gallery generally, it was a very wonderful experience. I found it really calm and quiet, with space to think it was really peaceful.

The Gursky exhibition is photographs by Andreas Gursky in which he captures ‘the pure joy of seeing’ and reflect the nature of image-making and ‘the limits of human perception’. It features over 60 pieces of his photography and if I do say so myself some of the are incredibly fascinating and a marvel to look at.

Of course having Ana with me quietly telling me little bits about pieces of art/photography I found it more and more fascinating.

The pieces in the exhibition were really busy and interesting to look at, they’re eye catching and really get you gripped, you want to look closer so you can find out more of what is happening in the pictures.

Of course upon arrival you’re given a small booklet with more information on the gallery and the exhibition itself so its really helpful to have with you when you’re walking around because it informs you on the background of most pieces in the gallery, the reason and the meaning behind it.

I would highly recommend this exhibition although is only at the Hayward Gallery until the 22nd of April 2018! So If you wanna go, GO SOON!!

I personally found it very helpful to have with me, so I’ve kept it and stuck it in my scrapbook to keep! I’ve even got the entry tickets up on my wall.

The exhibition really opened my eyes to the happiness, joy and peacefulness that comes with art, photography, galleries and exhibitions. I even purchased a book called ‘How art can make you happy’ to help me understand it more, its almost like a beginners book for understanding the art and galleries, and its really helpful!

After a nice hour wondering through the gallery we headed to a really nice cafe which was in the Farringdon area called The Catalyst, another recommendation from Ana, and a good one at that.

We meandered along the Thames from the Gallery before we visited the cafe, along Southwark, and it was wonderful. I love seeing the city and going to places I have never IMG_1483seen before, so the day was really exciting and something new for me. The Catalyst Cafe was a really lovely place. With white walls and furniture, its very minimalistic and really cosy! A great place to relax afterwards.

 

Does a really nice cuppa tea and brownie too, its really well priced (plus the boys who were behind the counter that day are something I certainly can’t complain about #ohmy).

My first gallery really was a day I will always remember, and a big thanks to Ana for showing me how wonderful art and photography really is!

 

Here are some more pictures from our day! Enjoy!

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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 7, The Shard & The very royal parts of London!

IMG_0772So it was my wonderful friend Tasmin’s 22nd birthday and what better way to celebrate when there is only a couple of you in London from uni? The Shard, duh.

I came out of London Bridge station to find The Shard almost instantly to my right. Its an incredibly impressive building.

Naturally there was a security check as we headed inside, Bag checks and all that wonderful and unfortunately necessary business. Then there’s the incredibly fast lift ride up to the 32nd floor!

Once you come out of the lifts you can either head left, to the Oblix Restaurant, or you can head right, to the Hutong Restaurant! Both sounded lovely so we headed into Oblix!

You follow the pathway all the way around to the main restaurant where the view appears and oh my lordy lord is it breathtaking. It overlooks the Thames and London Bridge, It really was wonderful.

I arrived a little earlier than the girls so I chilled for a little bit on my own and ordered myself a £14 cocktail, and once again, it was totally worth the money. 

After being sat at this table on my own for a while finishing my drink, the waitress took my drink away and a new one re-appeared and I was awfully confused as I had not ordered another drink. Turns out the two gents to my left had been sat beside me for a while and ordered me a Prosseco, and not the Cheap glass either, so after thanking them profusely, I kindly accepted!

We chatted for a while and then the girls arrived which was even better because we were seated almost immediate after they arrived.

To start we had Octopus! Never eaten Octopus before and I can confirm that it was DELICIOUS. Then for main, Shannon had a CheeseBurger, I had a Pulled Pork Sandwich and Tasmin had Lobster Linguine! And all of them were again, so so delicious!

Mine was very small but it was wonderful, It didn’t taste how I had expected it to taste like your standard pulled pork sandwich it was even better. It was smaller than I had expected being literally the size of my hand, but it was perfect none the less!

It was a really lovely meal, with a couple of prosseco’s to go with it I hope thatTas definitely had a wonderful birthday! And The Shard is a wonderful venue, I can’t wait to go back and try the other venues they have to offer there!


 

Before meeting the girls at The Shard I had some time to wonder around London!

SO I hopped off the tube a Green Park and sauntered on over to Buckingham Palace!

The walk through Green Park was of course leisurely an calm and the palace itself is incredible. Especially the men out side with the bug guns and hats on.

The palace was very impressive, with its big gates and large statue in front of the palace. Its a very impressive building for a very impressive Queen.

After taking a couple of photos I headed back towards Westminster but I didn’t get back on the tube, I walked it! It really wasn’t far and didn’t take too long, I literally followed Big Ben! I could see him in the distance so that was my point of direction, It took me about 15 minutes to walk!

Once I was there I had Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to enjoy! Of course Big Ben was surrounded by scaffolding which he will be for the next 4 years, But it was still nice to visit an area I had never visited before!

The Parliament building had projections onto the side of the building making it look even more photogenic by the Thames. 

Of course in that area was the London Eye a well, but a ride on that is for another time.

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