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 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 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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The London Bucket list

Hey Guys, If you’ve managed to find your way here then you’ve reached the start! (Hopefully you discovered the page explaining what all this was for first but you catch my drift, if you didn’t, here!)

Below is my bucket list of thins to do in London before the end of the year, its your typical touristy stuff of course so dot think its going to be some super edgy bucket list with different things to do, yeah there will be a few things, but its pretty standard! I hope you will take to the time to read and enjoy it as much as I did!

Im going to aim to complete everything on the list by July 2018, So lets do this! The list will be added too after I have published this post so it will be ever growing during the year also!

Green = DONE IT M8

IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO LET ME KNOW! I would really really appreciate others experiences and where to go too so if there is anywhere to recommend please do so!

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The Bucket List

  • Visit St Pauls Cathedral
  • Drinks in the Shard
  • Go to a show on the west end, preferably Wicked or Book of Mormon of COURSE, love musicals, LOVE EM. (We went to see Book of Mormon, it was AWESOME, Highly hilarious and recommend big time).
  • Cereal Killer Cafe, Camden
  • Tour of Wembley Stadium (this one was a bit of a given).
  • London Zoo
  • Harry Potter Studios
  • The Shoeboxe’s in Shoreditch
  • Visit the Shakespeare Globe
  • Go to Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard.
  • Walk across Tower Bridge
  • The London Dungeons
  • Climb up Primrose Hill and Enjoy the view
  • Eat all the wonderful food at Camden Market
  • Visit the Cookie Dough Store / Naked Dough
  • Ditch CityMapper and get a little lost!
  • Boat ride down the Thames
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Visit Alexandra Palace
  • MADAME TUSSAUDS
  • WESTFIELDS, Stratford
  • Get a Coffee in the Sky Garden
  • The Crossrail Place roof, Canary Wharf
  • CHINATOWN
  • A night out in London! its got to be done really: Fabric / Egg / Printworks / Ministry of Sound / Tobacco Docks / Tiger Tiger (these are some of the clubs I want to visit, they play the good tunes trust)
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • National Science Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Yorkshire pudding wraps in Soho
  • Boedeans in Soho
  • Ride on the London Eye
  • Dinner in the Savoy
  • Stay At the Waldorf
  • SLIDE DOWN THE LARGEST SLIDE AT THE OLYMPIC PARK
  • The Ice Bar in Camden
  • Visit the Olympic Park Generally, its been a while since the olympics so its probably wise and I have still never been.
  • Borough Market
  • Visit Gods Own Junkyard
  • Walk along the Canal at Camden
  • Walk down Little Venice, Paddington
  • Visit Kew Gardens, ALL OF IT.
  • Chislehurst Caves
  • Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe
  • Have a Brick Lane curry
  • Climb the O2
  • Go to a gig at Brixton
  • Visit the fuckoffee Cafe
  • Go to an event at the ExCel London
  • Event at the O2 London
  • Botanist Broadgate Circle, Liverpool Street
  • Visit the Palm Vaults
  • Hackney City Farm (This horse is ACTIN UP)
  • Broadway Market
  • Colombia Road flower market
  • Visit the Millennium Bridge (The one from Harry Potter)
  • Somerset House
  • Tate Modern & Cafe
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • See the Ballet
  • Kingston Dominos Phone box
  • Visit Ballie Ballerson in Shoreditch