My London Bucket List – Part 4: The X Factor Finals, Two 21st’s & Wishing I was Spanish

Hello and welcome to PART 4 of My London Bucket List!

This post is based on lot on heading out, please don’t judge me on my drinking habits (Jokes I don’t have any because I’m broke). So one day before i stepped into work I noticed the X Factor were at the SSE Arena in Wembley, Well I say I noticed but you couldn’t miss it! Extravagant people all singing and dancing, being interviewed and just generally warming up for Boot Camp auditions! Now the X Factor is sponsored by Just Eat, the magical food takeaway company, and of course Just Eat were outside the SSE Arena with a ‘Spin the Wheel’ and win game, so of course as I was bored before work, why not? Typically I spun the wheel, and managed to win two tickets to the final!

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So December 3rd rolls around and My Younger sister and I are off to enjoy the night! We stayed in the Hilton Canary Wharf. Its a very business orientated hotel but it was incredibly accommodating. We stayed in a comfy twin room, en suite and all other hotel comforts and it was lovely, we ordered room service desserts (of course) after the show and they were gorgeous and did not take long to get delivered either! I’d highly recommend the Hilton Canary Wharf to anyone staying in that area or nearby as my sister and I were heading to the Excel Arena!

So to the Excel Exhibition centre we went, The Excel is an incredibly huge building used for shows, presentations, conventions and of course the obvious, exhibitions of all sorts, so it is a large building indeed. But with perfect transport links arriving on the DLR at the Prince Regent stop, its really not difficult to get too at all, depending on which way you’re coming from you may even get to see the O2 Arena on your way!

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Once we arrived we were ushered to a ‘Pize Winner’ queue which felt pretty fancy. We were given our tickets with our seat number and row and send off into a Just Eat area with food, they took photos of you as you arrived with the X Factor background behind you, almost like a mini red carpet! There were lots of you typical corny X Factor photo booths and cheesy music, it was set up with park benches and a bit of fake grass, it was funky but we didn’t stick around for long before we went off to get a proper burger! FYI, I couldn’t tell you where I got it from, but it was amazing.

24312605_10210104814128715_8857701371266376113_nOnce being told at 16:50pm that the doors had opened and we could start queuing we were like Hell yes as we’d been waiting around for hours now, only to get in the queue and wait until 18:30pm. But it was absolutely worth the wait because the show was amazing and our seats really weren’t all that bad at all! Not only that but we got to see Little Mix, P!nk and Sam Smith perform live and watch Rak Su win the finals! (Sorry if I ruined it for anyone!).

Although I’ve never been a fan of the X Factor it was really enjoyable, and the Excel is an incredible building, so if you ever get the chance to see both either at the same time or separately, don’t hesitate!

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I’m at the age now where myself and a lot of my first are turning the wonderful 21 years old, Now legal and able to drink in America, how exciting. But turning 21 means a large session is at hand. My first 21st was a big one, Maddie’s 21st. I’m almost certain we 24312483_10210104807688554_7886318755466502035_nwere just going to wing it around London and just see where we ended up. We started at a friend (Mason’s, I’ve mentioned him before as a wonderful tour guide, sorry mase), And then headed to Old Street in London.

Now we had absolutely no plan at this rate. It was amazing. We started in The Craft Beer Co. literally nearby Old Street station, the atmosphere was great and it was relatively cheap as well consider how central we were! After consuming a few drinks and listening to some ultimate cheese music we then headed a little further down the road to a Bar/Club called Floripa! MY GOD was it expensive, £10 entry into this Brazilian themed club, but the vibe was amazing, the drinks were flowing and of course there was good music too! I paid £21 for two doubles, boy do I miss uni prices of £2.50 doubles at Superbull every Friday!! But the place was super cool, all summer themed with Floripa up on the wall with bright bulbs and a large dance floor that was absolutely packed out!

It was a good night that did end with being superglue’d out of masons flat due to his neighbours not liking how loud we were BEFORE the noise curfew of 11pm. 11pm may I add is when you should stop being too loud or noisy in a residential area in the UK. 11pm – 7am are the exact time. So we left at around half 10, to come back to a superglue’d door and no way of entry from 3am, to 5am. It was a pa-larva and a half but it was a great night none the less!

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My second 21st was in Watford for my wonderful friend Shannon, she was 21, we hit up Watford town and headed to Pryzm, a massive nightclub in the centre of Watford. With 2 floors with different music and a funky rooftop smoking area, the music is a main factor as it is amazing. Mixed with your typical chart music and house music that you’d hear in Ibiza it was a crazy night being picked up in a LIMO.

The best part of the night wasn’t just celebrating with Shannon but the fact that I also got to see some of my university friends, its nice to see them in/outside London and not in Lincoln for once! It was a really fun night, and Pryzm in Watford, for £7 entry, is where it’s at on a Friday night! Compared to Floripa where I paid that £21 for doubles I paid £6 for a double in Pryzm! I dont understand clubs sometimes but then Watford isn’t as central as Old Street in London!

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Now I saved the best for last! My wonderful friend Miriam turned 21 back in October and as she is from Spain it made perfect sense to go to the Spanish night they have at the club Tiger Tiger in Piccadilly, London! I went out with Miriam, Carlos who is also spanish, Alex, and Joanna who is Portuguese! There were a few more of us as well all to celebrate such a good night!

The club itself was huge with a large bar and dance floor as you walk in, flashing lights and what looked like a VIP Area up some stairs as you came in. The drinks weren’t too expensive, with a Double being £8-10, which isn’t so bad but also incredibly extortionate! Of course the music was your traditional and typical Spanish music, I discovered this night that I LOVE Spanish music and want to learn the Spanish Language. We discovered a second dance floor a little later on in the night and it was the best part of the whole night!

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We hit the club at about half 1 in the morning and stayed until the lights came up, I’ve never danced the way I danced in that club that night! It was phenomenal, it wasn’t just your boring typical trashy dancing you would see in a club, people were dancing traditionally and with partners and moving their feet and their hips like no ones business, it was an amazing place and atmosphere. When the lights came up even then the fun and singing didn’t stop as people were still dancing and singing, everyone was so merry and there were no problems at all, just like a huge family night, and it was a night I know I will never forget.

Shout out to Miriam, Carlos and Joanna for showing me how to REALLY move my hips to the wonders of Spanish music! I will be going there again one Wednesday!

 

My London Bucket List – Part 2, Notting Hill Carnival & EGG

SO HERE IT IS, INSTALLATION NUMBER 2!

(apologies for any delay)

This time on my London Bucket list we ticketed of two pretty fun and memorable things!

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL & EGG LONDON

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Now Notts Hill Carnival was something I NEVER thought I Would be lucky enough to  experience, but I was and I was also very lucky to experience it with Brad! The atmosphere, the streets of London, the tube, the music and dancing, the drinks, it was all such a surreal experience and also so much fun!

21686502_10209590355547572_6929236103481512279_n.jpgSO we jumped on the tube to Notting Hill, of course it was absolutely rammed. Getting out of the station was like sardines in an oven. I have never seen so many people trying to get out of a station before and it was a beautiful day. Minus the 40,000 I tried to walk against going to Wembley Stadium from Wembley Park, that was difficult. Once we’d gotten out of the station there were people EVERYWHERE.

We headed over to carnival on the Sunday, prior to this someone had been idiotic enough to throw acid the day before at carnival which you may have seen in the news or paper, so there were incredible amounts of police, but it quite obviously didn’t dull the shine or traditions and general atmosphere because everyone was still enjoying themselves in the moment. No one could ruin something like this, and even if they tried, it wouldn’t work, we won’t live in fear here, its the way London is!

21617567_10209590357307616_493999236797992347_nThe build up of people was incredible, there was music coming from every direction. Once we got to all the streets and madness there were different stages down each road, I could feel the baseline in my chest as we walked the streets. We stopped at a stall and bought what I think was 10 beers for £6, trust me as you can imagine it wasn’t GOOD beer. But beer is beer at an event like this and for that price in London, anything goes. The FOOD oh god it was amazing even if it was just from a market stall, I got a Jerk Chicken skewer and it tasted incredible. It was about £8 for something rather small 21462689_10209590349547422_3538097775363721314_nthough so I did go a little bit hungry. The toilets were literally holes in the cubicle with rips in the side and everything, it was hilarious going to the loo and being able to chat to someone next door, its always enjoyable to look back at the fact I went to the toilet with the girls using the only cubicle without a door.

There was quite a lot of us so we were trying to get too Hyde Park, the main areas of the carnival, this was a huge struggle and in the end we didn’t get there, there was just so many people we were never going to make it there anyway! We ended

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We never actually did catch the parade, which is quite funny because it was what we went to see! When Brad and I were leaving we actually caught the end of it! It was great, the buses were pumping out their tunes an the girls dancing,  It was so incredibly and phenominally enjoyable, and it goes to show how much different cultures have moved worldwide!

Carnival is Caribbean culture, so the fact that we celebrate it here in London with happiness and laughter is really great. Its all about being a community after all! I can’t wait to come again next year, at least thats what the plan is!

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EGG London was one of the nightclubs I had on my london bucket list to go too, and when we did, It certainly did not disappoint. Its Situated in Camden and not too far a walk away from Camden Town station!

From Outside EGG looks like the dingiest club you’ve ever seen in your life, With the strictest security dawdling about outside waiting for the punters, like us, to come in! Tickets were about £6-10, but the joys of this place are that they have flash sales, so we all got out tickets for £1!!! Its a phenomenal night club.

21430608_10209590362627749_3125597419639237790_nSo once you arrive and have been frisked right down to the underneath of your bra and practically your gooch (yes, seriously), The first thing you see on your right is the KITCHEN! So apparently its called EGG for a reason, every wandered were you’re gonna get food after a night out? well in EGG the kitchen does pizza’s and all sorts whenever you’re ready to leave the club!! Apparently if you stay until morning they start serving eggs and breakfast, but I’m still yet to stay until 6am to find out! Next time!

So our first visit we spent most of it dancing away to the deep techno tunes of the basement, the club itself has 3 floors and 5 rooms/areas. Theres a large main room as you walk in, then the basement through another set of doors at the back of the main dance floor. From there its a flight of stairs and another room and some toilets, then all the way to the attic where its a huge open plan floor and a terraced smoking area. Its a pretty massive place with incredible dance, tech and house floors to enjoy! Drinks aren’t incredibly expensive either!! Which is nice considering we visited a bar in Old Street, London called Floripa and 2 doubles were £21 (funky place though)

21615991_10209590361427719_116666540737806104_nThe first visit was just a club night that we went too, the second time we visited EGG for for a proper gig! Went went to see Amine Edge and Dance live, the main gig was based in the main room of the venue and the vibes were incredible. The music was pumping and of course with two of the best DJ’S playing it was hard not to enjoy it. The funniest part was that I did the whole night sober with work the next day, and Amine Edge and Dance didn’t come on stage until 3am, so that was a tired shift later on in the day for sure.

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So this is the end of this chapter of The London Bucket List!

Plenty to talk about in the next post about My London Bucket List for sure, Brad’s birthday trip to London was a busy one!

Jessie

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The London Bucket List – Part 1, Camden, Primrose Hill & More!

So there is going to many many parts to this London Bucket list but I guess our first outing in London was the best place to start! I’ll be throwing in my trip to Wembley Stadium & the SSE Arena whilst Im at it too as it was a little before our first proper London outing!

So, You’ve found your way to the first part of My London Bucket list blog posts! I’ll be doing each trip into London and what we do from the bucket list on those trips!

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Now before Brad and I headed into London for our first proper outing with our friend Mason, I had a Wembley Stadium Tour AND we were lucky enough to be able to go to an event in the SSE Arena as well in the Wembley/Brent area!

20294075_10209290230204626_4748956707252157004_n.jpgThe Wembley Stadium tour was pretty awesome, I was lucky enough to get on the tour as part of my induction for my new work placement and It was pretty rad. With the tour being £15 each it was really fun! We started off heading into one of the tiers into the stadium, we were told loads of cool facts about the stadium, how many chairs and of course how many toilet where in the stadium. I’m not going to spoil it for you if you’re thinking of going but its a lot! haha! Then they take you through all the team’s quarters underneath the stadium, After walking down at least 10 flights of stairs we entered the team changing room and training roomS, physio rooms and finally the tunnel! The changing rooms all around the walls are football shirts with names on all around each room. The training room was really small but to have one in the stadium was pretty impressive itself.

20265020_10209290226244527_5408425040524119072_nNow the tunnel out into the stadium was pretty cool. As there was a large group of us on the tour we were split into two groups, almost like two teams, and walked side by side out of the tunnel like the footballers would and it was so much fun! We walked out onto the pitch and could sit on the chairs beside the tunnel for all the important people running the football teams. Talking about important people we also saw the royal areas! So where the queeny and all the royals sit during the games, and also where they have their meals before the game as well! Once we’d been shown around the entire ground we were taken and shown the artwork in the stadium which is made out of rubbish left by game goers once games are done! There were 3 animals and one being a lion which was made out of old team flags just left in the stadium, and made into art! Never heard or seen anything so useful or resourceful when it comes to tidying up and being inventive! Finally you can have a photograph with the cup and then you’re sent on through to the gift shop!

It lasts about 2 hours but is totally worth it,the entire thing is really fun, time flies and trust me you’ll definitely learn facts you never knew about at all! its pretty funky and I recommend it to anyone who has the chance to do a tour!

Another wonderful experience was an event in the SSE Arena next to the stadium as well. I’d managed to get two tickets to the Eubank Jr VS Abrahms fight that was taking place in the SSE Arena! Now I’ve never been into boxing nor have I really given it  a chance. But everyone at my work had also managed to get tickets so it was a really enjoyable group thing! And I knew Brad would enjoy it so of course I brought him along! I got to enjoy the experience with my man and my work friends so it was really good fun but as you can imagine drinks and food were expensive!

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IMG_7902Now we’re onto when Brad and I met Mason in London to see a little bit of London itself! So we headed away from Camden where we met Mason and headed to Old Street station where we had every intention of going to the small shop in the Old Market underpass/station area called Naked Dough. Originally seen advertised on Facebook as a place that gives you pots of scoops of cookie dough, and that it does indeed. And it was heavenly. It was laid out just like an ice cream shop and there were just some benches along the back wall where you could sit. IMG_7900I just had normal cookie dough and then a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough with a little Kinder Bueno on the side, Unfortunately I didn’t actually manage to finish my little 2 scoop pot as it was super duper sickly but it was another thing to cross of the list as I’d never been to a place like that before, and it was worth it being super yummy. It wasn’t that expensive either which was nice considering it was London, that and it was juat around the corner to the shop that only sold food with avocado in it?! one for all you avocado lovers there!

Once we had been to Old Street we went to The Shoreditch Boxpark! It consists of at least 20+ old shipping containers. The containers along the bottom were all things like vintage or hipster clothing shops! They were pretty cute, but one of them was a ball pit!! There were loads of cute little cafe’s inside these containers and upstairs the containers were full of different restaurants and places to get drinks! There were multiple seating area’s and it was a really cool place where you could just hang out in Shoreditch!

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We also headed to Camden Lock! Now I’d never been to camden properly before so we got to have a proper look around some of the funky shops on the road and also the food market itself! It was a really photogenic area of course and it smelt amazing of all the different foods! There were also other aroma’s floating around and if you’ve ever been to camden I’m sure you’ll understand what Im on about!

The food market itself is huge and covers 2 area’s beside the canal/lock. Shops and other little quirky items are also sold on their stalls in the market around the food. Although we didn’t get to have a proper stalk downtime windy backstreets of the market we knew we would have a chance to have a look next time we came! IMG_7904So we headed over the bridge  beside the lock which leads you the outside area of a whetherspoons and of course we had to have a quick drink to freshen ourselves up on our little look around.

 

Once we were nosing around Camden we headed to a large park area known as Primrose Hill. Primrose hill is beautiful because not only does the location feature in the programme I watch on Netflix Sense 8 Regularly, but Its genuinely in a lovely area and gives you a really nice view of London Skyline! It was really nice to visit an area in such a built up city that was spacious and where you could sit and just enjoy the view and the area itself!

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Once we’d visited Primrose Hill it was time to head back to home after a pretty fun and tiring day, Mason had been the best tour guide as he has been living in London for a while before Brad and I so he was the best help in taking us and showing us all these places!

So the first part of completing some of the things on My London bucket list have begun! Heres to hoping you’ll join me for all the other parts as well 🙂

 

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