London is a great place to date! Here are a few ideas for all budgets:

Thrifty Dates (students, it’s almost pay-dayers and frugal folk alike)

  1. Visit a park. Hyde, Green, Greenwich, Crystal Palace – the choice is endless.
  2. Visit a museum. Science, Natural History and Tate Modern are all free!
  3. Get breakfast and the Breakfast Club.
  4. Sample some street food at Camden or Borough Market.
  5. Grab some 2-4-1 happy hour cocktails at Be At One bars (most venues until 7pm).
  6. Get a gig for free at an open mic night – Camden Lock 17 on a Monday night is excellent.
  7. Laugh until you cry! Sunday nights at the Up the Creek comedy club, Greenwich are cheap tickets with newly discovered comedians.
  8. Go for a walk. The southbank makes a lovely stroll and theirs always something to see.
  9. Watch street artists in Covent Garden. You can get lucky and see some really good acrobats and magicians doing their thing in the square.
  10. Sit and watch the world go by. There are some lovely cafes tucked away in some busy parts of London where you can sit and people watch – it’s the best! My favourite places are London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Westminister.

Middle of the road dates (also known as pay check is in, want to impress, something a bit different dates)

11. Watch a movie in style. The Electric Cinemas charge £30 for a ‘double bed’ for two at the front of their vintage movie theatres. They show the latest films and also some more off beat ones so something for all tastes.

12. Lady and the Tramp style share a MASSIVE PIZZA between 2 in the Italian restaurant district near Notting Hill.

13.  Go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. It will set you back 20 odd quid but it’s hella romantic.

14. Like cheese?? Who doesn’t. Gordon’s Wine Bar in Charing Cross like cheese and wine. You can’t book so get their early – it’s tiny.

15. Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar is pretty famous for its jazz music and buzzy vibe. Booking is essential but you can find other jazz clubs in the area for varying prices.

16. I maybe biased because I went here recently for my birthday treat but if you, like me, resent the fact that you can’t keep a cat of your own in a tiny flat, then visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch and borrow someone’s else’s cat for a bit! You can get a yummy afternoon tea for around £35 per head and it’s so worth it for the amazing cakes and cute kitties!

17. Visit the London Aquarium! I don’t usually go for the overly touristy things in London but I do love fishies. The London aquarium is great for big kids.

18. Go salsa dancing. Impress with your best moves at one of London’s many salsa clubs – I like Tito’s London Bridge.

19. Eat authentic Chinese food in Chinatown. You can’t beat it.

20. Eat, drink and play darts! The flight club Shoreditch allows you to have fun and concentrate on your date while the computers take care of the scoring! I would recommend this for a double date as it’s more fun with a group.

Push-the-boat-out Dates (date with Prince Harry/Taylor Swift?? Look no further)

21. See a west end show. There are SO MANY amazing shows in London if you’ve got a big budget. My favourites are Aladdin the Musical, Mamma Mia and Wicked.

22. Sample the best steak in London at Hawksmoor restaurant.

23. Get high at the View at the Shard. It will set you back 40 odd quid but the view is stunning.

24. Go to a concert at the biggest venue in London – the o2 arena hosts all the best tours and music stars.

25. This one is kind of seasonal but Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a super cute date. It may be free to get in but TRUST ME you need disposable cash for the stalls, food and rides.

26. Drink champagne and try oysters at J Sheekey! Because your classy like that.

27. What could be more quintessentially British than afternoon tea at the Savoy?? £50 per person, but maybe worth it for he experience.

28. Book a treatment or spa day at the Champney’s city spa, Enfield. Mmmm.

29. Go to a ballet at the London Coliseum. We actually did this and it was brilliant! Even if you find it a bit boring you sound super cultured.

30. And finally – see the evening out in style on a dinner/ party Thames boat cruise. How fab is that??

What’s your favourite date night in London?

xox

A fantastic week in sunny London which started with a Bank Holiday (always a winner) and ended with a lovely family birthday celebration.

Bank holiday monday summer vibes

 

Beautiful day in Greenwich.

 

Shooting with my gorgeous hubby for his new project.

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Friend at work does amaaaaazing hair!

1st day of September, gorgeous weather.

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Boho September vibes.

 

Throwback to Greece – the place my soul loves.

 

WORD.

 

Fanily birthday party.

just call me Mary Berry.

We discovered this little beauty last night when we attended their 6 course ‘tasting menu experience’ which we were given as a gift. The Nirvana Kitchen is essentially a restaurant within a hotel, but they are seemingly trying to get more people in aside from guests by doing this experience. We got a 6 course tasting menu for 2 people and a bottle of prosecco included.

The interior of the restaurant is absolutely stunning, modern and interesting but also hints at its Asian theme. I was really impressed right from the start by the gorgeous, dimly lit decor and GET THIS the colour scheme was rose gold! My favourite. Even the cutlery was rose gold. I was in heaven.

The cuisine is ‘pan asian’ which they explained means Asian fusion from all over the continent, including Thai, Malasian, Chinese influences and more. To me – it basically means Posh Asian. The food was , by all accounts, Masterchef-esque and it was absolutely gorgeous. The portions were small but plenty and they flavours and presentation was goddam perfect. Literally the most tasty food I’ve ever had in my life.

As you can see from the pics below the food was stunning. This is the tomato ceviche with posh crisps (top), duck, watermelon and cashew nut salad and the chilli beef with purple potatoes.

Anyone looking for a special meal in London, particularly if you like Asian flavours with a twist, this ones for you.

Nirvana Kitchen.

xox

Living in London can sometimes be a stress, it’s so busy and hectic and sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place.

We have lived in Greenwich, South East London for 2 years and we love it. We moved here when I signed up to Greenwich uni without really doing much research on the area but we are so lucky to have ended up here! It’s close enough to central London and has great transport links into the city but it’s far enough out that it had a calm vibe, with lots of families and students and loads of green space.

There’s a reason why Greenwich is one of the top tourist areas in London. It’s full of culture and history. We’ve got the beautiful uni and Royal naval college (white buildings pictures above) and the stunning Royal Greenwich park and boating lake – one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city. We are also close to the Thames with an amazing view of the impressive Canary Wharf skyline and the o2 arena. It’s an amateur photographers dream!

Perhaps the most impressive attraction in Greenwich for tourists, locals, joggers and dog walkers alike is the Greenwich Observatory and the view from it. On a clear day I would put money on this being hands down the most stunning view in London.  The mix of old and new architecture among the green and the river makes for a beautiful landscape.

Greenwich village is also a wonderful town, full of quaint independent shops and lovely old pubs. My favourite places are The Sail Loft (pub and bar), the Greenwich Market for fresh food and the cafe at the top of the Waterstones for a quiet coffee and a read.

It’s certainly a fantastic place to visit, and an even better place to live. I never tire of it and wouldn’t change it for the world, I am proud to be a south easterner!

xox

For Paul’s birthday I wanted to spend the day in London seeing all the ‘sights’ because although we live here, we haven’t really done the touristy things! I thought about taking an open top bus tour but it’s quite pricey and since I had already spent a fair amount on his present (dinner at the Shard – read it here) I decided to DIY this part of the day!

So, with a quintessentially English M&S picnic in our basket we set off on our own ‘walking tour’ of the sights of Royal London.

We had a lovely day for it and saw Buckingham Palace, the Mall and St James Park. I love the royals and was so blown away by the patriotism of it all. It was close to the Queens 90th birthday when we went so we were lucky to see some of the Beef-eaters all dressed up.

The walk was 3 1/2 hours and I had planned to walk through St James Park, Green Park and Hyde Park. We stopped at the serpentine in Hyde Park to eat our lovely picnic and watched the boaters go round and round. I couldn’t believe it when the Red Arrows flew over for her maj – how very British while we were eating our chocolate covered strawberries!

We spent the afternoon relaxing in the parks and went to look at the Royal Albert Hall. We couldn’t believe it but we actually saw Prince George on his way back to the palace! He was leaning out the window of a vintage black car, waving at everyone! So cute! Unfortunately he went by too quickly to get a picture.

By the time 5 o clock came around it was time to get changed and head off for our evening at the Shard, but we had a lovely day exploring our city and seeing the sights that make it so famous all over the world.

xox