Things I Want To Do In London This Summer

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

What To Do In London This Summer O2 Ant & Dec
I'm off on my holibobs to Spain next week, but there are still lots of things that I want to do closer to home over the summer.  London is just over an hour away and I really don't visit enough.  There are loads of great things to do in London over the coming months.  Here are the ones I'm making spaces in my diary for!

UP AT THE O2
I last visited The O2 when it was the Millennium Dome.  It was only recently that I discovered that you can walk over the top of it!  Although this seems particularly scary (...I'm scared of climbing ladders) the views of London from the summit promise to be spectacular.  You can even do a sunset, or after dark walk - perfect for a date with a difference!  It's a great location too, as afterwards you can grab a bite to eat and watch a show.  Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour sounds perfect for the more adventurous as audience participation is encouraged and you can even end up as part of the show!

PLATFORM 9 3/4 AT KING'S CROSS STATION
This is surely a must for any Harry Potter fan.  Snapping a selfie whilst posing at the disappearing luggage trolley is something I definitely want to do!  It'll be a fab addition if you're making a scrapbook of your summer!

HOT TUB CINEMA
Something I've wanted to do for ages is go to an open air cinema.  Now add in hot tubs, your best friends and 80s film classics and you've got the perfect night out!  Screenings take place throughout July.  I wish I'd found out about this sooner as I'm pretty booked up for July.  I'll be pencilling this in next year's diary, for sure!

VIRGINIA WOOLF AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
For one of my final year courses at uni, I studied the entire works of Virginia Woolf and I kind of fell in love with her.  The National Portrait Gallery are holding an exhibition exploring her life and work between 10th July and 26th October.  I'll certainly be popping along with my Mum for an afternoon of culture.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB
I'm possibly the only person who hasn't enjoyed a morning meal at any of The Breakfast Club's establishments.  The thought of pancakes or eggs benedict or french toast is making me hungry just typing this!  Recommendations of what to try first on a post card please.
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Virgin Holiday Cruises Competition #deckedoutondeck

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Virgin Holiday Cruises Day to Night Outfit Competition
1. Topshop Sunglasses   2. Hollister Crop Top   3s   4. New Look Pencil Skirt   5. Warehouse Statement Necklace   6. Topshop Boutique Silk Bralet   7. ASOS Highbury Heels
Packing for your summer holiday can be stressful.  Picking versatile items is the key!  Virgin Holiday Cruises are looking for the ultimate holiday outfit, that can take you from day to night.  I went for this gorgeous tribal print skirt as the base of both looks.

For daytime strolls around new cities, comfort is key.  A pretty crop top and classic white Keds transform the skirt with a sports luxe feel.  Cute cat-eye sunglasses inject glamour and a give a nod to the '50s when paired with the pencil skirt.  Perfect for lazy lunches and soaking up the sun!

A silk black crop top makes a lavish addition for the evening.  It's the perfect holiday staple and would look great with denim shorts and a kimono for during the day too.  White simple heels and a statement necklace finish off the look.

You can vote for your favourite look here.  Let me know if you enter the competition - I'd love to see your looks!

South Hill Park Food Festival

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

My local arts centre, South Hill Park, has held a food festival for the past couple of years.  This weekend I popped along to their foodie instalment for 2014.  Having heard rave reviews about last year's event, I went with high hopes of trying something different and browsing the stalls.

I have to be honest, I was expecting a few more food options.  However, there were sellers both inside and outside, selling a wide range of cuisines from Swedish to Spanish.  I went along with my mum and we sampled cheeses and olives, before swooning over cupcakes and discovering new flavours of tea.

For lunch, we ditched the paella, thai curry and roast dinner burgers in favour of a Caribbean tasting box.  This included super tasty jerk chicken, rice and goat curry.  Despite waiting half an hour, it was incredibly tasty.  I've never had goat before, but it's certainly something I will be having again.  It was so tender and full of flavour.  Our mini Caribbean feast was accompanied by our first Pimms of the summer - perfect for the gorgeous weather we enjoyed.


Along with the food, there were also sellers with hand crafted items. I really liked the wooden chopping boards and think they'd add some personality into the kitchen. I spent a while chatting the ladies from HemLiv, a family run home ware company. Their gorgeous products would be perfect if you're looking for a cosy, shabby chic look. My particular favourites were the lavender scented Hush-a-bye Bunnies, perfect for bedtime! The Aztec Blue Deckchair is right on trend at the moment - I love the fabric which is designed by HemLiv and exclusive to them.

Local fairs and events are such a great way to discover new brands. I'm planning on searching for more to visit over the summer, so if you know of any more in the Berkshire area, give me a tweet!