Sunday, 10 May 2015

London: Shopping and Food!

I had to go to London last week for work, but thought I'd make the most of the time I didn't have to work enjoying some of things the big smoke has to offer!! Namely, amazing shops and good eats! Ha

The first thing I bought was a new cover for my iPhone. I am in love, and have been since I started watching YouTube videos many moons ago, with Kate Spade! It really appeals to me and I have had a few cheeky little purchases over the years mainly when I've been to the states but I have purchased before from the shop in convent garden, London. I think it's the only Kate Spade shop in the UK. I LOVE it! It's such a beautiful shop and worth a visit even if it's just to look at the beautiful pieces they have on offer. I wanted to buy a new wallet as my old Kate spade one is looking rather battered and beaten, so went looking for a replacement, but they didn't have the style I liked in any of the colours I liked. So treated myself to this instead:


It's sooooo cute! Really up my street, kitschy and cute and I love it.

I did find a wallet as well, in my second favourite shop Michael Kors. Like I said my old one was looking a bit ropey (I have had it over 2 years and use it everyday!). I loved this style as soon as I saw it - it's not too bulky but it has lots of space for cards and notes and the zipper for coins on the side. Then I saw it in the fabulous colbolt blue. It is not a colour I would normally go for (I'm a pink girl through and through!) but I fell in love with it and new that it had to be my replacement wallet.



That was the all the shopping I did, but I made sure I fulfilled the 'good eats' I mentioned earlier. I indulged in a cheeky Snog frozen yoghurt - so tasty! I went for the salted caramel with Oreos and pistachios. Check it out if your around Covent Garden as it is some of the best I've had! www.ifancyasnog.com

We also enjoyed a lovely meal at a place in Covent Garden called Joe's Southern Kitchen and Bar -www.joessouthernkitchen.co.uk. The restaurant and bar has a really 'cool hipster' vibe to it, I can imagine it's very lively on an evening and weekend! The staff were fab, very efficient and friendly and most importantly the food was AWESOME! We had lunch here so opted for a £10 Blue plate special which is available 12 - 4pm, Monday to Friday. It comprises of Joe's southern fried chicken with fries and BBQ pulled pork beans (these were so delicious, I could easily have just had a bowl full of them!) and it comes with a drink. I opted for Joe's homemade lemongrass lemonade. This was absolutely divine! I am a big lemongrass fan and it was so tasty and fresh. If this is anything to go by, I'd love to go back and check out there cocktail menu as I bet is amazing. I would highly recommend it.



I had booked a table for afternoon tea at a place called Mews of Mayfair  -www.mewsofmayfair.com  I received an email through Bookatable (one of these websites that send out deals for meals in specific areas and mine's set to London, check it out here www.bookatable.co.uk). The email had an offer for afternoon tea with unlimited champagne for £40! I booked on-line straight away!! You don't have to say 'unlimited champagne' to me twice! 

We arrived prior to our booked time as we were exhausted from shopping and were seated straight away, in a cosy little corner just of the street! They immediately brought two glasses of Veuve Clicquot and a tea menu. Once we had ordered it didn't take long for the food and tea to arrive. 

It was presented beautifully, on a traditional afternoon tea tray, with sandwiches on the bottom, scones on the middle and pastries on top! All the food was absolutely divine but the scones really stood out to me as being amazing! They were fresh and dreamy! My mouth is watering thinking about them!! 

The service was a little slow to start with but picked up and all the staff were excellent, we never had an empty flute and throughout the afternoon managed seven glasses each without even realising it! The ambiance was fab and the room we were in was fabulously decorated, all the images were drawn on using marker pen but they were fantastic and so detailed it really made the room stand out! Overall it was brilliant and considering a normal champagne afternoon tea there is £45 with one glass of champagne -  this offer really was worth the money and I would definitely recommend it to friends and family and will be along myself again soon I hope!




I would really recommend bookatable.co.uk for deals as they do have some excellent ones and I have used them a few times now and not been disappointed!!

I'd also just like to mention the Premier Inn at Kings Cross. I stayed there and I cannot praise the staff highly enough or the location. The hotel is a budget hotel so don't expect any fancy frills but the beds are super comfy and the rooms a great size for a London hotel. It's location is great as its next to Kings Cross and means that it is super easy to hop onto the tube to explore. As I said the service really stood out, the staff were fabulous, every single member of staff iI spoke to was pleasant and courteous and nothing was a problem for them. I would highly recommend this hotel as a base to explore London on a budget, super location and great staff! I will be back!! Check out any offers here: www.premierinn.com

Anyway I'm exhausted now after a long week - sadly not all of it was shopping and afternoon tea :-( but loved my time in London and will be back soon! Just need to get my self to the gym now to work off all the calories consumed before I do!


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