I keep getting told that being a ‘real Londonder’ is a rare thing, but I am in fact a real one. I was born and bred in London but am ashamed to say there are keep spots I am yet to visit.
Therefore a couple of weeks back, blessed with some surprisingly good weather and equipped with a Samsung S7 Edge (which 3Mobile kindly lent me), I headed to Borough Market to tick off exploring an area which has been on my to-do list for a while.
I was surprised by the size and variety at Borough Market, theres grocery produce, delicious cooked food, cakes, flowers and more! We headed down there for lunch, shared some calamari and then had a pork sandwich, naughty but so tasty!
We also picked up some doughnuts from Bread Ahead bakery which everyone recommended and were really delicious! I can’t wait to go back, try some more food and take my mum who I think will love it. It’s a great way to spend a sunny day in London!
I was then convinced to ride a bike in London- no idea how that happened
Last week I attended the Gillette Venus event where I tried Yoga for the first time, dined at Circus and got to stay at the most beautiful hotel. The whole event was for the launch of their new razor, the Gillette Venus Swirl Contour and we simply only went to the hotel to lay our heads as there was little time for much more but it was so beautiful I couldn’t help but share it.
The hotel is Coworth park in Ascot, part of the Dorchester hotels, it is a five star country house hotel and spa- fancy huh? It’s only a 45 minute drive from London but once you’re there is really does feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside. We arrived after 10PM so were shown to our hotel rooms to unwind and get some sleep. The rooms are beautiful; four poster beds, desk area and the most Instagramable bathrooms. It’s modern, classic and luxurious all at the same time, exactly what I would expect from the Dorchester group.
I had looked into the hotel a little before arriving and I had spotted the copper bathtubs on Instagram so I squealed when I saw that my room had one. Naturally I couldn’t resist; I grabbed a magazine from the room and ran myself a bubble bath where I also tried out my new Venus Swirl Contour.
After a relaxing bath I made my way to bed and had a small falling out with the TV which kept spinning round instead of going on- turns out I was using the wrong remote. I spent so long in the bath that I didn’t quite get enough sleep but was thankful for just how wide and comfortable the bed was!
I had my favourite, Eggs Royale for breakfast and I can honestly say it was the best I have ever had, I ate every last bit and it was worth getting up 20 minutes early for them.
We then drove to the Gillette Research & Development lab to learn all about razors which turned out to be far more interesting than I ever expected. They watch people shave their legs, underarms and face on a daily basis and they start working on razors up to 15 years before they even come out! I have a vlog coming soon about the day so keep an eye out for that.
If you’re looking for a little treat (it isn’t cheap) or are celebrating an anniversary I would highly recommend Coworth Park, it has to be one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at!
In hindsight I should probably have written this post last week so that anyone that wanted to attend this even could have but since it has now ended it may be a little pointless to share. Nevertheless I had a few photos and video clips which I thought I would share, plus who knows Lumiere London might become a regular thing.
If like me you have never heard of Lumiere, it’s the UK’s largest light festival which started in 2013 in Durham and which they brought to London last week. There were a couple of locations but I headed over to explore the King’s Cross installations in the freezing cold.
There were some really beautiful pieces but I must admit it was largely overshadowed by the below freezing temperature which made it quite difficult for me to stand outside and appreciate it very much. Some of the pieces (not sure what to call them- installations?) are permanently in King’s Cross which although for me was a little disappointing as I had seen them before they’re still beautiful. I particularly love IFO, a sort of mulit-coloured Birdcage which I’ve loved for a few years now ever since the revamp of Kings Cross.
I’ve seen photos of the other installations around London and the King Cross ones probably weren’t the most exciting of them all so I think if this does return to London I would consider heading into Oxford Street in the hope that the bring the elephant back.
I’ve been trying to get away for a relaxing weekend since the end of August but life keeps getting in the way and I haven’t really been able to squeeze in a long drive or train journey so when The Marriott Bexleyheath asked if I wanted to come down for a bit of pampering and an evening away I of course said yes.
I really know nothing about the area but that really not why I chose to stay there, I chose to stay there because it’s a reasonable drive away and because I knew that I would spend the time relaxing instead of exploring the area which is what I usually do when I go away.
It was easy to get there and when I did, I changed into my robe and I made full use of their great spa! Most excitingly I had an incredible back, neck and shoulder massage as well as a fab Decleor Express Facial! The spa has a steam room, pool, gym and sauna as well as some treatment rooms offering the usual you would expect from a spa. It was all really relaxing, the massage was one of the best I’ve had in a while and my skin looked really healthy and glowing after the facial too!
It was great to then be able to pop into my room and spend the rest of the evening eating, watching TV and relaxing. I even had a long soak with my Neals Yard Bath Oil which I’d packed and which left me even more incredibly chilled.
1. Enjoy the sunshine
There aren’t many months to enjoy the sunshine in London and since this month is looking like it will be filled with sunshine then we simply must make the most out of it!
2. Explore Kings Cross
Kings Cross has recently been renovated and there is so much to see and do now. I enjoy just people watch in Granary Square in the sunshine but you can also visit platform 9 3/4, do a little shopping or enjoy some food. For food I would recommend Caravan although Dishroom is next on my list.
3. Watch the Queens Birthday Parade
Although it doesn’t take place on the Queens actual birthday, the parade on June 13th, promises to be a display of military tradition.
4. Find the best place for dinner al fresco
5. Check out the Covent Garden Beauty Stores
Covent garden has some great beauty stores at the moment; Lush, L’Occitane, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Clinique.