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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!

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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 included my vlog from the day below…

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.

I need to make some more time for relaxing and this is such a great way to go about it although you can book to use the spa without staying in the hotel if you’re just looking for some pampering without staying away from home.

Image credits here and here via Pinterest

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.

Last week I was invited down to Yeah! Burger in Kings Cross for a meal which naturally I said yes too, I simply find it too hard to say no to burgers!

It’s located short walk from Kings Cross station and the beautiful Granary Square in The Star Of Kings which currently serves Yeah! Burger. The menu is pretty standard; burgers, hot dogs, sides and fries plus the pup serves great cocktails too.

I had looked at the menu before hand and was set of getting a hot dog so I was pretty disappointed when I was told they were all out of hot dog buns, instead I went for the Yeah! Burger and the boyfriend went for The O.G. We ended up halving both so I could share my thoughts on the menu better.

Both burgers were really delicious, probably the best I’ve had this year (and I eat a lot of burgers) but I would say the O.G was potentially the superior burger, especially if you like avocado like I do!

For sides we went for the Tough wings and Yeah! fries, the wings were average at best but the fries were possibly the best fries I have ever had, it’s worth the journey just for the fries!

Dessert was a little disappointing as I wanted something like a chocolate brownie (I like to go all out when I eat out, no dieting here) but they only really offer the banana and ice cream one which we shared or ice cream on it’s own. Since I’m not a huge ice cream but love banana that’s what we went for but I know I’m the minority, most people love ice cream and would be more than happy with it as a dessert.

With prices of the burgers and hot dogs starting at just £6.50 it’s super affordable and I’m already planning to go back, the burgers are delicious but the chips are just absolutely dreamy!

Best. fries. ever.