I’m always on the look out for the perfect little escape from London as unlike most of my friends I don’t have much family in the UK outside of London. The perfect place doesn’t take too long to get to, is affordable, has great food and is somewhere I can go on great walks.

Last month I found just the place; The White Horse in Dorking. It took less than an hour and a half to get there (I’m North of the river in London but if you’re not it’ll take even less!) and it’s situated in the small town of Dorking, between the North Downs and Denbies Estate and Vineyards. As the name suggests it was a coaching inn, the property has undergone an overhaul recently and is looking really beautiful.

I will mention, before we get to deep into this blog post, that my boyfriend went away with me for this mini break, but sadly he was pretty sick both en route and once we got there which is why there aren’t quite as many photos as I’d hoped. We probably should have cancelled but he was a star and made the effort to come along with me.

I wanted this mini-trip to be quite a chilled one, it’s nice to be in a new environment for a few days but I didn’t want to do too much. We checked in around 3PM, ate snacks, played board games on the giant bed and watched some TV- not the most adventurous day but it was exactly what we wanted.

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The room was a nice size- with a desk, little table and a large, super comfortable bed. The bathroom didn’t have a bath which I do usually like but the shower pressure was great and I do enjoy a shower once I’m in it. The hotel is located in the town and we were on a lower floor which left me nervous in terms of noise but we slept well all night with no noise.

For dinner we headed down to The Dozen restaurant in the hotel, there were actually a lot of locals in there also having dinner which is a great sign and I’d recommend The Dozen for dinner even if you’re not staying in the hotel. The food was honestly amazing! Michael had to leave me half way through the meal (as he was still unwell) and I’m honestly sad that he didn’t get to experience the food with me. To start we ordered a bread basket and Mac N Cheese balls which were DIVINE- I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. I then went for the fishcakes which I was a little unsure about but it was such a good decision as they were truly delicious. Of course, I also got a side of chips and I’d recommend you do the same.

In the morning, once Michael was feeling a little better we made the most of the delicious breakfast, I went for a full-english which was one of the best I’ve had in a while and included lots of local produce.

Just before checking out we decided to go for a little wonder around the town. It has lots of independent shops as well as a few chains which are great for picking up some car snacks (M&S obvs.)


Before heading home we headed to Box Hill, I hadn’t heard of Box Hill previously but if you visit The White Horse or live fairly local I would say it’s a must. We went for a long muddy walk, enjoyed the sun and indulged in an Ice Cream. Essentially, Box Hill is just a hill with a nice view and an interesting walk (especially for kids) and maybe it was just because we were lucky to get a nice day but it’s one of the nicest walks I’ve been on near London. If you’re in South London I think lunch at The White Horse and a walk around Box Hill is simply the most perfect weekend activity!

Huge thank you to The White Horse for my lovely stay, it’d the perfect place for a little mini-break!

To book to stay or eat at The White Horse, click here, room rates are affordable! 

Earlier this month Michael and I had a mini staycation in London.

I almost felt silly packing to stay less than 30 minutes from my house but sometimes a stay at a lovely hotel is all you need to help shift the January blues.

We stayed at the St Martins Lane hotel, which is a sister hotel to the Mondrian (which I’ve been lucky enough to stay at a few times, read Jess’ post here) and the Sanderson (which is probably top of my London hotel Wishlist). I’ve visited the hotel a few times before for events but never noticed just how amazing the location is! It’s just off Covent Garden/Trafalgar Square and I think probably the best located hotel in London.

Decor wise it’s perfect, stylist and minimalistic with a touch of fun, they even have leopard print carpet! Ultimate carpet goals! The rooms are light and spacious, perfect if you’re after a few Instagram/blog photos like I was. Also, the lobby (which I stupidly didn’t get photos of) is really beautiful, I love the giant chess pieces and the gold teeth seats.

We made the most of being so central and went for dinner at Flat Iron, I’ve been meaning to go for ages but I know there’s always a long wait (we waited 2 hours) but during our wait we went back to the hotel, watched Friends on Netflix (obvs!) and then went for a little stroll down to the South Bank as it’s just stones throw from the hotel too.

If you’re a steak fan and are ever in London then I’d recommend Flat Iron if you have a little time to wait (but they take your number and text you so you can go off and do a little shopping or have a drink whilst you wait for your table.) They do great £10 steak, which is basically unheard of in London but for me, more importantly, the fries are great too!

As I haven’t been too well, we headed back to the hotel for an early night and to watch some more Friends. It’s all I’ve wanted to do all month, January is just the perfect month to hibernate and stay warm and cosy.

In the morning, I had planned to head to the gym as you can use The Gym Box next door when staying at the hotel but the extra hour in the incredibly comfy bed was too tempting. Seriously, what sort of magic makes hotel beds so amazing?!

Once I was ready for the day I made the most of the amazing mirror, it’s like there was a whole room dedicated to mirror selfies! I need one of these at home- the blogger dream!

We ordered room service and of course took a few photos, shout out to Michael for taking all my photos for me and as a consequence having a slightly cold breakfast.

I’m not sure how we fitted it in but after an amazing breakfast we still headed downstairs for a bottomless brunch as the Bellini’s were calling! We were joined by a group of other bloggers and their boyfriends and since I was having so much fun I totally forgot to actually photograph what we were eating- which is always a good sign! Brunch at Asia de Cuba did not disappoint, it’s asian inspired Cuban food, something I’ve never had and I love trying new things. There were lots of sharing dishes, we both loved our mains and I drank far too many Bellini’s for 12PM but I had such a lovely time!

There is also a really cute speakeasy (with the awesome hand on the door) which I had a peak inside of but which we didn’t really visit, I’ll definitely be popping back there soon!

Huge thanks to St Martins Lane for having me, I had such a lovely time! If you’re looking to book a room they start just over £200 and are great if you’re looking for an amazing hotel in the heart of London.

Really hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll be sharing a few more hotels throughout the year!

PS- I’m off to Barcelona next month so if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments!

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Before my holiday in Portugal, I spent the night in Windsor in a beautiful hotel which I just have to tell you about.

I’m always on the lookout for cool places to stay just outside of London to get away even for just a day and relax. I’ll share all my favourite places soon but if you haven’t been to Windsor I would highly recommend it.

The whole trip was planned by AccorHotels and I was lucky enough to tour a few of their London ones before hand. The tour started in Euston at the Ibis Euston, when I’m on a budget but still want a nice hotel I always go for an Ibis as I find them to be a great price point and I think I might book another one for a trip I’m considering next month.
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However I really fell in love with The Pullman Hotel, I’ve driven past it so many times and had no idea just how beautiful it is inside! Really modern and luxurious as well as located in Kings Cross so in a great location too. We stopped here for some canapes and cocktails and they were really good, it’s a great location for weekend drinks or even work lunch/drinks and the decor is very chic.
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For our main dinner we headed to Novotel London Brentford where we had a Moijos in a bag (genius idea!) and a chicken main, again the food was delicious and decor was perfect, maybe not quite as beautiful as The Pullman but not close behind. Location wise it is a little further out near Chiswick but it’s just off the M4 so easy to get to and a great option if you’re looking for a hotel in the area.
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Our final stop and where we stayed the night was the Mercury Castle Hotel in Windsor. If you haven’t been to Windsor it’s a really great little town a short drive/train journey from London with things to see and do or also the perfect place to relax. Even if you’re not planning on exploring Windsor and are just looking to relax I’d still highly recommend the Castle hotel, the service was better than in most hotels, decor is perfect for a non-city hotel and I slept amazingly. I had a really lovely evening enjoying a cocktail before just chilling in the super comfy bed.

Breakfast was also amazing, I enjoyed my tea in bed before tucking into my full English breakfast. We even managed to catch the changing of the guards before we left, although it did start to rain heavily!

Can’t wait to visit the Mercury Castle Hotel again and if The Pullman wasn’t so close to my house I’d simply have to book to stay there, such beautiful hotels!

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Although the bf and I go out for dinner all the time I don’t think we really do enough other date night (probably my fault) so this weekend we went bowling, just the two of us and it was such good fun!

I’ll admit that I never win him at anything that required physical activity other than at a golf driving range and he totally taught me everything I know. I’m not the best loser so luckily he also helped me through bowling and I think I got my first spare and strike in the last ten years!

We went to All Star Bowling Lanes which I’ve actually been to before and it’s by far the best bowling alley I’ve ever been to! It’s not too big and I would recommend booking but it’s got a real luxurious feel to it.

After our two games of bowling (and yes I lost both) we, of course, had to have dinner, because what is date night with no food? The menu is very American-inspired, with all the burgers, hot dogs and nachos you would expect. We shared a Popcorn Squid, which is probably the best squid I’ve ever had as I love crispy food and I went for the Meatball Hoagie off the specials menu, Mike got a burger and we shared some chips. Actually, we ended up sharing our whole meal, since sharing is caring and he really wanted to try the meatballs.

The meatballs were so good and I’d highly recommend them (I did remove the cheese on my half as I try not to eat dairy) but they are limited edition so you’ll have to get in there this month to try them for yourself. Oh, also get the Gin and Elderflower Julep Jar, such a good cocktail!

Would highly recommend All Stars for a date night or just hanging out with friends and there are four London locations and one in Manchester but check out their website for more info.

What should we do for our next date night? I was thinking some sort of exhibition, please leave recommendations in the comments

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.