TRAVEL & FOOD/ 48 Hours in London

Firstly – I need to make it clear that this photo is not, I repeat NOT a picture from our Greek summer holiday. But it does totally look like it right?

I’ve been to London hundreds of times over the years and have never felt compelled to do one of these posts before, so why now?

Well, because myself and the Mr have been so often, we’ve settled into a routine of doing the same things and eating at the same places, which is nice but also a bit ‘same old’. So this time we decided to change it up – different activities, different places to eat, different areas of London we’ve rarely ventured to, and it went so well it felt worthy of sharing!

After arriving early afternoon and checking into our hotel (just a Travelodge; perfectly fine but not blog-worthy) we headed over to Covent Garden to enjoy a late lunch/early dinner at The Real Greek.

As you can probably tell, we’re not quite ready to let our summer holiday experiences in Santorini go! We arrived here at about 3.30 on a Thursday afternoon and it was really quiet, so we were served really quickly. The food was delicious, portion sizes were good and overall value for money. We’ll definitely be laying another visit.

After dinner (and a quick Google search) we went to check out Blame Gloria a sassy AF basement bar just up the road.

I don’t think I’ve ever visited a bar quite like this! Both the front and back sections of the bar (and the walkway separating them) were decorated in a different yet super cool way, and it was happy hour. Strawberry Fields cocktails all round!

I even got to appear on the telly…hehe.

Then it was time for one final drink at the rooftop bar in Leicester Square before heading out for the evening.

For some evening fun we headed to the 99 Comedy Club which is currently inside Ruby Blue (side note: this is the place where the Mr and I celebrated our engagement 9 years ago.

As well as a delightful host we enjoyed the Stylings of 4 comedians, including Ed Gamble who we’ve seen on Comedy Central/Channel 4 a few times. If you’re a comedy fan, or just want to do something a little different whilst in town then a comedy club is a great option – as well as discovering new comedians to follow, you may be lucky to catch someone who’s breaking into the mainstream circuit at a much cheaper rate (though it may also be worth noting that sometimes the slightly bigger acts have a tendency not to appear at last minute)

Day 2 started bright and early with breakfast at Duck and Waffle, which claims to be the highest restaurant in London.

At 40 floors up (with a speedy lift that made my ears pop) the views are preset darn great on a clear day. To take full advantage, make sure you book in advance and you’ll be more likely to get a seat right next to the window.

How d’ya like them waffles? Quite a lot, actually! Although no duck was featured in mine as I was in more of a sweet mood, so I sipped my green tea whilst munching on an apple and cinnamon topped creation. The only sad part is that it wasn’t bigger.

After breakfast came a few hours of shopping (that part was same old – Oxford Street, Topshop, Selfridges, you know the drill) we headed to the Sanderson Hotel to indulge in the infamous Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea, something I’ve been curious about for years…see what I did there?

Since we only booked the day before we were lucky to get a seat in the courtyard near the flamingo water feature, which is the most coveted location due its quirkiness.

Menus were hidden inside an old book left on the table atop a jewellery box (which cleverly concealed sugar cubes) and were presented with apothecary-style bottles containing different tea blends we coumd choose to enjoy.

They have regular tea and coffee too, if these aren’t your thing.

Then, the Foodie magic happened…

Look how pretty! There were such a variety of flavours, textures and colours that nodded to Alice in Wonderland – marshmallow magic mushrooms, Queen’s jam tarts and crockery featuring the original imagery of the novel.

The staff are super obliging and are happy to refill tea pots and plates (sandwiches and scones), or pop it in a box for yoh if you’re simply too full. I think we paid about £55pp which is pretty standard for central London, however they do add on a 20% service charge which is a bit steep even fkr the Capital, but you can ask for this to be taken off in favour of a more appropriate amount.

After a slow walk from Oxford Street to Leicester Square through Soho (and possibly via the pub) we did something we have very rarely done in London – visit the theatre. There’s very rarely anything on that we both like the sound of, so we decided to take a risk and booked a show neither of us were that fussed but had heared great reviews about – Book of Mormon.

I thought it was frickin’ awesome. Satirical, hilarious, dangerously un-PC and downright weird, I’ve had the soundtrack stuck in my head ever since. Wholeheartedly recommend if you’re not easily offended.

We had a couple of hours free on our last morning so used them to have breakfast at one of Instagram’s favourite haunts, Clerkenwell Grind.

The decor is really cool and chic so it’s obvious why everyone loves it. I’m so into navy blue for interiors right now.

I had a turmeric latte and acai bowl which were both yummy, but neither more so than I’ve had elsewhere before.

As much as I liked visiting here (even though I didn’t get any Insta pics of myself because all the staff were bored and watching us as the only people there) Clerkenwell doesn’t seem to be a natural part of town to visit unless you live round there or are coming here.

Not many people seem to be aware that The Grind is actually a chain and has a few other branches in what I’d say are more convinient locations – Covent Garden Grind sits in a street behind the Piazza, and we actually passed Shoreditch Grind (the original location, apparently favoured by Sam Smith) on the walk to Clerkenwell from Islington. I’d definitely consider going to Grind again, but perhaps one of these.

So that’s our summer visit to London summed up! We had a great time trying new things, some of may make it into our ‘same old’ rotation next time we return.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared the places I always visit in London in a blog post before so if this is something you’d be down to read let me know in the comments or tweet me.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


FOOD / Eat and Drink Your Way Around London

It’s one of the fash hubs of the world, but #london also has a variety of pretty awesome experiences for massive foodies like meeeee! Here are some of my current faves
Bubbleology


This is basically cold tea drinks with tapioca bubbles in it that add a really interesting texture (or bubbles, if you will) to your drink! A great lil’ pit stop at any time of day
Lola’s Cupcakes


I adore cake soooo much that I went underground to buy these beauties from the Kings Cross tube station…true story! They’re sold in other places too and have some really unique flavours – this selection includes peanut butter and apple crumble, and the frosting is uh-may-zing.
May Fair Kitchen


Situated at the popular May Fair Hotel, they do a three course Sunday lunch for a fantastic £29.50pp which has really decent portion sizes. I used the ‘Bookatable’ app to make a reservation for Mr Alice and I’s anniversary, and as you can see they were lovely in marking it for us. Brilliant service from all staff, and their head chef is from (my home town for those of you who don’t know) Hull! Little tip – after your meal, pop across the lobby to the bar and sample one of the hotel’s yummy cocktails
The Red Lion


If the Prime Minister popped out to his local pub, this would be it. It’s right between Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament and they claim a wealthy of politicians (including Winston Churchill) have been fans over the years. After trying their food, I’m not surprised! Proper British food, as I’m such a pie fan I couldn’t resist…and it did not disappoint!
Houses of Parliament

Probably not where you’d imagine having a good experience in London per se, but it’s definitely one that not everyone does! This is afternoon tea served in a marquee on the terrace overlooking the Thames. It can only be booked as an extra with a tour of the building (which is an experience I unexpectedly enjoyed, it’s a stunning place) and the fizz is also extra as tea is included as standard.
A very diverse range of eats and drinks, for me that’s one of the beauties of London Town! There are soooo many more great ones.
Have you tried any of these places, and where else would you recommend to eat or drink in London?
Stay Stylish
J 😘xx


FASHION/ Simple Street Style 

Sorry for the blogging silence over the last few days – for those of you who follow me on #Instagram (and if you don’t, do! thisisjennychat) you’ll have seen that I’ve been in #London with Mr Alice as a little birthday treat. So I’ve been getting my tourist ‘ooooon and not had the wifi to upload a new post until now! This is just a little bit of street style I wore for running around in, simple and comfy

     

This is actually another new pair of jeans….I know, I know! These are a faded black wash with a super high waist and lots of stretch which makes them feel as comfy as jeggings but extra stylish. The tee is also really lightweight so was great for keeping out the chill but not being too warm, and I adore the ribbed texture on this grey waistcoat. Think it’s my new fave.

Waistcoat- ILWF

Tee- Top Shop

Jeans- Top Shop Joni Jeans

Pumps- Matalan

What sort of look do you normally go for when you’re in tourist mode? Hope you liked mine!

Stay Stylish 

J 😘xx