Day in London, April 2016

Wandering around the Southbank looking at all the sights – Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, Big Ben and the River Thames.

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On the Santander Cycles through Hyde Park
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Watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

There was a massive queue for the Natural History Museum, so we skipped museums and had more time to wander… Oxford Street, Covent Garden, South Kensington, you name it!

We got a travel card from Surrey for £9, allowing unlimited use of the tubes so we certainly made the most of our tickets!

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Dinner with a view at Dim T, London Bridge. Great prices, great views, great food. This is my third time to this branch and I have also been to the Charlotte Street branch twice and I cannot rate this London Dim-sum chain enough.

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Dinner with a view

7th of September, 2016 – Hampton

We drove to Hampton and parked in to Bushy Park car park. We had a wander around the park spotting a few deer here there and everywhere. We then wandered around the Palace grounds and gardens and walked along the River Thames. Hampton Court Palace is of course famous for having the first tennis court in England and being (one of) the home of Henry VIII and later Thomas Wolsey. I had been to Bushy Park before a few times – its a great place to cycle through because it is so vast and of course picnic in.

We weren’t sure what was going on but there must have been a big cycle event on because there were road biked everywhere. We sat at Five At The Bridge Cafe across the road from the palace and had a nice drink that was really reasonably priced, and watched the bikes go past.

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Henry VIII seems to have lost some weight 😉
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Deer in Bushy Park
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Not quite a Tudor Rose… but still gorgeous!

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12th of August, 2016 – Evening in Covent Garden

After a long week working in the office I finally got to meet my bestie in London for a cracking night out. I went to a meeting in the afternoon and in a nice turn of luck I got off work early – 4.45pm instead of 5.30pm… the odds were in my favour.

Mehak goes to UAL so she knows all the places to go in London, meaning I was in very good hands. Last summer I had wanted to go to Homeslice with my sister but it was a bank holiday London that we were in London and the queue was unreal.

You can’t book for the restaurant so you turn up, ask how long the wait will be and they take down your name and mobile number. They told us it would be about an hour so just enough time to find a bar and have a drink. We went to Tuttons in Covent Garden so it wouldn’t be too far to walk to the restaurant when they called. I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (Alianza Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile) and Mehak had an amazing Pomegranate and Raspberry Cocktail. they have the options of eating or drinking so they are very welcoming if you are just there for a drink. IMG_8784

So after about an hour we got our call from Homeslice and we headed over there (speed walking with excitement). When we saw the table very close to other guests I was a little skeptical, but with the music and the atmosphere you could barely hear them or realise they were sitting so close. One issue was that they didn’t have menus, only their pizzas written on two chalk boards. Mehak and I don’t have the best eyesight so of course we got our phones out and looked the pizza ingredients and toppings up on their website.

We decided on a ‘HalfnHalf’ 20 inch pizza – half Mushroom (MUSHROOM, RICOTTA, PUMPKIN SEED & CHILLI) and half Caprese (MOZZARELLA, BASIL & TOMATO) and we added Olives to the Caprese half. They provided us with a big pizza wheel, a big bottle of water, chilli oil, black pepper, plates and napkins (plenty of the last were used). The pizza if £20 – £10 each for dinner in London is pretty unusual.

The restaurant reminded me a lot of The Old Firehouse in Exeter. If you like pizza and you are ever in Devon, I really recommend this place. I preferred the pizza at Homeslice because it was a nice thin base so it really championed the toppings and we weren’t completely stuffed despite almost managing the 20 inches!

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We then finished the night off with a visit to San Carlo Cicchetti – a lovely Italian bar/restaurant/dessert bar. We shared a chocolate and hazelnut cake and then we went home.

27th of June, 2016

As a massive tennis fan (both playing and watching) I have been to Wimbledon many times through tennis connections and club ballots, where you have a better chance of getting tickets than in the public ballot. Last year I was unable to use my tickets as I was on holiday in Marbella with my friends after the A Level exams. So naturally when I didn’t get tickets this year I was disappointed. However, last minute a family friend realised she was unable to use her tickets and sold them to me. I was overjoyed and took my Nana who is a tennis nut too. It was the first day of the Championships and there was a great atmosphere around the place. We wandered around the grounds at first and then got into our fabulous seats on Court 1 to watch Vekic v Venus Williams and Nishikori v Groth. Both were good matches and the weather was so good I actually got sunburnt a little and had to buy myself a cap (which unlike other caps I won’t be embarrassed to wear).

It was a great day and my Nana even treated me to some strawberries and cream as a thank you for securing the tickets for us. IMG_8301.jpgIMG_8304.JPGIMG_8318.JPGIMG_8329.JPG