Girl about town: A day in London
Girl about town: A day in London
Iv always been a massive fan of the big smoke (London) and had my fair share of day visits over the years…so when the opportunity arises to have a day trip London I always take it…2 hours from Manchester on the train…it’s a no brainier, I would recommend always trying to get a good deal on train tickets, then you have more to spend on treats, so keep your eyes out when you know in advance of your travel day…
Why not check out: www.trainline.com for some good deals.
I went with my friend Lauren and I planned to meet up with a director I worked on a project with who was over from LA (very showbiz, I know) we got the 9am train so arrived just after 11am ready for a full day ahead…we had 3 intentions ….eat, drink and shop!! We met Doug the Director in Covent Garden (one of my favourite parts of London!) I would say you must always get a visit in, it’s got a whole lot of classic London rolled into one area. So many gorgeous market stalls, shops and restaurants all in one place …! We wanted to find somewhere for a light lunch and stumbled across “The Ivy, Market Grill” a side venture to the Celeb spotting original ‘Ivy’ in Covent Garden, no reservation necessary at this time which was great!
A renovated beautiful building in the heart of Covent Garden, with outdoor sitting also available, the perfect spot to soak in the London vibe in my eyes.
We had an amazing lunch, I started with the duck salad…YUM and then had the Chicken Salad for main…exactly what we wanted…something light but tasty of course. I would recommend both of these dishes.
But if these don’t tickle your fancy here is a link to the menu we saw…
After filling up on fabulous food, great conversation and maybe a glass of processco (2 in Lauren’s case) we headed out onto the streets of London.
Currently I have a wedding and a birthday to get outfits for so that was on the top of my shopping list (you can find more on how to pick the perfect wedding/occasion outfit in my free PDF coming soon)
We headed for Oxford Street, the best street for all round shops, from high end to high street brands, we walked from Covent Garden through Carnaby Street home of Liberty London…always worth a visit…(great for gifts) We had a pretty successful shopping trip both myself and Lauren making a purchase or two!!
To water ourselves down and rest our feet we stopped by the pop up restaurant currently located on the roof of Selfridges “Forest” not the easiest place to find I must say but worth a trip for the view and the cocktails…mine was a non alcoholic concoction made up by the bar man but tasted great.
A quick call to Hakkassan in Mayfair to make a reservation (better to safe than sorry!) to end the day with some even more amazing food…! This was my second visit to Hakkassan and I enjoyed it just as much, if not even more, as this time not as much red wine was consumed so I could really enjoy the flavours of the food… ! We made great timing as up until 7pm they have a “Taste of Hakkassan” menu which is an amazing deal as most of the mains can cost the same as this 3 course menu, AND you get a Cocktail of your choice too! Absolute no brainer!
We munched on the likes of honey Chilean seabass, dim sum, stir fry black pepper rib-eye beef and even had time to share 2 desserts…you have to try the ice cream bomb with popping candy…yes that’s right…!!
A totally worth while visit…and I will most certainly be going back! Have a look at the menu here to see what you would choose…
We crammed in as much as we could in a day and mainly flew by the seat of our pants, we it was a great day and had lots of fun doing it!
Would love to hear your day trip stories! Where have you been recently? Any recommendations?
What a great spur of the moment booking this was! Literally had another hotel booked and realised it was too far out, leading us to search further and find Villa Dubrovnik…in my eyes THE place to stay in Dubrovnik. The location is PERFECT…you are right across from the old town…more on that in abit 007 style 👌🏼
The views are surreal…everywhere you look is a photo opportunity…I was definitely snappy happy! As you can see…you don’t have to work hard to get a good picture. There was a rooftop bar in the Hotel and watching the sunsets was stunning…I’m talking no filter necessary, this in itself is a reason to stay at Villa Dubrovnik. Situated opposite Lokrum Island. And it is just beautiful.
The restaurant within Villa Dubrovnik was great, the service was awesome, and the food was really good…we tried lunch and dinner there and both had a great choice it definitely did not disappoint.
When researching where to dine in Dubrovnik the restaurant 360 was one of the most popular options and so a reservation was made for the Saturday evening to avoid dissapointment…this place has amazing views and the location is spot on, situated within the old wall itself! The food was good although I have had better it was a lot about the presentation for me more than mind blowing flavours…the wine we chose was Sangreal, a Shiraz, not my usual choice but it was a great addition to the meal.
If you love your pan Asian flavours (which I do!) ‘Azur’ (med/thai fusion) is the place for you, it’s something different- it’s location is within the old town so the atmosphere is great! The hustle and bustle of this place adds to its pull…make sure you order the tacos-we had 2 portions! But don’t wear white pants! Because if you dribble you’re doomed! (as I found out!)
We stopped at ‘Arsenal’ for drinks to soak in the atmosphere and surroundings (bar side) looking out to the main street in old town, we drank rose perfect daytime drink in my opinion.
I myself love exploring when I go somewhere new, Dubrovnik has so much to offer…and if your a Game of Thrones fan like me then your in for a treat…I was constantly recognising bits of the old town when walking around. (Shame)
I would 100% recommend walking the Wall of Dubrovnik it has amazing views and is absolutely stunning…it’s rare that we can get such a birds eye view of a location and the red roof tops are just gorgeous…make sure give yourself enough time to really enjoy it as you will find yourself constantly stopping to take photos and the view around you we took just over a couple hours …it feels like it’s never ending (in a great way because you don’t want it to end!) Make sure you are wearing sun cream in the summer as in May it was really hot during the midday sun.
Heres a link to some walking tours around the Wall of Dubrovnik:
I have never been on a jet ski before…can you believe it?! I’ve always been a little scared of falling off…I know some people would say that was the fun part! 😂 Well anyway…if you go on a jet ski anywhere make it Dubrovnik…! Looking out to the ocean is amazing but looking from the ocean towards Dubrovnik and the cliffs…speechless….it was absolutely breathtaking…I was on the back of the jet ski we went quite far out and reached an island that had goats on it…interesting…(unfortunately I didn’t take my camera as I didn’t want to drop it in the sea!…so those are all mental pictures!) But as I mention earlier about the 007 style…the hotel had a boat that took you from the private beach to the old town…
I must say this was so cool!! It was so much fun I loved every it!…and if your lucky enough to get in without any other guests it’s like having your own private boat!….just awesome…! the views from this to the old town and the hotel were just stunning… one of the highlights to this trip most definitely. I can’t recommend it enough.
I have to say this one of the best places I have visited recently, a great balance of everything you need and want from a weekend away…great hotel, food, wine and explorations!
Have you been somewhere recently you would like to recommend?
Tell me about it in the comments below I would love to hear about it!