Pizza East

pizza eastPizza East. It’s been all the rage in London lately so I thought I would try it out. Any excuse to spend a bit of time with my boyfriend. i.e. pizza! I went to the one in Shoreditch and loved it. I would definitely recommend it to all the pizza lovers out there, which basically is everyone, as I have yet to meet someone who loathes pizza. I do not associate myself with such people.

Food – there’s pizza, enough said. I went for a good old margarita and before you judge me for being boring, sometimes you just need a plain cheese pizza for lunch. Ok if you’re me the choice is always a plain cheese, but I did branch out by adding olives!

Atmosphere – Pizza East has a chilled out and laid back vibe, which makes it perfect for lunch stops.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10pizza east pizza east

Hampton Court Palace

hampton court richmond hampton court palace hampton court palace gardens hampton court hampton court gardens hampton court If you’re a history geek like me, an ideal way to spend a sunny Saturday is a trip to Hampton Court Palace. This is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago and in true blogger style I took a crazy amount of snaps, which I thought I’d share.

This was my second trip to Hampton Court, my first being a school trip in primary school, which I barely remember so I was excited to explore the palace where Henry VIII lived, ruled and wooed his 6 wives (poor souls!).

The palace itself was beautiful, with stunning architecture everywhere you turn, original paintings of many familiar Tudor faces and even a pretty impressive Great Hall (eat your heart out Hogwarts!) where the King entertained guests with his famous banquets.

Even if you’re not a fan of the Tudors and are utterly confused when people speak of the rhyme that got us through primary school history, (‘divorced, beheaded, died…divorced, beheaded, survived’), don’t worry, there’s something for everyone at Hampton Court. One of the reasons the palace is so popular is because of its world famous, gorgeous gardens that surround the building. The gardens look especially amazing during this time of year (and did I mention absolutely free?) so why not enjoy a nice ice cream or picnic chez Henry VIII?!

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Rare London SS14 Blogger Event

A few weeks ago I got a very exciting email from the lovely ladies at Rare London inviting me to their spring/summer ’14 blogger event.

The event was held at Bounce and if you’re a Made In Chelsea fan, like me, you may recognise it. If you’re don’t watch Made In Chelsea, what do you do on Monday nights?! Bounce is an underground ping pong bar in Holborn and the idea is to have a few drinks and play a game of ping pong, well try to play ping pong and miserably fail if you’re me!

Rare’s new season pieces are to die for, with must-have summer floral prints, maxi dresses, beautiful lace collars and my favourite piece from the collection – a pineapple playsuit. This playsuit would be the perfect outfit to wear by the pool, sipping a Pina Colada (to stick with the theme!) and reading a trashy novel.

I had a fabulous time at my first blogger event chatting to fellow bloggers, getting a first look at the collection and enjoying some bubbles and nibbles, while watching ping pong balls fly in every direction. Thanks for the invitation Rare!

Breakfast at Balthazar

balthazar Balthazar. The French bistro that was all the rage in New York, came to London last year and ever since it’s Covent Garden opening, it has been on my list for places to try. Reservations for dinner are still hard to come by as tables are booked weeks in advance, but if you want the Balthazar experience without waiting (impatient, like me!) head down there for a spot of le petit denjeuner.

Food – I opted for the avocado on toast with a poached egg, which you can’t really go wrong with in my opinion. Avocado on toast is one of my favourite breakfasts or snacks and it’s a great, healthy way to start the day.balthazarAtmosphere – there’s something exhilarating about Balthazar, as soon as you step inside. The high ceilings, fabulous lighting, large mirrors and seafood on display add to the chic yet fun atmosphere.balthazarVerdict – The French bistro meets New York in London’s Covent Garden definitely works. Make you sure also check out the boulangerie next door and pick up a baguette or two for the full French experience!

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

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