Hvar

June 22, 2013



Just got back from my post-exam holiday to Hvar which has been the only thing keeping me sane over exams!

The weather was amazing (amost too hot towards the end - although I missed it as I drove home from the airport in the rain!!) and we had such a fab time. 





 I pretty much almost didn't go because I refused to go somewhere without a pool or a sandy beach... but it really didn't matter. We spent most days at the beach bar Hula Hula (www.hulahulahvar.com) which had perfect surroundings and was actually pretty reasonable for the location - £6 for a cocktail, £2.50 for a beer. (ish)




The town itself is quite small but still has some pretty good bars and clubs, the best and most expensive being Carpe Diem (www.carpe-diem-hvar.com) but definitely worth a visit just for the surroundings! Veneranda is a great open-air club when it is open, and Pink Champagne is open till 8am and is underground (although has a slightly strip club type atmostphere...)





Everyone there was so nice and it was really easy just to start chatting to people. On the last night we stayed in Split and, being one of those people that loves cities, I almost preferred it (almost!!). The city is amazing and the centre is based around this 6000 year old ruin of a palace so its really beautiful. Loads of nice bars and restaurants along the seafront too.


Would easily recommend Croatia/Hvar as a summer destination! It's much much cheaper than Ibiza/Malia/Zante etc and the people are all really lovely. 

Now back to reality - finding myself a job so I can keep doing this for the whole of next year!

THE PELHAM HOTEL

June 11, 2013



So I have FINALLY finished my exams! I do feel slightly lost without revision since it's been all I have thought about for the last two months; the first thing I did after my exam on Monday was buy a huge bar of Dairy Milk Oreo and watch Pretty Woman on the sofa with a duvet which was heaven...

Anyway, as a treat my mumma took me to The Pelham Hotel (http://www.pelhamhotel.co.ukin South Kensington for afternoon tea. I saw it on Made In Chelsea and decided it would be perfect for my first full day of freedom and it was lovely!



My gorgeous mum enjoying the champers...


 Afterwards we fancied another drink, and had been told about a wine bar at Embankment that is great for early evening. It's called Gordon's Wine Bar and is on Villiers Street (http://www.gordonswinebar.com/default.php)
Inside it's really cosy and candlelit which is great for winter, and in summer there are all these tables outside which is perfect on a warm evening too. I was pretty stuffed from tea so didn't have any of the food, although it looked delicious.

Spent the rest of the day shopping for my holiday to Hvar on Thursday! So happy exams are over and can't wait to soak up some sun...

THE BERKELEY

June 07, 2013



So, a couple of months ago I turned 18. Bearing in mind I have pretty much wanted to be 18 my entire life (and I have no idea what to do once I get any older than that!), I was very excited. On my actual birthday, February 13th, my parents took me to the Berkeley in London for lunch,a Michelin star restaurant/hotel in Knightsbridge. (http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/)

It was, 100%, the best meal I have ever tasted...


They even did me a special birthday "cake"...


Birthday champage in the Blue bar before... (and a Valentine's pig outside that I just thought was cute...)


The present from my parents was the best thing I have ever received... vintage 1970s Rolex. Which Dad chose on his own, making it even better - everyone knows how difficult Dads find matters of fashion to get right!


 Had the best day I could have wished for - if you ever want somewhere for a special occasion the Berkeley is perfect.


Warsaw

June 06, 2013



Last night, me and my friends booked to go to Warsaw again in July! We went in April for a friend's 18th, and needless to say we were slightly dubious about a weekend in Poland... however we literally had the BEST time. We stayed at the Marriott right in the centre of the city...



On the first night we had cocktails in the rooftop bar for Amy's 18th, followed by food at Hard Rock (who doesn't love the ubiquitous Hard Rock Cafe?) then found a vodka bar for shots, followed by Sketch. (http://www.sketch.pl/)




 The weather was gorgeous again - I've been SO lucky going away recently - makes up for the appalling English weather! 

Second night we were hanging like hell, so found a shisha bar and had delicious home made pittas, chicken wings and cocktails. Best thing about it? The price. I took £100 for the 3 days and had some left over - lunch, dinner, vodka and cocktails every night. 




Both nights had some pretty hilarious moments so we decided to go back in July. Flights were £42 return from Stansted in April, and £54 in summer - bargain. Can't wait!


Paris

June 05, 2013



For the last year, my friends and I have been planning on going to Paris for the weekend and finally we got round to it, booking for the weekend after my 18th birthday (which ended up being pretty good timing!). The weather was amazing for February and, although we had a pretty full schedule planned, ended up spending a lot of time just sitting in the Jardin Tuilleries and soaking up the sun. We stayed on the left bank, which is the studenty part of Paris, in the Hotel St Germain (http://www.hotel-saint-germain.fr/uk/index.php) - its cheap, stylish and central which was pretty much all we needed. 

We had planned the usual clubbing, bars etc - however the first night we found a jazz bar with two for one cocktails which turned out to be hilarious....


Wanted to fit some kind of culture in, so we did the Pompidou centre, which I hated (pieces of canvas painted art is really not art in my opinion) but the views from the roof were worth it...






Obviously, went up the Eiffel tower on the second night and visited the Louvre (which was shut. Very French)




Pretty much a weekend full of sun, lunchtime drinking, shopping, cocktails and delicious french food! 



Downsides - cripplingly expensive. Never been so broke. Oh and the massive gangs of gypsy children (not racist - genuine gypsys) whose primary aim is to mug tourists. And they succeeded on me, which was probably the most exciting part of the weekend. An undercover policeman happened to be near us, who informed the police and chased the guy and got my purse back! Not even kidding....

P.S All these photos were taken by Tilly... The only camera I can use if my iPhone and these are so much better!


G.A.Y

June 04, 2013



The other night (well, month, but the last four weeks have been solid revision so I don't like to count them) was one of the funniest nights of my life - I cannot even begin to explain how on Earth it happened that my friends Maddy, Alice and I ended up Heaven, "London's biggest gay club". The cherry on the cake of this scenario was that an Abba tribute band were playing - with an appearance from the ACTUAL blonde woman from the real Abba... Agnetha, I think. As most of my friends know, after a few drinks I can't say no to a bit of Abba... and after four WKDs (well, when in a gay club....) it only got funnier...







Subsequently, we were so drunk we got the wrong bus home and ended up in Lea Valley, rather than the rather more central place we were trying to get to...

What I'm trying to say, if you are ever anywhere near Embankment on a night out, and not at all homophobic, GO TO HEAVEN. Guaranteed fun. 

MARRAKECH

Just going through some 'old' pictures for inspiration, and found my photos from Marrakech last year. Marrakech is incredible - haven't been anywhere out of Europe since I was pretty small so it was completely different to recent holidays. So, things that have to be done in Morocco...

ONE: Visit the mountains. Obviously the mountains are, well, just mountains, but I fell in love with the camels! I would have brought one home, but not sure how much Ryanair would have charged me...


TWO: Drinks. The Mamounia is 5* and incredible...


or the Jardins de la Koutoubia...


THREE: Don't eat in the square. It looks incredible, and I sound like one of those travellers that won't eat foreign food but I'm serious. Not a good idea....




FIRST POST

It's exam season, and with that comes the ability to, literally, put the pro in procrastination. After spending hours on thelondoner.me instead of revising ecologism like a good wannabe law student, I decided that what would be even more useful than making the delicious slutty brownies I found on there would be to start my own blog. So this is officially my first post! At first I thought I didn't have anything to write about, but then I figured that, actually, I've been to some pretty cool places and treat drinking and partying like an art form, so I'm sure I can find something. So here we go...