Post exam fun continues...

May 28, 2014

Since the girls were going to be here for the Arctic Monkeys anyway, I had finished exams and we had yet to celebrate Maddy's birthday the weekend before, we decided to turn the weekend into one big celebration. After the excesses of AM the night before, we woke up surprisingly early on Saturday, a little tired and a little hungover - but there's nothing that can't be cured by a sunny lunch at the Bluebird Cafe in Chelsea. I've blogged about this before, and it's the perfect place to catch up with the girls on a nice Saturday. 

After a walk down the King's Road, we grew increasingly hungry (and thirsty!) looking into the gorgeous pubs and restaurants.  By the time we got to the Bluebird and met up with Maddy, the sun was shining and we sat down to order compulsory Bloody Marys and vino. However, before they had even arrived the weather changed its mind and we dashed for cover as the heavens opened over everyone sat outside. Luckily we hadn't ordered yet because the burgers they brought us later, fresh from the barbecue, were way too nice to get soggy...

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Feeling very full and content, we headed home to relax, have some tea and catch up on Gogglebox before heading out that evening. 

Since we were celebrating Maddy's birthday, and the girls don't all come and stay together very often, we decided that drinks at the top of the Shard would be the perfect place to start the night. Again, this is a place I've blogged about before, but the view is so perfect for the Aqua Shard bar that I couldn't wait to go again with the girls and show them. 










We arrived at about 8.30, and as expected on a Saturday night it was pretty packed. Luckily, Maddy put the skills gained through many pushy school dinner queues to good use and pushed through the crowd to find us a couple of chairs and we bagged ourselves a table right by the window. We ordered a bottle of wine and chatted for an hour or so before heading into central to go out. (Side note - the toilets here are not to be missed - the view combined with the glass everywhere makes it a very trippy experience!) 

We ended up going to No 5 Cavendish Sq club near Oxford Circus and quite frankly, the less said about that the better. If you want to go somewhere where the men are all over 50 and dressed in jeans and sandals, enjoy having to mop the toilet floor before going and has a dance floor that one review on Tripadvisor described as "the size of an Ewok's shower cubicle"  then by all means go there. If not, GIVE IT A MISS. 

However, we stayed just long enough for some free vodka and a couple of our signature mum style dance moves, so the night wasn't completely wasted!



Sunday morning after a weekend of fun can only mean one thing: brunch time. Usually we head to the Breakfast Club in Shoreditch, but just recently a branch of Foxcroft & Ginger has opened on my road and it has become my new favourite brunch/coffee/cake destination. Its interior is a warehouse style, neon bulb decorations and factory lights hang from the ceiling, with wooden tables filled with freshly baked bread and pastries. Last time I ordered the most incredible french toast with banana, bacon and maple syrup so I was keen to show it to the girls. I opted for the french toast again, while Chloe and Karis has the most incredible eggs benedict. The coffee is delicious and Maddy had a delicious freshly baked muffin. It's all very reasonably priced and, even better, within walking distance - the perfect hangover cure!




After that, everyone set off to get trains back home. A weekend with my home girls always cheers me up, and after solid revision I needed it! Now its back to work for a couple of weeks before my next big adventure...


Arctic Monkeys

May 27, 2014

A common theme of the first year at uni is older students telling you how easy first year is. In that case, I can only assume that they have either forgotten what the end of year exams are like, or have never taken law. First year exams may not count, but they are definitely not easy - and after six weeks of solid revision and a distinct lack of fun events to blog about, I have finally emerged from my revision cave!
My first year is officially over and I *touch wood* never have to hear the words contract, criminal or public law ever again. Which meant it was time to celebrate. 

Back in November I was insanely jealous of all my friends who had seen the Arctic Monkeys on their AM tour. So, when they released tickets for a couple of one off gigs in Finsbury Park, Karis, Chloe and I immediately decided to go. Karis, the feistiest of us, went online at 9am the morning they were released, and we gave her plenty of moral support as she fought for three tickets for us. On that cold, grey winter morning, sunny May and exam freedom felt a long way away, and we thought no more of it. However, those six months whizzed by surprisingly fast and suddenly the weekend arrived. 



With the English weather being typically bipolar, we started the day with some lunchtime Pimm's on the roof terrace of Boxpark in Shoreditch to coax the sun out...



However, it didn't work and when we arrived at the park it was distinctly miserable. Luckily Karis had this handy, fashionable plastic poncho, popular with grannies the world over, so I was ok. As shown above, it could be worn in a variety of ways. 

As we discovered, there are plenty of perks to getting there early - in particular, front pit wristbands and more drinking time. The latter was illustrated pretty well by me spending half an hour devastated by the fact that I had left my iPhone in the toilet and it had been nicked - only to find it tucked in my bra for safekeeping. This discovery, and the arrival of the sunshine at last, meant we were in pretty good spirits (and pretty drunk) for the rest of the evening...






Even in the front pit we had plenty of space for the support acts - Royal Blood, Miles Kane and Tame Impala. However, by the time it was dark and Alex Turner came on it was pretty packed...








They were INCREDIBLE and, even though there was a distinct lack of Mardy Bum, the set list was perfect. The next day we stumbled upon this NME article which pretty much summed it up, along with a video of their acoustic performance of A Certain Romance, where Alex Turner is looking particularly sexy. (Although, when is he not??)

Sun, alcohol, music and the obligatory beer thrown all over you meant it had a very festival-ly vibe, and since we're not doing any festivals this year, that was pretty perfect. However, since AM are headlining Leeds this year, after this weekend I think that might be next on our list...