Last weekend in London Part 2

My apologies for the delay in posts, but the last 10 days have been hectic… In the best way!

But here we are, so let’s get straight back to it!

The morning after the Hanson gig, my boyfriend and I had a mooch around London, we had a few hours to kill before we headed back down south, so thought we’d explore.

There was however one place I wanted to visit. The night before our trip, I looked on Instagram for the #london fashion as although I looked on a weather app I wanted to see what others were wearing.

Genius right? Since we were only staying for the night, I didn’t want to carry around a heavy over night bag so I packed light.

Anywho as I scrolled on Instagram I saw a sea of pink, with dozens of pictures with beautiful girly/floral backgrounds.
Where was this pretty pink place?
I immediately clicked the location, and hey presto, there was my answer.

I found that the pictures were taken in one of the ‘Elan’ cafes in London. I hadn’t heard of this cafe before, but after seeing the pictures, knew we would have to visit.

Thankfully, my boyfriend is so laid back and chilled that he didn’t mind visiting the cafe, for picture purpose’s only, obviously! (let’s be real… I didn’t go just for the latte did I?)

When we arrived at the cafe, although it was beautiful with soft pastel pinks everywhere, gold trim and grey marble, I knew it wasn’t what I was looking for, so we headed on down stairs. Then I saw it.

The beautiful pink floral booths that had caught my eye on Instagram.
Unfortunately, there was already a couple sitting there. Darn. We sat ourselves down at a very well presented table… But this isn’t what I wanted. Whilst we ordered our drinks, another couple sat down next to us. As I looked over at them and smiled, I noticed that the couple in the booth we’re getting ready to pack up. Of course, the lady next to me, realised this too.

Now, this is not a time to be shy or polite, I kindly asked the waiter if we could have our drinks in the booth, and quickly but casually dashed to the booth. Why not hey?

Of course, I spend the next 20 minutes taking selfies and photos of the beautiful surroundings. I couldn’t care less if people stared, if never see them again, and.of they’d been say there, they do the same!

When our drinks arrived we we’re told that we were aloud a maximum of 40minutes at the booth, as they wanted it to be a fair experience for all customers, since they did not take booking either. I must say, I ordered a mint hot chocolate. They said they did not offer cream as an extra which was a shame, also I couldn’t taste the mint, and the drink was warm not hot. All together disappointing, but the experience was lovely. Oh and in case you’re wondering, no, none of the colours in my photos are edited…it was that PINK!

After a dozen selfies, we continued to stroll around the streets, and ended up at the Tate Britain Art Museum. It is such a joy to be able to spend hours wondering around an art gallery without a care. Although I wish I did, I do not remember what the exhibitions were called that we saw. I didn’t take many pictures, as I was taking it all in, and didn’t feel the need to have my phone out.

I did have a quick google and I believe one of the exhibitions we saw (which was my favorite), was The Edward Burn Jones Exhibition. His painting were spectacular. I especially enjoyed the detail of the beautiful dresses the ladies were wearing. There was no doubt which fabric he was painting, it looked so real that you could touch it. Such beautiful work, I was mesmerized.

After the museum we took a leisurely stroll back to Victoria Station. It was a perfectly warm and sunny day. Although we’ve been to London countless amounts of time, this was the first time that we’d ever had a free day to just explore. I definitely need another.

Kaya •


Winter Wonderland 2018

Hi, Hello, and Happy Wednesday all.

Last weekend, we got into the Christmas spirit and visited Winter Wonderland.

This was my first time visiting Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, and was the opening weekend for the event.

The entry is free, but you had to pay for individual attractions. The event is running from 22nd November – 6th January, 10am – 10pm.

Surprisingly, It wasnt crazy busy ,but still comfortable with a good atmosphere.
A group of friends went yesterday and told me it was hectic from mid day all the way through to the evening. Luckily, they booked all tickets ahead of time but said they had to squeeze through the crowds to the bars and food stalls. Our trip was alot more relaxed thankfully.

As soon as you walked through the arch, you were greeted with that wonderful sweet, warm and spicy smell of Christmas.

The Bavarian village and market was beautifully laid out, with a variety of small gifts, children’s toys, jewellery, home goods, scarfs, and stunning hand made decorations.

There was so much entertainment to choose from suitable for different age ranges and families.
Santa’s parade, evening entertainment, The Snowman experience, The Ice bar, rollercoasters, cirque berserk and comedy club nights are just to name a few.

In between entertainment and visiting the stalls, we just had to treat ourselves with some traditional dishes. I ate a huge Nutella pretzel, bratwurst sausages, traditional sweets and the creamiest hot chocolate at Thor’s bar, cozying up in front of one of their indoor fire pits.

The highlight of the trip was ice skating.

Skating on an outdoor ice rink has been on my bucket list for some time now. The rink at winter wonderland, is also the biggest in the UK, which made it even more of a It was a magical experience. I had booked it on a whim, convincing myself, if not now, then when?
We paid £15 each for 40minutes on the ice, which was more than enough. One I got on the ice, I was a little apprehensive, but that quickly melted away when I saw that I wasn’t the only one who was a novice, and that others were there just for the experience too, and that they we could all have fun together.
It was a success… I didn’t fall over. The first time round I did grip to the side and my other halves hand, but by the second time round, I was happy to skate by the side, without holding on, but having the support at arm’s length.
It was perfectly crisp and dry, with a powdered white sky, which couldn’t be a better setting for the occasion.

After the excitement, we walked to Picadilly Circus to have a look around the shops and at the Christmas lights. I love wondering around London, especially around Christmas.

Winter wonderland is certainly a place to make memories.

Have you visited Winter Wonderland? If so what was your favorite experience?

Kaya •