A Day Trip To Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace - London Lifestyle Blog

Last weekend it was a beautiful summers day and Danny and I decided to make the most of it and go on a little adventure. Hampton Court Palace has always been on my list of must visit places and so that’s exactly where we headed.

Hampton Court Palace is by the River Thames and is a perfect place to visit on a warm summers day. Hampton Court Gardens surround the Palace and are a great place to have a picnic and enjoy the sunshine. In the gardens you will find the Hampton Court Maze, this is a giant garden maze that I thought would be easy to get out of it, I was completely wrong. You need a ticket to go in the maze, which you can either buy separately or your Palace ticket also includes this. Alongside the maze is the Magic Garden a giant fun garden space for children. There is also The Tiltyard which is a great cafe for sandwiches, cakes, hot food and drinks to enjoy. Read More »

Lifestyle, London

The Best Buys From the ASOS Summer Sale

Best Buys ASOS Summer Sale 2017

Did you panic look in your wardrobe this morning and wonder what you were going to wear? It’s extremely warm in London and the UK this week and if your wardrobe hasn’t quite left the sweater phase, I don’t blame you.

Luckily the ASOS sale started yesterday and here are my picks of the best summer buys, so why not pickup a bargain now! Read More »

Fashion

10 Of The Best Places To Instagram In London

10 best places to Instagram London - London Lifestyle Blog The LDN Diaries

I was standing outside Peggy Porschen in Belgravia and I suddenly realised I was surrounded by the paparazzi. That was of course a paparazzi of Instagrammers. If you saw my Instagram story that day, you will have seen the chaos that surrounded the cake shop. Yep, that’s right they were all clambering over themselves to get the shot in front of the picture perfect pink walls and cupcakes. Now I am not mocking this in the slightest, I have been known to do whatever it takes to try to get that shot sometimes, but it got me thinking how Peggy Porschen has become such a desirable London location and of some of the other Instagram worthy places in London.

So whether you are visiting the City or you live here and looking for some inspiration, here are the hot spots across London that you need for your Instagram feed. Read More »

Lifestyle, London

ELP Barbershop

ELP Barbershop Review

Amwell Street is a street which is going through a real resurgence at the moment and half way up the hill you will find my new favourite barbers, ELP Barbershop. As you may have read from my other London barber reviews, finding the best barbers in London can be a difficult task, luckily in ELP I have found my go to barbershop in London.

Walking into ELP Barbershop you instantly feel comfortable and you are most likely to be greeted by owner Emma’s playful Staffordshire bull terrier puppy Vinnie, although he doesn’t look all that like a puppy anymore. The shop is contemporary, deliberately stripped back making you relaxed yet with an appreciation of the classic barbershop. They always serve great beverages whether it’s a free hot drink in the morning to a good cold beer in the afternoon and evenings. Read More »

Barber Reviews, Grooming, Mens Lifestyle

Dermalogica Expert Active 30 Minute Facial Review

Dermalogica Facial London Review

Last week I decided to try out Dermalogica’s new 30 minute facial at the Liberty treatment rooms. The facial is a quicker version of their Expert Active 60 minute facial, cut down to 30 minutes with less massage and more results. Perfect if you are on the go and don’t have much time. Lunchtime facial anyone?

I was greeted at the counter by the Dermalogica staff, I checked in and filled out a simple form with my skin concerns and what type of products I currently use. For me the main concerns are dehydration and my dryness from eczema. My therapist Natalie recommended we do a very hydrating facial and help give my skin that glow boost I seek also.

The Liberty treatment rooms are located a few floors up from the beauty hall and are decorated in the Liberty style wallpaper, with the Dermalogica room having its own unique design with illustrated bottles on the wall. I tucked myself under the towel and we were ready to start. Read More »

Beauty, Face, London Facials, Skincare

Does Your Skincare Routine Protect You From Digital Devices?

Murad City Skin Review

How often to you sit in front of a computer or another digital device such as your mobile? If I’m honest I have my phone pretty much glued to my hand. I am one of those people walking down the street not looking up. But did you know that the blue light from these devices can actually be damaging for your skin? Four days in front of a computer is just as damaging to your skin as 20 minutes in the mid-afternoon sun.*

I’ve recently been more aware of skincare for pollution which is essential for living in a smoggy city like London, but blue light is one thing I’ve never really thought about. Environmental damage can accelerate the signs of ageing in the form of wrinkles, lines and pigmentation so it’s important to protect your skin from these aggressors. I’ve recently been trying out Murad’s latest launches which look to protect your skin from all five aggressors; blue light, pollution, infrared radiation and UVA/UVB.

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Beauty, Face, Skincare