Afternoon Tea, Food, Lifestyle

Bill’s Afternoon Tea

October 5, 2014

Last week I took my dad along to Bill’s in Islington for Afternoon Tea. I had been to this Bill’s before for the same and really enjoyed it, so thought he would too.

At Bill’s restaurant they have an Afternoon Tea for just £9.95 per person and for £12.95 you can sip a lovely glass of champagne. Now this seems inexpensive to the majority of afternoon teas in London so you’d think you would have to cut back on quality but this is just not the case at Bill’s! We ordered our afternoon tea and I chose the fresh mint tea, which I just love, I really need to make myself some at home. I love the clear glasses they give you. We also ordered a Chai tea and my dad had a coffee, which was no problems at all to have instead of the tea.

Afternoon Tea at Bill's

Mint Tea

Afternoon Tea at Bill's

The afternoon tea includes plenty of sandwiches with salmon, cucumber, egg and cress and ham and tomato or mustard I wasn’t sure which. The cakes was a varied selection and were actually different from last time when I went a few weeks ago, so it’s nice to see they change them regularly. We had a strawberry tart, it had a nice and crunchy base with a beautiful creamy top with strawberries, delicious. A poppy-seed slice,a  marshmallow covered in a dusting and some yummy chocolate brownies.

Sandwiches

Afternoon Tea at Bill's Islington Review

Champagne at Bill's

Poppy Seed Cake

Marshmallow

Champagne & Strawberries

Of course an afternoon tea isn’t complete without warm hot fruit scones and cream and jam. Lovely!

Scones with jam and cream

Scone with jam and cream

The champagne was great too, nothing wrong with some bubbles for a few extra pounds! I have been completely won over by this afternoon tea and if you are looking for one but don’t want to break the budget then this is perfect!

Find your nearest Bill’s on their website.

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Fashion, Outfit Of The Day

Varsity Fives

October 2, 2014

I feel like it’s been a while since I did an outfit post and when I got this satin metallic varsity bomber jacket from Boohoo I just knew it needed its own post. I picked up this jacket at the Boohoo pre-LFW event a few weeks ago and never got round to wearing it at fashion week, but now I can’t take it off! I love how lightweight it is and the striking metallic silver colour, plus the sequin number 5 on the front and back.

Boohoo Satin Metallic Jacket

As the jacket is a shiny satin metallic I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit simple so all black ASOS skinny jeans and an old T-shirt from Urban Outfitters that I picked up in the sale for £10! I think the slogan tees work well with the varsity jacket look.

Boohoo Satin Metallic Varsity jacket

Boohoo Metallic Varsity Satin jacket


Sneakers are my MM6 Maison Margiela’s which I never wear enough as they are slightly big, I will definitely be able to wear them more in winter as I can team with some big thick socks. I’ve also gone for a dark red lip to bring my make-up into Autumn, although the weather is still pretty warm right now, it’s really confusing what to wear!

How have you been transitioning into your Autumn clothing?

Boohoo Metallic Varsity Jacket

Burgers, Cocktails & Drinks, Dinner, Food, Steakhouse, Sweets & Treats

Lanes Of London

October 1, 2014

After the visit to The Shard, dad and I whizzed off for dinner at Lanes of London which is just off Marble Arch in Park Lane. I had heard some really good things about Lanes and also was dying to try one of their unique desserts, so it was the perfect place to catch-up over dinner.

Inside Lanes of London there is a large bar area and then the restaurant at the back. We were seated through in the restaurant and after a pre-dinner tipple at The Shard I was definitely getting hungry. The menu at Lanes of London is a mixture of British classics and London inspired street food. You can either have a mixture of smaller plates such as fried chicken wings, fish and chips, marinated barbecue skewers or mac and cheese. Then the larger mains include filling choices such as buttered chicken, sirloin steak and roast wild cod.

Dad and I ordered a bottle of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which was absolutely lovely, so crisp and fresh tasting and then decided to go for a smaller plate as a starter to share as I had my eyes set on one of the bigger mains. We chose the fried chicken wings with honey and sesame dipping sauce. These were absolutely so delicious. I am pretty much drooling over the picture again of these as they just tasted so amazing! I wanted to order just plates of these. I digress from the wings and onto the cute little dipping bowl to wash our fingers in afterwards.

Fried Chicken Wings at Lanes of London

Fried Chicken Wings Lanes of London

For mains I chose the Lanes Burger which is a 6oz burger with Earl Stonham farm 28 day dry aged beef with British cheddar and accompanying chips.  I was a bit disappointed they had run out of sirloin steak at 7pm but none the less I was equally happy with my choice of burger. When it arrived it looked really good and tasted it too. The beef was cooked medium to perfection and I enjoyed every bite. Dad chose the rib-eye steak, only two left but the waiter managed to make sure he had one, phew! It was cooked again to perfection and was lovely and juicy, this came with slightly bigger chips that tasted really good. If you fancy it go for the rib meat roll, baby back ribs in a hot sauce and bun, it sounded amazing.

Burger & Chips at Lanes of London

Burger at Lanes of London

Burger at Lanes of London

Rib-Eye Steak at Lanes of London

Rib-Eye Steak at Lanes of London

Onto desserts which I was super excited about, it was time for the jammy dodgers! These are two dodgers made from homemade shortbread, strawberry jam, homemade strawberry liquer and strawberries & cream. These came presented in a cute little silver tin with the Lanes of London paper, I can’t explain how good these tasted, just lovely. Dad had the Pimm’s trifle which after never having Pimm’s before, he seemed to like. We then finished up over a couple of Le Fizz cocktails!

Jammy Dodgers at Lanes of London

Jammy Dodgers Lanes of London

Pimm's Trifle Lanes of London

LDN Diaries

We both had such a lovely meal at Lanes of London that I would highly recommend it, the service and staff were very friendly and attending and the food matched up perfectly. I will definitely be going back!

For more info and to book visit lanesoflondon.co.uk.

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Exhibitions, Lifestyle

View From The Shard

September 30, 2014

I love going up a tall building (even though I’m scared of heights!) and looking down across the city. The Empire State Building in New York is one of my favourites and also the Eiffel Tower in Paris. London has only recently added a tall addition to the city with The Shard. I hadn’t been up it yet and when my dad came to visit last week it was a perfect excuse to enjoy the view!

We booked tickets for 6pm as I thought it would be a nice time to go before it got dark. It’s really easy to get to The Shard, you can get the Underground to London Bridge and then just follow the lines on the ground at the station round to the entrance. You can either buy your tickets in advance online or at the entrance. We already had our tickets so just had to go through the security section and then into the lifts. There were two lifts to get to the viewing platform and inside each it was quite cool with graphics on the roof of it and then the usual counting up style display on the screen.

The Gherkin London

We arrived at the first viewing platform, level 68 and it was a bit cloudy but still had a really fantastic view. It’s all glass so you aren’t outside and fully protected. The views let you see all round the city of London, things to look out for include St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, The Gherkin, London Eye and Tower Bridge. There is a champagne bar so enjoy a glass whilst you look round, we had ours pre-booked with the ticket so just exchanged the voucher for a nice bubbly glass of Lanson.

The LDN Diaries at The Shard

Champagne at The Shard

St Pauls Cathedral from the Shard

View From The Shard London

LDN Diaries at The Shard

View from The Shard

Thames Bridge London

Remember and look down and see all the red buses and people who look like dots…

London from the shard

The Shard

And then up…

The Shard Floor 72

You can then go up a further couple of floors to level 72 by taking the stairs, this brings you out to another viewing area and this one again is protected but has an open roof, so you really are outside with this one! It gives you a slightly better look and it’s a great way to look at the sculpture of The Shard building.

The Shard View

Sun setting over London

After a good hour taking in the views , the sun started to set and so we took the lift back down and set off for dinner!

View From The Shard

Tickets for the View At The Shard are priced from £24.95 for an adult and with champagne at £32.95. Book your view for The Shard online.

Fashion

Choupette Collection by Karl Lagerfeld

September 29, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat is probably the most famous cat in the world. She has her own Twitter account, beauty range with Shu Uemuru, a publishing deal and now the gorgeous fluff ball has now gone and got herself a whole new capsule collection!

Karl Lagerfeld & Choupette

The collection is of course inspired by Choupette herself and includes a range of T-shirts, purses, sweaters, shoes and key rings all with a cartoon version of Choupette’s face, although from the designs it looks like it’s her face when she gets out of bed in the morning with those sharp teeth aka Ms Monster Choupette. The collection will launch in November and no doubt will be a sell-out.

What do you think of it?

Choupette Karl Lagerfeld

Choupette Capsule Collection Karl Lagerfeld

American, Burgers, Dinner, Food, Lunch

Porky’s BBQ Bankside

September 29, 2014

Porky’s BBQ in Bankside follows the success of the original Porky’s in Camden and with the restaurant opening it’s doors in June this year I hadn’t quite made it down for a visit yet, so of course it was overdue for a good old nosy. Porky’s is the place to go if you have finished work and are craving some BBQ goodness! The menu has been inspired by the deep South of America with smokey BBQ ribs and wings, beef chilli and speciality burgers. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good meat dish and you just have to look through my food section to see them a plenty, so I was looking forward to trying out somewhere new.

Porky's BBQ Bankside

Porky's BBQ Bankside menu

We started off with some cocktails, which all have been designed to match the food and are twists on traditional cocktails. We chose the ‘Apple Sour’ and ‘The Gail Force’ and the apple sour was so beautifully presented, just look at it! It also tasted pretty darn amazing.

Cocktails at Porky's BBQ

Porky's BBQ

Porky's BBQ Bankside

For starters we had the crispy bbq wings and pulled pork croquettes, which were both good. I liked how the bbq sauce wasn’t too powerful, it was just right!

Starters at Porky's BBQ Bankside

Pulled Pork Croquettes

BBQ Wings Porky's

The main courses, I went for the burger special of the week which was beef, streaky bacon, cheese, onion, bbq sauce and topped with onion rings. Accompanied by seasoned fries and plenty of sauce choices. Danny decided to have the pulled pork which is smoked for 18 hours and comes with a toasted bun, it was massive, lots and lots of pulled pork.

Burger at Porky's

Burger at Porky's BBQ Bankside

Porky's BBQ Bankside

Pulled pork and toasted bun at Porky's BBQ

Rice & beans Porky's BBQ

After mains we were stuffed but of course my eyes are always bigger than my stomach and so I couldn’t resist the strawberry shortbread sundae, filled with strawberries, vanilla ice-cream, strawberry sauce and home-made shortbread which I can never say no to, it must be the Scottish in me. Another Southern inspired treat was the chocolate pecan pie with whippy cream!

Strawberry Shortbread Sundae

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Porky’s BBQ is a great stop off for some BBQ grub and on a Monday they do a burger, fries and Coors beer offer for £10, bargain! For more visit Porkys.co.uk.

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