With London being such a busy city, it can be hard to find unique and quirky things to do. I’ve been back in London for almost nine years now and have tried my fair share of places that offer fun experiences for everyone, whether you’re on a date night, girls night, work social or a family day out. Read on to see my round-up of five activities in London I think you should try!

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Photo credit: Cafe Van Gogh

I really struggled to title this post because I’m not a foodie, and it always feels like you have to really know your stuff if you’re going to share recos. But what does that even mean?

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The cream tea and afternoon tea experience is a must in England. I discovered the concept of ‘cream tea’ much later in life and personally, I prefer cream tea.

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Yup, that’s us! Not too long ago (my last post actually – read here) I shared my engagement story in Paris, and now here we are, less than a year later, with the elopement story! Keep reading to hear my reflections and how hard I found it to do this for myself and for us.

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A year ago today, Vijay and I were in Paris on a ‘work trip’, and he only went and proposed!

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Not my usual type of blog post but an important one nonetheless. I wrote in my bio that I would share the highlights and lowlights of my travels, so here it goes.

Back in December I took my first overnight solo trip in ages. Last year I was reflecting on how I haven’t really traveled on my own. I’ve done day trips across the UK and to Paris which I really enjoy, and the only time I can think of where I went away on my own was to New York City. I was living in Canada and went for a few days in December to soak in Christmas in NYC. It’s a fond memory but that was about ten years ago. And when I was reflecting last year on a solo trip, I was thinking the more long haul, ‘I took a year off to travel’ type countries. Far away, new culture, new friends etc.

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Goodbye Halloween, hello Christmas season! And just like that, November 1 has arrived. While it’s not the *official* Dec 1 advent calendar Christmas countdown, this is the perfect time to start booking and thinking about what you want to do this festive season. Things do get booked up quick, but there’s still time to buy tickets and make reservations for the festive season.

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Living in the outskirts of London and being a train away from central, London staycations were never top of the list for me. That was until the pandemic hit and travel plans were constantly changing or being cancelled. We decided to try a London staycation in June 2021 and loved the experience so much that we did it again at a different hotel the following year. I’ve mainly done Airbnb for travelling and have stayed in the most unique, cosiest, sketchiest, scenic accommodations, so when it came to finding the right type of hotel in London, character and quirk was a must for me.

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Hello! Dublin has been on my list since I lived in Canada. And now I’ve been back for seven-ish years, I finally made it there.

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Well there we have it, we’re officially in Twixmas 2021. This is the first year I’ve heard the term but I somehow knew exactly what it meant: the period after Christmas and before New Year’s. A time to relax, blur the days and dates and just be. I’ve been chilling in my Christmas loungewear and slippers watching Selling Tampa on Netflix. Loving every minute.

It’s uncertain what January 2022 will bring in terms of more restrictions (or not) so I thought it might be helpful to share a few fun things to do at home that don’t involve binge watching Netflix or napping. Over the past two years I’ve tried a few different meal kits, activities etc in an attempt to make the weekends feel like an actual break before walking over to my chair again to start the week. Hope these suggestions are helpful and let me know what you plan to try or have already tried!

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Hello! Travel has been on and off the past few months with restrictions but I’m happy to say I now have some fun travel posts lined up. I posted on my Instagram about this trip last month and snapped a few photos of the rose gold bathtub (below) and lots of people asked where on earth I was. Well, here we are and here are the details.

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Mevagissey

*UPDATE* – I’ve visited Cornwall again more recently and have a few more recos if you’re staying near Penzance/Moushole area. Scroll down to read!

Did you know the reason for a thick crust in a cornish pasty was so the working miners could hold their meal without contaminating it with their fingers, and that bit would then be thrown away? I always liked the thick crust, but there’s a practical history to the design of a pasty.

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