Recently I spent a couple of days in London with my lovely friend Laura, where we ate, drank, shopped til we dropped… and then ate and drank some more.
We were lucky enough (thanks to lucky Laura) to spend the night at the beautiful Millennium Bailey’s Hotel in Kensington. After dropping my bags off, we headed out for coffee before hitting the chaos that was Oxford Street for some serious shopping…
We spent some time shopping and enjoyed a much needed pit stop at Pret for food and drink. We were intrigued by a homeless looking man sat behind us who after spilling out all of his pennies onto the table to buy a coffee, suddenly took out a wad of £20 notes! Hmm…
After dashing around looking for a last minute shoe purchase (all because of a bruise I sustained earlier that day and a poor tights/shoe combination), we headed back to the hotel to start getting ready for the evening.
Laura painted her nails whilst I poured the drinks.
After a couple of hours, it was finally time to head out for the night.
It was a friend of Laura’s birthday dinner, so we headed to Liverpool St. for good food, good wine and good company. After the meal we walked down the road to Duck and Waffle, a bar/restaurant situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and has a view to kill (and a lift to rival Willy Wonka’s).
The unparalleled city views are breathtaking, especially at night where for a few moments I thought I was back in New York. The interior is just as stunning, with chandeliers, graffiti walls and a bar in the centre of the room.
I sipped on a Fancy Gin Cocktail (Gin, bitters, orange liqueur and sugar) while Laura enjoyed a Hemingway Special (Light rum, maraschino liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices). I emphasize the ‘sip’ part as they were very strong…
We took a stroll down the stairs to Sushi Samba and continued our conversations and drinking, before calling it a night at around 3am.
We ended our night at Burger King…because that’s how all good nights usually end.
The next morning we enjoyed a lovely complimentary breakfast downstairs in the Hotel, and we organised our itinerary for the day.
First destination: Southbank.
There are several Festive Markets throughout November and December that are well worth visiting.
We took a much needed break and indulged in these delicious hot chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.
We took a stroll through the market, well it was more of a struggle than a stroll as it was so busy but it allowed us to take a look at all the stalls and take in the appetising smells.
After taking a wrong turn, we finally found ourselves back on the Tube and en route to our second destination – Winter Wonderland!
It was SO busy but the whole place was so festive and full of fun, we found ourselves just following the crowds.
We didn’t have time to go on any rides sadly, but there is always next time 😉
After a couple of hours we took the tube back to Kensington and picked up our bags from the hotel, before saying goodbye to Laura and parting ways.