Summer in the City Part Two: The Ultimate A to Z Guide of Things to Do in London

Summer in the City

Welcome to Part Two of my A to Z of things to do in London for the perfect Summer in the City.

If you missed Part One of my Summer in the City series, you can catch up with it here

Otherwise, I’m going to jump back into my compendium of what you need to be planning now, for the ultimate Summer in the City.

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Summer in the City Part One: The Ultimate A to Z Guide of Things to Do in London

Summer in the City, Things to Do in London

London is the most wonderful city in the world.

A bold statement you may think, but it’s true.

From the architecture, to the people, to the food, the history, to the culture, even down to the smell of the city. London just has that buzz about it.

I absolutely love it.

Although fabulous all year round, for me, it truly comes alive in the summer.

The summer ‘season’ in London is rather magnificent.

From polo matches to food festivals, theatre, opera and world class sport, there really is no better time to be in the city.

My most requested post/emailed question/tweet etc is always, what would I recommend doing in London?

So, bearing that in mind, here is Part One of a two part run down of what I’m booking NOW, to be ahead of the curve, for that ultimate summer in the city experience.

After all, no one likes FOMO.

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Benefit – A Curl’s Best Friend

Benefit Curls Best Friend London Pop Up Beauty Parlour

On Friday night it was girl’s night.

Time for a long overdue catch up with the Fabulous Fi.

When we heard that the brilliant beauties behind Benefit had set up (temporary) camp in Soho, we were there like a shot.

What was this bastion of beauty brilliance I hear you cry?

Well, it was a pop up beauty parlour and bar (yes, a bar!) with the best name ever, A Curl’s Best Friend, to celebrate the launch of their new mascara, Roller Lash.

To take my best friend, to a Curl’s Best Friend, seemed a great idea and of course, we had to take you along too…

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The Best Breakfast in London? The Cereal Killer Cafe

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

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and luckily for us, you can now get it any time of the day at 139 Brick Lane, thanks to the dudes behind The Cereal Killer Cafe.

Bearing that in mind, The Husband and I decided to go all topsy turvy one Friday night and go for breakfast for dinner for Date Night….

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The Review: January 2015

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 was to start a new series, (that I’m calling ‘The Review’), chronicling what I think is hot, or not, (as the case may be) each month.

I don’t intend to extol myself as an expert, but I do enjoy a chat around the watercooler, waxing lyrical about the latest ‘whatever it may be’ that has caught my fancy at any given time (who doesn’t enjoy doing that) and I would like to extend that conversation on here.

I’m a big fan of other bloggers and vloggers who do ‘Monthly Favourites’ (usually the Beauty community, see here and here), I also enjoy ‘Haul’ posts and ‘Empties’ reviews, (I’m quite the shopping voyeur it would seem).

But I’m not sure I can bring myself to bore you, and embarrass me by doing Haul posts, listing all my purchases each month, mainly because:

a) I am a shopaholic and it will get embarrassing

b) I’m not into showing off (I’m quite shy really)

c) Although I enjoy watching them, I’m not really sure what added value you can get from them, without having tried the product/service and thus not being able to give an informed view on it

And, let’s face it, most importantly…

d) The Husband might see (and my ‘oh….this old thing’ cover story will be blown)

However, I am keen to share my view with you on things I’ve used, abused, loved and loathed each month, whether it be a beauty product, TV show, snack, shoe or whatever.

As I say though, this will just be my unabashed opinion, it will be totally unbiased and honest (PR samples will, as ever, be marked with a *) and hopefully it will be an enjoyable read, if not useful!

So… lets kick off with January…

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Recipe: The Best Christmas Breakfast… Chocolate Orange Croissants

What do you get if you cross a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and a beautiful, buttery, flakey French croissant?

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A chocolate orange croissant!

Otherwise known as THE.MOST.AMAZING.THING.EVER…

It is seriously heavenly.

I didn’t think it was possible to improve on a pain au chocolat, but apparently you can!

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It’s perfect for Christmas day!

(or any day for that matter).

And yes, it is so good, capital letters are needed.

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When I was a little girl, my family and I started a very important Christmas tradition…

Chocolate for breakfast on Christmas day.

Every year, without fail, there would be a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the foot of my stocking.

And every year, without fail, we would be tucking into it whilst opening presents…

Some years, even before the sun was up!

This year, I wanted to see what I could do with a Chocolate Orange, to make it slightly more grown up (now that I’ve hit the big 3.0), ready for our festive feast.

So, I combined two of my very favourite breakfast items, to make THE.MOST.AMAZING.THING.EVER.

Not only is it THE.MOST.AMAZING.THING.EVER, it is also super simple and speedy to make.

As you can imagine, the R&D on this was a tough job, but hey, someone’s got to do it!

After fettling with the ratios, it is now as perfect as perfect can be, so as my christmas present to you, here is the recipe…

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Recipe: Christmas Candy Cane Vodka…

It’s Christmassssssssss!

Well, almost.

It’s just three more sleeps until Santa Claus is Coming To Town..!

So that means it’s time to write that last card, wrap the last present and hunker down with family, friends and a giant tin of Quality Street ready for the festive season.

Onesies are optional.

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Over the next few days I’m going to be sharing with you what makes my (blonde) reality super festive, with two of my foolproof Christmas recipes to help you to Step into Christmas.

Starting today with my recipe for Candy Cane Vodka.

As In The Bleak Mid Winter, frosty guests will moan…

‘Cuz baby it’s cold outside…

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The Best of the Rest Part 1: The best Bloggers and Vloggers who have helped keep me sane…

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So as you know by now, over the last year I have been poorly, properly poorly and after a while, there is really only so much daytime telly ‘One’ can watch.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Jeremy, Phil, Holly, David, Ben and Bradley as much as the next gal…

(Kyle, Schofield, Willoughby, Dickinson, Shephard and Walsh to the rest of you….after 9 months I’m on first name terms, natch)

….But seriously, 9 months, day in, day out can really be a little much.

So, prior to recovering, which luckily I am doing, I turned all new media and went on the hunt for some blogs to read and vlogs to watch…

And there really are

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