April has been one of those insane months where I haven’t had a moment to stop and chill out but it’s absolutely fine because I’ve loved every moment of it!
I started the month away on holiday in Scotland. I had such an amazing time in Scotland and I was totally overwhelmed with the scenery and beauty of this country. I cannot wait to return. After Scotland I headed to Cork, Ireland for a few days to see a friend and spend some time eating, drinking and being merry.
Here are my posts from Scotland and Ireland
Going back to work after two weeks off is always tough but I having over indulged whilst on holiday and feeling a little lethargic I got straight back into eating well and exercising regularly and have been rewarded for my efforts (weight loss fist pump). My husband and I kicked off the Spring season with a game of tennis at my local club Hampstead Heath. It is £15 a year to be a member and £7 a game. It was a gorgeous sunny day and it was so nice to be out on the court again, so much so we had our next game four days later, again in the sunshine. Speaking of sunshine, isn’t London just the best place when the sun is out. Everyone is out and about enjoying drinks and socialising so much more, I love it! Spring is such a fun time because the sun is out, the blossoms are out and it’s a sign that summer is on it’s way.
Our taste card club had our monthly meet up and this month it was my turn to choose the restaurant. As mentioned before each member chooses a restaurant each month but must keep it secret from the other members until arrival. I went for Hoja on Upper Street as I was keen for some Asian food. All was well and my night was a success! You can read more about our taste club night on Cara’s blog here.
One Sunday I met up with friends for brunch at Karpo in Kings Cross, I of course went for my go to brunch dish – Eggs Benedict. After that I went into town for a walk as it was a gorgeous day. It was one of those great London days where you stumble upon typical London things. On The Mall there was a large band playing along with soldiers marching, the Horseguards were on their way to duty and Green Park was full of bright yellow daffodils and of course no trip to Buckingham Palace would be complete without a selfie.
A friend of mine who I met in America five years ago who is from London but now lives in Queenstown, New Zealand (we’ve basically swapped lives) was in town so I organised a great little London afternoon. We had champagne afternoon tea at the Library Lounge right on the South bank. The setting was perfect, the sun was shining and Big Ben was in full view. The actual afternoon tea was a delight, it wasn’t too filling and the mint macaron and cheese and chive scone was without doubt the highlight, that and the endless champagne. Once they closed up at 6pm they topped up our glasses one more time and we went to the hotel bar to finish up before heading to The Shard.
I have been up the Shard to the viewing deck but we decided because it was a special occasion we would go up to the Gong bar on the 52nd floor. It is a £30 minimum spend per person but to get the sunset over London from our table was worth every penny. I will write a more detailed post about this place because it was so gorgeous!
I did the Macaron and Mews walking tour hosted by Yannick on Saturday, it was so much fun and great to explore places I had never been before oh of course the macarons were delicious!
The final week in April has been super busy as well, I love being out and about and doing and seeing things. Firstly on Monday I went to The Globe Theatre with some friends to see Romeo and Juliet. This was my first time to The Globe, it has been on my London list for so long and I am so glad I finally got there, props to Cara for organising.
On Wednesday I got to do something completely different for me. For my friends birthday back in January we bought her a Meringue masterclass from the Meringue Girls. If you haven’t seen them on instagram, in Topshop, Broadway Market, Harvey Nicholls or Selfridges, where have you been? These girls are doing incredibly well and I do love me a bit of meringue so I chose to go along with my friend. It was such a fun night and a more detailed post will follow.
I was lucky enough to win tickets to Street Feast in Dalston Yard last week from Time out so I am off there tonight to sample some yummy food and sink some free drinkies too!
April has been awesome, I have done so many great things and it makes me think how lucky I am to live in this crazy city London. Next month to celebrate my five year anniversary in London I will be writing about my favourite London moments and memories along with some lovely guest bloggers. So if you love London stay tuned for some serious London love!
Next months plans so far:
Alan Carr Chatty Man talk show
Graham Norton talk show
Dinner at Madison (I know I said I was going this month but I totally bundled the dates and had actually booked for March instead of April oops)
Four days in Ibiza
What are you up to in May?