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I Fell In Love With London

 

 

Oh London!

How I wish that I could live abroad for a year, this would be the place that I would choose.

We arrived in London after a 2 hour (I think) trip on the Eurostar. We arrived in the afternoon and by 4:30pm it was pitch black outside. We stayed at the Citadines in Trafalgar Square, these were apartments which was perfect as it wasn’t too small, however there is a high price you pay when you stay so central but I wouldn’t of changed it for the world! We stayed for six nights and this cost $1900.00. I had my eye on this hotel for months and originally it was $2400.00 however after the Brexit the price plummeted  by $500.00 over a one week period, I am so glad I waited!

On our first night we walked to Oxford Street which took us about 40 minutes but it was so well worth it as the streets were lit with Christmas lights and just walking around somewhere new is always exciting. I would much prefer to walk if it is an option then to drive everywhere, which we learnt the hard way one night when it took us an hour to get 10 minutes down the road. We straight away went into John Lewis which was gorgeous and had the most amazing Christmas displays in their windows. We then went to Marks and Spencer and River Island where we bought some amazing coats and of course our Christmas Jumpers! We finished the night at Pizza Express and that was one of the best decisions, you have to try their garlic dough balls. My mouth is literally salivating at thought of them!

London had so much to offer, just from our walk on our first night I knew we were in for a great week! This blog would go FOREVER if I individually listed everything we did and went into detail so I might just do some individual blogs for the activities. However this is a list of what we did while in London.

  • Zed Events Zombie Mall Experience – OH MY GOD, it is frustrating trying to explain how AMAZING this was, i was the only girl and we had grown men shitting themselves. This experience is so real and goes for 2.5 hours, Justin and I have already agreed that we are going back to London just for this experience. The cost was $200.00 per person.
  • Lords – The Home of Cricket   – This was surprisingly amazing, my highlight was that we got to see where the queen sits when she watches a game. We then had lunch in the Lords Tavern which was such a great way to end the tour. $30.00 for the 100 minute tour.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter – I don’t think I need to say much for this, the experience was amazing and seeing all the props they used in the movie was surreal. Loved every minute of it and we just had to walk out with a wand each. The butter beer was one thing I must say I wish I didn’t try haha. If you do wish to try the butter beer its best to pre book this before the day. Tickets are $65.00 per person.
  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Well this was just magical, ice skating with my man, had my first experience of mulled wine and went on a five looped roller coaster, I was defiantly in my element. FREE entry however experiences in the park cost and its best to pre-book.
  • Arsenal Stadium Tour – Self guided audio tour, this was okay. This is something that you would appreciate more if your a soccer fan or just a sports fan in general. The cost was $35.00 per person.
  • London Dungeons – This experience really educated me on the dark history of London, however I did not find this scary in the least especially after doing the Zombie Mall Experience. It was quiet funny though and I think it’s a great way to gain knowledge while having fun – $30.00 per person for about 90 minutes if I remember correctly.
  • Jack The Ripper Tour – This Ripper tour is the best one out there. I felt uneasy the whole time and our guide knew so much, he has also created his own book which you can purchase at the end of the tour. We defiantly tipped him and I was not shy at looking at the photos of the women that were murdered (as morbid as that sounds). It’s so interesting and sad to know that these women died and no one has ever been sentenced for these gruesome murders. Cost is $20.00 per person for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Hamleys – This place is heaven on earth, we are big kids at heart so having seven floors of different toys was so joyful and I hope that I one day can take my future kids here. As this is a store there is no entry fee but bring some cash with you to buy one of your favourite toys from your childhood.
  • Madame Tussauds – I have previously been to Maddam Tussauds in Singapore but we just had to go to the one in London as they had a section for Star Wars and seeing real life replicas of Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes was a highlight. The tickets are quiet expensive at almost $50.00 per person and it can be very crowded.

 

When we weren’t doing the above we were indulging in food,hot chocolate and browsing the streets of London and shopping like there was no tomorrow. We ended up sending some of our stuff back to Australia while we were there to try and get more room in our suitcases.

I miss you London and if we weren’t building a house I would be booking a trip back to you this Christmas. London defiantly stole my heart and I am intending to visit again in the next few years.

Next stop on our journey is the beautiful seaside town of Brighton, stay tuned (I promise it won’t take me 4 months this time).


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What Time Is It? Hot Chocolate Time!

Now that we are coming into the colder months of the year, it now becomes the perfect time to be able to justify a hot chocolate (no matter what your diet says). I have learnt recently that you do not make a hot chocolate with boiling water (this is the lazy, less tasty version).How is a hot chocolate best served? In a big mug, with warm milk, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.

 

CAUTION

Make this hot chocolate for who ever is with you at the time, no matter what they say! I guarantee you they will end up wanting to try it and end up drinking it all on you!!

What you will need is very simple:

  • Microwave and/or a milk frother
  • Mug
  • Lindt Hot Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cute marshmallows
  • Full Cream Milk
  • Cocoa Powder to dust

Easy right?  Of course it is, it’s just a hot chocolate!

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  1. Firstly i pour a third of my milk into a cup and microwave for 40 seconds or until warm, if you have a smaller cup reduce the time and vice versa.
  2. While the milk is warming in the microwave, if you have a milk frother you would pour the remaining amount of milk that you would need for your cup into the milk frother. The reason why I use one is because it makes your hot chocolate so much more fluffier and smooth.
  3. Once you milk is finished in the microwave put in 6 heaped teaspoons of Lindt Hot Chocolate flakes and stir so it melts. If your using a hot chocolate powder, I would personally go off the packet directions for how many teaspoons, so you don’t make your hot chocolate too overwhelming.
  4. If you do not have a frother this is when you would put in the remaining milk and put it in the microwave until it heats to your desire. I like my Hot Chocolates warm so I can drink them easily and so it doesn’t melt my whipped cream to quickly!
  5. If you do have a milk frother, pour remaining milk into the mug, if it is still not hot enough you could put it back in the microwave. This however can make the frothy goodness go away!
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Put your favourite topping such as your whipped cream, marshmallows and cocoa powder on top and indulge in the most amazing, quick hot chocolate ever!

At christmas I would top with cute christmas sprinkles and a candy cane to give it a minty kick and of course it would be in a christmas mug!

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I would defiantly recommend the Lindt Hot Chocolate, I don’t think i’ll ever go back to another brand, its very smooth and instead of it being a powder it’s flakes of chocolate. My boyfriend absolutely loves this and he never has hot drinks, so that is defiantly saying something. Also my cat Yoda will not stop starring at me when I bring one of these to bed.

ENJOY!

Sharnee xoxo

 

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