Transport From Milan Airport to the City

We arrived in Milan Malpensa Airport at around 11pm on Friday evening, we had planned to get an Uber from the airport to our hotel in the city centre like we do in most cities we visit! We opened our Uber app and put in our hotels destination in and we were so shocked to see that it was going to cost us 120 euros! Our hotel was only 27 miles away from the Airport and we couldn’t believe it was going to be that expensive.

I had a look on google and saw that there was a 90 euro flat rate from Malpensa Airport into the City Centre so knew there would be no point in getting a taxi from the taxi rink as well. We knew there must be other ways of getting to our hotel, but it was late so we were worried this would be out only option!

We decided to take a gamble and once we had got through passport control we headed to the train station. We looked the station destinations and realised that we could hop on the train and get into the city centre for just 13 euros per person bargain! You use the red line from Milano Malpensa to Milano Cadorna, its an express train!

From the Station Milano Cadorna it was going to cost us just 12 euros in an Uber to get to our final destination. So this worked out to be just 38 Euros as opposed to 120!

It actually cost us even less as we realised we didn’t have to go into the city centre we could get off a couple of stop beforehand!

We had planned to do the same journey on our return to the airport but we spoke to the staff at our hotel and they advised us to get the Airport express bus to the Malpensa as it was quick and only cost 8 euros. Rach used her excellent maps skills and we walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and hopped on the bus.

We are so glad we decided to not just get an Uber due to convenience and instead save ourselves a bit of money for more food and drink during our trip! In future we will definitely be doing a little bit more research so we can be much more prepared!

No1 Lounge Gatwick Airport

Airport lounges are simply the best way to start your holiday! If you have never visited an airport lounge before your holiday for whatever reason then hopefully after reading this post you may just change your mind. For the past couple of years we have been converted! We almost always book the airport lounge unless we have a ridiculously early flight or we are rushing from work and just don’t have the time.

No1 Lounges are open daily from 4am to 10pm costing £32 online and £40 on the door. We think this is a great value and we would definitely spend a similar amount on food and drink (less of it) if we were in the departure lounges.

You can use the lounge three hours prior to your flight time which we made sure we made the most of. We arrived at the airport extra early as we don’t like feeling stressed or rushed. No1 Lounges gives you access to premium security as well which is a nice little bonus, once we have made our way through security at a nice leisurely pace we then make our way to the lounge where we were able to relax for the next few hours.

The No1 lounge has a fully tended bar offering a wide selection of beverages including sparkling wine, bottled beers and spirits. We both enjoyed a glass or two or prosecco before moving onto the red wine which was a delicious Malbec!

There are also plenty of soft drinks, fizzy drinks can be enjoyed from a self serve machine or there are is flavoured water and iced tea too.

No1 Lounges have a fresh seasonal menu, you are able to help yourself to the self-service food selection.

Breakfast is served before 11AM they offer Bacon Rolls, Beans on Toast, Toasts and preserves and baked vegetables which are all made to order. On the self-serve there is porridge, croissants, Greek yoghurt, cereals and fruit salad.

We arrived at the lounge after 11AM so there was a selection of meals to choose from including, macaroni cheese, soup, lentil Shepard’s pie and much more.

On the self-serve counter there were a selection of bar snacks including cakes, nuts, soup and salad- so much choice!

On arrival we both opted for a glass of prosecco and then scooped the bar snacks from the jar into cute little dishes whilst we did some blog admin on our laptops.

Rach went for the macaroni cheese and bean sausage stew with a side of salad! It was really tasty especially the macaroni cheese as it had mustard in the mix! We did say that it would have been nice to have had a Caesar dressing instead of just balsamic! Annie had the macaroni as well but also tried to lentil shepherds pie which was really flavoursome! We both also shared a bowl of new potatoes that were cooked to perfection and sprinkled in sea salt!

We finished our meal with a selection of desserts! The carrot cake was absolutely delicious and so moist we were really impressed! If we hadn’t of eaten so much before hand we definitely would have gone back for me! There was also a selection of fresh fruit as well!

The lounge also has Runway Views, which we loved! We sat watching the plans wondering where each of them were flying to! We love doing this, we have a fascination with planes, does anyone else use the app when they are out and about to look at where are plane is travelling to?

There is also unlimited Wi-Fi, which was great as we both had a bit of work to do! Rach also managed to upload our YouTube video winning! They also have a selection of magazines on offer- Mens Fitness was our magazine of choice as they didn’t have women’s health!

The toilets are lovely and have L’Occitaine soap which smells divine- we love a good smelling soap!

The dress code is smart casual so make sure you don’t turn up in leggings and trainers as they could turn you away, if you want to be comfortable on your flight just change in the toilets before you leave.

So the next time you are going on holiday or for a weekend away make sure you book the lounge and if it’s Gatwick then it has to be No1 lounge!

Moving House Is Expensive

Oh my gosh moving house can be so stressful and to top it off really EXPENSIVE! There are so many hidden costs that we came across that completely emptied our bank accounts! Below are some of our top tips that will help you when you move:

Save save save- always try and save a little bit of money each month as you never know when you might need it! Even just saving £20 a month can help! Why not get a money tin and fill it up with any lose change you have! After a night out of you have any money left in your purse you could always pop that in!

Free Activities/ Eating Out- do you find yourself spending a lot of money going out or eating out at restaurants? Why don’t you cut down on eating out/takeaways if this is something you do on a regular basis! You will be so surprised how much you manage to save. Another great way to save money is by making a pack lunch for work!

Borrow from family- If you have family that can lend you money then that is a great bonus. You can pay them back over time once you are settled and in your new place. Obviously we realise not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do this.

Work over time (if you can)- If you work at a job that offers overtime then why not pick up a couple of extra shifts! Obviously don’t work yourself too hard, but a few extra hours will definitely help.

Get your previous deposit back- if you have moved out of rented accommodation then make sure you get your deposit back! Pay for professional cleaners as well (we love Fantastic Services) they are so fab! Land lords can be hard work and some of them will try and not give you your deposit back if they are not happy with the place.

Last resort- There are obviously other ways you can borrow money, which we obviously don’t recommend you doing all of the time, but if you need some extra cash that you know you can pay back within a month then why not have a look at cash lady.

Good luck with the move, it will be worth it when you are in your beautiful new home!

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La Prosciutteria Milan Review

We came across La Prosciutteria on Instagram before our trip to Milan and put it at the top of our list of places to visit during our stay. The photos of their boards looked absolutely incredible!

La Prosciutteria has two locations in Milan. We visited La Prosciutteria Milano Navigli which was located in the canal district. We had actually planned on visiting the other location which is located close to the Arco Della Pace.

We visited La Prosciutteria at lunch time, the venue was buzzing and it was full of customers ordering either a board or a sandwich! We love it when you arrive at a bar and the atmosphere is alive, it sure is a good sign!

We looked at the menu and knew straight away that we would be ordering their Gourmet Board which was priced at only 30 Euros. That may seem expensive for a cheese/meat board but trust us it was massive and only 15 euros per person!

The boards had lots of different special meats, cheeses, crostini, bread and much more! We managed to eat everything on the board and trust us when we say we were stuffed!

We are so glad we visited for lunch as our original plan was to visit and have as our starter before dinner- don’t think we would have fitted dinner in!

We also ordered a glass of red wine to enjoy with our board and we couldn’t believe a glass of wine costed just 2.50 euros! What an absolute bargain, we could have sat drinking it all afternoon it was so delicious.

It was raining during our visit but we still opted to sit outside as it was sheltered. It was November but it was actually very mild out so we were not cold in the slightest.

If we could recommend just one place to visit in Milan we would 100% say La Prosciutteria!

Why we want to do more yoga

We have only recently discovered yoga to be honest, despite many people encouraging us to try it. We have now dabbled a little bit and have been to a couple of classes, and it’s safe to say we have been missing out!

With the stressful busy life and of course that chaotic season known as Christmas coming up we want to start doing more and more yoga. There are so many classes around London that we will have to give a go helping us to feel zen!

My mum (Annie) does yoga all the time and absolutely loves it. She always says it’s down to the teacher and the atmosphere!

We did actually attend a yoga festival in the summer as well and we were gifted an amazing yoga mat that we have got to put to good use!

Here are some reasons below as to why yoga is beneficial:
– yoga perfects your posture
– yoga improves your flexibility
– yoga drops your blood pressure
– yoga helps you focus
– yoga improves your balance
– yoga gives you peace of mind
– yoga decreases stress
– yoga promotes better sleep quality

We are going to aim to do one yoga class a week, and if we can’t do a home yoga session using the HoMedics Back Stretching Mat. Check out the below video, its making us feel super chilled just watching it!

Are you going to join our yoga challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Renting in London

I have recently moved to Wimbledon from Clapham Common so though I would share some tips on looking for a new property to rent and how to go about it and how to have the best time!

1) Register your interest with as many Estate Agents as possible.
2) Have a checklist ready of the things you want eg 4 double bedrooms, outdoor space, close to tube
3) Be open to explore new places, but don’t let the estate agent waste your time by taking you to lots of properties that don’t match your requirements or budget.
4) Always ask as many questions as possible, its better to have all the answers
5) Don’t feel obliged to take the first property you see, shop around and don’t feel pressurised into taking a property. We had so many estate agents tell us that they havn’t had a 4 bed come on the market for 6 months and that we wouldn’t find anywhere.
6) Remember to factor in bills to the price, you will not just be paying rent, if you are lucky get bills included. Don’t forget about council tax too!
7) Always offer below the asking price, the landlord may not accept it but never straight away offer the price they want. More than ever you will manage to get the property cheaper then the asking price
8) Some landlords will want you to rent for a longer time period, however others will only want you to sign for 6 months. Make sure you know what you want and what the landlord wants too. You don’t want to be tied in for longer than you want!
9) Some landlords will request certain things from you in order to agree to rent their property to you. Our landlord requires us to have a cleaner once a month. Therefore we use Fantastic Services They are your one stop shop for all home services. If you use our referral code twobrits you get £10 off your first order as well – winning!
10) Once you move in, make a list of the things you need to buy furniture wise and then do a group shop to Ikea. Its super fun and then you can all bond over building the furniture when it arrives, also it only costs £25 if you head to the home delivery counter after your shop and they will deliver to your property.
11) Cooking as a group is wayyy cheaper. If you are lucky to live with great people then cook all together and save lots of pennies doing so!

Happy Renting, and if you’re still not convinced, check out our post on reasons why you need to move to London!

Plate Restaurant Review

Plate restaurant is located in the M by Montcalm hotel which is located just a 5 minute walk from Old Street in London. The hotel opened in 2015 and the restaurant opened last May and is absolutely gorgeous.


Plate is located on 2 floors, the ground floor is a bakery during the day and cocktail bar at night. It has comfy seats located by the windows, perfect for watching the world go by. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries hits you as you walk into the restaurant which is divine. The bakery also supplies Black Coffee (a well known coffee chain in London) with their pastries!


The main restaurant is on the mezzanine above the bakery/bar. The restaurant is spacious with floor to ceiling windows and amazing plants making it an Instagram dream. There are also lots of plants which add to the green house botanical vibe! Look at us cuties posing in front of this cute blossom tree!


The staff here are so lovely and we had the nicest waitress who was very attentive and proud to work at Plate. She always made sure we were happy with the food we had ordered which was really nice of her.

The food and beverage manager Frederick also come over to introduce himself. He gave us a bit of background on the company and their vision for the future. He also told us about their ribs night… more on that later!

The brunch menu is large and there is so much choice. In order to have bottomless prosecco for £15 you have to order 2 courses off the brunch menu, no trouble for us!!!

We decided to start with something sweet and a little lighter, these dishes were much more breakfast like. Rachel went for the ‘Pears & Cream’ which was Grilled poached pear, ricotta cheese, granola, grapes and honey this was absolutely delicious! There were so many delicious flavours we would definitely recommend!

Annie went for the berries and yoghurt which was a mixed berry compote, Greek yogurt, granola and honey! This was so delicious and the berry compote was the perfect blend of sweet and sour! We have to mention the bowls they used as well as we absolutely loved them, they reminded us of shells!

For the next course annie opted for the sourdough with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Quite often when we go for brunch they are not very generous with the salmon but here at Plate they are very generous which is fab! The plate was piled high with both scrambled egg and amazing quality smoked salmon, can I eat it all over again please!?

Rach went for the macaroni cheese which was simple but incredibly tasty and very filling! I loved the basil they had added to the mix it added tons of flavour! Would definitely recommend this dish and the portion size was huge, so big in fact it almost defeated me!

For dessert we decided to share the French toast (we were already SO FULL). This was amazing it was light fluffy and tasted kind of like brioche with a croissant texture it was the perfect way to end a delicious meal! It was served with Banana caramel, maple creme Fraiche and candied pecans.

Unlike most bottomless brunches the waitress left the bottle of prosecco by our side in an ice bucket. We loved this as it meant we could top our glasses up when we wanted to, although she was so attentive we often didn’t need to. We were offered another bottle as well which was nice but we literally couldn’t fit anything else in, we were stuffed!

No issues on the toilet front they were clean tidy! They also had elemis hand wash and hand cream which we love the smell of!

As we mentioned before Plate also offer a bottomless steak and chips on a Friday from 6-7pm for £15 and a bottomless ribs and wings on a Thursday for just £10 which runs from 6-7:30pm so you have an hour and a half to eat as much as you want.

It would be a great place to work from, which Rach took note of as she works from home! The WIFI was good as well which is a bonus and means you wouldn’t have to hotspot!

The hotel looked so beautiful we would love to stay here, maybe one day hey?

Ciao Gusto’s Brand Delicius

Purchasing all of your favourite authentic Italian food and drink has never been easier with Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado. We have just returned from a trip to Milan and the food was absolutely incredible. Rach had already told me how much I was going to love the food in Italy and she certainly wasn’t wrong it was delicious. It’s great to know that we can now easily purchase some of these foods online YAY!

Ocado are stocking over 30 of Italy’s most popular brands, so you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for. It is a great place to discover new and exciting ingredients as well! We had a great time browsing and loved reading about the brands. There is information on all of the brands and we realised that many of them are still owned and run by the same families who established them, some as far back as in the 1800’s!

We recognised many of the products including Riso Gallo, Filippo Berio and Giovanni Rana. There were also many products and brands that we had never heard of before and one that particularly caught our eye was a brand called Valsoia who sell dairy fee ice-cream. We have included a list of all the brands you can purchase at the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli on Ocado:

Pasta – Barilla, Rana
Rice – Riso Gallo
Flours – Polenta Valsugana
Tomato and Vegetable Conserves – Cirio
Cheese and Dairy – Auricchio, Parmareggio
Fish – Delicius, Medusa
Herbs and Spices – Cannamela
Tuna – Rio Mare
Cured Meats – Negroni
Soya and Rice products – Valsoia
Olive Oil – Filippo Berio
Vinegar – Ponti
Bakery – Colussi, Misura,
Dried fruits – Noberasco
Jams – Santa Rosa
Coffee – Lavazza
Herbal Teas – Bonomelli
Water and Fruit Juices – San Benedetto, Santal
Wine – Zonin, Santa Margherita
Spirits – Vecchia Romagna
Cherries and Syrups – Fabbri

The product that we decided to create a recipe with was the Mackerel fillets with chilli. They are amazing quality and make the perfect salad, you can find our recipe below!

This chilli mackerel salad is ridiculously easy and is the perfect work day lunch, it doesn’t take long at all and you can even make it the night before!

Ingredients
1 tin of chilli mackerel
1 packet of merchant gourmet Italian lentils
1 Avocado
5 Cherry tomatoes
Lambs Lettuce
1 lemon
Sea salt and pepper to season

Method
Put the mackerel in to a mixing bowl and break any pieces with a fork
Cut the avocado into chunks and add to the mackerel
Add the lentils to the mix and stir
Add the lettuce to the mixture
Chop the tomatoes in half, add to the bowl and toss
Transfer salad to a serving plate or bowl
Squeeze lemon juice on top of salad and season with salt and pepper

Enjoy!

The W.B Yeats Collaborates with M.I.A

M.I.A and The W.B Yeats collaborated to celebrate chocolate week and rumour has it they will be collaborating for the rest of the year! What a fabulous idea we hear you think and you wouldn’t be wrong. Any excuse to eat chocolate and we are there, so even better when there is an entire week dedicated to chocolate.

Chocolate week was from the 13th- 21st October 2018 so if you missed it this year and you are a chocolate lover make sure you look out for it next year as so many brands get involved with it.

The W.B Yeats is a pub located just a short walk from Finsbury Park Station. They serve freshly prepared food that is of an amazing quality and everything on the menu sounded delicious. We arrived at The W.B Yeats pub at 7:30PM on Friday 19th October ready to try the menu and most importantly the M.I.A Chocolate desserts that are currently on the menu and will be until the end of the year.

We have tried M.I.A chocolate previously and absolutely loved it! You can read our blog post here all about the chocolate.

We ordered both desserts and shared of course…when do we not!

The Warm Chocolate & Caramel Tart with Coconut Cream was one of the desserts and we absolutely loved it, this dessert was Rachels favourite out of the two and she could have eaten it all over again it was so delicious. We loved the rich chocolatey taste, the warm caramel sauce and the perfectly cooked buttery pastry. The coconut cream was served on the top and it was the perfect addition!

The second dessert on the menu was a Cold Chocolate fondant with Candid Hazelnut which was also incredible, we particularly liked the crispy base (we have always loved anything with a crunchy base). The mousse was perfectly set, and we loved the taste of the chocolate powering through with every bite.

We couldn’t just visit The W.B Yeats for the desserts though, of course we went enjoyed a three course meal, how could we not when the menu sounded so divine.

We ordered a bottle Of Le Campuget Syrah Grenache which was a delicious blush wine, the type of wine we have been loving recently. it was fresh, crisp and easy to drink. Le Campuget Syrah Grenache is such a summer wine and reminds us of those light evenings sipping it in the sunshine if you cannot tell already e are trying to hold onto summer for as long as possible.

We also shared some Salamanca olives and nuts which were perfect to snack whilst we had a catch up and chose what we wanted to order.

To start we shared the Isle of Wight tomatoes & parmesan on toast which was divine and so flavoursome. We would 100% recommend this starter to anyone to visits. They were incredibly generous on the portion sizes there were so many tomatoes. We love parmesan it’s one of our favourite cheeses so of course we loved that part of the dish as well.

For mains we both went for the steak, with green sauce and onions. It was unbelievable, we wanted to eat it all over again! It was served with a side of chips and of course gravy that was poured over the top of the steak. The greens sauce had parsley in it which we absolutely loved!

Angus the manager of the pub was incredible, he looked after us all evening, you can really tell he loves his job. He explained each dish to us in detail before we tucked in which we really appreciated as its nice to know a bit of background on the dish.

It was a busy Friday evening in the pub and the atmosphere was alive, we loved the vibe. We got the feeling that most people were locals enjoying a Friday night drink and a bite to eat.

We have heard that W.B Yeats serve an incredible roast on a Sunday, its huge so make sure if you visit you are hungry! We are going to have to make a return visit to try it!

Latest Deals Boyfriend Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching can you believe it is less than two months away now and we actually only have 7 Fridays until Christmas eeeek!

We really need to start planning our Christmas shopping and what we are going to buy! We both have boyfriends and sometimes they can be extremely easy to buy for but other times we just get so stuck and never know what to get!

That is where Latest Deals as come to the rescue! We had never heard of Latest Deals before but now we are completely obsessed with the website: There are so many cool products on there for a reduced price so we thought we would do a mini gift guide!

Are boyfriends both really enjoy running so these Nike Lunarstelos Running Trainers Mens from Size 7 to Size 11 would be the perfect gift! They were originally £69.99 but we can now get them for £35!

Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are such a good idea! Who else finds the wire on headphones so annoying, especially when they get all tangled! The wireless headphones on Latest Deals are just £12.99.

Our boyfriends don’t play the Xbox when we are around so we cannot complain too much! But this controller would be the perfect gift as well. Instead of paying £44.99 we can get it for £39.99! We do occasionally like to play it with them but not that often! The Xbox is good for Netflix though LOL.

Who doesn’t like receiving chocolate for Christmas? We most certainly do, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate 😂 these Artisan Hot Chocolate Spoons On Latest Deals looks soooo good and really tasty! Imagine enjoying one of these whilst the fire is on and you are watching a Christmas film!

The Reebok Gym bag would also be perfect for the gym or a weekend away, it’s such a good value as well only costing £23! The straps can also be adjusted as well which is great!

The shave kit is also a great stocking filler it comes with razors, blades and all kinds of lotions that look like they are travel size. This only costs £5 when before it was retailed at £24.95!

The four of us all LOVE coffee and we know just how expensive coffee pods can be! These Starbucks Colombia Espresso Capsules, Nespresso* Compatible are only £30 and you get 120 pods…. winner winner!

So that is where we have got so far with your boyfriends Christmas presents! It’s a good start and usually the rest of the present will be something we can do as we love making memories!