Sampling the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé on tap in All Bar One

We visited All Bar One last week at Picton Place just off of Bond Street. We visited to sample their Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose wine for a nice catch up, drink and some nibbles – what more could you want!

Who would have thought you could order wine on tap in a bar. Like normally it’s the lads ordering a beer on tap but now we can order wine on tap too and its never tasted so good.

We both ordered a medium glass of Provence Rose, It was served at the perfect temperature, nice and chilled just the way we like it! Warm wine is the worst and we really struggle to drink it but we didn’t have that problem here.

The wine was a very pale pink colour, a pretty blush pink that went really nicely with the copper work surfaces/tables at all bar one.

We were sat down chatting and both kept saying how delicious the wine was and how easy it was to drink. The summer feeling you got when drinking this wine was fabulous, we both imagined ourselves in France drinking a glass of it sat at a marina looking at yachts with a bowl of olives……. any guesses as to where exactly we pictured ourselves in France…… (let us know your guesses in the comments below!)

The fab thing about ordering wine on tap in our opinion is also how much quicker it takes to serve. No stress in finding the bottle, taking the lid or cork off and then pouring rather than just pulling a lever right on the bar!

In addition the good thing about all bar one is that you are never not close to one. In fact there are lots in London and 52 Around the UK!

All bar one also offer a lot of 2 for one offers so it’s a good place to take your friends to for a catch up or maybe that guy or girl you are dating….!

Visit London For Free

We love living in London but sometimes really do take it for granted. It’s nice one in a while to be a tourist in our own city and this can sometimes be quite expensive so we have pulled together all the fun free things you can do in London.

Natural History & Science Museum- these are located in potentially one of our favourite parts of London, South Kensington which is very close to Chelsea. The beautiful mansion houses and streets are very photogenic and there are lots of cafes on our list to try in this area too (you can read all about Muriel’s which is very close by here) This area also hosts 2 free museums which are fab for kids and adults too. There is so much to see at these museums and you could easily spend a day here. They often have pretty cool exhibitions on too, but you have to pay for these. During the summer they also host late events which are free and very popular with young professionals so keep your eyes peeled for these.
CLOSEST STATION: West Kensington

V&A- opposite the natural history and science museum is the Victoria and Albert museum which is a fashion museum. If you are into your fashion this is a great place for you too. They also do some amazing exhibitions which are well worth checking out.
CLOSEST STATION: West Kensington

Buckingham palace- you cannot come to London and not stand outside the queens house! If he flag is flying the Royal Standard (rather than the Union Jack) Then it means she is in! At 10.45 The changing of the guard happens daily and it’s worth being around to see that, it lasts about 45 mins.
CLOSEST STATION: Green Park

Westminster and Big Ben- we had to add this to our list as its iconic but sadly is in scaffolding until ? So although it’s pretty iconic you won’t get that typical London shot, but still worth joining the hundreds of tourists who stand outside it daily.
CLOSEST STATION: Westminster or Waterloo

Hyde park- we love this park and especially in summer when the weather is hot. There is a massive lake in the middle which is lovely to walk around. You can often see the queens horses going for a canter along the edge of the park too.
CLOSEST STATION: Hype Park Corner or Knightsbridge

The London marathon- this is a great free event to attend that happens yearly at the end of April. Join the crowds and cheer on the runners and soak up the atmosphere. Make sure you download the route map and pick where you want to stand to get the best view. There are also many other races in London that you may want to watch such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Harrods- this is the most visited tourist destination in London! We advise you go at nighttime to see the whole building lit up and of course see Harrods sign. Take a wander inside and wish you were rich and visit the Egyptian staircases. It’s all very grand and beautiful.
CLOSEST STATION: Knightsbridge

Camden market and lock- we love this place although it can get very busy. Wander around the market stalks and enjoy the yummy smells of all the street food. Camden is very unique and a cool place to visit and the lock is stunning too.
CLOSEST STATION: Chalk Farm

Tate modern- if you’re into modern art go here to look around but if you’re not into modern art we strongly recommend you go here too. There are often exhibitions on the ground floor which are cool but our favourite is the free amazing view of London. If you go to the cafe on floor 4 You get amazing views of St. Paul’s or head to the top floor (10) for panoramic views of our beautiful city. Who says you need to pay lots of money for a gorgeous view, head to the Tate for free.
CLOSEST STATION: Waterloo, Embankment or Blackfriars

Primrose Hill- can you tell we love seeing epic views of London?! Well now you can! Head to Primrose Hill for a completely different view of London, we could spend hours here, and on a sunny day why not bring a picnic. We often will get the tube to Baker Street and walk to Primrose Hill through Regents Park, it’s a lovely walk so if you fancy that we highly recommend it.
CLOSEST STATIONS: Baker Street, Regents Park

We love London and think its amazing there is so much free activities to do.

10 reason why you need to visit Battersea Park

London has so many beautiful parks such as Hyde Park and Regents Park and we would definitely recommend visiting them. However Battersea Park is so underrated and not spoken about as much so this is why we have written a whole post about it (especially as Rach lives just around the corner).

We love Battersea Park and here are our reasons why:

1) Its right on the River Thames and the views of Chelsea Bridge, Albert Bridge and the Shard are stunning. There is something nice about being on the south of the river

2) There are lots of cute areas and gardens to discover that we stumble across every time we visit.

3) The Pagoda’s and statues are beautiful and you would not expect to see the large gold Buddha on the side of the Rover Thames.

4) The Pear Tree Cafe is the perfect brunch spot especially in the summer. You can sit down and enjoy a delicious brunch at one of the many benches on the side of the lake, but there is plenty of seating inside too. You can also takeaway and you can skip the queues by heading to the takeaway kiosk.

5) You can pick up some plants from the Thrive garden centre, where you will not only benefit from some lovely plants for yourself but are also supporting a charity.

6) You can play Pitch and Put if you fancy a spot of golf. A sunny afternoon in London and nothing better to do than play some golf with friends.

7) You can be a monkey for the afternoon at Go Ape. Well I never, Go Ape in the middle of London, yes you heard us correctly. Okay this course may not be as big or as daring as other ones in the country but it is still cool to think that you can go and be a monkey for the day even in central London!

8) Hiring pedalos is super fun and something you can do in Battersea Park. No need to battle the tourists of fight the crowds in Hyde Park, instead head to Battersea Park and hire your pedalo here instead!

9) You are super close to Battersea Power Station. Battersea Power Station is soon to be the Apple HQ and they are currently redeveloping the entire areas. We actually visited here a couple of weeks ago for the first time and its so cool. There are lots of new restaurants that have opened and many more opening soon. You can visit for a coffee or there is even a wine bar and the cutest local grocery store too.

10) You are super close to Battersea Cats and Dogs home if you fancied popping in to see some cuties. We actually often see volunteers from the centre out walking dogs from the home in the park and its so cute!

We hope you enjoyed our list of reasons as to why you need to visit Battersea Park and we hope we have convinced you to visit for yourself. If you do decide to visit let us know what you think, we love hearing about your adventures!

Pizza Pick Up Review

Pizza Pick Up is an authentic Italian wood fired Pizza Restaurant located at the North End of Peckham Rye just a short walk from Peckham Rye tube station.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Nic who told us about the history of the company and how it originally started as a street food unit serving pizza from the back of a 1961 Volkswagen Splitscreen which we thought was so cool.

Nic has an incredible amount of passion for his restaurant, you can tell he absolutely loves what he does and this completely shines through when he is serving customers. He is in his element and you can tell he just wants to make sure everyone has the best time whilst eating great food.

The real marble tables at Pizza Pickup are any bloggers dream and so was the natural lighting that was shining in through the windows.

The menu had so much choice and it all sounded delicious! We were stuck with what to choose so we asked Nic for his recommendations.

We each had a Bellini to drink, Rach opted for the strawberry Bellini and Annie had the Peach one. Both were delicious and were just the correct right amount of sweetness.

For starter we had a basket of Focaccia which if you don’t know is wood fired Roman flatbread. It was cooked to perfection and went well with the second starter we were recommended to pick which was the Bufalo Crudo.

The Bufalo Crudo was Mozzarella, prosciutto ham and rocket salad. The portion size was incredibly generous as you are served an entire ball of Mozzarella. The Mozzarella was soft and creamy on the inside and as we mentioned above it tasted delicious with our Foccacia.

For main we had three pizzas, yes three and we managed to eat all but one slice (we are not joking)- we certainly don’t order food only to take a photo of it.

Our first pizza of choice was a margarita because let’s be honest you cannot go to a pizza restaurant and not try its margarita pizza. It didn’t disappoint and the tomato to cheese ratio was perfect.

We also went for a pepperoni pizza because if you cannot tell by the t-shirts we are wearing in our photos this is a firm favourite of ours. Pizza Pickup were generous with the amount of pepperoni and the pizza was cooked to perfection.

The third was a Quattro Stagioni which was tomato, mozzarella, beretta ham, artichokes, mushrooms and black olives- a test to know whether or not a pizza passes the test of being a good pizza involves picking the pizza slice up an trying to eat it without any toppings falling off, this one past the test with flying colours and it was packed with toppings! This pizza was packed with veggies and we especially liked the artichokes as it isn’t something we usually opt for on a pizza, so it was great to try something new.

For dessert Annie is Nutella obsessed so she went for the Pizza Cioccolato Nutella & Sea Salt which was essentially a Nutella Pizza (The dough was slightly softer than a normal pizza). Oh my it was SO unbelievably delicious and just thinking about it as we write this post is making us want it all over again.

Rachel opted for The Tiramisu as it was Nic’s grandmas recipe so we couldn’t really say no. It wasn’t like your traditional Tiramisu as it wasn’t swimming in sauce, but Nic actually informed us the English make it wrong and it is intact supposed to be slightly dr. Nevertheless it was absolutely delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a coffee lover.

As you know a Two Brits review wouldn’t be complete without a toilet review! The toilet was situated at the back of the restaurant, it was clean and we just have to mention the beautiful sink they have had fitted- it is the sink of dreams.

There is also outside seating area which was perfect as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. We made sure to make the most of it whilst we were waiting for our food to arrive and had our Bellini’s outside looking out onto the green.

We always love trying independent restaurants and Pizza Pick Up did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and it was just all round an amazing meal.

By the time we left at 6pm the restaurant was buzzing and the atmosphere was alive. Pizza Pick Up was everything we expected it to be and better. A pure delight to have spent our afternoon in this little gem of a restaurant.

Pizza Pick Up are available for private events including weddings & parties. How incredible would it be to have pizza served at your wedding!

A toursits’ guide to London

Despite both living close to London we do love having a touristy day out in London and exploring the amazing city. London is incredible because there is so much to do regardless of your age and there is also so much history to the city.
We have decided to pull together some ideas if you are planning a day out in London. You can pick your favourites from the below list and tailor the day to suit your needs. The great thing about London is that a lot of it is walking distance away from each other and the best way to explore a city is by walking. When you walk somewhere you find areas that you wouldn’t normally discover and really explore the city.

Central Tourist locations:
Buckingham Palace – get off the tube at Green Park and walk to Buckingham Palace to see one of the most famous sites in London. This place is swamped with tourist so be careful in the crowds, but make sure you get that good shot. The best time to go is to see the changing of the guard at 11am.

Trafalgar Square – You can walk to Trafalgar Square along the tree lined Mall from Buckingham Palace, or the closest tube is Trafalgar Square. You can visit the National Gallery here or the National Portrait Gallery and also take pictures of Trafalgar

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – You can easily walk to Big Ben from Buckingham Palace or from Trafalgar Square, or the closest tube station is Westminster. Big Ben is so iconic so you have to visit here when coming to London. If you are lucky you may see lots of protestors outside too. Make sure you walk along Waterloo Bridge to get a good shot and this bridge then takes you to the London Eye

London Eye – The London Eye is a great tourist attraction and personally we think the best time of day to go on it is at dusk so you can watch the sun set over London. The London Eye may be slightly expensive but if you haven’t been on it before then its highly recommended. You can spend your visit pointing out the iconic buildings across the skyline.

Sea Life Aquarium – a great day out for the family is the aquarium which is right by the London Eye. For those who love aquariums and sea creatures this is a fun day out!

Tower Bridge & London Bridge:
These locations are very close to each other so it’s a good idea to visit all these places together

Borough Market – Borough Market is foodie heaven and the closest tube is London Bridge. The best time to visit the market is early in the day as it is less busy, however the market is only open Wednesday to Saturday There are so many different food stalls here to purchase food from but also street food stalls to purchase delicious hot food. You could spend hours here tasting samples of different cheeses, meats and sweet treats. Make sure you visit Rabot 1745 for the most incredible hot chocolate.

The Shard – the tallest building in London is guaranteed to provide you with incredible views of London. You can be on the 72nd floor of this building admiring the London skyline with 360 degree views. To visit the viewing gallery you need to book in advance, but you could also visit one of the many bars or restaurants for dinner and drinks with a difference.

HMS Belfast – the HMS Belfast is moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge and is such a fun day out for the whole family. There is so much to do and see on board the ship and of course great views of the iconic Tower Bridge. On the HMS Belfast you will learn all about live at sea but also about World War Two.

Tower of London – Tower of London to see the crown jewels is an excellent way to spend the afternoon in London. To make the visit enjoyable for kids you can download an interactive app to keep the kids encouraged throughout the visit. The great thing about a visit to the Tower of London is that you can spend as little or as long as you like here.

Tower Bridge – one of the most famous bridges that people often think is called London Bridge, but make sure you do not mix the two! Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge that consists of 2 bridge towers tied together at the upper level by 2 walkways and you can visit Tower Bridge and climb to a glass floor walkway for impressive views of London. Your ticket also included a visit to the engine room to learn about the inner workings of the bridge.

Covent Garden/West End/Soho:
Covent Garden – you have to visit here purely to see how beautiful it is, the covered market place is gorgeous especially at Christmas. You will also see some amazing street performers here

Theatre – a trip to London isn’t complete without a trip to London’s West End to see a play or a musical. There are so many amazing shows on at the theatre you will want to see them all! Aladdin is incredible and so is Lion King if you are a Disney Fan. Mamma Mia is an amazing sing a long musical that is guaranteed to make you feel good. Matilda is also incredible and highly recommended. Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera are also excellent choices

Eating – There are SO many restaurants in this area that you are spoilt for choice. There are too many to put here, but look out for a post about pre-theatre menus in London soon. However, many restaurants offer excellent value pre-theatre menus so make sure you research or book in advance.

Regents Park/Camden:
London Zoo – London Zoo is amazing if we do say so ourselves! It’s such a big zoo so you could easily spend the day here. Nestled in Regents Park and close to the stunning Primrose Hill this is a great place to visit with the family. There are lots of events on throughout the day in particular learning about different animals. We love bringing a picnic to the zoo, however there are plenty of places to buy food too.

Madame Tussauds – Madame Tussauds is on the edge of Regents Park and is part of the famous wax work museum chain. You can take your picture with a number of famous people and pretend to be mingling with the celebs! The wax works change of a regular basis. When booking your ticket online you get to pick a time slot, its advised to book in advance otherwise you could be queuing for hours to gain entry.

Camden – Camden is very very close to the beautiful Regents Park. Camden is a very vibrant and eclectic part of London right by a beautiful lock. Camden is famous for its market so make sure you visit it for a browse. There are also many different street food stands to buy delicious food.

This is only scraping the surface of visiting London, make sure you check back for more blog posts about the best city in the world (we may be biased!).