The Sipping Room In Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf at the weekend is so fantastic because its like a different world. During the week its full of all those business men and women who all probably work in finance and is so busy and non-stop. However at the weekend all these people are probs chilling on their yacht on the Thames in Marlow or enjoying a country break in the Cotswolds…… this means its nice and quiet at the weekend and the perfect place to go for food.

We think Canary Wharf looks a bit futureistic, even the train station is pretty cool and then as you come out the station all those sky rise office buildings with floor to ceiling glass. There are lots of eateries here and also lots of shops too!

The Sipping Room was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in West India Quay which is just a 5 minute walk from Canary Wharf station. The Sipping Room is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems they offer a standard brunch menu across all their restaurants/bars.

It was mid-October on a beautiful autumn day, the sun had definitely decided to put its hat on that day!! We asked to sit outside to make the most of the glorious weather and that was no trouble at all!

There is lots to choose from on the brunch menu (which is available at the weekend from 11am – 4pm) and its very varied so everyone will be happy! There is the all day breakfast menu which includes items such as pancakes, avocado on sourdough, full works, veggie works and eggs Benedict.

There are also plates to start or share which include burrata and a meze board. For brunch you could also choose a burger or a dish from the grill. See what we mean, lots to choose from! There is also a breakfast menu (which includes boiled eggs and soldiers!) and an all day menu which includes pies!

Anyway back to what we actually ate! As it was brunch time and we hadn’t had breakfast as we had been at a gym class we opted for the brunch menu and also just because we love brunch!

Rach went for the buttermilk chicken and waffle as she has never had it before and was intrigued to see how the elements all worked together. This was served with a waffle, topped with avocado and then a buttermilk chicken breast with chilli maple syrup. The combination worked so well together, and the size of the chicken was very very generous! As I love avocado I wish there was more avocado on it!

Annie went for the avocado on sourdough but changed the poached egg for scrambled egg. The staff were more than happy to make this change which was nice! It was really tasty and the portion size was great, sourdough bread would have been better than just a slice of white but you can’t have it all!

We then enjoyed our brunch with a juice each, Rach went for sweet greens (kiwi, pineapple, cucumber, orange) which was really refreshing, we would definitely recommend!

Annie went for for L’Orange (orange, mango, avocado), I had never tried avocado in a smoothie before so I was really intrigued! It made the smoothie really creamy and the orange and mango overpowered the flavour of the avocado. Both were refreshing and delicious and made us feel all summery in the lovely sunshine.

We popped inside as this is where the toilets were located. We loved the decor of the inside there were faux fur blankets over most of the chairs and it looked like a little winter wonderland!

The bar was located at the front of the restaurant, just as you walked in the door. The staff were all incredibly friends at The Sipping Room and answered any questions we had

The toilets were very clean and there were plenty of cubicles, we love the fact Drake & Morgan have sweets in the rest rooms! This time they had a huge pot of quality streets, they really are getting into the festive spirit!

We would definitely recommend visiting! The Christmas menu looked delicious and we already have our eyes on it!

3 Lessons We Have Learnt in Three Years

So to celebrate our blog turning the grand age of 3 we decided to look back at the past 3 years and think of three things we have learnt. It’s hard to think of the most prominent things to share because we taught ourselves everything, and we have learnt A LOT!

I mean we set up our Instagram and had to learn all about the algorithm, we learnt the hard way probs as its taken us 3 years and we haven’t hit 10k yet (give us a follow if you don’t already and help us out we are less than 50 followers away eeek).

We set up our wordpress account and then decided to go self hosted, now that was a learning curve and a half! We taught ourselves how to edit photos and how to edit vlogs. We tried to learn about SEO (still struggling with that one!), and there is so much more!

So here are our main 3 lessons that we wanted to share:

1) When coming up with a name for yourself or your brand never ever use a number. A number can change you see….. when we originally started there was three of us and some of you may have followed us from the beginning when we were threebrits…… well now you probs can tell there are two of us! So this meant we had to change EVERYTHING. Our blog name and layout, our instagram, twitter and our email address. We still have to check our threebrits email address every now and then just in case someone has emailed us! So this advice is for anyone starting out, not just a blog but for anything, really think wisely about your name!

2) When taking photos take them in the SHADE, not in the direct sunshine! When we first started taking pictures we thought that we needed to find the prettiest sunniest spot. It took us a while to realise (and a few squinty photos) but we are so glad we did! The shade is the best place for photos!

3) Be yourself – now this may seem a bit deep and like woahh! However we stand by this and have been ourselves from day 1. We like to portray our real selves on social media and don’t like this whole insta vs reality thing. Okay yes we do photoshoots in advance but when we have full time jobs we have to plan ahead to ensure we have enough content. However when we go out for food we genuinely do eat everything we are given, so many bloggers will take photos, take a bite and then leave the rest. Not us! We eat it all and have been know to eat share a massive starter, 3 pizzas and 2 desserts between the two of us and we are not ashamed!

We also love to go out and enjoy ourselves, we have had many a crazy night/day out and think its important to enjoy life. We have had 2 memorable bottomless brunches; one where we basically walked the entire streets of London and had a fun encounter with a gold buddha and the other where we were ‘slut’ dropping in the middle of central London…. and plenty more to come!

In addition to this when we attend a fitness class, we put our all in and enjoy ourselves. We have been to a number of fitness events where other ‘fitness bloggers’ have turned up late, then hardly participated in the class and then posted on social media how great the class was and how sweaty they are….. nah not us again, we will fully workout!

So our final point – BE YOUR WONDERFUL SELF….. always!

HunkeMoller HKMX Product Review

We love finding new fitness brands and loved recieving these fab tops from hunkemoller. The tops we are wearing are the HKMX Blogger Xenia Mesh Tank Top! We both have them in a size XS and they fit perfectly!

The tops retail at £20 which we think is a fair price especially as the quality is really good. The fabric is incredibly soft and very comfortable (we have trialled and tested in several workouts).

The newest HKMX sports collection is perfect and so chic! It’s fashionable but also functional. You will find outfits for all kinds of activities including high impact sports such as running or boxing. They also have outfits perfect for yoga and other low impact sports.

More and more brands these days are offering more than just the product and are also ensuring the packaging is just as nice. To be honest we can see why because nice packaging that looks inviting is so nice to receive and also people are more likely to photograph and post to social media, which is free advertising for the company!

Hunkemoller didn’t disappoint with their cute packaging it was pretty and pink and we absolutely loved it!

The entire collection is so beautiful and we definitely have our eyes on some of the other products. We love the baby pink cropped sweater, the baby pink high neck branded sweater is also BEAUTIFUL! In fact we would wear the entire collection!

If you love the colour pink then this collection is most definitely for you (don’t worry there are plenty of other colours if you aren’t). We LOVE pink at the moment it’s one of our favourite colours so as you can imagine we are completely crushing over this collection.

You can purchase this collection on the Hunke Moller website.

Trying & Reviewing FlexiQule™

*This post is sponsored by AlchemLife™

Exercising is something we do on a regular basis, if you couldn’t tell already it is a big part of our lives and something we couldn’t imagine life without. We love so many different types of workouts including; Running, walking, spinning, HIIT, Yoga, Boxing, weights and the list could go on and on. We always like to make sure our workouts are varied and because of that we don’t want our joints to be affected due the pressure we put them under.

We jumped at the chance of working with AlchemLife™ and have been trialling their new joint product, FlexiQule™, for this sponsored review. They are an original food supplement made from 100% natural active ingredients, designed to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

We both love to run an awful lot and this year Annie took part in her first ever marathon and ultra-marathon, it was incredible and I loved everything about it even those long training runs in minus degrees and plus 35oc (trust me running in Greece and Spain is hard!). Training for marathons is pretty intense on the joints, especially when training on hard ground and our knees take a lot of the pressure. Although we are young and pretty strong we still want to make sure our joints are as healthy as they can be.

After long training runs I find that my calves can become very tight and sometimes painful which can be really irritating and definitely isn’t ideal during training season. Since taking FlexiQule™ this pain has completely stopped which is just incredible. I wish I has known about the supplements whilst I was training for my marathon back in April as it would have been a massive help!

The key ingredients in FlexiQule™ are GingerG321 and BoswelliaG301 which help manage the body’s inflammatory response and maintain joint health, which is exactly what we want when running.

Rach absolutely loves attending a Barre/Ballet class as she has always been a keen dancer. Rach used to be much more flexible when she was younger (didn’t we all lol) so as soon as we heard about FlexiQule™ and the results people had noticed she just had to give them a try.

We don’t take any other supplements these are the only ones we take and trust as we know they are a 100% natural food supplement, free from wheat, gluten and sugar and no known side effects (something that tends to scare us about other supplements). Our joints undergo an enormous amount of pressure every single day so we feel it is only fair we give them something back to say thank you.

FlexiQule™ is AlchemLife’s first product to launch in Europe using their PhytoAdvance™ technology, which ensures ease of use and maximises efficacy, bioavailability and purity.

FlexiQule™ natural joint supplements are £16.99 for 30 capsules and are available online or from LloydsPharmacy’s nationwide from the 29th October.

We would 100% recommend giving these supplements a go if you want to make sure your joints are as healthy as they can be. We are going to continue taking them so we will keep you posted on how we are finding them in a few months’ time.

To find out more visit: https://www.alchemlife.com/uk/flexiqule/

Getting ready for your first date

Dating is a fun experience but it can also be very daunting. After being single for 6 years Rach finally decided it was time to stop living the single life and find someone to share life with instead!

Rach loves to travel however being single meant many trips alone and after a disastrous solo travel trip it was time to find a partner to travel with instead. After some funny dating stories she has now found a lovely man and couldn’t be happier!

There are so many ways to meet people now days, its the 21st century after all!

Some people still want to meet someone ‘the conventional way’, our friend from school still thinks like this and is hoping to bump into the man of her dreams in the street, at a bar or by random chance. This makes sense as only 40% of woman are willing to use online dating and we can kind of see why!

There is also that tactic of sliding into the DM’s…….!

Some people however have embraced this new phenomenon and are cracking on the dating apps, interestingly men are a bigger fan with 50% embracing the dating apps. There are so many dating apps out there, you will find one or a a few that will suit you.

So whatever way suits you, get yourself out there, its what we had to do, and get meeting people. Which takes us onto the next point:

So you’ve met someone you get on really well and its time for the first date. First date nerves here we come! However, trust us when we say once you’ve been on your first date and overcome those nerves the next ‘first date’ becomes a lot easier and soon you’ll be a ‘first date pro’!

You’ve arranged to meet at a bar so you spend all evening getting dressed and ready to impress. Of course you have to pick that perfect outfit, and the big debate of wanting to look good but not wanting to look like you’ve made a massive effort. Jeans and a nice top it is! Its no surprise that 32% of women spend up to £49 on their appearance and 14% paying out a staggering £100. The men, however, spend far less, with 33% of men typically forking out no more than £20!

Then you want to beautify your face interestingly it’s actually the men that put the most effort in when it comes appearance, with 61% of gents dedicating time to shaving before a date and only 44% of women, but don’t worry we will still add some lippy!

Would you ever expect the other person to pay on a first day? We would never expect it and we always would assume that we are splitting the bill 50/50! Why should the man have to pay? We have well paid jobs and we don’t feel it is necessary! Well 8% of men would expect the other person to pay but 68% of men would offer to pay on a first day (on a second date more than half a less likely to offer to pay, can’t blame them!). 26% of women still expect the other half to pay on a first date.

We find these statistics soooo interesting! It’s so funny to see the statics and what is going on in the world of dating, and you can read more here!

Let us know your thoughts and if you agree or disagree. Do you have any funny dating stories, share them with us!

Hatch Brunch Review St. Albans

Last weekend it was a rainy and miserable Saturday and so we decided the only way to spend the day was eating yummy food! We didn’t want to go too far so headed to St Albans which is a local city to us (yes it’s a city because it has a cathedral but it’s not a super big place! It’s actually so cute with cobbled streets and all!).

Hatch on the go opened its doors 8 years ago as a small takeaway place and it was doing so well that the owner decided to open an establishment in the centre of St Albans and called it you guessed it… Hatch! Hatch is located on Holywell Hill and has been open since February 2017.

Hatch has completely taken off and we can totally see why! We had a cheeky browse of the menu online before we visited and we already knew we were going to be spoilt for choice!

We arrived at Hatch at 3:45pm, they are open from 9-5 every day so we had just over an hour and 15 minutes. Upon arriving Liam the restaurant manager introduced himself and showed us to our table.

The restaurant was still heaving at 3:45pm and the atmosphere was buzzing. There were a variety of customers in Hatch (families, couples and groups of friends enjoying prosecco to give a few examples). It was nice to see such a variety of people in one place having a good time.

Liam was incredible and his service was impeccable you can really show he loves his job and the restaurant. This is such an important part of any restaurant and we feel plays a huge part in the success of a restaurant. Customer service is so important these days and more so with the internet and trip advisor, we cannot rave enough about the service here. We know we love a place when we don’t stop talking about it not only to each other but to our friends and family too!

There was so much to choose from on the menu we didn’t know where to begin. However in usual Two Brits way we decided to share everything so we could try more food! Always share because then you don’t get food envy!

We even shared our drinks, we opted for the juice of the day which was carrot, orange and ginger. It was served in a cute little bottle with paper straw. The second drink we chose was chocolate and caramel cooler which is chocolate milk over ice, caramel syrup and cream! It was so delicious but also incredibly sweet so if you aren’t looking for something super sweet this drink probably isn’t for you! We loved it though!

Liam very kindly saved us their sweet corn fritters which were the special of the day and had sold out by 11am! So if you want to enjoy their specials you have to get their early!

The fritters were delicious, they were sandwiched with slices of avocado and chilli jam, topped with chorizo and a perfectly poached egg. The eggs are sourced locally and oh my gosh the yolk was so orange!

We also had the hash brown bites on the side, these are their most popular item on the menu and are the perfect accompaniment. Little hash browns served with a yummy BBQ dip, ideal to share!

We then decided to share a waffle and there were lots to choose from it was hard to decide but we went for the honeycomb one. The waffle batter is made fresh every morning and it tasted amazing! The waffle was topped with crunchie pieces, raspberries, butterscotch sauce and a large scoop of ice cream- DELICIOUS!

To end the meal we enjoyed a hot drink; peppermint tea and a latte (with very pretty latte art and very photographic!).

We loved the interior of Hatch, it was simple but effective. The brick wall made for good photos and we loved all the slogans and tempting messages written on chalk boards hanging off the lights.

It was nice that you could see the staff at work behind the counter, we love that in any place we visit!

Hatch also so private events, you can hire the place out every day of the week once they have closed. They can offer both a sit down meal or a party for up to 60 people.

We cannot recommend Hatch enough and we will definitely be going back soon!

Tibits Restaurant Review

Tibits is a vegetarian and Vegan restaurant chain located in Switzerland and London, they have a total of eight stores (two of which are in London). Three brothers from Switzerland wanted to create a ‘delicious and fresh vegetarian buffet, as speedy as a fast food joint and as cosy as a corner café’ they worked with two of the oldest vegetarian restaurant owners in Zurich and together created Tibits.

Tibits in London can be found just off of Regents street in Heddon Street and also in Southwark (known as the Bankside branch) located just behind the Tate Modern. We visited the Bankside branch on a rainy Sunday morning and as soon as we entered the restaurant our mood was immediately lifted.

Tibits was fairly quiet as the restaurant only opens at 11:30am on a Sunday and our reservation was at 12:00PM, we certainly were not complaining though as it was the perfect opportunity to take some photographs of the restaurant. We are glad we did as well because by the time we left the restaurant was full and the atmosphere was buzzing.

On arrival we were welcomed straight away by a lovely hostess who explained to us how it all worked! You pay by weight, so you can take as much or as little as you want. Once you have filled your plate you can take it over to the till and have your plate weighed. Breakfast is £1.90 per 100g, lunch is £2.30 per 100g and dinner is £2.60 per 100g.

We opted to sit inside as it raining outside but if it had been a lovely sunny morning we definitely would have sat outside watching the world go by.

Tibits has over 40 homemade vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes, soups and breakfast dishes. As we visited Tibits at 12:00PM and as it was the weekend there was a selection of breakfast dishes and lunch dishes available.

We were really impressed with the number of dishes on offer and we were completely spoilt for choice. We of course piled our plates up, so we could try a little bit of everything (it has just got to be done). We enjoyed every single option on our plate it was just heaven! We especially loved the lasagna it was sooo delicious.

The bread is complimentary so don’t put that on your plate when you go to get it weighed!

The food is in the middle of the restaurant served on an island that you can walk around and choose what dishes you want to have. We walked around that island several times making sure we didn’t miss anything!

Rach also ordered a large Fitness Green Juice which was really tasty (although we did wonder how small a small would be as the large wasn’t that big). Annie went for a Ginger Kombacher as she had never tried one before and was curious to see what all the fuss was about. The Kombacher was really refreshing and the ginger flavour was divine.

Tibits were hosting a live music bottomless brunch, it was the last one of the summer and included unlimited gin and tonics (sounds right up our street). Guests started to arrive just after we had finished our meal and were sat outside in the conservatory area which was really beautiful and had a lovely atmosphere.

The main restaurant had mainly high chairs and also window benches for a spot of people watching! There is also a small amount of seating downstairs which was really cute and cosy and would be perfect for a bigger party.

The toilets are downstairs and just as a warning are communal boys and girls so don’t be alarmed when washing your hands (like we were)!

Overall we had such a nice experience visiting Tibits and have never really dined in this way before but loved it! We often like to try many dishes (when eating out together we usually share our food half and half!) but this style of dining meant we had a lot of variety and didn’t get food envy if one another!

We would definitely return here and would recommend to everyone whether they are veggie/vegan or not!