Lonely London: The Best Solo Attractions On Offer

Although there are two of us we also like to be very independent, we love travelling on our own, shopping on our own and going on long walks on our own, you get the gist we are still very independent. We absolutely love our own company and we are defiantly not the kinda people who are embarrassed to do anything on our own.

Many people who visit London will often visit on their own, and although it’s very very easy to find somewhere to stay in London it may not seem as easy to find things to do on your own. So to help you out with this we have compiled a short list of things to do when visiting London exploring some of the best solo activities in the heart of where we call home, London.

Theatre- Finding the perfect activity when you’re on your own in a new city is always a challenge. In a place like London, though, you need only think of what the place is famous for to be able to start coming up with some ideas. Having a long history in the field of performing arts, theatre can be one of the greatest choices in this situation. Not only will you get the chance to enjoy some of what London is known for, but you will get to do it in a way which doesn’t require someone else to make it fun. Most people will enjoy a play once they get into it.

History- Being an incredibly old place, visiting London to soak up some history is always a pleasure, even when you’re by yourself. Museums are the perfect place to go when you’re looking to burn some time enjoying a slice of the past. London is packed with different options, from the Natural History Museum to the numerous heritage centers found around the city. This sort of activity will be perfect when the weather is bad outside.

Artwork- History might feel a little bit too dry for your tastes during a break, and something lighter might be on the cards. For similar reasons to visiting museums, going to art galleries is a great way to learn about a place and the people who live there. London is home to loads of important galleries, and is a great place to learn about art from across loads of different eras. These are some of the best value attractions London has to offer, giving you hours of entertainment for nearly nothing.

Sightseeing- A lot of people will go to cities like London simply to see what’s they have to offer in regards to sights. Websites like vlondoncity are some of the best to help you with this, giving you the chance to learn loads about the place before you get there. From Big Ben to Windsor Castle, you have plenty to explore on your journey to London.

Fitness- If you are into fitness we would definitely recommend trying out some of the fitness classes that are available in London! There are so many and if you type #londonfitness into Instagram you are bound to find one that you like. There are also lots of free running clubs, running is a great way to explore the city, it’s one of our favourite things to do when visiting a new city.

Coffee & Brunch- London’s brunch scene is booming so what better way to spend your morning. There are so many amazing brunch spots you are bound to stumble across a few on your travels. Have a coffee stop in the afternoon and make sure you go to an independent coffee shop the coffee always tastes SO much better!

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking into ways to make the most out of your next solo London trip. An adventure like this doesn’t have to be boring, and most people will be able to find loads of different activities which they will really enjoy. Of course, you won’t know until you’ve researched it, though.

Morning Run in Jersey

As you know by now we always start every trip we go on with a morning run, it set us up nicely for the day and also gives us a chance to look around running to sites and viewpoints we wouldn’t otherwise get to see. I visit Jersey quite frequently so know the island relatively well but that doesn’t stop me waking up in the morning, tying up my laces and getting outside.

I set out at 7:00am when it was still dark outside, as I was running the sun began to rise and I was quite literally running into the beautiful sunrise. It was so peaceful outside with only runners in site. As I am training for a marathon I knew I had to run a fair way as I always save a long run for the weekend, I googled the distance from St Aubin’s to St Hellier and it said it was roughly 5 miles so a rounded trip would get me up to 10 miles which was perfect.

It was such a beautiful morning it looked like the sky was on fire, by the time I got down to the harbour I just had to stop and take some photos to share with you all.  I wish I could wake up every morning and run along on the beach, I even saw horses galloping along the beach it was truly magical.

Rachel will be joining me in Jersey in June for the Jersey half marathon which we are already so excited about, for someone who has never been to Jersey before running the half marathon will mean she hopefully gets to see a large amount of the island in one go (the island is only 9X5 anyway).

We cannot think of a better half marathon to take part in, the views are going to be truly stunning, if any of you are also running the half marathon in Jersey then please do let us know! Fingers crossed the wind and weather in on our side on the 10th June.

The Somerville Hotel Restaurant Review

My Grandad chose to spend his 90th birthday at The Somerville Hotel which is located in St Aubin’s in Jersey, a quaint fishing village.  The restaurant was booked for forty adults at 13:00PM.

The afternoon begun with a Champagne reception, there were a selection of juices you could add to the champagne which I was happy about as Champagne isn’t my drink of choice I would always opt for Prosecco out of choice (my Mum would kill me if she heard me say that). The juice purees included peach, orange and blackcurrant I went for the peach flavour and it was utterly delicious, the Champagne was flowing and the waiters were brilliant at topping up the glasses which we were more than happy with.

We were seated at 13:30PM and in front of us was a personalised 90th birthday menu which was a nice added touch. A waitress came round and served us fresh warm bread and there was the option to have white or brown. We were given enough time to decide what we wanted to eat from the menu before the waitress came round and took our order. We didn’t have to pick our dessert which we were happy about as this is something we often struggle to choose prior to eating our main course as we are never sure what we are going to feel like; are we going to want sweet or do we want cheese? Oh the struggles.

There were four starter options; Cauliflower soup with bacon lardons, smoked ham hock, citrus cured salmon and marinated tiger prawns. I went for the cauliflower soup which was beautiful and very flavoursome, I would definitely recommend.

Prior to the starter being served the wine was poured which was a delicious crisp white Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand white wine. White wine isn’t usually my drink of choice I am much more a red wine kinda gal. I find White wine gives me really bad heart burn and it can be incredibly tangy, but this wine was utterly delicious and I found myself going back for more, in fact I didn’t go back for more the waiters were going round topping up our glasses which can become dangerous because you lose track of how much alcohol you have consumed!

There were four main course options; Roast Rump of lamb, char grilled scotch rump steak, pan fried fillet of sea bream or pan fried breast of chicken. I went for the steak which really isn’t like me! I almost always go for the chicken but for some reason steak is what floated my boat that day so that is what I went for.

There were also 4 Desserts; Raspberry soufflé with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate tart with macerated cherries, Brie de meaux with apples and biscuits oe a selection of ice-creas and sorbets with poached peppered peaches. I went for the raspberry soufflé as I had never tried one before. I certainly was not disappointed it was beautifully served and it was ridiculously light and fluffy. The chocolate tart was also Moorish and I helped myself to several spoonfuls of my boyfriend’s lol. My mum did comment that there was only one type of cheese on the cheese board which was slightly bizarre especially if you are not keen on a brie like cheese.

After we had finished our desserts a surprise birthday cake was bought out by the waiters for my Grandad which was a chocolate ganache cake decorated in macaroons. Of course we couldn’t say no to a slice of cake so what was 3 course meal had now turned into a 4 course meal (not that we were complaining). If you are celebrating a birthday we would definitely recommend ordering a cake, I am not sure whether they made it or whether they ordered it in but it was a lovely touch and tasted just as good as it looked.

Teas and coffee were served with mini plates of petis fleurs.

We enjoyed several gins as well which were served beautifully, we especially liked the tanquray gin with a slice of grapefruit and sparkling tonic water. The waiter knew a lot about his gin and how each of them should be served so it was interesting to learn a little bit about the different gins.

Couldn’t fault anything about lunch at The Somerville Hotel and we would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you have  a party to arrange or you just want to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the weekend whilst visiting jersey

Travelling The World Top 5 Bucket Lists

Our travel bucket list gets longer and longer by the day, we dream about visiting and exploring so many beautiful countries. Gradually we are ticking destinations off of our bucket list but at the same time we are adding more every single day.

We thought we would write a blog place about all the different locations we want to visit, brace yourselves this list could be long AND it may leave you really wanting a holiday we know it did us.

Maldives- Is anyone elses Instagram feed full of bloggers in Maldives? Ours certainly is and we are so JEALOUS! Maldives is definitely up there with being one of the top countries we would love to visit, those water bungalows are just too dreamy. The sea is crystal clear and they have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, we better get saving!

Sri Lanka- We are already swooning over Sri Lanka; The wildlife, the scenery and the heritage is enough to make us jump on a plane tomorrow. We would love to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Cave Temples because they look absolutely stunning. We would also visit the Yala National Park in the hope that we would see some of our favourite animals. Dalawella beach is a definite must visit as well we would love to have a go jumping from the palm tree swing!

Bangkok- Rach has briefly visited Thailand before but would love to go back and explore but this time with Annie!

We would of course visit The Grand Palace – you cannot go to Bangkok and visit the Grand Palace, the name kinda describes what it is and the picture Rach took when she was there makes it look very opulent and beautiful.

We have heard so many things about the Khaosan Road, good and bad, but we really want to see what it’s all about! Apparently the shops are really good and you can buy souvenirs and the famous elephant pants for really cheap! Not to mention eat crickets, worms and whatever else tickles your fancy and enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two at one of the many bars. Damnoen Sadua (floating market) is also very popular in south east Asia and we visited one in Vietnam, so would love to go to the famous Damnoen Sadua in Bangkok.

https://www.destination2.co.uk/destinations/thailand/bangkok

Bahamas- Okay so we will be honest with you ever since we watched the Mary-Kate and Ashley film ‘Holiday In The Sun’ we have wanted to visit the Bahamas! The Bahamas has the worlds third largest barrier reef so we would of course have to go diving during our visit. The Bahamas as made up of lots of different islands 700 to be precise so we would definitely need to do a bit of research to ensure we pick the best, although we are sure none of them would disappoint!

Abu Dhabi- We have wanted to visit Abu Dhabi ever since we watched the Sex & The City movie- how incredible did it look! We have both been to Dubai and absolutely loved it so we have a cheeky feeling we will also love Abu Dhabi and a bonus is it doesn’t matter when in the year we visit because they have sunshine all year round. We would love to visit the desert.

This is a sponsored post with destination 2, All views are our own.

The only regret you will make is wishing you started sooner

We will be completely honest with you here, we have a regret about our blog and Instagram and that is not starting it sooner. I mean maybe it wasn’t the right time for us if we had started earlier, it wasn’t like we sat around for ages pondering on whether or not to create a blog, it’s probably best that we take you back to the begging and where this crazy journey begun.

In October 2015 we decided to start a blog, we don’t remember why and we really cannot remember the conversation we had around it, which is really unlike us because we both have incredible memories for things like that but it’s been erased from both of our memories. Maybe we cannot remember because we didn’t see it as being a significant conversation or decision in our lives at the time, it was just meant to be a hobby where we documented some of our lives.

Fast forward 2 and a bit years and we absolutely love it, we don’t know what we used to do before our blog like seriously we must have been so bored. We spend every spare hour of the day we have working on our blog; writing blog posts, creating Instagram content, filming YouTube videos, answering emails and the list could really go on and on and on.

Our dream is to work full time on our blog we want to earn enough money so we don’t have to have a standard 9-5 job, we know this is also so many other bloggers dreams but you know what we think if we work hard enough our dreams can come true. No dream is too big if you put your mind to it, after all the only adventure you will regret is the one you didn’t take.

If you haven’t started a dream that you have been dreaming of doing whether that is a starting a blog, going travelling, moving in with someone or changing jobs you can do it!

So bring on the late nights, early mornings, copious amounts of coffee and constant hard work! We are ready to work harder than ever on our blog in 2018 and you know what we are already off to a good start and it’s only mid Jan, bring on the rest of the year.

The Somerville Hotel Review

One of the best 4 star luxury hotels Jersey has to offer is The Somerville Hotel nestled in the hills overlooking the charming harbour that is St Aubin- a definite must visit if you are visiting Jersey.

We stayed at The Somerville Hotel in January whilst we were visiting Jersey for the weekend. We had only ever read good reviews about the hotel and we had been dreaming about staying there for a few years. It was the perfect location for us as well as we had a birthday celebration at the hotel restaurant on the Saturday afternoon.

Upon arrival the staff checked us in and made sure we knew exactly where to find our rooms. We were allocated a room on the first floor which had incredible views overlooking the sea.

The room was a good size it wasn’t huge but it was perfect for the two of us. The room was attractively furnished and each room is furnished slightly differently ensuring they all have character whilst at the same time all adding a sense of comfort and charm.

We had two really good nights sleep, the beds were super comfy, they had a selection of pillows to choose from and even with the windows open we didn’t get woken by any outside noise.

The bathroom was immaculate and we noticed the elements shower products right always. If you haven’t smelt elements before you NEED to the products smell divine.

We also loved the dressing gowns, nothing beats getting out the shower and wrapping up in a warm dressing gown that has been heating on the towel rack.

The room was quite hot upon arrival so we opened the windows and spoke to the receptionist on our way down for dinner to switch the heating down, which didn’t seem to be a problem.

The Staff at The Somerville are efficient and incredibly polite, the service they offer is 5 star and you never get the feeling that anything is too much to ask. The staff are always on hand to help making sure your stay is as comfortable and as relaxed as possible.

A self service breakfast is available which is of course one of our favourite things about a hotel, you can read our Somerville breakfast review here.

We went for a wonder around the gardens in the morning as we wanted to get a closer look at the pool. The Somerville have a heated pool that is open from May- September so unfortunately we couldn’t go for a dip but we imagined how peaceful it must be during the summer months- another reason to return.

The food at the Somerville restaurant cannot be faulted. We had a three course lunch that also deserved a post of its own. The hotel bar staff are also incredibly knowledgable about drinks and make the most delicious cocktails. We love gin and the way they served it was just superb.

There is WiFi at the hotel which works well, it is open WiFi so no password is needed you just log in via twitter or a form.

It’s easy to see why it’s one of Jersey favourite most talked about holiday hotels. We certainly Wouldn’t hesitate to stay again, we had the most perfect stay.

Vegan French Toast

We recently bought Lucy Watsons vegan cookbook. We are not vegan but we love trying new recipes and were intrigued by her cook book. Its actually really good and there are many recipes we would make. We love incorporating a few vegan meals into our diet it mixes things up and bit and vegan food certainly doesn’t have to be boring.

As Rach does not like eggs so vegan french toast is right up her street. We attempted to make them one Sunday morning as it looked like the perfect breakfast choice. The recipe is on page 23 of her cookbook. Lucy makes hers with spiced plums, but we used bananas instead and served ours with raspberries too.

Lucy makes hers in 2 pans, but we just used one, hope you enjoy our version!

Caramelised banana:
3 tbsp vegan butter
3 tbsp coconut sugar
2 bananas, sliced

Toast:
200ml almond milk
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnnamon
2 tbsp flour
2-4 thick slices of bloomer or sourdough bread

1. For the caramelised bananas, put the butter and sugar in a pan over a high heat. Once melted add the banana slices and cook on both sides. They will look golden and be sticky too.
2. Pour the milk into a bowl/jug and whisk in the flour, sugar and cinnamon.
iced bread into the mixture coated well.
3. Take the slices of bead and cover in the liquid mixture. Add to the pan of bananas, you may want to add more butter too.
4. Cook on both sides until golden brown and crisy
5. If the bananas are getting too soft, remove from the pan and set aside.
6. Serve with raspberries and enjoy

We love Lucy’s cook book, and would recomend you buy it – only £6 on Amazon

Joe Wick The Fat Loss Plan: Review

We recently bought Joe Wicks cook book and we are LOVING it! So much so that both our mummy’s have the cook book too!! We decided to try out a number of the recipes and share our pictures and reviews with you all. We are sure there will be a part 2 for this post as we make our way through the book.

Grilled harissa and chickpea salad
This was very quick and easy to make but used quite a lot of utensils. You have to boil the broccoli in one pan and then the peppers, chickpeas, spinach etc are fried in the frying pan and then you need a tray to grill the chicken too.
The harissa on the grilled chicken was delicious and was the first time we had cooked with harissa. In addition we don’t normally grill our chicken however after trying out this recipe we will use this method more.
The pomegranate seeds are an optional extra at the end however we would definitely recommend adding them as they add so much flavour and a nice burst in your mouth. We also loved the lemon juice addition is adds a lot of flavour to the chickpeas.
We will definitely be making this dish again.

Prawn linguine
Another super quick recipe to make perfect when you’re in a rush and fancy a simple but delicious meal! This doesn’t use many ingredients but tastes yummy. We made two versions, one that followed the recipe book and one where we added some harissa paste for a bit of spice. Both tasted delicious.

Salmon and prawn Moroccan fishcakes
This recipe was also served with a salad, however we just made the fishcakes. We served it with sweet potato fries and tender stem broccoli (or midget trees as joe likes to call them!). In the summer we would have it with a salad!
We would say it was more like a fish burger than a fish cake. The texture of it felt like meat which was strange but delicious!

Beef, butternut and coconut stew
we made this with sweet potato instead of butternut squash, but both will taste good, or alternatively you could add both to the dish. We were a bit suspicious about this dish as we did not think the sweet potato would cook adding is straight to the pan, however we were pleasantly surprised and it was cooked to perfection. The dish is very quick and easy to make and all goes into one saucepan. It was also yummy and we had lots left over to take to work for lunch which was a bonus.

Chocolate orange popcorn
Oh my these taste AMAZING! Not entirely sure how they are lean but hey ho we made them and they were divine. You are meant to make your own popcorn in a pan but we were lazy and bought some instead. However we couldn’t find plain popcorn so got sweet, but if anyone knows of any brands that sell plain popcorn please let us know in the comments!

Make sure you check back here for more reviews, as we already have lots of recipes planned from his cook book for this week! And be sure to buy his new book too, we got ours from Amazon, its a bargain.

B&M January Shopping

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing variety retailers and we blooming love it, so when we were asked if we wanted to join in with their January campaign we immediately jumped at the opportunity. They believe in selling ‘Big Brands for Sensational Prices’ and think they do this really well.

We always notice more B&M stores in the north of the country but this might have something to do with the fact B&M’s first store opened in Blackpool. They now have over 560 stores across the country so you are bound to find a store near to you.

If you haven’t been to B&M before and you are anything like us then make sure you give yourself some time to browse the isles, we love it and could spend so much time and money in there. We scheduled in a day to go to B&M for the campaign and we basically wanted to purchase everything we came across.

We love fitness (as you well know) so we were especially excited when we saw B&M had an activewear range. We went for the grey and coral full length leggings which were such a bargain only costing us £6.99! They also had twin pack sports bras for £7.99 and double packs of leggings for £11.99. We also spotted they had protein shakers and water bottles on sale which we didn’t opt for this time but we will be back.

We have so many girly sleepovers with hot chocolate and chick flicks (or usually in our case getting blog work ticked off the do list) that we thought what better to accompany it than with new mugs, some marshmallows, popcorn and of course our favourite chocolate.

We actually couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the price of the popcorn- 25p and the marshmallows- 39p what an absolute bargain!

We already have a date in the diary and we are so very excited already. It won’t be long until we are back in B&M we have a wish list that just keeps on growing.

The Perfect House to rent in Bath

It has been a tradition of ours to go away at Christmas for the past few years, sadly Rach couldn’t make it this year as she had her final practical exam for PT school (we missed her so much). The location of choice this Christmas was Bath and we couldn’t have been more excited.

We searched for hours and looked at numerous properties on Air BnB in hope that we would find the perfect place to stay, none of them were quite right and incredibly expensive so we took our search elsewhere. I eventually found a lovely property on Bath Holiday Rentals, it was a good price and just looked perfect.

Bath Holiday Rentals have several properties in Bath which are all 4 or 5* self catering houses.

On arrival we immediately fell in love and knew we were going to have the best time.  The apartment had a kitchen, living room and drawing room which were decorated immaculately and instantly made us feel so at home something we find doesn’t come that easily.

The 3 bedrooms were located downstairs they were all decorated charmingly and cleaned to perfection. We felt so cosy in the house, this might have something to do with the underfloor heating which was a god send considering out cold it was outside.

A small hamper had been set up on the kitchen worktop which included; a bottle of mulled wine, mince pies, Muesli and some milk in the fridge, we loved this idea it was super cute of them and is something we will always remember about the place.

The Property was located in the centre of Bath on Brock Street, we couldn’t have really asked for a better location it was only a 5 minute walk away from the city meaning we didn’t have to drive anywhere all weekend. Talking about cars parking in Bath is slightly tricky, the property gave us one parking permit which was great but we had two cars. On the Friday when we arrived we parked the car on a yellow line, there were no signs to say what time we had to move the car by so we assumed the car would be fine but you guessed it we go a ticket LOL. The traffic warden actually told us to leave the ticket on the windscreen as we wouldn’t receive two in 24 hours and it was free to park there on a Sunday.

We always do Secret Santa whenever we go away so when we turned up and spotted a Christmas tree in the living room window we were over the moon. We each placed out presents under the tree which made our Christmas getaway even more perfect.

After a long day in Bath exploring the city we couldn’t wait to get back to the house to enjoy an afternoon of cheese and mulled wine. The kitchen was so well equipped (we especially loved the Emma Bridgwater crockery) we couldn’t fault anything, it really did feel like we had just moved into someone’s house for the weekend.

We will be recommending this place to EVERYONE! We haven’t stopped talking about it since we got home. We lived like princesses for the weekend and that is definitely something we could get used to.