Hello Spring

We absolutely love the four English Seasons, but it just seems like winter lasts forever and always over stays it’s welcome. It’s safe to say we are excited about the warmer temperatures and we are well and truly welcoming spring with open arms. We have been wishing for warmer weather since February but the more we wished the colder it gets.

Easter has been and gone and there STILL wasn’t any sign that spring is on the way accept the fact the clocks changed and it’s lighter in the evenings YAY!

This week though eeeek! We have been in our element loving the hot summer like days (hotter than Ibiza). We feel like we have got our mojo back and a spring in our step! It really is crazy what a bit of vitamin D can do to your mood!

There are so many things we have been missing about spring so we thought we would write a little list about all the things we are looking forward to and have been enjoying this week:

LONGER DAYS
Longer days means we will actually get to see daylight. Driving to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark really starts to take its toll after a while.

ICED COFFEE
We love an iced coffee and it isn’t something we would choose to have in the winter so by the time spring comes around we are well and truly ready to be re united with our one true love.

WARMER WEATHER
Warmer weather means we can wear t-shirts without having to weather a jumper over the top YAY for all the slogan t-shirts we have in our lives. We will no longer have to pack 17 layers in our bags when we leave the house YAY!

DRIVING IN THE SUNSHINE
Okay so this one might sound a bit strange but we love driving in the sunshine with our sunglasses on, windows down, music on and singing at the top of our voices we LOVE it.

BEER GARDEN
Sitting in a beer garden on a Saturday afternoon is just pure perfection, day drinking in the summer is so much fun.

SUN GLASSES
Who doesn’t love going into Primark and purchasing every single pair of sunglasses? We never spend money on expensive pairs of sunglasses as we always find they break! We live in sunglasses in the summer!

PICNICS
Just an excuse to eat your body weight in food and drink all the Pimms! We love a pick a mix style lunch for picnics are perfect for just that.

LONG EVENING WALKS
Evening walks when the sun is beginning to set are literally one of our favourite things about spring and summer. We love walking through the woods and fields breathing in the fresh country side air!

Reasons You Need to Move to London

For many people, taking the plunge and moving out of the family home isn’t an easy decision as its not necessarily essential. For others a job may mean you have to move out of your family home and into your own accommodation.

Summer of last year I moved to London and it was the best decision I ever made, so I thought I would share reasons why you too need to take the plunge and come to London too.

1) London is such a fab city
2) You can cook whatever you want for dinner
3) After work drinks are much easier to get home from and doesn’t take 2 hours!
4) You can host dinner parties and catch up with your pals over delicious food
5) The night tube runs to your area
6) The chance to explore a totally new area
7) You make a whole new bunch of friends
8) Its not frowned upon to have a girlie evening on the sofa eating chocolate and watching rubbish TV
9) The amount of places for brunch in London gets bigger and bigger and on the weekend there brunch is just on your doorstep
10) Summer is just around the corner, and summer in London is amazing, evening drinks on roof terraces, cycling bikes around one of the many parks, or sunbathing in the park, London is glorious in the summer sun, so what are you waiting for…… get your bum to London!

And if your worrying about doing your own cleaning, don’t worry Fantastic Services have got you covered. They are your one stop shop for all home services.

We use Fantastic Services to ensure our flat is kept super clean and we love the ease and convenience of this service.

Pizza Union Review

We had never heard of Pizza Union before, we know right?! Are we living under a rock! But when we were contacted and asked to write a review we jumped at the chance.

We love Pizza it’s one of our favourite foods, especially when cooked right and something we always opt for when we are eating out or getting a take away.

We visited the Dalston branch of Pizza Union which is a new branch that has recently opened. It is located just a short walk about from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland station.

The staff at Pizza Union were really friendly and explained how the restaurant worked! You order your food and they give you a buzzer that will vibrate when your food is ready to pick up. The service was super fast which we were pleased about as we were so peckish.

The pizza’s are all freshly cooked in a giant pizza oven which took up the majority of the kitchen.

We both ordered a 12inch pizza each and a side salad to share. We loved the fact the pizzas were thin crust (Roman Style) instead of deep pan as it doesn’t feel so heavy and you can actually taste the flavours of the pizza.

Rach went for the Regina which was tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, Ham, mushrooms (which she removed) and black olives. It was really tasty and we loved the addition or Parmesan cheese as it is one of our faves!

Annie went for the Carne which was topped with chicken, beef, pepperoni, onions and rosemary. Basically a bit of a meat feast lol. The rosemary really made the pizza it was so delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a meat eater.

We ordered a side salad as well which was priced at £3.95. The salad we opted for was the Pizzeria (which was essentially a pizza in a salad minus the dough). It was yummy but definitely only as a side salad as it wouldn’t be filling enough as a main.

For dessert- yes we went all out we ordered the Dolce Classico which was a warm dough ring with Nutella and mascarpone. Seriously it tasted as good as it sounds, Annie was in Nutella heaven as it’s one of her favourite things in the entire world. We would definitely order this again!

We were offered frozen margaritas as well but we both decided to go for soft drinks instead. Although when we return we will definitely go for the raspberry margarita it looked delicious.

The pizzas are SO SO cheap! You can order a margarita for just £3.95, which is just crazy. The most expensive pizza is only £6.50 so again really good value especially for London.

Pizza Union is open 7 days a week from 11am till late, they do not deliver so you will have to visit one of the branches to enjoy the pizza or order a takeaway and collect it yourself. It’s also important to mention they do not take bookings like most fast food restaurants.

Dalloway Terrace Brunch Review

Dalloway terrace has been on our brunch bucket list for as long as we can remember! We tried to visit in December but they were fully booked and we sadly couldn’t get a table.

Dalloway terrace is an Bloggers dream, from the decorations, the crockery and the food everything is a photo opportunity and trust us when we say we took SO many photos.

It was Annie’s birthday and Rachel surprised her with Dalloway Terrace for a birthday brunch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Prior to visiting Dalloway Terrace Rach booked two weeks before as you cannot book anymore than two weeks before. The reservations on the Dalloway Terrace website had all gone so Rach went on book a table to reserve our 2 hours spot.

We didn’t realise that Dalloway Terrace was part of The Bloomsbury Hotel so we were surprised to see that it was when we arrived.

We were shown to our table and although Dalloway Terrace is outside (well in a Terrace) it was warm as they have several heaters. We were sat by the door and there was a slight draft but nothing that a blanket couldn’t fix.

We ordered our usual coffees, Rach went for a soya latte and Annie had an Americano with a dash of soya milk. We were really surprised with the size of the coffees as we usually find restaurants always serve the smallest coffees but not at Dalloway Terrace we got a mug and of course we fell in love with the mug and wished we had them at home ourselves.

We ordered a basket of pastries to start which included pan au chocolate, pan au raisin and plain croissants. We did ask for them to be served to us before the rest of our food but unfortunately this didn’t happen and all our food came out at once which was a little annoying but never mind.

Rach ordered the pancakes (obv!) which were served with lemon curd, berries and maple syrup. There were 3 fluffy pancakes on the stack which is pretty standard for London brunches. The berries and lemon curd worked really well together and of course it was then smothered in maple syrup. The maple syrup came in a mini jug so you could pour as much or as little you wanted – obviously she used it all!

Annie went for the avocado on toast which normally came with poached eggs but she opted to have scrambled eggs and they were more than happy to accommodate this change. The amount of avocado given was unreal, it was basically a whole avocado on the toast, some of it was smashed and then there were big slices of avo too. There were also a handful of cherry tomatoes on top too which had been roasted in the oven to perfection.

The portions sizes were very generous at Dalloway terrace and this is one of the reasons as to why we loved it so much and why would we return. We do find when going for brunch in London they are very stingy with portion sizes, usually we get a teeny coffee or a pathetic amount of avo or salmon – not at Dalloway though!

We spotted an outside seating area which was also beautiful (everything about this place is) and we will definitely be visiting again the summer and making use of this area. We can imagine taking a lot of pictures in the summer here!

The toilets were located in Bloomsbury hotel and on our way to the toilets (which were clean FYI) we spotted another restaurant which was The Coral Room. We recognised it straight away from Instagram and just had to step inside to have a look. It was beautiful and we noticed they serve the same food so always worth a try it Dalloway Terrace is busy.

We will definitely be returning to Dalloway Terrace we were not disappointed and it was everything we hoped it would be.

Bens Canteen Brunch Review

Bens Canteen has been on our list of places to visit ever since our bus drove past it one afternoon. We are quite observant especially when it comes to food places and as soon as we walk or drive past somewhere that looks cute we head straight to Instagram to see pictures and more importantly check out the menu.

Bens Canteen had also be recommended to us by a number of people so we knew we would enjoy it. However we were warned that sometimes its very busy and you have to wait. We were lucky when we went that we took the last table of two, and people arriving after us were being turned away. That being said, it is definitely worth the wait.

There are two BC currently in London, one at Clapham Junction and one in Earlsfield. However one will be opening in Batteesea Powerstation too!

There is an extensive brunch menu, but you can also enjoy lunch or dinner here too. They also often have deals on during the week as per the picture below:

We quite fancy returning for the bottomless brunch which is £25 per person, which includes any item off the menu and 2 hours bottomless prosecco.

On this visit we sampled the Flatbread Smashed Avo and the Big Ben (basically a full English breakfast). The big breakfast was huge and you got 2 eggs cooked how you want. We opted for poached which were cooked to perfection.

The flatbread smashed avo was simply incredible and we would recommend this to anyone who visits. We chose to add the chorizo which was a good idea too. As Rach doesn’t like eggs this was the perfect option for her.

100% we would return to Bens Canteen and we cannot wait to visit the new one in Battersea.

Farm Girl Brunch Review

We have wanted to visit farm girl for so so so long ever since we spied some lovely pictures on Instagram. What blogger doesn’t want to visit Farm Girl? The menu is so instagram!

A couple of weeks ago we tried to go to the one in Notting Hill but the queue was ridiculously long so we gave up and decided it wasn’t meant to be.

After a photo shoot in Chelsea we thought it was the perfect opportunity to try farm girl in Chelsea instead. We looked on the map and it looked kinda far out and a bit of a walk from any station so figured it would not be as busy as Notting Hill.

Farm Girl in Chelsea is about a 30 min walk from Sloane square and 15 minute walk from Gloucester Road, so be prepared for a walk. However both walks are beautiful, we did both, we walked from Sloane Square to Farm Girl along the kings road, wishing we were rich enough to afford to buy our clothes and Home wear from the gorgeous shops.

We wandered back to Gloucester Road after we had finished. This walk (we followed google maps!) took us down some stunning streets with beautiful houses and the fact that it was a gorgeous winters day also helped.

We arrived at Farm Girl and we were seated instantly. We were sat slap bang in the middle of the restaurant kinda in the isle and given menus. Then a very friendly waiter came and took our drinks order. The drinks menu alone is massive, there’s like and entire A4 page dedicated to the many drinks that Farm Girl offer.

We knew we wanted to be adventurous and try something new, but we also knew that we didn’t want a matcha latte as the last one we tried was gross (not from farm girl might we add!).

We asked our waiter to recommend some drinks and quizzed him about a number of the different options. We told him about our past experience with matcha so he suggested we try the charcoal one as he really liked it, but the past experience really put us off. We then spied flavoured lattes and the waiter gave us an excellent description of the flavour so we decided to go for one rose latte and one lavender latte so we could share.

The way these drinks are made is that the hot water used is infused with either rose or lavender to give the coffee a subtle flavour and we could certainly get the subtle taste and both were surprisingly yummy. Rach preferred the lavender one and Annie preferred the rose one so that worked out well. The lattes cost £3.60 each so quite a standard price for a coffee in London and these did come with rose petals in!

For the main we didn’t know what to order but like we do every time we go for brunch we become nosy and started to look at the dishes coming out the kitchen and being served to other guests to help us make a decision.

In the end, Rach opted for the Avocado Toast which was served with lemon juice, fresh coriander and a sprinkle of pomegranate served on sourdough toast. There was also the option to add a poached egg for an additional £2 but Rach didn’t. The dish cost £8 and was relatively small and not the most filling especially as we have been elsewhere and got much bigger portions. That being said the added pomegranate was a great addition and really make the dish. We probably wouldn’t opt for this if we went back again purely down to the portion size.

Annie went for the Oven Baker Aubergine dish which was baked in a tomato and chickpea sauce with a mint and tahini yogurt dressing served with sourdough bread. There was also the option to add a poached egg for £2 but Annie also didn’t bother. The dish cost £9 which was fairy priced. The dish was incredibly tasty and there were lots of delicious flavours coming through, we would definitely recommend this dish if you visit.

Now we want to end this post on saying how exceptional the service was here at the Chelsea branch of farm girl. All the staff were so passionate about their jobs and were very knowledgeable. The staff were just so friendly and took so much care in ensuring all the guests were happy. We particularly loved how the staff crouched next to the table to be on the same level or sat on a spare chair to take your order or answer any questions.

In addition we didn’t like being sat in the isle as we kept getting knocked and as a spare table came free at the back of the restaurant the staff were more than happy to move us there. They carried everything across for us and kept making sure we were happy- it has to be said as well the lighting was SO much better as the free table was in natural lighting (you have got to think about these things)!

We were quite surprised when we took a trip to the toilet to find there was only one toilet, it was up the top of a staircase and logistically getting in and out of it whilst someone else was waiting was interesting. That being said it was clean and they replenished the hand towels frequently. We loved the staircase leading up to the toilet and the actual toilet itself was decorated charmingly.

Farm girl Chelsea has made a lasting impression on us, and we will certainly recommend this place for food and drinks to everyone – thank you

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.

Hawksmoor- The best roast in London

So this may be a very bold status but we think we have found the best roast in London so we had to share it with you!

We are very particular when it comes to roasts as we love home cooked ones from our mummy’s so restaurants have a lot to live up to! There is just something about a home cooked roast that is so much nicer than one from a restaurant, we have come to the conclusion its the gravy and roast potatoes that really have a lot to live up to.  The Hawksmoor chain serve the tastiest roast we have ever tried at a restaurant and we will be returning again soon.

There are 6 Hawksmoor restaurants in London and one in Manchester. The roasts vary a little from restaurant to restaurant, however they all serve beef only with a massive Yorkshire pudding. The beef is cooked exactly how you want, the medium rare in our eyes was perfect. The Yorkshire pudding is huge, its golden and crispy in texture which is exactly what you want from a Yorkshire pudding.

The gravy is delicious and they are generous with their jug. The roast also comes with veg, roasted onion and roasted garlic. You can order extra vegetables and the cauliflower cheese looked delicious, we may have to get it next time.

The roast costs £21, which may seem a little expensive, but we would say its only a little above the average price for a roast. A roast in London would cost you about £17, so its worth paying the extra £4 for the most epic roast from Hawksmoor.

We visited the one in Knightsbridge and it was a lovely setting and the staff were very very friendly. Our friends often visit the Seven Dials restaurant which is in Covent Garden so the perfect refuel after a sport of Sunday shopping or post theatre dinner.

This is a short but sweet blog post, and basically the point we are trying to make is that everyone needs to visit Hawksmoor on a Sunday purely to try their roast dinner.

Brunch Review 202 Notting Hill

We LOVE LOVE LOVE Notting Hill and had planned a fun day out at Notting Hill in the sunshine and of course a brunch, which is in our eyes the perfect Saturday. The weather was awful so we basically ended up going to Notting Hill just for brunch. We had a number of places we want to go in Notting Hill for brunch but this time decided to try out 202.

202 is basically a boutique shop and a restaurant, so when you arrive it feels you are entering a shop. However the restaurant takes over the top floor and the basement is the cute boutique shop. It has quite chilled vibes and there are a couple of communal tables.

We were taken to our seats, which were in the corner of the restaurant close to the kitchen. If you ever go, do not accept these seats as they are in the most annoying location ever. You constantly have staff brushing past you with plates of food and we found it hard to fully relax as it was so busy and noisy by our table.

We did happen to notice a cute outside terrace out the back of the restaurant and there was also seating out the front. had it been a warm summers day we would have definitely opted to have sat outside.

We both ordered coffees, which were small and overpriced but we needed our morning coffee fix and we took a cute picture of them too! The coffee was REALLY strong so it definitely woke us up a little bit, Rach opted for a Soya milk latte and Annie had an Americano with Soya Milk.

Rach went for the French toast with bacon and maple syrup which was £10.50 and Annie went for the 202 healthy cooked breakfast which came with avocado, poached eggs, tomato, spinach on brown toast and that cost £12.95. Annie was originally going to go for the smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese and watercress, but it was £17.50, they charge an absolute fortune for smoked salmon (we would like to hope it’s the crème de la crème of salmon at that price!!)

One thing we would like to mention is the toilets becasue as you probably already know this is something we comment on in all of our brunch reviews. the toilet were situated in the shop in the basement definitely are not something we would rave about. We always judge a place by their toilets and the toilets were not up to standard considering the feel the restaurant is going for and how much they charge for brunch. We thought it might be because of where the toilets are located, it does mean that members of the public are free to the use the toilet.

We both really enjoyed our food, it was tasty and portion sizes were generous. We are glad we have visited and ticked 202 off our list of brunch places. Would we return, probably not, but we still had a lovely time.

Walking In The Woods

Do you ever just wake up in the morning and all you fancy doing is going for a long walk through the woods? We LOVE walking we think it does wonders for the mind and we always feel so much better for it.

There is something about getting out of bed on a Sunday morning, putting on some trainers, our scruffy clothes and getting outside to enjoy the fresh air in this beautiful world we live in. Sundays are usually our rest days from the gym so instead we slow down the pace and just go for a casual stroll instead, it’s the only time of the week where we actually slow down, no wonder our minds work at 100mph if our bodies are doing exactly the same.

We have both been lucky enough to grow up with the woods just a stone throw away and trust us we don’t take it for granted, we absolutely love it and we make the most of it wherever possible.  Sunday morning are always so peaceful we rarely see another soul, which always surprises us as we always expect to see lots of people, although saying that  most people are probably enjoying a lazy Sunday in bed  as we are known to wake up unusually early.  You will see us out in the woods come rain, snow or shine, we especially love it in the snow it’s like our own little winter wonderland where we can pretend we are in Narnia it’s truly is beautiful.

We have never understood why people HATE walking? Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people hate it. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs, there are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

We are those people that think it’s possible to WALK anywhere and everywhere, we recently saw a meme on Facebook of this and it made us laugh because that is us down to a T! We always try and beat the Google Maps whenever we walk anywhere it’s become a little game we have, because we are so COOL!