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….!

Sarona Eatery Review

Sarona Eatery is a new Middle Eastern restaurant which opened its doors in May 2018 in Clerkenwell. Sarona Eatery is inspired by the street food of Tel-Aviv to the streets of East London, they serve Tel Aviv classics but have also added an East London Twist.

Sarona Eatery is located on Clerkenwell Road with the nearest tube station being Farringdon (a 5 minute walk away). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday7:30AM-23:00PM and also opens on a Saturday for Shabbat Brunch from 11:00AM-22:00PM.

The founders wanted to create a restaurant that enabled people to come together and eat good Israeli food and we think the restaurant has really hit the nail on the head.

Everything on the menu is homemade in the Sarona Kitchen which we absolutely loved as you know the food you are being served is fresh and has been made with love. The menu was designed with sharing in mind which is exactly what we did when we visited one Saturday afternoon.

Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by the waitress who took us to the table that had been reserved for us, the table was inside and due to it being a lovely sunny day we asked if we were able to sit outside which she said wasn’t a problem at all. There were several tables outside that we can imagine are packed during the week. The city is always much quieter at the weekends so we were lucky to have the outside seating area to ourselves.

We asked the waitress and manager for their suggestions to ensure we were able to try a selection of dishes. We are not fussy eaters (we are up for trying anything) so we suggested they surprise us with the dishes. We do this quite frequently when we are visiting restaurants and we haven’t had a bad recommendation as of yet.

To start we both ordered a glass of wine Rachel went for the house rose and Annie went for the house Sauvignon Blanc. Both were delicious and the perfect drinks to enjoy with our feast!

The menu consisted of three sections the first one being the ‘dipping and ripping’ section! We were served Handmade Sarona Humus which consisted of Tahini sauce, chickpeas, schug and olive oil served with pita bread. If you love hummus then we would definitely recommend this dish it was so tasty, if you are wondering what schug is like we were it is an Israeli hot sauce it wasn’t that spicy though so don’t let this put you off.

We also tried the Chopped Grilled Aubergine with fresh mint and pomegranate rubies, this reminded us of baba ganoush and we especially liked the pomegranate and mint flavours as they really gave the dish a little bit of extra flavour. This is the perfect dish to share with friends and it is also served with pita bread on the side.

There were lots of dishes on the small plates section of the menu that took our fancy especially the Crispy Cauliflower with tahini sauce, amba sauce and roasted almonds which we were served and absolutely love. We are mad for tahini so knew we were going to love this dish, the amba sauce is a popular Middle Eastern picked mango condiment which was also really tasty. This was definitely one of our favourite dishes we tried at Sarona so we would 100% recommend you ordering it.

The Spiced lamb kofta with cucumber, spring onion, mint and sour cream was also another favourite of ours and a dish we would definitely order again. This dish was served with 2 lamb koftas which were generous in size and they were really generous with the salad. This would be the perfect dish if you wanted to enjoy your own starter without sharing.

When we say we had a feast we really did mean it, the final section of the menu is called ‘big plates’ and this is the main dishes although as we were sharing everything we had all the dishes arrive as and when they are cooked which we really enjoyed.

The All Day Shakshuka is a hawayej roast lamb shoulder that is cooked for 14 hours before being added to slow cooked cherry tomatoes and free-range eggs served with grilled sourdough bread. This was quite a rich dish with lots of delicious flavours, but the lamb was so tender and cooked to perfection. We especially loved the bread that was served on the side it was a brioche based bread that was sweet and complimented the shakahuka perfectly.

The Chermoula marinated Bavette Steak is a 45 day old Hereford Bavette served on green bean, fennel and pomegranate salad, if we are hones this was probably our least favourite dish it was still tasty and the flavours were delicious but we just found it to be a little chewy.

The Spiced Tune Steak is a chargrilled schug spiced yellow fin tuna with caramelised lime and oh my this was just incredible. We cannot recommend the tuna steak enough, we had it cooked rare which we are glad about as it was so flavoursome and we loved the schug spice sauce.

As you can imagine we were stuffed after this, so full that we couldn’t even order a dessert to try. The dessert did sound delicious though there was a choice of apple, plum and organs blossom strudel, home baked rogelach and a gluten free dark chocolate brownie.

The toilets were also immaculate and decor was beautiful. We especially loved the pink velvet round sofa in the hallway of the toilets- we would quite like one of them for ourselves!

We absolutely loved our afternoon at Sarona Eatery, the staff we fab and were so attentive making sure we had everything we needed and were enjoying our time. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough and we will definitely we returning with a larger group so we can share the love!

Timeout More Review

We have recently signed up to Timeout More which is a perks card that gives us things for free, sounds amazing right? We are absolutely loving all the perks so far and since signing up we always make sure we check Timeout More before booking a restaurant to see if we can pick up a perk!

Timeout More costs £29.99 for 12 months which is £2.50 a month which we think is 100% worth it and like they say that is less than a coffee! It’s definitely worth it if you are like us and enjoy eating out which we all know can be expensive in London.

There are so many perks available including: Que jump, free cocktails, secret dishes, menu upgrades, free starters and sides and the best thing of all is that you can use the offers when you want even in peak times.

It is really quick and easy to purchase the card all you need to do is sign up online, they will send you an activation code to your email and you are ready to go!

You can browse the offers available at the Time Out More browse page, each venue has its own listings page with details of the offers they have including any terms and conditions they have.

We visited The Real Greek this week and of course we made sure we checked Timeout More prior to booking a table to see if we were able to claim any perks and luckily we were!

We were both able to order a drink for free which was a bonus we went for a prosecco as we were not feeling the beer! The waiter was a little unsure as to what the Timeout More card was but he spoke to his manager and it was fine!

When you are ready to use the offer all you have to do is click the ‘Use Now’ button which will generate a unique offer code. This code will expire after 10 minutes if not used but don’t panic you can always create a new code by just clicking ‘Use Now’ again. Show your code to a member of the team and it really is as simple as that.

There was a £10 minimum spend per person that you had to spend before getting the free drink but we were there for dinner so this wasn’t a problem!

There are hundreds of restaurants that each offer a different perk including: Pizza Pilgrims, Frano Manca, The Real Greek, Where the Pancakes Are, Cote Brasserie, Tortilla, The Modern Pantry, Nonna’s Gelato, Palm Vaults and so many more! You can search by location, venue, cuisine, offer and price point.

If you spot a perk that you want to use but not right away then simply use the ‘Save for later’ button and a copy of the offer will be saved under ‘saved offers’ which is found under the ‘my accounts’ section of the website.

We cannot wait to start using our Timeout More perks card whenever we are out and about in London and we suggest you get yourself one as well!

39 Steps Coffee Haus Review

39 Steps Coffee Haus is located in the heart Soho and the second branch is opening soon in Knightsbridge which we will have to visit.

The reason it is called 39 steps is because it takes exactly 39 steps from the bean on the bush to the cup in your hand! We thought this was really cool and have since read up on it, which you can also do if you are interested over on their website.

We visited at lunch time one Saturday and the coffee haus was heaving (in a good way). This sure was a sign that the coffee and food they served was good! You cannot book a table, you just have to walk in and see if there is one available.

It isn’t very big inside and there are two main tables in the middle that sit four and around the edge of the venue there are bar stalls which we opted to sit at. There are also a few smaller tables available as well. We chose the seats by the window so we could watch the world go by!

Upon sitting down as looked at the drinks menu as we had been told the cold press juices where to die for and we can indeed confirm they are DELICIOUS!

We decided to opt for two different juices/smoothies so we could try a couple of the flavours. The first cold press juice we chose was watermelon based and was delightfully refreshing and the perfect drink to enjoy on a warms summers day, which indeed it was.

We also ordered a smoothie which consisted of banana, mint and lots of other flavours it was the perfect consistency and the flavours really complimented each other. The juices come in 250ml bottles so they are perfect to take away or like us you can enjoy them in a glass with some ice.

Rachel ordered an iced latte with almond milk and Annie had an iced americano with a dash of soya milk. The coffee was incredible, it wasn’t to bitter which we loved but still nice and strong. We did also spot the cold coffee freakshake which we are intrigued to try so we will definitely have to visit again!

When we first walked into 39 Steps we noticed the pancakes and knew immediately that we would be ordering a stack. We ordered the peach jam pancakes to share which were served with whipped cream, fairtrade bananas and honey. We are glad we shared the pancakes because they were absolutely HUGE but oh my SO dam delicious! They only cost £9 which we think is a bargain considering the portion size, we will be dreaming about these pancakes for a while!

Upon leaving the manager asked us if we wanted to take away a couple of the cakes or muffins they had on display at the front counter. We opted for the vegan banana bread and a blueberry muffin. The vegan banana bread was really tasty and very moist which we like our banana bread to be! The blueberry muffin was huge and was bursting with fresh blueberries and was texture was light and fluffy so overall a very tasty muffin.

They had lots of sandwiches and cakes on display by the counter which we thought was a great idea especially for customers that are taking away! The juices are also at the counter stores in crushed ice.

39 Steps Coffee Haus gets a massive thumbs up from us! Everything from the service to the food and the drinks were incredible. We couldn’t recommend visiting this little establishment enough it filled us with joy and left us feeling very content.

The Locals

The local’s café is a healthy eating inspired café located in Grosvenor Waterside, Chelsea. It is a 12 minute Walk away from Sloane Station and a 15 minute walk to Victoria Station. The Locals serves breakfast until 5pm every day because they believe whenever you start your day you have to start it with a proper one. They have a separate brunch menu for the weekend.

The Locals café is slightly hidden and out of the way which we didn’t realise before visiting, this actually worked in our favour as it meant there wasn’t a ton of people waiting to have brunch. We were a little worried if we wouldn’t get a table as you are not able to reserve at the locals instead they work on a walk in basis. We arrived at about 10:45 and had no problem getting a table, the café was still buzzing and had a good atmosphere it just wasn’t overcrowded which was fab.

We ordered our drinks first, I went for an almond milk flat white and my sister had a ginger shot as she was suffering with a bit of a cold. The flat white was delicious with the perfect coffee to milk ratio, the Ginger shot was hella spicy and I only tried a tiny bit. The staff were really polite and helpful and didn’t mind waiting for us to decide what to order.

The waiter recommended the Matcha pancakes (£10.50) and suggested we got them if we had room for dessert, we didn’t this time but after seeing them we are definitely going to have to return to try them. The Gluten Free Granola in a jar also looked really delicious.

I ordered the Free Range Scrambled Eggs with a side of Smoked Salmon (£4.50) on sourdough toast which was so tasty. You could choose between 2 (£7) or 3 eggs (£9) and I went for the 2 eggs which I am glad I did as the portion was huge, they were also really generous with the smoked salmon as well.

My sister chose the Skinny Eggs Florentine (£10.50) which consisted of homemade skinny hollandaise with wilted spinach that was served on top of a brioche bun. The presentation of the brunch was really spectacular and reminded us of an erupting volcano.

We fell in love with the crockery at The Locals Cafe, we love an Instagrammable mug and plate and they certainly were here so we were snapping away making sure we got some good content. Seriously though how annoying is it when you go somewhere for brunch and the crockery is just so plane and boring! Only us?  They also provided us with a jug of water on the table which had a cute label on saying the Locals.

We loved the décor of The Locals, there was a plant feature wall in the middle of the café that was really pretty and it made us feel like we were sat in a green house.

We noticed there were quite a meetings happening in the café (on a Saturday morning) and there were also lots of individuals working away on their laptops.

We will definitely be visiting The Locals again, the food was great and so was the price tag! All round a great spot for brunch!

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.

By Chloe Review

NEW VEGAN PLACE TO EAT IN LONDON ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT IT WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

By Chloe is a new vegan restaurant in the heart of London. This restaurant has come over from America and is taking London by a storm.

Located in Covent Garden opposite 42nd Street the premises are surprisingly huge. We didn’t know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised at how large the restaurant was.

The great thing about By Chloe is that it is not table service so this meant there was no queue for a table and we didn’t struggle to find a table either. However we did go on a Monday afternoon so it was probably more quiet than usual.

Guests order their food from the counter and are given a receipt, the staff call your name out once your food or drink is ready.

We were surprised to see that at the weekend there is more choice on the menu and they offer a weekend brunch menu. We want to return to try the pancakes on this menu as they took our fancy.

We decided to go for the pasta pot as we had just come from a gym class. The one we opted for was the avocado-cashew pesto pasta which was served with cherry tomatoes and vegan Parmesan. We chose the large pot and oh my it was so filling that we actually struggled to finish it, the sauce was so creamy and flavoursome.

There was also vegan mac and cheese which was made from sweet potatoes. We were not brave enough to try this, but maybe next time.

Other items on the menu included salad, burgers, juices, fries, cupcakes and even treats for your pets!

We both ordered an iced latte made with almond milk which was small but delicious! We have been craving an iced latte for a while so it definitely hit the spot.

We absolutely loved the decor of the place, you could sit on circle tables, benches or even in a swinging chair. The iconic Guac Save the Queen sign was also lit up and made the most instagramable picture.

There was also a filter tap for water and agave nectar bottles too. However our highlight was the pile of colouring sheets and pots of crayons you could help yourself to to colour in whilst you wait. Food was served on a tray and a colouring paper sheet lined the tray too which was such a kitsch idea.

Let us know if you decide to visit and what you think!

Is The Cost Of London Living Getting A Big Too Much? You Do Have Options!

There’s a whole lot to love about living in London. We have always lived close to London growing up and it was only ever a tube ride away and as Rach got older she decided to make the move to the big city. London city is so alive and diverse that no matter what you’re into or what you’re looking for you can usually find it only a tube ride away.

While there are many cities across the UK that are amazing and we love visiting the Big Smoke really does have it all. Are you a foodie? Don’t worry, London has you covered. Wine fanatic? London has some of the classiest and coolest wine bars anywhere in the world! Into art? You can’t throw a rock in the capital without hitting a gallery packed full of exquisite and challenging works. And theatre? There are so many incredible shows that you will have to see!

While there are certainly cheaper places in the country to live most Londoners (including us) consider the high rent and cost of living completely worth it.

Don’t get us wrong some months can be a struggle and it can be hard working out finances but there is no need to stress though as there are things you can do about these worries.

We have always been fairly good at saving money, but there are also times when you would rather not spend your savings on say your broken down car. When something like this happens it’s important to know that there are places that can help you!

There are many options available to you, but knowing the right one to suit your needs can make the difference between resolving your problem or digging yourself deeper and deeper into an avalanche of debt which of course we don’t want!

Credit cards aren’t always a bad thing and in actual fact they can work in you favour when further down the line you are looking to get a mortgage. Be sensible and remember to pay off your credit card before you start paying interest.

Credit cards- These can be helpful, and many come with attractive 0% interest rates for an introductory period. Just make sure that you pay off your debt within this window or the interest rates could spike rather quickly.

Secured loans- Secured loans are ideal for those who are lucky enough to own their own property and may not have the best credit rating. Just make sure you look for a lender who gives you an APR and monthly repayments that are manageable for your circumstances.

It is perfectly possible to live on just £40 a day in London inclusive of rent, bills and living expenses. It may just mean you have to keep an eye on your spending. Do you really need to buy a coffee every morning? Could you take a pack lunch to work? Could you save yourself some money by walking part of the way to work?

That’s not to say that you should become a recluse because what fun would that be? And what would be the point of living in London if you’re not going to do any living.

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!

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