Hello all, I am pleased to showcase this post about some of the fun things that I personally enjoy doing whilst out and about in London; the town where I have grown up. Whilst there are a plethora of fun activities that London has to offer I have narrowed it down to my personal top 5 for you all to try and keep an eye out for.
Brunch is a term I have heard for many years but didn’t actually partake in until this year (Geneva further deepened my love for brunch!). It is the perfect mixture between breakfast and lunch and much more feasible time-wise for those who want to have a fancy breakfast but not so early in the day. This is a perfect time to eat a full English or a cheeky egg benedict/florentine at 3 pm in the afternoon without any form of weird stares. Two chains of restaurants I want to point out that do exceptional brunch are Coppa Club and The Grind. Out of all the brunch locations I have been to this year, I particularly enjoyed my experience at The London Grind (Located right on London’s Bridge). I went with my trusted brunch buddy Ogechi and we both dabbled in the idea of bottomless brunch; endless jokes and prosecco flowing. For me, I am a sucker for affordable yet quality dining and the dining offers just that! The addition of bottomless prosecco is only £14 which is considerably cheaper compared to other establishments and the brunch menu itself was very affordable and reasonable. The added appeal of walking across the bridge or along the bank of the River Thames whilst tipsy will resonate with those who like day drinking (drink responsibly of course!). The interior inside of the London Grind radiated a chilled atmosphere where one can come for a catch up with a mate and not to mention it’s conveniently located near the station. I’m going to continue doing brunch around various spots in London so stay tuned for future reviews/recommendations.
Lotus Biscoff waffle at Kula Cafe, Marleybone
Going for drinks has become a common practice amongst me and some of my good friends. I was lucky that my old workplace was located conveniently from a pub (The Grand Junction) so I have grown to love going to the pub on a Friday for a cheek drink and chat. Also, I must say that London is saturated with decent bars where one can go to unwind or simply try their favourite cocktail (mine is a mojito and a pink G&T). Sometimes going to get drinks from a separate bar instead of the restaurant you are eating at can save you some money but also gives you the chance to explore a London a bit whilst you make your way there. My friend and I stumbled upon a Bar called Roxy, located just off Oxford Street which offers very student-friendly prices for cocktail pitchers. During their happy hour and most of the weekend, you can get a large cocktail pitcher for £9 each which depending on the level of drinkers in your group can go a long way.
For any avid rollerskating lover, this is for you! I have attended RollerVibe 3 times since June and it’s honestly such a fun way for people to socialise and rollerblading as well. I have gone with my friend Stephen who is a pretty seasoned rollerskater so this is always a plus if you need a bit of confidence whilst starting out and I must add that it is very good exercise indeed! I always break a sweat after the skate slot is over but it’s worth it because it was done in such a fun manner to good music. There are options of just the party ticket or the combined skate & party ticket where the skate slot is 1 hour 30 minutes. In addition to this, there are two bars where one can buy a drink or the pop-up Suya Factory stall to enjoy some nice suya and rice. Once all the skate slots cease, the floor is open to literally dance for the remainder of the event; a unique way to organise and structure a day party. Lastly, I must add that it is fun to attend when they are doing themed events so if you like dressing up, this is definitely a good opportunity to do so! Overall, Rollervibe is definitely a worthwhile event to check out in London and it’s something I’m going to continue to go to even if I have to travel down uni in Reading.
90s themed RollerVibe at the Steel Yard, Cannon Street
So I’ve only stumbled upon UKG Bingo because of my good friend Derin had her birthday celebration at this event in August. UKG Bingo takes place at Duo Bar in Camden every Friday night and it’s just a really interactive way to play bingo whilst reminiscing on old skool garage/grime/funky tunes! There are two rounds of bingo in which the bubbly host awards winners with innovative prizes upon completing the game card but you can’t help but buss a move in your seat or be invited to drop your hottest 16 bars when your personal tune comes on. Not too mention the fact that birthday celebrants are entitled to having alcohol shots for their respective parties (who doesn’t like free alcohol). I also want to add that you are able to order food from the main main restaurant upstairs in case you get a little peckish during the game in which they bring right to you whilst you are playing. I thoroughly enjoyed my night at UKG Bingo and I would most certainly recommend you all to go at some point; they also have to option of staying for the after-party once the bingo ceases.
Pink phone in Duo Bar & Resturant, Camden
I recently went for afternoon tea the first time last month and I was honestly very impressed with the whole experience of it all. I thought to give it a go as I got a deal from Wowcher to dine for 2 at Hilton Canary Wharf as a birthday treat for one of my friends. I must say even though the food looks quite small, it is quite filling indeed; this was upon consuming several sandwiches and mini cakes. A special mention for the scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream because it’s been a while since I last had that elite combination so I was excited, to say the least. The deal from Wowcher also provided the opportunity to accompany our tea with a bottle of prosecco for us to share (my friend wasn’t on the whole bottomless wave). All in all, the time flew by obviously time flies by when you’re spending time with the girls but the fact that this was all at a bargain for £23 sits very well with me and I will definitely trust Wowcher in the future to secure some more quality bargain deals. I will say that afternoon tea will also become a more regularly occurring motive for me it’s a nice way to fill your stomach and the fact that you are in a very upmarket opulent setting.
Afternoon Tea arrangement at the Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf
What are you’re favourite things to do in London? What are some of your favourite restaurants and events?
Until next time