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Breakfast with a view

Situated on 20 Fenchurch street, just a short walk from London bridge, you will find a commercial skyscraper that is commonly known as the walkie-talkie due to its shape. Hidden away 155 metres up inside this building is an oasis overlooking the city that believe it or not is open and free to the public!

The sky garden opened in January 2015 and I have wanted to visit for ages. There are two restaurants that sit above the centre of the gardens and I booked a table at the Darwin Brasserie which seemed to be the more relaxed (less posh) of the two.

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We arrived nice and early for breakfast which is split into hour slots and we were free to wander the gardens before and after our booking. The restaurant was really modern and chic looking and luckily we got a table next to the window so got to eat our breakfast with a lovely view over London.

0X1A1528The menu has a few choices of cooked meals and a continental buffet style breakfast for a set price. We chose the buffet which had a choice of cereals, pastries, yoghurts, fruit and muffins with tea, coffee or juice.

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Typically when at a buffet you have a few bites to eat and feel miraculously full up so not sure I really got my moneys worth and if I went back I would probably chose one of the hot meals instead. The staff were lovely but we had a problem finding our waiter because for some reason they all looked really alike.

If you were planning on visiting but didn’t want to book a table you could still buy food and drink at the city garden bar and sky pod bar situated in the gardens.

The gardens open from 7am and it is fairly quiet but doesn’t take long to fill up. Although it is free to visit you do need to book a slot online to visit the gardens if you don’t have a restaurant booking as it is very popular and would be overcrowded otherwise.

Inside the gardens there are a few seating areas and stairs to explore the wide open space, it is a great place to do a photoshoot and as everyone has cameras you don’t seem out of place taking photos. Although there is loads of greenery I thought there would be a few more exotic, fancy plants to admire but I suppose everyone is more taken with the amazing views than to worry about looking inside.

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The balcony is great for spotting landmarks over London and I could have stood out there all day, my daughter actually asked me if we were ever going home because I made myself so comfortable that I didn’t want to leave!

I was recently asked where my favourite place to visit in London is and the sky garden was the first place that sprang to mind, if I lived closer I think I would be there every morning with a coffee and a newspaper.

Have you ever been to the sky garden?

Where is your favourite place to visit in London?

 

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Partying at Pizza Express

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I have been to a pizza making party for kids and I have been to a pizza making party for adults and I have to say, the adults party is much more fun!

I was invited to take part in a pizza making party at the Gloucester road branch of pizza express where there seemed to be flowing drinks, tasty food and great company. As I don’t like to arrive anywhere late I was instead very early, so early in fact that I had time to explore the area and stop off at a lovely little coffee shop beforehand!

Upon arrival to the swanky looking pizza express I was greeted by the lovely Alex and showed to a table while the party was being set up. I met with lots of other blogging ladies and had a chance to get to know a few of them in real life, as opposed to via 140 characters on Twitter, which was lovely.

After donning our hats and aprons we were let loose with the dough, luckily it was just a practice as they were being flung all over the place and one ended up covered in prosecco…mmm prosecco pizza…

Our two guides Alex and Gianmaria were great teachers and loads of fun. We were provided with a selection of toppings and my pizza, aptly named Oh Pretty Pizza, had a red onion, chicken, ham, mushroom, lots of cheese and herb topping. It tasted as delicious as it looked!

Once we had devoured our handmade creations the awards were given out, best pizza, biggest tosser and don’t give up your day job we’re the accolades of the day and fully deserving the winners were 😉 We finished the day with a lovely dessert, a vanilla latte and a blogging gossip.

I wouldn’t have thought about a pizza making party myself but if you’re gonna go out for a meal it’s a great way to add a bit of excitement to the evening and at least you’ll know what’s going in the food.

If your looking for a perfect way to celebrate or even just have a catch up with friends then book a table at your local Pizza express and let the dough throwing competition begin.

 

*written in collaboration with pizza express, all views are my own

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Yum Yum – Stoke Newington

We were invited to a family celebration at Yum Yum Thai restaurant in Stoke Newington and was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at what looked like a plush hotel that was a bit out of place with the surrounding area.

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The restaurant is housed in a grand listed Georgian building covered in lights and surrounded by Asian inspired decorative features. The inside is just as impressive with a bar and a relaxed seating area to one side and a formal eating area on the other. It also has a traditional seating area with very low tables where the customers can sit crossed legged on the floor and eat.

We went to Yum Yum on a weekday evening and so it was relatively empty which is just a well because we were in a large group of over 25 and that included some very lively little people that I can imagine would have irritated other diners had there been any close to us. Continue reading “Yum Yum – Stoke Newington”

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Honky Tonk – Clapham

Honky tonk is an American style restaurant in the heart of Clapham Common, situated right opposite the tube station.

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I visited Honky Tonk in the afternoon to see what was offer on their lunch menu, and the experience was very different to when I had previously been in the evening where there was a really lively atmosphere.

As a Tastecard user I am always on the lookout for participating restaurants as it makes eating out so much more accessible, especially for larger families! And the 2 for 1 offer is great for a lunchtime date with the other half.

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The restaurant has both inside and outside eating spaces. It is situated is a busy high street with heavy traffic, this obviously doesn’t bother some people and most of the customers on the day we visited chose to sit outside, this meant we had pretty much the whole restaurant to ourselves. I’m sure later in the day it would get much busier but I quite liked eating in peace and the American theme décor adds a nice touch!

Luckily we were not in a rush when we visited as, even though there were not many customers, our food seemed to take ages to arrive. We are quite predictable when we go out, the man orders anything meaty…steak or ribs and I always choose a burger, although I am trying to be a bit more adventurous and went for sweet potato fries instead of normal ones!

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Unfortunately by the time our food arrived it was more luke warm than hot. I am not one to complain and as I was starving by this time I just tucked in, but the man likes his food piping hot and called over the waitress to inform her. They were quick to replace his food explaining they think the lift that delivers the food from the kitchen got jammed on it’s way down. We were offered a drink of our choice for the inconvenience of waiting and opted for the butterscotch milkshakes that were served in milk bottles.

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The food was pleasant and the milkshakes were really tasty and filling which meant we didn’t need to order dessert afterwards. It was a nice relaxed lunch and the staff were very apologetic about the food being cold, although I do wonder how they didn’t check on the food to see why it was taking so long as they obviously saw us waiting?

I would definitely eat out at Honky Tonk again as I do enjoy their food but I think I prefer it in the evening (and it is more acceptable to order the 2 for 1 cocktails at that time!) The price is very reasonable and I think it was around £25 with the service charge and the Tastecard discount for two of us.

Have you visited Honky Tonk? What was your experience like?

 

 

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Fancy a snog?

The Southbank is full of places to eat and dink and one of those places (that you’re not likely to miss) is the big pink bus belonging to Snog frozen yoghurt.

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One evening last week we thought we would take an evening stroll down by the river. I thought, as it was a weekday, that it would be quiet down there but it seemed that everybody had the same idea and with the warm summer breeze, who could blame them!

It is the first time I had tried the snog frozen yoghurt and I was surprised by how much choice there was. There are three sizes with five different flavours of yoghurt and countless numbers of toppings. I was keen to try the coconut yoghurt as that’s my favourite flavour but it was not available…it must be popular! So I opted for the chocolate with coconut shavings on top. The kids had salted caramel yoghurt, which was really tasty, with pineapple and chocolate brownie topping.

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