If you know anything about me, then you’ll know how much I love London. I’ve always felt drawn to the City and just being within it’s “walls” makes my soul happy, so the fact that Ben is also a big fan of the place is great for me, as it means he’s happy to spend a day wandering around, exploring and just taking in our surroundings there. In fact, one of our first dates was spent aimlessly walking it’s streets while the sun beat down on us – we got so lucky with the weather that day, it was just glorious.
So, when I was offered the chance to review a few London venues, I thought it made sense to have ourselves a little London Date Weekend, so we did! And what a weekend we had!
Unfortunately, this time round the weather gods weren’t so good to us and as we left my house to walk to the station it was raining – I was definitely not dressed for the weather and all the time I spent straightening my hair turned out to be a waste – I was damp through!
Me being the absolute brainbox that I am, I somehow managed to lose my umbrella by leaving it on the train, so when we arrived in London and began our walk to our lodgings for the night, we continued to get rained on. Cue curly hair for Penny.
We were spending the night at Clink 78, a hostel which is converted from an old court house. A separate dedicated post about this will be going online in the coming week but we spent the evening in one of the old prison cells and it was absolutely brilliant!
As we arrived at the hostel with a little time to spare, we decided to kill a little time by taking shelter from the rain in a pub just across the road. It was one of those good old fashioned British pubs where it’s full of regulars who go in there all the time and all know each other.
The other brilliant thing about this pub was that I bought a pint and a large glass of white wine and it only cost me £6.10! I’d usually pay more than that just for the wine in London!
After our bargain drinks we jumped on the tube and headed over to Covent Garden for a spot of lunch at Shake Shack. I’d been invited to the launch night of their new Westfield Stratford branch but couldn’t make it, so I was very excited to see if all the rave reviews I’d been hearing were right. (Keep an eye out for a dedicated post on this in the next few days too!)
After lunch here we nipped to Riley’s Sports Bar just near Trafalgar Square to watch the football. With multiple screens showing an array of different sports and games there is something for everyone here and the place was packed. As soon as the game was over we rushed back to Clink 78 to get changed as I’d booked us in to The Corinthia for dinner that evening.
I hadn’t been to The Corinthia before, but as it’s a 5-star place I knew it was going to be nice, I just didn’t realise how nice – it’s absolutely stunning and is like walking into another world. This right here is how the other half live it seems!
As we were a little early for our table, we settled ourselves in the bar and ordered a cocktail. The barman was really helpful and it was a pleasure to watch him making the drinks – you can really tell the difference between someone who is trained in the art and someone who just knocks up a few of Sex On The Beach’s on a weekend.
This meal was a deal I’d found on Bookatable so I was fully expecting to get a reduced service to reflect the low cost we were paying, but this wasn’t the case at all. There was a good selection on the menu to choose from and the staff were attentive, polite and helpful. Then, something beautiful happened…
A flight of champagne. A glass each of three different types of champagne. You should have seen the joy on my face! Each of the glasses came with a little paper label around it’s stem telling you what you were drinking.
I know this is really silly, but for someone like me who doesn’t live this kind of lifestyle, something like this is really exciting and adds that little bit of magic to the night.
Now, on to the food. I’m not even going to try describing it because I can’t, but have a look at this little lot…
All three courses were incredible and the portions were large enough that by the time it got to halfway through the dessert I didn’t think I could manage another bite for fear of exploding.
After dinner, both full to the brim, we decided a little night-time walk would be a good idea to burn off some calories. As I said earlier, I am completely in love with London, but the beauty of London at night is breathtaking.
We wandered past the Houses of Parliament…
… down past Buckingham Palace…
… through St James’ Park (which was pitch black – no lights at all!) …
… and spotted this strange non-moving figure in a window of a building near Downing Street. We assume it’s either a mannequin or a spy…
The next morning we left the hostel bright and early to go and find some breakfast and, as we always seem to do, we headed for the South Bank.
Located just a little further down from the London Eye there is a little bank of restaurants, so we nipped into Giraffe.
I opted for burger and chips with a side of onion rings – my second dose of burger and chips in one weekend, but it was good!
Drinks-wise I went for a lovely lemonade with mint leaves whilst Ben went for a mango, banana and strawberry smoothie.
I had to laugh when I saw the ‘swizzler stick’ that came with his drink! So masculine!
A quick dash across the bridge and through Trafalgar Square and we were heading along Regents Street to ICEBAR LONDON.
A separate blog post will follow all about our time spent here too but, as always, I really enjoyed it. I think this was the 3rd or 4th time I’d been there but was Ben’s first time, so it was really nice to see his reaction to it. Because of the lighting inside it’s not too easy to take photos, but I managed to take a few so will share all of these with you too in another blog post following soon.
Overall I had a brilliant weekend. It was so nice to spend some time in my favourite place in the world with someone who is very special to me, making memories and laughing pretty much non-stop. I can honestly say that when I returned to work after this weekend of fun and frolics I had a serious case of the Back To Work Blues!
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