Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Food Recommendations in London | Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner

Although I’ve lived in London for 2 years now, it is SO bloody big that you rarely go to the same place more than a handful of times. If you follow me on IG, you’ll see that I do eat out quite a bit, so I always get messages asking me for restaurant recommendations. To help, I’ve decided to start compiling a list to share my favourite places for either brunching, sweet treats, date nights, street food etc. The list below is a mixture of places I’ve seen online that I’m dying to go to, restaurant recommendations from friends or places that I have actually been to and loved! It covers all budgets and vibes, from suuuuuper expenny payday treats to the happily affordable places you can still enjoy on that risky week before payday.

If you want a more in depth review of the ones I’ve been to, I will have most likely reviewed it on my food Instagram page, Roast or Brunch, which you can find HERE.

If you are reading this as someone who works in the world of food PR, please sponsor me!!!!! (The extra exclamations are most definitely a sign of desperation cos London ain’t cheap you know.) Or if you are reading this and you go by the title of my boyfriend, please book one and take me!!! (Hi Mike)

Also, this took me absolutely ages, so I hope you enjoy!

Tart Clapham ✔️
Grange & Co ✔️
Dishoom ✔️
Lost Society ✔️
Lantana ✔️

Cheap Eats
Flat Iron ✔️
The Prince ✔️
Franco Manca ✔️
Dinerama ✔️


Aviary ✔️
Smokestak ✔️
Black Roe ✔️
Sushi Samba ✔️
Hakkasan ✔️
Sexy Fish ✔️

Farmacy ✔️
Tibits ✔️
Ethos ✔️

Doughnut Time ✔️
Elan Café ✔️
Naked Dough ✔️

Blacklock ✔️
Knife ✔️

What's a Hollywood Wax REALLY Like?

Before I tried it out for myself, just hearing the phrase ‘Hollywood Wax’ sent a shudder down my spine. I wasn’t so nervous about getting my vagina out to a random stranger, it was the actual hair removal process! I would say I’ve got a pretty high pain threshold, I mean, I’ve had piercings, tattoo’s, laser removal, lip filler, eyebrow threading, things that I would presume are probably up there when it comes to extreme discomfort, but I tried out my mum’s epilator a couple of months’ ago on my leg and OH MY WORD. It hurt so much I didn’t erven get through half a leg! Apparently, epilating is the same as like 80 tweezer pulls at once, but my God it felt like I was peeling the top layer of my shin off with an electric Brillo pad.

But you know that they say, you’ve got to suffer for beauty! (I tell myself that every time I get Botox) and I had heard from so many of my friends that it’s the first appointment that’s the killer, and then each one after that is a walk in the park, so I booked myself in for the full works.

Like I said, the idea of getting naked from the waist-down to a total randomer wasn’t a problem, just imagine how many vag’s, bums, ballsacks and armpits they have waxed that day? It probably just feels the same as a Morrisons check-out assistant feels when they scan the next persons shopping. Strip Wax Bar have a couple of salons dotted around London, with one being in the perfect location just up the road from my boyfriend’s house. They’re open until 8pm on a weeknight too, which meant I could nip up after work. The salon itself is so stunning, everything looks luxe, the woman on reception was so lovely and welcoming, putting me immediately at ease.

I was introduced to my therapist, who took me into a private room and explained the process to me. I won’t lie- I was SQUEALING like a piglet but she was so professional and gave me a little two-minute breather whenever I needed one (which was after every strip.) There was even a TV on the wall to take your mind off things, which was a lovely touch, and the sound of Homer strangling Bart drowned out the sound of me wailing. (Can you guess the TV show?)

The whole appointment (including rest breaks for me to scream into the pillow/hyperventilate into a brown paper bag) took about 25 minutes, and I know I can’t upload a picture of the results because a) my boyfriend would dump me and b) I would have to take a payment because people pay good money for that kinda stuff, but my vagina was looking GLORIOUS!

I’ve since been back to Strip for another Hollywood wax the following month, and it was nowhere near as bad! If I told you the pain for my first wax was a 9, and the second was a 3, that helps to put into perspective. My therapist told me that now I can leave 5 weeks between appointments, because with waxing, the hair grows back very few and far between, which I’ve noticed after just 2 appointments!

Book your bush trimming on the Strip website here.
And remember, don’t shave or wax for at least a month before for the best results- good luck!

*my appointments were gifted, but all views are 100% honest.

Monday, 20 January 2020

My Somerset Staycation with Airbnb

Even though I really love living in London, I always like having little staycation breaks booked throughout the year to get a nice bit of country air in my lungs. It also feels nice to have a break from blowing my nose and filling the tissue with black air pollution. (soz) I always book my accommodation using Airbnb, which I was really sceptical about at first because I thought the idea of turning up to someone’s family home while they were still there was so weird, until I realised you can book entire places to yourself. (People do still rent out individual rooms in their homes, but there are options to book either the whole place or just a single room and these are really clear when filtering your options) The thing I love the most is that you can get some REALLY cool places- windmills, boats, teeny little converted shepherds huts in the middle of nowhere, huge mansions that sleep 24- you name it!

The last couple of breaks I’ve booked with my boyfriend it’s been really easy to find somewhere because we book way in advance to get a ‘Rare Find’. A Rare Find is an amazing place that’s usually booked out- so you have to be quick! The main things I look for are cleanliness and distance to things like bars/restaurants/cafes (and then I’ll check these out and try and book some beforehand). ALWAYS read the reviews too, because people go into so much detail when leaving them, so it makes making a decision super easy. Anyway, enough about the Airbnb booking system now cos this ain’t an #ad, #gifted or a #spon! (But it can be Airbnb! PLEASE slide into my DM’s!)

I actually booked this little break for Mike’s Christmas present, so the pressure was on for it to be a good weekend! I always get so nervous turning up to the accommodation when it’s something I’ve booked, because I don’t have anyone to blame if we turn up and it’s an absolute dive. I wanted somewhere just outside of London but not too far, so we didn’t have to spend half a day on the train beforehand. Castle Cary was 2 hours away, and the flat was a 10-minute bike ride from the train station.

OF COURSE we took our bikes (Mike got me one for Christmas and I am fully obsessed) which was a good thing really as a lot of places out in the sticks require a car to actually get to anywhere with any civilisation. The first night we spent in The George, which was the local pub right outside out doorstep! They had a huuuuuge roaring fire and a massive gin bar so it was perfect! The second day we had a lazy morning then rode up to a pub that was recommended to us for the views over Somerset. It was about an hours’ ride (UPHILL which was absolutely minging) but we stopped off half-way to have a walk up the hill to find South Cadbury Castle. After wandering around a flat bit of ground for a while, we were told that this was where they THOUGHT it MIGHT have been, it wasn’t actually there  Brilliant. But the weather was absolutely glorious, so it was a day well spent regardless.

When I was doing a bit of research about restaurants in the area, Matt’s Kitchen was recommended on loads of websites as a must-visit. It’s a tiny restaurant which seats just 20 people, so booking in advance is a must! He releases the menu at the start of the week, which consists of a choice of 3 starters, a single dish-of-the-day main and two desserts. The menu depends on which produce is in season at the time, so everything is locally made and super fresh! We had an incredible pork belly with roasted cauliflower, feta and mint for main, and then we shared the desserts, chocolate torte and bread and butter pudding- so good! It’s BYOB as well, and fortunately for us, our flat was next to ‘The Wine Wizzard’, so we went in beforehand to pick up a bottle of something that would go nicely with the pork belly. (I felt like such a grown up doing this lol)

As always with rented accommodation, check out was 11 so we were back in London by 2, giving me plenty of time to get back, unpack and scream into my pillow for a couple of hours at the thought of going back to work the next day after such a perfect weekend.

Have you done many UK staycations? Where would you recommend?
Use my Airbnb code HERE to get £34 off your first trip!