Friday, 7 April 2017

24 HOUR STOP-OVER IN LONDON


Anyone feel as though they'e been non-stop lately? I feel completely exhausted from the past few weeks that I'm even struggling to get out of bed in the morning. From Berlin, to work, to London, back to work and now I'm away at the fast approaching weekend too, I've never wanted to stay at home so much in my life. I've found it quite a challenge juggling my blog in the midst of all this, but I'm glad I've managed to keep up.

This post has arrived later than I expected because I actually vlogged my time in London, even if it was only for 24 hours. I've been editing for what seems like forever every day after work this week just to get it done. But thankfully, it's up! So here is my 24 Hour Stop-over in London Vlog

As this visit was only for a day, you'll be glad to know it's going to be one of my shorter travelogues. So for now, I thought I'd take you through my 24 hour itinerary for what was a pretty spontaneous trip to London. I went along to support our close friends and DJ's Austen/Scott, who were playing at the nightclub, Fabric. Having never been to Fabric, I was super excited to go along and show some support - as well as getting to meet Joris Voorn (totally not fan girling). 


SATURDAY 1ST APRIL

Our trip began Saturday lunch time. Gathering the necessities (coffee and snacks), we headed down in the car in which I messed around with my GoPro for 3 solid hours whilst my boyfriend kipped in the back, as per. We drove straight to the Malmaison Hotel which is conveniently situated on the same road as Fabric. Now, I know London hotel rooms are expected to be small, but the room we were given was tiny. I think nearly every one with us asked for an upgrade, but at just an extra £20 we decided to too. It was completely worth it in the end as our room was more than double in size, with a bigger bed, coffee machine, wardrobe and open waterfall shower. 

After unpacking we headed to a nearby pub - a proper English pub which had a really nice vibe. There we met a few new faces and had a few too many G&T's before heading back to our room to get ready for dinner. Dinner was booked for 10pm at SMITHS of Smithfield for around 20 of us in total. The place is renowned for their steaks, so I thought it'd be rude not to have one. We ate pretty late in my eyes but it didn't seem late for those who had a set to play in the early hours of the morning. 

We then headed to Fabric which I was absolutely buzzing for. I met a handful of people that work in and that are highly respected in the industry, which I thought was pretty cool. The night and music was amazing overall, I've seen Joris many times but it was surreal seeing him in front of me mixing with only Vinyl for the first 90 minutes of his set. Plus, not having to pay for drinks and getting to dance behind an air-con surrounded set of decks was also a bonus. Having somewhere safe to leave your coat and bag really is a life saver for a girl too! I really wanted to stay out for as long as I could as Fabric is open until 8am - yes 8am, but I was the first to leave at 4.30am (even before my dad). 


SUNDAY 2ND APRIL

I was awake pretty early considering the time we had got in the night before. After I had dragged my boyfriend from the bed, we got ready and checked out. We headed to Shoreditch to have a scout about at the area, shop around and grab lunch before heading home. Shoreditch is full of independent shops, similar to the thrifting type but right up my street. I was also on the hunt for some cool walls (obviously) and I was surprised to see so many. 

We originally set out to go for brunch but my dad was up far too late. He suggested that we go and eat at Dishoom, an upmarket Indian style tapas place which was absolutely heaving inside. We had to wait 40 minutes for a table, but we sampled the bar whilst we waited. Somehow we managed to snag a table on the gorgeous veranda outside. The food was insane, and so cutely presented, as you can see from the pictures. It was definitely a tad too expensive for lunchtime - but London eh?

Some of my favourite dishes from our meal were:- Gunpowder Potatoes, Chilli Cheese Toast, Okra Fries, Chicken Ruby & Massala Prawns. At Dishoom, you are recommended to have 3 small dishes per person, but we weren't far off ordering the entire menu. Luckily, we had a lot of goodies left over to take home in a doggy bag for later.

After eating our body weight in roti and curry, we jumped back in the car and headed home. It was a really nice short trip to our Capital, which I really don't visit enough at all. I'm well aware 24 hours is nowhere near enough time to leisurely explore London, but seeing as though I used to live there, I've been making plans to visit again soon.



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