Sunday is always my favourite day of the week for exploring London. There’s an abundance of things to do and places to see, plus it’s often a little quieter than on a Saturday. My Sunday cost just £30 for three wonderful little meals and some eye-opening sights along the way.

There’s nowhere better to admire the beautiful architecture that London has to offer other than the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The Boltons and Launceston Place are just a few of my favourite areas for walkabouts in London.

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Lexham Gardens

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Launceston Place

A late breakfast happened at Sweet Things in Notting Hill. I walked from Kensington and it was around a 45 minute walk. The onion marmalade & cheese toastie (£4.85) was perfect for an indulgent Sunday breakfast. You can choose your own fillings and mix & match.

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Next, I got the Piccadilly line down to Leicester Square and walked to Covent Garden. Neal’s Yard is a beautiful little hideaway full of colour and cafes.

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After this I stopped for lunch at Wildwood Cafe, minutes away from Neal’s Yard. Sundays are never very healthy days in my opinion so if a roast isn’t on the cards…something else equally as naughty probably will be!

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The cheesiest Americana for under £10

After this I walked on up to the British Museum. Like many of the museums in London it’s free, so instead of splashing the cash on the Cinema or even vegging out in front of the TV like any other day, why not experience some cultural history at no expense to your wallet.

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The British Museum offer scones (£8.50) and an lovely selection of cakes…in my opinion there is no better day of the week for scones and prosecco (£7.50). After all of this, I caught the tube home and curled up on the sofa with a glass of Malbec…Perfect!

I hope you all had a lovely Sunday! Comment on what you guys got up to 🙂

thumb_IMG_9143_1024Okay, maybe Tuesday doesn’t really count as mid-week but once I heard “2-4-1 cocktails from 5-11pm on Tuesday,” I was sold!

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The Light Lounge is a stones throw away from Leicester Square and serves some seriously delicious cocktails.

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My personal favourite of the night, a Heart-breaker (£10.00).

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The cocktails are unbelievably refreshing here and complimentary snacks with drinks will always puts a smile on my face.

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A Bianchissimo (£9.50)

There are happy hours going on all the time at The Light Lounge but head down on a Tuesday evening for all night 2-4-1 drinkies if you just can’t wait for the weekend!

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If you want to visit: The Light Lounge, 1 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7JR

Take a peak at the website: http://www.thelightloungelondon.com/

Night two of the Valentines weekend happened at the Ivy on West Street, the original Ivy!

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After dismissing that anything could beat the sublime views and outrageous menu at Duck & Waffle, The Ivy swooped in and proved me wrong.

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Strawberry Daiquiri 

I absolutely loved the Art Deco decor inside The Ivy. I felt as if I had been catapulted back to the 20’s and 30’s.

We started off the evening with cocktails at the bar.

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For starters, we both had poached egg with hollandaise. The decadence of the decor even spread into the food. It was by far the richest hollandaise I’ve ever had, I felt guilty even eating it but I’ve never had anything like it.

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My main was a lovely squash & kale risotto. The kale was crispy and dry and incidentally tasted exactly like the ‘crispy seaweed’ that is usually found in Chinese cuisine – which I love. The risotto had the beautiful twist of added gorgonzola which made the dish.

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The “Chicken and Chorizo Hotch Potch” was a lovely hearty meal, packed full of flavour and spice. I felt like I’d been transported to a little tapas bar in Spain.

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We can’t forget the sides! This is something that could easily be made at home and I think I’m going to have to. Blue cheese, avocado and spinach salad – three of my favourite things.

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Valentines Day isn’t Valentines Day without CHOCOLATE! This chocolate parfait was actually so good I started laughing midway through eating it because it really was conjuring up so many happy emotions. Even thinking about it right now is making my mouth water slightly and yes, that is pistachio ice cream on the side *drool*.

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A “Malted Milk and Honeycomb Delice with Caramel and Cocoa” was the last dish of the night. It’s safe to say I went straight into a food coma after this meal. I have to thank my boyfriend for this amazing weekend and dinner out!

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I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day! Comment below with your favourite dish that you ate this Valentines Day, whether it was pizza with your friends or even a healthy home-cooked meal, I’d love to know 🙂

 

I kickstarted Valentines weekend with a surprise dinner at Duck & Waffle from my lovely boyfriend. Duck & Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK, with stunning food to match the stunning views while you dine (not to mention it’s open for business 24/7).

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Duck & Waffle

Upon entering the Heron Tower you are taken up a glass walled lift to the 40th floor. Spectacular views are there to greet you, but this might be a slightly “jelly legged” experience for anyone afraid of heights.

The menu is something a little bit different. You can order very small snacks, bread or small plates to start, followed by a main meal (many of which are to share).

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Dinner with a view

The wine menu doesn’t come in cheap. We payed £56 for a bottle of Malbec but the average price, in my opinion, is around £50-60 for a bottle of wine.

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The “stilton and onion jam bread”(£6) was INCREDIBLE. I was expecting the typical “cheese flavoured bread” with jam on the side, but oh no, this substantial portion of bread was oozing with stilton and still piping hot when it arrived at our table. A definite winner for blue cheese lovers.

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This was followed by the gorgeous “Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes” (£11). I’m a big lover of artichokes but I’ve never had them cooked before. They carried quite a nutty flavour (probably accentuated by the toasted seeds) and they were delicious.

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The last of our small plates was the divine “Angus Beef Tartare” (£11). Meals like this make me wonder how I was ever a vegetarian for four years (sorry to all you veggies). There’s nothing like rare steak. The “marmite egg yolk” in the middle was something a little bit different.

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Continuing with the steak theme, we shared a “38 day aged 500g Angus bone-in Rib-Eye” (£40). I’ve always been fond of cabbage and bacon as a combination and the capers added a nice little twist. It was quite a fatty bit of meat, but packed full of flavour.

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The winner for me has to be the dessert, the Dark Chocolate Sundae (£11). I’d normally opt for savoury over sweet any day but my main weakness is peanut butter ice cream. Want to know exactly what is in that mess? Think peanut butter, dark chocolate, caramel, brownies and some sort of crunchy granola at the bottom.

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We finished off the meal (as if we needed more food) with a box of biscuits (£4).

I would definitely come back to Duck & Waffle just as the sun is setting for a very special dining experience.

If you want to visit: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Take a peak at the website: https://duckandwaffle.com/

This weekend I decided to delve further Eastwards in search of a wonderful coffee house with a great brunch. Shoreditch is renowned for it’s urban, bohemian vibe and the younger crowd that it attracts.

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Street art in Shoreditch

When I think of Shoreditch or the East as a whole, the words that come to my mind first are often ‘quirky,’ ‘hipster’ and ‘art.’ It’s definitely a more thrilling place to be for a twenty something year old Londoner – but on top of this, the food is generally cheaper.

‘Ozone Coffee Roasters’ on Leonard Street in Shoreditch is where I sat down on Sunday and had brunch.

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As we waited for our table we watched the coffee roasting going on below

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The decor inside is similar to that of many trendy restaurants and bars nowadays, with the interior pipes of the building protruding from the ceiling and copper/steel on show, adding to the urban vibe.

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We were seated at the bar, so we were able to see our food being made. The chefs were all working exceptionally fast to keep up with the amount of orders coming in. One thing I wasn’t impressed with was to see one chef eating some of the ingredients every time he went to make an order of the pancakes – switching between putting your hands in your mouth and then on the customers plate isn’t hygienic or pleasant!

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The only other qualm we had was with the size of the George’s latte, little too small for our liking. It was incredibly creamy and delicious – meaning the ungenerous portion was even more disappointing. Such a tease!

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However, apart from these hiccups, my brunch was to die for. Ozone offer an all day brunch menu. For £11.50 I had the Eggs Benedict on Bubble ‘n’ Squeak with hollandaise and dill salmon which was the most expensive brunch item on the menu.

The “bubble and squeak” was deep fried potato balls covered in breadcrumbs with some peas inside. It was mouth-watering. Perfectly poached eggs and who would have thought to put fried potato balls with poached eggs?!

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George had the ‘Eggs any style on The Dusty Knuckle seeded sourdough’ with herbed avocado as an extra for £9, which he also thoroughly enjoyed.

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The service was friendly and laid back in Ozone, but who’s rushing around on a Sunday for brunch anyway? I’d definitely come here for the coffee if anything, which you can order to takeaway.

If you want to visit: 11 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4AQ

Take a peak at the website: http://www.ozonecoffee.co.uk/