I hope you all had a fab bank holiday weekend! Shame about the weather and how fast it flew by...
I decided to spend the weekend in London with my boyfriend which was so lovely! however our downfall was that neither of us planned anything ahead of going, I had ideas floating around of Camden market, Shoreditch, The Shard, Hyde Park and Carnaby Street... but in reality we missed out on two 2for1 vouchers, got lost on the way to Notting Hill carnival and paid double for a Madame Tussaudes ticket the day we went... did I mention the rain?
It wasn't all bad, in fact I discovered 2 amazing gelato shops, soaked up the culture at Notting Hill Carnival, got a selfie with Kim K at Madame Tussaudes and ate candy floss in the rain at London Zoo.
To kick off the weekend we paid a visit (reluctantly in Kyle's case) to ZSL London Zoo... if you read my blog regularly then you will probably be aware that this is my third visit to the Zoo this summer, I just love it there, I can't resist a visit each time I'm in London! Afterwards, what would usually be a lovely walk through Regents Park down to Oxford Street turned out to be a good drenching, however I did make it to Oxford Street in the end to have a browse in Topshop, River Island, Mango and Zara... although I must admit Topshop was a little disappointing, it's just that time of year when you can't even find anything you like to buy. After this we decided to go to Planet Hollywood, this is definitely the type of restaurant for a one off visit or special occasion... unless you're loaded. The food is divine and the atmosphere is fab, I just love seeing all the movie memorabilia while i'm snacking on spaghetti and meatballs....
Although we thought it would rain Sunday and so made other plans, we decided to go to the Notting Hill Carnival instead, this is definitely one for the bucket list, I have always wanted to go and heard its amazing so I was so impressed to see dancers, performers and floats, accompanied by a gorgeous aroma of jerk chicken... you could spend all day here but we were there for 3 hours... after struggling to even find the carnival! We then got the tube to bond street so I could pop into Victoria Secret... I don't even need to explain how amazing 3 floors of Victoria Secret is. Once again we then walked along Oxford Street to Selfridges and then down to Regent Street where we discovered the most amazing gelato shop. We then walked down through St James' Park which has the most beautiful scenery and then across to the south bank before heading back to the hotel, and of course, Nandos.
Last day! Boooo :( We started by getting the tube to Baker Street to Madame Tussaudes... although I thought it would just be the wax works (which are ridiculously realistic), but you can also get professional photo opportunities, enjoy a London Dungeon themed experience (I say enjoy- I actually screamed...), a 4D Imax movie experience and a ride, themed a journey through the history of London, not forgetting the extra Star Wars experience. We then got the tube back to Charing Cross so that we could visit Covent Garden, home to some fab street acts (aka a fat man in his pants balancing his ladder on the cobbles whilst juggling 3 axes) and another amazing gelato shop- Morreli's Gelato. Finally we walked up to Oxford street to Bella Italia before getting the train home!
As you can imagine I have walked flipping miles this weekend, I am not only knackered, but also have strained my ankle through wearing heels the entire time... no pain no gain ey?