Ten happy things – May 18

In this monthly blog post, I look back on the month past and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. Here are my Ten Happy Things for May. Two Bank holidays! Who doesn’t love a Bank holiday? And when there are two in one month? BLISS. For the first Bank holiday, my friend Shelley and I explored Emsworth and ate ice-cream on the beach. For the second Bank holiday, I was challenged by Hotels.com to explore Euston and King’s Cross with my friend Kaye – it’s not just train stations, you know! The Big Spritz…

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Exploring King’s Cross and Euston

As a tourist or a Londoner, when you think of London neighbourhoods to explore you very rarely think of King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston. However, as a tourist it’s a great place to stay with loads of hotels in King’s Cross, which is in zone 1. And then there’s the great transport links, including trains to all parts of the UK and the Eurostar to France and Belgium. But it’s not an area to explore, right? Wrong. Over the last few years, the area has undergone a huge transformation and had lots of investment. Even Google and YouTube have…

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Wine, spirit and beer tasting with Waitrose

Last week I was invited along to Waitrose’s Spring wine, spirits and beer tasting event at their cookery school in Finchley Road. They hold these tasting events twice a year and this one was over two days. I went along on the afternoon of the second day, excited to try a host of wines from around the world. As soon as I arrived, I spotted William Sitwell (editor of Waitrose Food and food critic, often seen on Masterchef) at the end of the room. Although I was tempted, I resisted the urge to get a selfie or an autograph! It…

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Exploring Emsworth in Hampshire

I love Bank holidays because who doesn’t love a three-day weekend? It’s also the perfect opportunity to explore parts of the country I’ve not yet seen. My friend Shelley and I were trying to find somewhere to go for a day trip that wasn’t too far from London and that didn’t cost a fortune to get there. Because the weather was so lovely, we had our heart set on somewhere like Folkestone or Margate, however the last minute train tickets were ridiculously priced (one thing I hate about the UK. How is over £30 for a journey that takes less…

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The perfect lunch at Petersham Nurseries

Last month my friend Jenny and I decided to take a day off and spend it together. Initially we were going to do something crafty (like a pottery class) but couldn’t find anything that was during the day. Finally we settled on meeting in Richmond and I booked lunch at the gorgeous Petersham Nurseries as I’d been before and I knew Jenny would love it – also, they allow dogs so Jenny could bring Dot, her sausage dog, with her. We parked the car near Ham House and walked along the Thames to Petersham Nurseries. We picked the perfect day…

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