Sunday, 19 March 2017

LONDON PHOTO DIARY

I don't actually go to many concerts. Like anyone I love music but I'm not too fussed about seeing many people live (though y'know, Ed Sheeran if you fancy throwing some tickets my way...). What I do try to do is see my favourite comedians when they go on tour. I bloody love spending a couple of hours in a room full of laughing people, you know that proper deep belly laughs where you even cry a little. Yeah. That. So back in 2015 when Matt and I discovered one of our favourite comedians Russell Howard was going on tour in 2017 (yep, you have to book that far in advance!), we knew we had to book tickets. March 2017 was our date and the Royal Albert Hall was our venue of choice. 

Flash forward two years and as a Christmas present, Matt's parents kindly supplied us with a hotel stay for the night of the show so we could make a weekend of our trip to London. I love London but rarely get to enjoy it for longer than a day so for the last few weeks I'd plotted where I wanted to go and what I wanted to buy. To conclude this rather large introduction, this week's post is a photo diary all about our weekend in London!


After a bit of shopping, we checked into our hotel in Hyde Park, The Blakemore. They really kindly upgraded us to a junior suite where we had comfy bed, his and hers ensuite with an amazing rain shower as well as a separate seating area. I'll be honest though, we barely spent any time at the hotel before it was time for us to head to Kensington before Russell Howard!

We'd booked a table at The Ivy Brasserie, the chain of which we had eaten in once before for Matt's Birthday. It was actually my first ever blog post too if you fancy going back that far! While we'd previously been at the Chelsea one and sat in the beautiful garden, that day we were inside where everything was as beautiful as expected. The design and decor of The Ivy is so incredibly well thought out and makes such a difference to making your meal feel that bit more special. Admittedly, it does feel terribly upmarket and some of the characters that frequent there make you feel as if you are in an episode of Made in Chelsea but the staff are excellent and the price of the food is surprisingly really reasonable. 

I skipped the starter and had my usual choice of a thinly beaten steak which was accompanied by chips and eggs while Matt had a wonderfully tender roast rack of lamb. For dessert, I opted for the incredible Chocolate Bombe which when hot salted caramel sauce is poured over, melts to reveal a honeycomb centre with creamy vanilla ice cream, all surrounded by a delicious milk foam. There's no doubt it's pricey at £ 8.50 but it's such an indulgent treat. 


Upon realising we were slightly late, we made a mad dash to the spectacular Royal Albert Hall where Russell Howard was performing. You just can't help staring all around you, it's so very vast. You aren't allowed to take any photos at the RAH and it was actually quite a close hall when they clocked my Olympus but I assured them it wouldn't be used. Instead, I'm afraid you'll have to deal with my rubbish iPhone photo although I'm not sure how much justice any photo could do to be perfectly. I don't really know how you can describe a stand-up act but this is the third time I've seen Russell Howard and he just keeps getting better and better. He brought in a few political points as well as his usual everyday humour but it was done in a really thought-provoking way without you even realising. If you are able to get tickets, I cannot recommend seeing him more. He's on a worldwide tour so hopefully he'll be near you at some point!

After a great night sleep and a delicious continental breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and caught the tube to Marble Arch. What we hadn't realised however, was that shops in London don't actually open until 12 on Sundays! We ambled around for a little while before thankfully finding a Starbucks we could hide away in. We then headed to Carnaby as for Christmas, Matt's brother brought us afternoon tea for two at Ma'Plucker - but this was afternoon tea with a difference! There was no dainty cups of tea but instead Southern Comfort shrubs. Ma'Plucker specialises in chicken so our afternoon tea consisted of buttermilk-dipped chicken in a brioche bun, pulled chicken in bbq sauce on a waffle and the most amazing crispy coated halloumi served with fries. It wasn't greasy at all, just great quality, tasty chicken. The afternoon tea finished with mini doughnuts with salted caramel sauce and a mini ice cream popcorn sundae. Amazing.


It was so lovely spending the weekend in London together. We may not have done a huge amount of shopping but just being able to take everything in, eat amazing food and spend some quality time together made it perfect. Let me in the comment what your favourite thing to do in London is and where you like to go!

Emily x

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  1. Loveee this photo diary! It's funny that stores don't open till 12 on Sundays, like you said! A friend of mine and I walked into Topshop at 11am on a Sunday thinking it was open. And after browsing for about 5 mins, the security came and told us they were actually closed hahah so embarrassing! x

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  2. Love your photo diary! That restaurant looks amazing! I really dream of going to London someday and will definitely remember that hotel and restaurant. Hope you had a blast watching your favorite comedian! :)

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  3. It looks like you had a fab time and all the food looks such yummy, especially the chocolate bomb as anything with salted caramel is always going to be a hit with me :) I think after reading this post I need to try and persuade my boyfriend that a trip to London is on the cards! x

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  4. Omg that dessert looks so delicious!! I would love to try it! We were meant to travel to London for Xmas but after an unexpected situation, we decided to call it off and I hope we will be able to reschedule it soon, cannot wait to visit London again! xx

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  5. It surely sounds like you had a lovely weekend in London. I love comedy shows! They are an amazing way to spend an evening or a day. Also, that food looks delicious! Makes me hungry, haha :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  6. Such an amazing experience!! Reminds me of the importance of getting out more and making memories :) I am sure you enjoyed the show! And I personally enjoyed looking at all the food photos, hon! Guilty! :D
    xox Nadia
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  7. London is an amazing city and sounds like you had a great time!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

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  8. This is such a lovely article! I don't think I could pull it off myself, but it looks amazing. You will like to see more fashion from here.

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  9. Aw I'd love to see Russell Howard, he's one of my faves! I've been to RAH a couple of times, it's such a stunning venue (although easy to get lost in...!). I also have Ma'Plucker on the 'to visit' list for sure.

    Milly
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  10. Yea, I wouldn't mind seeing Ed Sheeran too haha! That's really sweet they gifted that to you! The hotel looked lovely. I live just on the outskirts of London, but rarely go there. I tend to just go to Oxford street randomly when I want to shop x

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  11. It has been a few years since I last went to London! Shopping, wandering around and eating... my favourite things to do in London :) It looks like you had such a fun weekend, even though it was short, I'm sure everything was great! Also chocolate bombe looks so yummy!!!!

    Ela BellaWorld

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  12. Oh wow! Looks like you two had a blast. That hotel is super nice, and omg at those chocolate things! I could watch those melt all day long haha. The only comedian I've ever seen is Aziz Ansari, and it was on such a whim. It was really fun though!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  13. Sounds like a great way to spend a birthday. That suite looks so sumptuous, and lucky you for scoring an upgrade! That dessert sounds delicious too. I've always wanted to try/experience one of those. They seem to be all the rage in my town these days.

    Sxx
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  14. I have never been to London but I sure want to. It sounds like you had a lovely weekend in London.

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  15. Love the photos! It's crazy how far in advanced you have to book tickets to see comedians.

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  16. Loved this post - that Chocolate Bombe looks absolutely incredible *heart eyes*
    Couldn't agree with you more about concerts, I love music but I'm not a huge gig fan. I love comedians aswell though, there's so many I'd love to see live! x

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  17. This is such a fabulous short-stay travel diary and I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in London! It sounds as though the show at the Royal Albert Hall was worth the 2 year wait haha ;) Also, YUM to the chocolate dessert - wow!!

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  18. i love photo diaries posts. Its much better than just reading words or hearing someone talk about it! Thanks for sharing

    Darriyan xo
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  19. Wow, I loved having a read of this post and the photography is stunning. I love Russel Howard, he's so funny and witty, I'm glad you had a great time and don't even get me started on that dessert ....

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  20. I'm so glad you enjoyed London! It's been about a month since I've been... definitely too long ;)

    xo,

    Emma
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  21. OMG that chocolate bomb looks delicious! What a fun weekend away. Seriously you and your boyfriend have the best life together. And you always pick such great stuff on the menu.

    xx Yasmin
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  22. How fun! Everything looks lovely. I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself. I hardly seem to go to concerts like I used to and have only seen Ed once before he went massive! Love Russell Howard though, he's hilarious. Happy weekend to you! x /Madison
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