Monday, 18 August 2014

London calling...

Last weekend we travelled up to London to spend the night away for my birthday.

We happened to visit the same weekend as thousands of cyclists who were taking advantage of major London streets being closed off, allowing them to cycle on routes not normally used. Saturday turned into a beautiful Summer day so we spent most of our time walking along the South Bank, stopping every so often to watch a street artist or musician.

We stayed in The Tommyfield in Kennington. This is a pub that recently converted 6 rooms upstairs into luxury bedrooms. The bed was like a huge Egyptian cotton cloud and our shower was incredible! Aside from the rooms though the staff really looked after us. Once they realised we were in London for my birthday we got complimentary drinks which were very much appreciated. The staff stored our bags for us both before we checked in and all day on Sunday once we had checked out. They even gave me a birthday dessert when we came back on Saturday evening. This is definitely our overnight stay of choice whenever we come back to London now.

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In all honesty the weekend was pretty much about food and cocktails! We had lunch on Saturday in the Garden Party themed pop up restaurant on the second floor of the Oxo Tower. We came back to have cocktails later that evening, but unfortunately there were no tables free so we walked back through South Bank watching  London get dark.

Saturday night's dinner was at Shaka Zulu in Camden, which is an African themed restaurant, although Sion ended up eating salmon and I had pork, so not too much bush meat at our table! 

On Sunday we spent the morning in The Science Museum, dodging the tail end of the hurricane that had travelled across the Atlantic. We had enough sunshine though to walk the length of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to get to our lunchtime restaurant Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens. Of course we had to start our lunch with a cocktail, although I did wonder how strong they were when I noticed flamingos in the garden below us...they really were real though! We both loved our lunches, so much that no photos were taken and the magician who made me bend a ten pence piece was a really lovely touch. After yet another birthday dessert we took out full tummies back to Kennington to get our bags before heading home for the deepest night's sleep I've had in a long time.

Thank you Sion for making my birthday so lovely xx

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  1. Looks like a fabulous birthday! Great way to spend it and the Tommyfield looks lovely x

  2. What a fabulous birthday weekend! I do miss being able to stroll around London on a summers evening. Sounds like you had the most amazing time x #MagicMoments

  3. Looks like you packed loads in - happy birthday! :-)

  4. Love the south bank when we escape for adult time. Will definitely check out where you stayed, looks lovely x

  5. What a wonderful birthday weekend! Looks fabulous xxx #mmwbh

  6. wow those cocktails look lovely and the hotel sounds wonderful! It sounds like you had the perfect birthday! #mmwbh

  7. Sounds like you had a lovely birthday, a real treat getting to wander around London without anywhere to rush to. Dropping by from Magic Moments.

  8. what a fantastic birthday! i would love this with hubster for mine :-)

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (sorry for the delay in getting to you)