In London: The Sky Garden

Before this trip I had never even heard of The Sky Garden but I can tell you right now I was missing out, it is beautiful! This mini botanical garden area is 155m up in the air, with 360 degrees panoramic views and spots to eat, you could spend the entire day up here! PhoebeGill160509210The first amazing thing about this place is that it is free to get into! Free! All you have to do is book in at a certain time, there are limited spaces available each day. Check out ticket times and options here. Although the ticket permits you in for an hour at a time, there is also a restaurant and a bar so you can be fed and watered, if you want to experience the Sky Garden for longer.  PhoebeGill160509083In the main section of the Sky Garden there is the Sky Pod where you can have coffee and cake or I choose some delicious lemonade. It is going to be a bit more expensive but it’s such a nice atmosphere. With the plants and the flowers it gives this fresh air feeling. Also I have allergies and I can assure you you I didn’t sneeze once, which was great. Now lets talk about the view. PhoebeGill160509073As you are 155 meters up there needs to be safety procedures so there are thick panes of glass for you to look out at. This does mean that they are a bit grubby and there will be reflections but it is still an amazing view. Watching busy London from above is really interesting, watching boats go by and cars go over the bridge, it’s such a great vantage point to watch the city. PhoebeGill160509089I definitely recommend this gorgeous place, check out the website and book a ticket. Also thanks to the couple who perfectly fit in this image. Hope you’re well! Thanks so much for reading!

Happy Travels!

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In London: Great Eats You Have To Try!

First off lets talk about The Breakfast Club. I have heard great things about this place for about two years now and I have been desperate to try it. Thankfully this place was so close to where I was staying in London. PhoebeGill160509053I usually test a place by their eggs Benedict and a flat white coffee. They are my staples if I go out to breakfast. I threw in some breakfast potatoes and a freshly squeezed orange juice to my order to make this breakfast the ultimate indulgence! It was so tasty and everything you could want to start your day of exploring and walking around London. Definitely recommend. Check out their locations here. They are open late so you can have breakfast whenever you like! Perfection. This breakfast will set you back a bit, this food was just under £20 but I went all out, you can find cheaper items on the menu. PhoebeGill160509170Now lets talk about the second place that was around the corner from where I was staying that I loved. Pizza Union! Ah if only they were in Ireland. It is a proper Italian style pizza place with a big stone fire pizza oven. It has a quick service and delicious food. PhoebeGill160509287I recommend you get what’s in the picture, a delicious pepperoni pizza, their garlic dip, which is amazing for £1 extra and a Limonata, which, in my opinion is the best drink on earth! This meal will cost you under £10 and you will be full and happy. There are only two locations check where they are at here.

Note: Both of these locations are in Spittlefields.

Usually I snack when I travel so these food posts are few and far between but I wanted to share these two places with you because I have been thinking about them since I’ve been home. How much do you want pizza right now?

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In London: The Natural History Museum

In London: The Natural History Museum

If you have seen my Berlin Natural History Museum post you will know I really love Natural History Museums, it is my guilt free zoo and I really like walking around and seeing what wonderful creatures inhabit or inhabited this planet.

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As I have said previously, the buildings these fantastic collections house are utterly beautiful. This building has details which are so gorgeous and subtle I urge you to look up and on the arches because you will find some of the most stunning details. The main hall is just wonderful. Once again there is a dinosaur in the foyer with a lot of other wonderful finds dotted around the room.PhoebeGill141213101This building is huge and I am sure what is on display is just a fraction of what is actually kept in this building. There are lots of different routes you can take and it will take a good three hours if you are walking around to each room and taking in information.

PhoebeGill141213079-2There are so many amazing specimens! It is amazing walking around and looking at a mould of ancient dinosaurs, irish elk antlers, a pangolin, so many different types of marine, land, rock collections that are just fascinating!PhoebeGill141213081There were some things I noticed; there is a lot crammed into some rooms and very little in others. The rest of the specimens are in the hallways. It seems that the space that is used has been condensed in some areas which makes it very difficult to read signs or take in what is in the room. It is sometimes not the most clear if you have been down a corridor before or not. I will say you wont be stuck for a bite to eat or buying a trinket. There seems to be a restaurant crammed into a good few areas and multiple gift shops that I think are a little unnecessary.

PhoebeGill141213096I also feel I missed things, which is something that irks me greatly! I also want to see where the preparation rooms are and the collection rooms and stuff like that. I know obviously that is impossible because the collection would be ruined but still there are so many doors I want to go through!

This building and collection are fascinating, it must be hard with such an expansive collection to organise and to try to make money when admission is free but there are some things that I just found irritating.PhoebeGill141213098There is so much to see in the museum I really recommend going if you have some time or want to go. Off peak season on a hot summers day might give you an emptier museum and remember to wear a good pair of shoes. They have some great specimens, information and it is worth it.

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In London: Eating at Paul

In London: Eating at Paul

Oh Paul, what can I say other than you have to go here. Forget starbucks, it is crap! Nothing is fresh or well made and it is way too overpriced for it to be worth it. Paul is a bakery and patisserie, if the smell of fresh baked goods doesn’t get you in the door you must have a cold!PhoebeGill141213058Everything on the menu looks amazing, their pastry is delicious and their coffee is excellent, doesn’t taste bitter or over filtered, they have actual proper baristas. I definitely recommend here for breakfast you can eat in or take away so if you wanted you could  to go to St. James Park and have a stroll. Paul also opens early, 7am on Monday – Saturdays and 8am on Sundays, so perfect for people who like to get up and go.PhoebeGill141213078

They are all over the city so you are sure to find one close to your hotel or work place. Definitely go find one and have a coffee and a delicious pain au chocolat.

Happy Travels!
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In London: At Christmas

In London: At Christmas

Some of my favourite things to do at christmas time is to see the christmas decorations in London. Me and my family go to London just before christmas to shop and to eat and to get all of our christmas treats, more on this later.

The Streets:

I love the way London decorates it’s streets, they are usually different for each of the big shopping areas in central London.

The main areas I love are Eros in Piccadilly, they usually dress up the statue to look all festive, my favourite was last years Eros snow globe with billowing snow inside. It was so magical!

Oxford street is such a long shopping street and they always decorate the whole way down be mindful this street gets crazy busy during this time! Maybe do all your shopping on a weekday when it is a little quieter as weekends in London are extremely crowded!

Bond Street is a very affluent street of London, with high end jewellery and clothing brands, you are very likely to see expensive cars and beautiful window displays. The street is always decorated with sparkles and I love walking around this street, it’s often quieter than Regent and Oxford street so it’s a nice detour.

Carnaby Street is one of my favourite spots, with lots of adjoining roads it’s nice to wander up side streets and see what shops and cafes are waiting for you to experience. Last years were my favourite, there were robins decorating the street, the most wonderful winter garden bird.

Covent Garden is a great place to feel christmassy. This is where you can find the huge christmas tree and inventive decorations, this is a great area to shop and have a bite to eat and get into the festive spirit.

These are just some of my favourites but to be honest this year felt more like a good way to advertise than to just look pretty. I have preferred previous years but it is always nice to look at.

Shop Windows: 

Some the window displays during christmas are some of my favourites to go and look at. Fortnum and Mason, this lovely food shop has had some beautiful window creations, one year they had a swan lake window with moving figures and snow. Selfridges also has a great fashion based christmas display. Liberty is a beautiful shop with enticing windows with their products. Harrods has a wonderful festive inside and out and is always done up beautifully.

Christmas in London is always pretty magical, there is a buzz in the city and although there are people everywhere, it’s a lovely place to go with friends or family and get into the christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas and Happy Travels!

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My favourite decorations because of the robin!