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Dream Dining Experiences – London

Dream Dining Experiences – London

*This is a collaborative post.

As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, I find heading out into nightclubs and bars a little tedious. It’s never really the same when you can’t join in with the flow of the night and the drinks! What I do absolutely love to do though is head out to an array of different restaurants, to try out the amazing food they have on offer. There’s nothing better than heading out with my other half, or with the girls for a catch-up and some good food. I’ve tried so many different dining experiences over the years, some I would jump at the chance to go back to and some not so much. I never regret trying new places though, you never know when you’re going to come across a hidden gem!

London is an amazing place to try out new places to eat. There are so many restaurants in the capital that offer something new and different to be enjoyed. Whatever your favourite meal is, you’re sure to find the place to suit you. It’s not all about the food either, there are also places that combine food and entertainment for the ultimate night out. There are even places you can go where the food is the entertainment and I must admit, those restaurants are my absolute favourite places to eat!

Here are a few dining experiences that you need to try out in London;

City Cruises, The London Showboat –

This is my husbands idea of the ideal night out. The London Showboat combines so many different elements to make sure that it’s passengers have the night of their dreams. Not only do you get to indulge in a four course meal on board the ship, you also get to see the sights of London after dark with all of the lights twinkling in the distance. The cruise begins at Westminster and takes you to the Thames barrier, the sights must be incredible! To put the cherry on the cake, there’s also a dinner show for you to sit back and enjoy. Utter bliss!

Rainforest Cafe –

The Rainforest Cafe is the ideal place to eat if you are in London with your family. It’s an extraordinary, sensory experience that will have the kids smiling from ear to ear. As you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted by sounds of the rainforest including rain, waterfalls and lightning. There are animals hidden all around for the kids to spot and this place even has real tropical fish for them to look at. It offers a good menu, with a two-course kids menu too. What makes this place even more ideal for the kids, is that it provides activity packs for each customer. So you can say goodbye to restlessness as you wait for your meal.

The Shaka Zulu experience –

Of an evening this South African restaurant is the ideal getaway for adults. It’s huge rooms are home to amazing food, an extravagant cocktail bar and fabulous live music. During the day, Shaka Zulu also offers family entertainment. So whether you’re in London with the kids or if you there for an adult break, this is definitely a place you should try!

 

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Decor: Combining Travel and Home Comforts

Decor: Combining Travel and Home Comforts

*This post was written in collaboration with Wallsauce. As always, all thoughts ans opinions are my own.

 

I’ve spoken before about the effort Hubs is putting into redecorating our home. Ever since we decided to make this place our forever home, its been his mission to make it as beautiful and as personal as possible. I’m a huge fan of white furniture and white walls, it makes everything look so clean and fresh. It can look a bit too clinical though, so I think a feature wall can be a huge compliment and can really finish a room off.

So I’ve spent some time researching mural wallpapers. They are such an amazing statement piece and are ideal for breaking up an otherwise all white space. I’ve seen a lot of houses with vibrant colours used to make feature walls, I just feel like these can still look a little too plain though. I want something that’s a complete conversation starter, something that really stands out and something that means something to us as a family!

That’s why we’ve decided to add cityscape wall murals to a few of our rooms. After a lot of thought and even more research, I’ve found the three murals that will add the perfect finishing touches to our home. Here are three cityscapes that we love;

 

New York –

Visiting New York has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I’ve had dreams of heading to New York over the Christmas period. I’d love to walk the streets, wrapped up in my finest winter togs and spend a fortune on festive shopping. One can dream! For this reason, we decided that one of our rooms should have a mural of New York. Have you ever thought of having New York Scenes in your home? Image how amazing it would be to look into the New York sky every evening as you sit down to relax!

 

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London –

Hubs and I have visited London on numerous occasions. It’s somewhere that we both love to spend time and over the years we have made some amazing memories down there. I also love to be near water, I find it so relaxing. I remember spending time down by the Thames when we were in London, it was a beautiful summer’s night and it just seemed so idyllic. So for our second wallpaper mural, we decided to go for a London scape with the Thames in the foreground. Not only will it bring back such good memories every time we look at it, it will also make the ideal feature for when we feel like we need to chill out!

 

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Venice –

Venice is another destination that both Hubs and I would love to visit. We are both really into history and would love to venture around this city, to take in the spectacular views and ways of life. I think a wallpaper mural of Venice above my desk would be a great touch. It would make breaks from my laptop so much better, as I could sit back and get lost in the picturesque view in front of me. We will definitely visit Venice one day, for now though I’ll have to make do with my mural!

 

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Explaining Terrorism – They won’t be Young Forever

Explaining Terrorism – They won’t be Young Forever

As more details emerge from the London attacks, my heart sinks lower and lower.  The families of the victims are at the forefront of my mind.  I’m in a state of mourning, not only for the lives that have been lost but for the world that was.  Once again, it has been changed forever.

As I watch the news I find myself becoming anxious and upset, fearful of the what has become of our beautiful world.  Why should we have to walk down the street and worry about terrorism?  Why should I think twice about taking my girls to their capital city, to show them this amazing place full of excitement and history?

As new headlines emerge I am grateful that I don’t have to explain the situation to my girls.  I’m glad that they’re too young to understand and to worry about the bad things that happen in the world.  I’m only too aware though that they are growing up fast, that they won’t always be too young to understand.  One day they will see the news and have questions, they will want to know why one human being would do this to another.  What do I say then?  How can I possibly begin to explain it?

When attacks like this happen I spend my time worrying about the future of my children, of all our children.  What kind of world are they growing up in?  I’m again consoled by their ages, whilst they are young and under my roof I can keep them safe.  But they won’t be young forever.

Everyone who was involved in the attacks have shown us that there is good in the world.  The emergency services, the passers by who stopped to help and those who sadly lost their lives in a bid to save others.  All of these people have shown that for every ounce of bad in the world, there is so much more good.

So when the time comes that my girls will need their questions answered.  I will tell them that there are bad people in the world, but for every bad person there are so many good.  For every bad deed there are so many more amazing things happening all around them.

For now though I’m glad I don’t have to explain it and I’m glad my children go to bed at night without worrying.

 

 

 

 

 

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