Weekend In London Guide

The big smoke is a popular city to visit thanks to its impressive architecture, monuments, and fashion. With so much to do it can be overwhelming and difficult to decide exactly what you should do in the hustle and bustle.

 

So many things come to mind when you think of London if you do not live near the city. It’s a huge tourist attraction, with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey Towers and the London Eye.

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I have recently just got back from a weekend away in London and I’ve never been so busy and relaxed in all my life. A contradiction, I know. That is what it was like, although there was so much to squeeze in over 3 days, with miserable weather in such a vast place, it was so enjoyable and it was just so easy to take everything around about me in.

First thing I would recommend you do if you are giving thought to a short trip to London and want to jam pack as much as you can do in, PLAN.
I get that it’s very obvious, and something you would do anyway no matter where you were going. However, if you are not familiar with London, like myself, it’s a great head start to have and the key to getting the most out your trip.

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Bus tours are everywhere in London, I found this a great way to get around whilst learning about some London history and most tour companies offer 24hr and 48hr tickets. So if you are thinking of going on a bus tour, it could also make sense to extend your ticket for the duration you are there and also use it to get around. Not only do the busses take you to all the main attractions, monuments and must see streets, get on a tour bus with live commentary and you are onto a winner. The guys from Big Bus Tours are so friendly and are great for a bit of local knowledge about everything from hours to avoid queuing for more free time on your hands to fab places to eat, and they are very funny!

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As well as bus tours, there is also the usual big red busses that circuit round a particular area. Get to know what bus is closest to where you are staying and it can be another method of transport for you after tour busses stop running for the day. The London busses have a night service which means you would never be stuck at all hours having to hail a taxi costing you £££’s!!

If you don’t mind missing the marvellous views of the landscape and skyline of London’s city whilst riding the open top busses, of course there’s also the tube. This will get you from A to B in a matter of minutes which is perfect if you have a tight timed itinerary.
Oyster cards are a great thing, you top up and tap, and there you go! You can use your oyster card on London Busses and the tube, which is just so versatile.

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When booking a place to stay, it would be worth your money to live as close to the city as possible, that way you spend less of your precious tourist time travelling in to the city and you are also walking distance from tour bus stops, tube stations, and perhaps some attractions can be reached by foot.

I stayed in Westminster at The DoubleTree by Hilton, and it was perfect! Very central and less than 10 minutes to Big Ben. There was also a bus stop right outside the hotel with a bus that stopped at Regent Street. This was ideal.

The must see streets in London for anyone who identifies themselves as a fashion-lover are Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and the entire SOHO area is unreal.

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These streets give you every choice of shop you would ever need, from Victoria’s Secret to M&M’s World, from Hamleys to Selfridges, it has everything! On top of that, these streets are round about the SOHO area, with Carnaby Street right bang in the middle of it all.
SOHO is a such a cool corner of London, with very exciting nightlife as well as very hip bars and restaurants dotted all over the place. Just what anyone would need after a crazy busy day of walking lots and shopping loads. SOHO is also home to many theatres in London, Queens Theatre, Palace Theatre, Prince Edwards Theatre, Cambridge Theatre and Arts Theatre, there is also the Apollo Theatre in Victoria. A musical is a must see during a stay in London as the theatres are just so beautiful, even if musicals aren’t your thing, it’s got to be appreciated. It’s inevitable that you’ll enjoy the classics!

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In SOHO, there is a little bar I went to called Gem, and it was just that! It’s a cushty place for during the day food or drinks, has a very fun vibe for cocktails before or after dinner and at night it’s open as a club. So trendy.
The Rum Kitchen is the coolest corner in Carnaby, FACT. This place was incredible, a Caribbean restaurant and bar in Kingly Court in SOHO. They offer amazing food (vegetarian), rum cocktails and the diverse music is so upbeat you would not want to leave.

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It’s completely understandable why you hear people talking about visiting London, just to shop, there is just so much choice. Although there is also other parts of London that have a little bit more personal features, only found in London. Places like The Shard, The Sky Gardens building, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. And all can be seen from taking the River Cruise across the Thames, which is another must do. The views of the buildings along each side of the river are so impressive you could ride twice just to believe it all.

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I really enjoyed my time in London, and just done so much, feeling exhausted every night! There is so much to do in London and I think it definitely takes a few visits to do everything you want to. Plus, in searching for a place to stay, I found that the amount of lovely hotels across the city was overwhelming. It just shows that the big smoke will never get boring, no matter how many times you go, and all you need to do is plan it well and your trip will be a success!

A Weekend In York

A guide to a weekend in the historic shire of York.

Recently I took a camping trip to York. The weather was dry and so the experience was very pleasant and easy to enjoy. If you’re a outdoorsy person, I would highly recommend taking a mid-season camping trip. There are so many great places to visit throughout the UK, rain, hail, or shine, as long as you’re prepared weather shouldn’t be an issue.

I found that since there was going to be a lot of preparing for this weekend of camping, I took comfort in preparing a list for myself just to check everything was there and nothing important was forgotten.

Being early autumn and with the unpredictability of the British weather, obviously I was expecting the worst. So a raincoat, wellies, and warm clothes for sleeping  were utter essentials. There was very little light after about 6pm and by 7.30pm it was pitch black, so having a torch helped, of course.

For anyone who has ever attended any UK weekend fest, it goes without saying that you can never bring too many wipes, tissues, sanitiser, dry shampoo, deodorant etc etc…So I won’t bore you or insult your intelligence by rhyming off toiletries NOT to forget to include in the packing process. However, I will say this, don’t let your phone/camera run out of battery, be sure to bring more than one portable charger. I made this mistake and as a result have very little lovely photographs of the picturesque weekend!

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York town was a great place to visit. It is quaint, busy, and picturesque in all the right ways. The Shambles is an old street in town that has the old original buildings and frame work, overhanging the narrow streets in a very squint order. A lot of the streets in the heart of the town twist and turn in a narrow maze, which I think looks great and makes it a unique attraction.

There was a beer and food festival on, which was great. Live rock n blues music, with lots of mini stalls, the atmosphere was incredible. I loved every minute of this cliché experience and without a doubt, York is somewhere I would go again and again. It’s got a very personable vibe to it, the town of historic feels and flows. A home away from home. It was just gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

Cheryl’s Instagram Hacked with Satanic Posts

Images appear on Cheryl’s Instagram, satanic and sinister in nature by unknown hacker.

Singer and former X Factor judge, Cheryl Tweedy’s Instagram account was hacked earlier today with posts of a satanic nature and a hateful message towards her boyfriend Liam Payne, who she is said to be expecting her first child with.

Managing to post three pictures before being deleted and kicked out about 20 minutes later, the hacker edited Cheryl’s Instagram Bio from “…All love. Good vibes only” followed by a peace sign and love heart emoji, to then include hashtags and a strange Twitter account link.

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The singer’s Instagram account posted a picture of an upside down cross dripping in black and white with the caption “666 F*** Liam Payne.” After posting on Instagram the same picture was shared on the singers Twitter page by the hacker.

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Following the theme, a Witches Pentagon was posted on her Instagram account, again with the numbers “666” written below and captioned “666 B***H THAT’S WHAT WE DO”.

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While the singers team confirms that they are aware of the hack, fans were left very confused and sympathetic for the negative impact on Cheryl’s Instagram page.

Comments were left on the hackers posts tagging Instagram saying, “OMG DO SOMETHING” while others sussed foul play and left comments saying “Definitely HACKED” and “Sick”.

Over on Twitter, a Cheryl fan account posted “Everyone be careful on Cheryl’s Instagram currently as it looks like she’s unfortunately been hacked.”

Some fans have expressed their thoughts on Twitter after coming across hateful messages left on the pictures posted on the Instagram page, saying, “Can’t believe the vile comments on Cheryl’s Instagram” and “I can’t even deal with looking at Cheryl’s Instagram comments because it just makes me too angry.”