We almost escaped the Escape Rooms

I booked the Escape Rooms back in September for Scott’s birthday (that’s the problem with December birthdays as it means you have to book months in advance). It’s a five minute walk from London Bridge station, and it’s a real-life escape game where you’re locked inside a themed room where you and your team need to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and hints in order to escape within 60 minutes.

They recommend Room 33 for four people, yet Scott and I felt up to the challenge. I can honestly say we were gutted when we found out that we were only 30 seconds over the time limit. After reading reviews afterwards, most said this room was for more experienced players, so I’m really chuffed at our time and effort.

All the rooms are themed: Room 33 is set in 1675 China, and you’re lost one of the emperor’s prized processions, a golden vase. You and your team stumble upon a time machine where you’ll travel to Room 33 of the British Museum and you’ll need to find the vase and bring it back to the emperor.

I found it odd that one of the tasks is a physical one (you have to avoid lasers and if you hit them you’ll receive a time penalty), and a smaller group definitely helps with this.

I cannot express how much fun we had, Scott and I are dying to go back and try the Pharaoh’s Chamber!

 

Pilates with a View at Coq D’Argent

It’s a Wednesday morning and I’m stood in the roof top garden of the Coq D’Argent with some of the girls from Goodman Masson. It’s near Bank, and the views over the City of London are stunning.

Over the summer Coq D’Argent have teamed up with Exercise in the City and are bringing and their workplace Pilates classes out of the office and on to their roof top garden.  Pilates aims to strengthen your body with an particular emphasis on your core – and this type of workout is definitely something I don’t do enough of.

The class lasts an hour and was lead by Julia, who perfectly explained each move and gently moved our bodies into the correct position if we were doing it wrong. The moves used in Pilates may look simple, but they take a lot of control – it’s more then just doing a brunch of crunches, there’s a strong emphasis on technique.

It was a really nice change to my usual routine, and it’s the perfect place to soak up the morning sun.

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I’m feeling twenty-two: Birthday Celebrations at Roka Aldwych

This week I celebrated my Taylor Swift birthday, and Scott treated me to such a lovely day out in London – we pretty much spent the whole day eating, exploring and drinking.

 

I’m incredibility lucky to get a bonus ‘holi-birthday’ from work (one of the many perks of working at Goodman Masson). We started my day at my family home and my mum had made my favourite brunch, avocado toast – and of course cake. After all, calories don’t count of your birthday right?

 

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Scott and I headed into London and hit the Leicester Square box office, scoring ourselves tickets for a matinee performance of Kinky Boots.
It’s one of my all time favourite movies and the performance did not disappoint. It’s all about accepting people for who they are and not making judgement about people before you get to know them – A message that everyone needs to encompass.

 

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After the show Scott and I went to Roka in Aldywch. If you’re anything like me and adore Japanese food then you absolutely must go. Everything is perfectly executed, including the rustic yet contemporary interior – it’s definitely a special occasion sort of place.

 

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We went for one of their tasting menus, which is comprised of small plates and is perfect for sharing. I love this concept as it means you can have a bit of everything and you don’t need to be as decisive.

 

sushi

 

Each plate came on at a time, meaning we could really appreciate them. The sashimi was incredible and it was served on a bed of ice – it melted in your mouth and was sliced so finely.

 

dumplings

 

Now, I’m a HUGE fan of dumplings and we were served the black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings which were delicious.

 

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The main course options are in no way budget items. Scott and I choice the pork lion and the black cod marinated in miso. Both were delightful in their own ways – though the fish was incredibility hard to eat with chopsticks.

 

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It’s not often that I have dessert, I’m much more of a savoury/starter type-of-girl. I can’t remember what I ordered but it came with green-tea meringue and a sesame seed ice-cream.

 

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I honestly can’t remember Roka Alydwch enough – if you’re wanting to treat that speical someone, take them here.

 

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Roka Alydwch, 71 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN

 

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Things to do in London when it’s Sunny

With summer just around the corner and the unpredictability of English weather, you won’t want to waste a second of the sunshine – It’s time to get those sunglasses out, drink Pimms and eat ice cream.

 

Visit a Rooftop Bar

One of the best ways to enjoy London is with a drink in hand, on the top of a tall building. Madison’s boasts one of the best views over St. Paul’s Cathedral, and at Vista bar you have Nelson’s Column on one side, Big Ben on the other. Dalston Roof Park is a slighty kitschy with astroturf, coloured deckchairs and a gaint flamingo – but there’s also an edible garden in which the produce is used in their cocktails.

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Eat Street food 

Who wants to be stuck inside a stuffy restaurant when you can eat al fresco? Borough Market is by far the most famous food market in London and it has the perfect balance between fresh produce and meals you can eat straight away. Whilst working near Holborn I would frequently visit Leather Lane, you can’t go without trying Grill my cheese  – their mac n cheese toasties are to die for. Working in the city means that Kerb at the Gherkin is my new go-to street food market on a Thursday. They also have markets at Kings Cross, Paddington and West India Quary. Now, you can’t talk about Street Food without mentioning  Streetfeast, and Dinerama is a foodies paradise with highlights from Yum Bum and You Doughnut.

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Get on your Bike 

London is a big place, and tackling the city by foot can be daunting. London has some great cycle routes – why don’t you cycle around the East End and stop off at loads of cycling-themed cafes? Make sure you stop off at Look Mum No Hands.

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Visit London’s Little Gardens 

Hyde park is over rated and full of tourists – get yourself to Dalson Eastern Curve Garden, you can relax can have a coffee or craft beer by the cafe, pizza from the woodburner and even join in with a spot of gardening every Saturday from 2pm. On Tuesdays from 7pm there’s also live acoustic music. There are plenty more to discover here.

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Devour Frozen Treats 

It’s the best way to cool off on a hot sunny day and if you find yourself North London, you have to try Chin Chin Laboratories. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze their ice cream and they change their flavours weekly. Sloane Brothers serve up Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt in Shoreditch and you can add a little bit of naughtiness by topping it with peanut butter brownies! It’s not often that lactose intolerant or vegans can enjoy frozen treats, but at Yorica you can. You’re spoilt for choice with tonnes of flavours and toppings.

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Junkyard Golf Club, Shoreditch

The Old Truman Brewery has literally been overtaken by a load of rubbish – in the form of crazy gold courses. Junkyard Golf Club originated in Manchester, and until August it will be in London’s Brick Lane. Navigate your way around jacuzzis, slides, speed boats, wendy houses and treadmills.

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You can choose from three courses – Pedro, Frank, and Helga – each course is 9 holes long. Scott and I went last Friday evening and tried out Frank. It’s made up all entirely recycled rubbish and second hand goods, from a mock-up kennel, cereal boxes, and a worn out mobility scooter.

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They’ve got four different bars dotted around the course where you can grab a golf-themed cocktail like the Tee Diddy or Who’s Your Caddy.

Being the gym nut that I am, my favourite hole was ‘Witness the fitness’ in which you had to navigate your way around a treadmill. The last hole ‘Space invader’ was incredibility difficult, but a whole load of fun. Golf isn’t my forte, so it’s fair to say Scott beat me hands down.

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If you get peckish after you can treat yourself to nachos and hot dogs from some of the street food stalls.

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Junkyard Golf Club,  Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL