French Toast, Theatre, and Biryani. What better way to spend a day in London?

You know my favourite place in the whole wide world is London, you didn’t? .. really? Well you know now.

And most of my ‘to do’ list is…. things to do in London, and If it’s on my list, it’s got to be done, and done it was. Another trip ticked off just before the Lockdown.

It was quite a daunting and surreal trip in honesty, we were contemplating whether it was safe or not, things had started up in UK, things were looking uncertain, we knew a lockdown would be soon….. Should we? Shouldn’t we? is it safe? have we made a mistake, so many questions went through the mind.

Tickets were already booked 2 months in advance…. We closed our eyes, said our prayers and got in the car….. Best decision ever…… Didn’t Evan realise that may have been our last trip for the coming months.

We meaning Me, Sabina and Nilu.

Our London trips differ depending on who’s driving. It was my turn, and I like to leave my car outside of London and tube it everywhere. I have found the perfect location in Barnet at Cockfoster’s tube station. Its a one and a half hour drive to Cockfosters from where I live, and then one tube on the Picadilly line (roughly 25 mins) that takes us to Central. For me its perfect, we don’t get stuck in traffic, parking is not an issue (parking at cockfosters is £6 for the whole day) and driving back also does not feel like a chore.

And that one and a half hours was perfect for Sabina and Nilu to get to know each other, it was their first trip together and the anxiety was obvious, but damn these two are so alike it is unbelievable, something I hadn’t worked out till this day. Too alike. I guess we do look for certain traits when we choose who to be friends with. They hit it off and that made the trip all the more comfortable.

So what did we do? well…. ticked off the boxes. doh. (Homer Simpson style)

First stop: Christophers

Right opposite the Lycheum theatre- sits Christophers and it’d be a sin to have gone to London and walked past this place. Usually you have to book a reservation in, but we decided to pot luck it, as didn’t really know if we would have the time to get in, There was no space in the dining area, but they could fit us in the bar- which was perfect as we had a show to get to….

The Bar at Christophers

So whats so special about Christophers?. For those that don’t know- they have the ‘BEST’ French Toast EVER. For those that do- you already know this and are drooling at the thought right? don’t worry- so am I- Its not coming off my To-do list, this is staying on… permanently…

and here it is:

Next Up: The Lion King at Lycheum Theatre

A Theatre trip in London was on the to do list, if we were going to go theatre- it had to be the best, and the best without a shadow of a doubt is Lion King right? Running for 25 years in a row and still selling out on every show…. Really, We couldn’t go for any other show …

I have been theatre before, but nothing as grand as this. The Lycheum
Theatre blew us away, it was beautiful, we could not get over how beautiful it was. It felt magical. Stuff you see in the movies or read about in the books, it really took my breath away.

The balconies…
How glorious is the ceiling….

And it had the cutest little spectacle thingy mi-gigs. How cute. I needed a photo with that. Honestly they don’t really work the best though, I think we used them more in the interval to see what the posh-not’s below and on the balcony were doing… Guilty. I put my hands up.

The Show was amazing too. Loved every moment. There’s a reason why its been running that long, and I would recommend it to anyone in a second. Prices range from £40- £250 per seat…. we were in the top block but in the middle and at the front of the top block?? (am I even making sense here?) Our tickets cost £70. Their was nothing wrong with the seats- but I do feel that next time I would go slight lower for sure – just to get the level the same as the stage. I really think that it would have definitely heightened the experience.

Intervals mean time for selfies, Thank to Sabina who took the position of camera women

Leaving the theatre – its time to fill the belly. Farzi Cafe was another one on the list and just a 15 minute walk away. We decided to walk it there to get in the fresh air and also stretch those legs before the journey back. Landing outside the theatre though we saw these….

…and like little kids we jumped on. All three of us. The weather was beautiful, not warm, not cold and we got to see the pretty London streets, without the worry of if we were going in the right direction….

To End the Day: Farzi Cafe

A hot spot in Dubai- we decided to try it out in London, the place did not disappoint, it was beautiful inside. Being 5’o’clock at this time, we were the only ones in so we got all the attention we needed….

The Bar at Farzi Cafe
Oh but what good is dining without the non-alcoholic mocktails?

And what did we order? these totally tender and filled with so much moisture and flavour chicken tikkas,

These delicate little pav bhajis…

And Biryani…. But pot roasted Biryani…. Just look at that….

And it was devoured. Just the perfect meal to end our day….

Little did we know that this would be the last trip before Lock down, but I am so glad we went and were safe. Fast forward to now, London still feels like a distant dream. Getting into Asda is still hard enough.

Hope you guys all enjoyed our journey with us, and hope you still keeping safe. The Measures may have changed but still keep safe, and maintain social distance rules.

Love and regards

M11bna

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Christmas in Bicester Village

Hi All, How was Christmas??

I had Two weeks off work, and I did…… absolutely Nothing and enjoyed every moment of it.

Christmas for me usually means ‘Shopping!!’. But we all behaved this year. Just one day in Bicester. That’s All. And I promise I have deleted all my favourite shopping apps off my phone. Nearly into the second week of January and Im still going strong…… fighting the urge…… its really hard. But Im doing it.

Its not because I cant shop, its more because at this time of year I end up buying stuff I dont need. Ive still got a hoard of clothes from last year that I havent evan worn yet (and dont know if I will) .

So when the hubby said shall we go Bicester Village tommorrow, I knew it wasnt a good idea, but sat in the car with a smile on my face. This time the condition was that I was NOT driving at all though.

We went with a plan in our heads…… We werent going for shopping…. it was just a day out, because we were cooped up in the house since the school holidays, and had conquered so many series on netflix. We needed to get out with a week left before school started. So a nice day in Bicester village, one item each and doughnuts, Thats all. I was after a wallet (Another one! Yes. Ofcourse. Always another one). My Boy was after a pair of jeans. The younger Boi a jacket, and the Hubby…. well should I say it really? Really? Lacoste…. seriously still waiting on the Loyalty card!

And how did it go??

Well a little like this:

Hmmmmm…. Productive Day. Dont you think? But in all fairness. We got bargains!! so Why not? (still trying to justify it to myself)

For those of you who don’t know or have not been to Bicester Village, it is an absolutely beautiful Designer outlet on the edge of Oxfordshire. And when I say beautiful, it really is beautiful, it’s cute and chic. If the weather is good, you could almost forget you are in the UK at all.

Beautiful village, dressed for Christmas.

And now heres a few bits and pieces we picked up:

From the Hugo Boss Store the Hubby picked up a sports top for himself, and that other ‘red’ top that he claims he will wear for football. (That for sure is staying in cupboard forever!!) Both of these were for £90.

Then we hit the Armani Outlet where the hubby bought this tracksuit for £85. I think that’s a bargain!!

He also managed to pick up these jeans at £49 each

Next up we went into All Saints

I don’t need a coat- but I want one, and this 3/4 coat with toggle on it, was for £84. From £325!! (No longer wanting a wallet 😉)

The shop the hubby was waiting for, although he did well, he bought 6 tops from Cheshire 3 months ago. He received a Lacoste top as a secret Santa at work. (Seriously who gives Lacoste as Secret Santa?!) So he settled for two tops at £37.50 each.

And the Boi found himself two tops at £29 each.

I didn’t know there were two Hugo Boss shops in Bicester, but yup there are two Hugo Boss shops in Bicester, and the Elder Boy found this for himself at £50.

We walked into DKNY. I swear I had no intention of buying anything. Until….. The sales girl had the prettiest of trainers. I just NEEDED them. Perks of it though…. It had £80 written on the label, and when I went to till they charged £48! If only they had in different colours also! Damn!

This is usually our favourite shop, but it was a disappointment this time round. Just got the one top for the younger boi from here for £18.

Cath Kidston had these at £6 each. So picked up a few to give as gifts for little ones in the family

Well we on a shopping spree, already done the damage. Right? Another £17 wasnt going to hurt anyone (but the hubby who’s paying) and I can’t use my pretty new diary without a pretty new pen right? Took out the card one last time…. Listen nobody told him to park outside Swarovski!

So All in All a Note to self: Bicester Village is NEVER a good idea for a Day out unless you want to come back broke

On the way home, we were starving, and decided to hold out until we got back to Leicester. We ended up at Pamson Grill. It’s a traditional Pakistani Restaurant, exactly what we needed to fill our now shopping tired bellies.

The decor and set up inside is so classy

We filled our bellies with a mix grill for starters and papdi chat (which I ate before I took a photo!. I must be been starved 🙈)

And for mains we opted for Chicken Karhai, Lamb Karhai, and Biryani. And we devoured it.

Loved everything about Pamson Grill. Definitely will be visiting again.

Hope you enjoyed our day.

Catch you on the next one.

Love and regards

M11bna

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Megxit

So how did 2020 start?

Well we have had to finally accept that Boris Johnson is our Prime minister. (That’s karma for laughing at America when Trump was elected. Karma has a way of kicking you in the balls).

Boris Johnson

Now we will be heading straight into Brexit (although I voted Remain, the way the whole process has gone on, and for so long, its been draining. So its just nice to know that something is happening! Finally, we know where we stand. Kind of. ) and now we will see how much of an impact it’ll have on us.

Also we are coming to terms that our beloved NHS may be sold off in the near future, its all very daunting and scary.

Worldwide 2020 has brought us the Tragic news in Australia with the fires. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this hard time.

The mass ethnic cleansing of the Uyghur muslims in China are finally getting some air time, although mostly on social media, the International stations are still widley ignoring them, as are the national. But its nice to see Celebrities voicing their concerns and raising awareness. (Although they are getting heavily critisised for it! Freedom of speech only applies for some causes!)

Then the dreaded President Trump whilst playing golf decided on the assasination of the Iranian General Qassem Suleimani and now their are talks of possible WW3. (Seriously the amount of netflix series I watch I can so picture this in my head!! talking of netflix and presidents… you guys watched Scandal? Fitz for President next please!… Oh Fitz!)

Back to the UK, Prince Phillip health is in the air, constantly in and out of hospital. Tensions rising,

And whilst we all come to terms with all of this…….. “Megxit”

And we are only on the 2nd week of January.

Right I havent really got political up to date with my posts, because sometimes im afraid to voice my opinion, because politics is very broad and very vast and everyone has an opinion of their own and I dont want to be judged for it. I think as a blogger, you have to be very careful what you say, it can be misinterpreted all too easily.

So I have decided to pick on the things which I believe to be light hearted politics… (I think(biting nails))

So lets get back to ‘Megxit’

I had decided 2020 was MY Year!! I’m ready to make it MY Decade of Decades….. but I guess so many other people have decided the same. All this news, just two weeks in……Its going to be a great year!

But seriously?? I’m not going to say could it get worse? Seriously not going to say it…. But could it?

This whole ‘Megxit’ situation has got me really reeled up. I’m a big fan of Harry and Meghan. Huge fan. I’m a big fan of everything Royal. I love the Royal family. I love William and Kate. I love the Queen. I love Britain. I believe they are mine. They belong to us. They belong to me. And because I watch The Crown on netflix (promise you netflix are not paying me for this post, though it would be nice!) I feel like I know them, they are my family, they are my friends. I laugh when they laugh, I cry for them, I Hurt for them. I Follow them on Social media, in the papers, in everything. I STALK the Royal Family. (There I said it, im obsessed- abit like Joe on YOU (netflix again))

So Im going through an emotional rollercoaster at the moment. Initially the post they sent out stating they are ‘stepping down’ gave me Joy. Who wants to be in an institute like that, its so difficult, ( Ive seen how much the Queen went through on the Crown. Its so tough!) Good on them for wanting out…….But now Im not so sure….

Meghan has been bullied by the media, theres no doubt about that, but then so has every member of the Royal family at one point. They are in the public eye, they will be scrutinised, its been that way for years. In exactly the same way Meghan was scrutinised as an actress. Its a celebrity culture. Its a tabloid culture. Its a press culture. She married a Prince! What was she expecting?

Shes not the first to be bullied, Sarah Ferguson (Prince Andrews ex-wife) because of her weight was named ‘Duchess of Pork’. Kate Middleton was accused of doing nothing more that just having babies on top of babies, and also accused of lavishly spending tax payers money when she first came into the royal family on outfits. And how about Camilla- still to this day she is bullied.

Im not saying its right to be bullied. NOT AT ALL. I just dont think that by running away it will stop the bullying, if anything they probably have made it worse for themselves. They will be more in the press then ever before. (This time without the aide and security of the Royal Family so anything can and will be published) especially if Meghan goes back to her career ( You would think that she’d be use to it by now? though I would love for her to be back on suits! (Netflix again!))

Now something else that troubled me, the fact that they made this statement without the Royal family knowing. (urm…. guys…. what were you thinking!!!???) they already have the media after them, and they throw themselves to the sharks! (Was this like a dumb and dumber moment!). Im not a royal but that hurt me!! Harry (no longer Prince!) knows exactly how the system works, why the hell??? …..Im in disbelief! Is this his first “Im going to be independent” move? because he already failed. Big time.

And now they want to be ‘Financially Independent’ whilst keeping the Royal Sussex name, but stepping down……thats abit like Kylie Jenner stating that she is ‘SELF MADE’. Ugh. to Celebrity Culture.

Wow. reading that back. I can feel my tone change. Im really hurt!

In all honesty if they wanted to be free, they deserve to be, but not the way they did it. The Queen is 93 years old! (same as my granni) Prince Phillip health is all over the place, and they throw this on her! Its such a disrespect on the family and the Monarchy. I am so so so dissapointed. Especially after the amount the Royal Family did to invite Meghan into the family. The grand wedding, Prince Charles stepping in to walk her in, the Queens gift of the ‘Sussex’ title. They went above and beyond -evan though every step of the way they were being traumatised by the media, yet we never heard a complaint off them, not about Meghan or about the media. They took it in their grace and continued, knowing its a phase they will need to overcome. If only Meghan and Harry did the same.

The other thing that troubles me is- they want to be out of the ‘limelight’ as per se. They dont like the media attention, yet Meghan has signed a million pound contract with Disney for a voiceover? Urm …..hyprocricy at its best.

It seems to me that only if the attention is on Meghan, then the attention is valid .

Phew, I got passionate there. Didnt realise I was that protective of the Royal family either.

Well to end I Cant wait for The Crown season 7- I wonder if Meghan will play herself (hehe)

Let me know how you all feel about this, would love to hear your thoughts

Love and Regards

M11bna

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A Proper Tourist in London

Hi All

Do you remember my trip to Portugal with Mama bear. We went to meet up with her sister, well my aunt then came to see us!

Having a Mozambican passport its really difficult for my aunt to get out, and to come to the UK requires alot of paperwork and going back and forth. She was approved visa to the UK for 5 days.

My Aunt came with Uncle, and It was their first time in UK, and in all honesty I dont know whether they will be coming back again. My Uncle expressed that in all his life all he has ever wanted to do is listen to ‘the Ding Dong of Big Ben’. So Mama Bear came to the one person she knows loves London. Me!

Although Mama Bear wanted me to just drive past and show them the areas, I thought it would be nice if I could give them a ‘Proper tourist day in London’ and so I went to the one person who could help me arrange this,

Say hello to Babs. London born, who better to plan our day for us?

So just to warn you readers in advance, this post is a typical post on a very touristy day in London. And apologies for the photos also. I didn’t really know I was going to be a blogger, So didn’t put much thought into them.

We started our journey by breakfasting at ChaiiWala- this is back in Leicester. We generally start all our journeys by breakfasting at Chaiiwala. Theres no journey if it doesnt start with Chaiiwala. All Leicesterians know Chaiiwala. We had our Indian breakfast and headed off.

Indian breakfast at Chaiiwala with daar (lentil curry) masala baked beans, masala omelette and roti (chappati)

I wanted my aunt to experience The People, The Manic, The Craziness, The Ethnicities, The General buzz of the London atmosphere, so we drove to Cockfosters tube station in Barnet and left our car there, and the rest of our journey was by tube. Like Londoners. (Parking at Cockfosters is £6 for the day! so saves all the looking for parking and expensive parking within London itself.)

Our first tube was from Cockfoster Tube Station to Westminister Station, this was the longest of our rides at roughly 30 minutes and only one stop at Green Park Station. This took us straight outside the Big Ben.

We got out of the station and right in front of us, there in all of its Grandeur and Glory was ‘The Big Ben’ – with scaffolding, and works going on. (Is it weird to say my heart palpitated? and I breathed in to get it all in. It really is huge when you’re not driving past it). My Uncle like a proper tourist was amazed, he took photos in all angles, evan upside down, anything to get it all in. Then he asked the sandwich shop vendor near by ‘What time does it ding dong? I want to hear ding dong in my ear?’

“eh? that thing?’ he responded ” Ding Dong? 2 years mate- its better to hear it ding dong on youtube’

I saw his face drop, I did tell him that I have never heard it ding dong either, but now I want to aswell (listed in to-do list- ‘the Ding Dong of Big Ben’)

We walked down Parliament Street, saw the buildings of Parliament, and the War Monuments featured on the street, and not to forget the Red Telephone Boxes.

And then we headed towards Downing Street, which is just a walk away.

There wasn’t much activity going on here, and it is pretty gated up, so we took our quick photos and decided to make our way back to the underground to get onto the Millennium wheel/London Eye. Whilst walking down we saw these bike rickshaw (is that what you call them?)

And instead of going on the tube, we jumped on to them and enjoyed the view whilst we made our way to the wheel.

We got dropped off just outside the London Eye and got straight into the queues for the tickets. It was a short 20 minutes wait before we got on. This was a real treat for us all. I think I enjoyed it better this time- its my third time, but this time, I was put on the spot and asked questions even I didn’t know the answer off. So with the help of Google we all learnt along the way.

And up we go…
From the Top

After the London Eye, we walked towards Westminster Station and did a quick stop at Baker Street Station, just so that we could get the pic below..

And yes they posed for that one!

And then we got straight back on to the tube to Green Park station, and the walk towards Buckingham Palace.

And here it is….The Buckingham Palace.

And having taken loads of photos, we now needed to fill our bellies, and after a lot of what kind of food we wanted to eat- we decided on Indian Food and ‘Khans’ so we walked back through Green Park and took the tube to Bayswater, and a short 10 minute walk away we got to ‘Khans’

We had Poppadoms and Chutneys, Sheesh Kebabs, Chicken Tikkas, Chicken Karhai, and Nan’s, and it was absolutely divine.

On the way home, we stopped at a few souvenir shops where Babs started picking up loads of fridge magnets, it was really amusing when my aunt asked me ‘Where is Babs from?’ I answered ‘Born and Bred in London.” She looked at me confused: ‘Why is she buying so many souvenirs?’ I laughed out loud. That my fellow readers….Is Babs….and that is why we love her.

With our fridge magnets safely in our bags, we caught our last tube for our trip back to cockfosters and then our two hour drive back home.

Overall, I enjoyed that trip so much, I’ve not ever been to London as a tourist, I usually just go to eat. So this trip was amazing. We all got to be tourists. And enjoyed every moment of it. I guess because we live in the UK we loose the novelty of it all, and this did make me love London more. (Can I possibly love it more? Yup seems like I can)

Hope you enjoyed our tourist trip to London.

I’ve got dentist appointment coming up soon. So I’m getting edgy again.

Catch up with you all soon

Love and regards

M11bna

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Afternoon Tea at The Shard. London.

I Graduated.

I got married at the age of 18. I remember telling my husband that I wanted to continue studying, however we did not have the financial means for me to continue, and thus I had to give up my one and only dream.

Although at the time working was the only option for me, both I and my husband were aware that a part of my heart was missing. Yet we laughed, we lived, and we continued. During this time we had our two beautiful boys (Ugly, Hairy and spotty now), bought our very first home, and went on loads of holidays.

We came to a position in life, where we were comfortable, and I raised the fact that I wanted to finish off my studies. Although I couldnt physically go back to university as I couldn’t leave my job and my children were still young. I looked around for options and found The Open University, and started my journey.

The Open University is made for people like me who cannot commit to full time university and so I did my studying in blocks, part time.

After 6 years of studying, working, being a home maker and a mother, I conquered my dream.

I Graduated.

As a treat my two beautiful Soul Sisters Sabina and Katija treated me to Afternoon Tea at The Shard Shangri-La Hotel in London. We headed off with Baby Dumpling in tow on a Sunday Morning.

Afternoon Tea at the Shard Sangrai- La Hotel is served onthe 35th floor of the restaurant ‘Ting’. To access the restaurant we were guided to the lifts, which takes us straight up to the 35th floor in a matter of seconds. As soon as you step out of the lifts you get the amazing views straight away. We were taken to our table with a perfect view of Londons sky line.

Our Table and View.

Before we sat down, we were welcomed by our waitor, and also offered a stool for our bags which the cutest gesture EVER. (Naturally having come with Sabina we did wonder why one of the seats was ever so low and wondered whether they were planning to put the baby Dumpling on the floor?!! Guilty)

Baby Dumpling safely in Masi’s lap.

Before we got our menu we were treated to a ritual offered at the Ting called ‘Teh Tarik’ which involves the dramatic pouring of Dry Ice, and consumption of a malaysian type hot lemon drink. As you can see our preety little dumpling was fascinated with the Dry Ice.

We were then given a menu with the types of tea on offer and chose the following:

All of this came with mini sieves (I need to find these for my own home, they are the cutest) and it gives such a picteresque photo

For the food part we were given scones, which were covered in linen to keep the warmth with generous portions of clotted cream and jam

For sandwiches we were given by far the most colourful sandwiches I have ever seen in my life. From the Halal menu we had a selection of Cheese, Cucumber, Salmon, and Honey Roasted Chicken sandwiches. And lastly the divine desserts which included profiteroles and macarons.

And just to make my day that extra special the girls had arranged a treat of extra desserts for me for my graduation. Im not a ‘crying’ type girl (ask my husband he will tell you) but this did bring a tear to my eye.

Overall would I recommend the Afternoon Tea to you guys, YES! because the building, the views, the atmosphere, the food, the colourful sandwiches and the hospitality (I forgot to mention that they have heated toilet seats!! You have to go just for this!!) Are a must, and worth the experience.

Forever Grateful for the sisters in my life. You make life more beautiful every day.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Bateaux London. Afternoon Tea on the River Thames.

Afternoon tea with a bit of difference. It just had to be done. I owed Sabina a treat for her birthday and it had to be.. Hmmm. …how can I put it?….. Different.

I think that’s the best way to describe it. We have a tradition now, we don’t give each other gifts anymore, I mean I feel like I have everything I want anyway, and if I don’t. I’ll go and buy it. So in terms of gifts- it gets really hard for us to buy each other…. Stuff.

So we made a tradition that we will just take each other out. We both love travelling, we love our days out, we love food….. So that ticks off some boxes….

When it comes to Sabina I know there’s one thing I can never go wrong with. Like me- she loves Afternoon Tea. Having already been to The Dorchester and Shard, it was looking difficult to find something to top it. Also she took me to Disneyland. I mean how can I top that (by the way, I still haven’t!)

And then I found this

Afternoon Tea on a Boat! OK, OK, I know…. She’s not keen on boats (or planes, or cars, or trains. I really don’t know how she gets out) . But I asked her first and she was super excited and agreed on the condition that she could wear her life jacket….. on board…. I went with it….

So now, a bit of “What is Bateaux London?”

Well. A boat trip on the River Thames, where we can see the highlights of London whilst enjoying Afternoon Tea. I mean like…. Where have I been all my life! And let me tell you the price… £46 per person. That includes the afternoon tea and the boat ride which is one hour and 15 minutes. How could I possibly go wrong?! ( I paid an extra £5 per person to get a window seat)

Our Journey

Me, Afsha, and Sabina headed off with Sabina’s life jacket in the boot of the car. We had to get to the Embankment Pier- which is just outside The Savoy. Lucky for us Afsha’s sister works near the Savoy- so parking was arranged for us. (She’s our new best friend. Yup Asma you heard it here. Hello Bestie! xxx)

After consoling Sabina with; ‘Yes, they will give us life jackets on the cruise if needed’, and ‘Yes, ofcourse! Theres a rubber dingy for each and every one of us’ and not to forget ‘The life jackets on the boats are so much more better than the one in the boot’. We headed off. Without the life jacket (Wahey!. I do love her little soul!)

Our meeting point was at the Embankment pier, Half an hour before our cruise was to leave we were taken in to a reception area- a large room on top of water, it had a bar for drinks, and generally a waiting area. Also a place for photos.

The cruise boat from the outside.
Boarding the cruise. Shes already holding on for her dear life!!!

And then we were seated, and our boat trip started. The layout was beautiful, the tables clean, pianist playing live music. All in all I couldn’t fault it. It looked fab. As soon as it started we were offered tea or coffee….

That was the only selection. Being Afternoon tea enthusiasts- well let’s say we have never been given only 2 options before.

We had our tea whilst watching the wonders of London go by.

Lets be fair, the Tea wasn’t the best. It was just Tea. I make better. Also the Afternoon Tea in general wasn’t that great either. Here’s what we were given:

For sandwiches we had egg sandwiches, and cheese and salad sandwiches (we had gone for the vegetarian option as the food is not halal on board) both of which were cold- I mean like just come of the the fridge cold and hard.

We had scones and clotted cream (in the plastic tubs) and jam.

And a selection of desserts, which also were not the best. But we were here for the experience and so enjoyed what we could .

In terms of the cruise itself, i have no complaints, it was amazing, the views were great, they served us quickly. When we asked for more tea, it was given quickly and I would definitely recommend the window seats! that is a must! Just do keep in mind that a stopover for food is needed after this one.

After we had our Afternoon tea (having left most of it behind). We headed on upstairs. Luckily for us the weather was beautiful.

Upstairs on the boat is a open top. its a really pretty set up, they have artificial grass on the floor, and benches running along the middle so you get to see London in all its Glory.

The perfect spot for our pictures, and i think we enjoyed this the best from the whole trip.

Me attempting a boomerang for my insta story- this is the best i could do.

So All in All- Would I recommend Bateux London to you? Yes I would. It is a very different experience of London, and its at a very affordable price for being in London.

The trip itself is a 1 hour 15 minute boat trip- all in all you need 2 and a half hours from boarding to unboarding, and the rest of the day is yours in London to do as you please. So we got a chance to do other preety cool things once we were there.

Like visiting the Twinnings shop- which was on the Strand- on the other side of the Savoy and a 15 minute walk down. Do visit this shop it is the preetiest tea shop I have ever seen.

We then used the tube to do some tube-hopping and ended up for a stroll in Harrods, and ended up eating at Burgeri in SoHO- which was Devine!!!! a must stop people. Get that ticked off on your to-do- list, and put it back on for next year- because I could, I would, and I will be going back.

And then we caught our last tube, and headed off home. Thats Sabina’s birthday trip done for last year, now I got to cover this years. Stay tuned guys.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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