Winter, Lush, French Kiss and Afternoon Tea

From my title, you can guess that I will be talking about what to do to stay warm and cosy. Or you might have thought it was a scene from ‘Love Actually’ (good for a movie night in).

Whilst I write this, it is currently -1 degree in London.  During this cold February, getting up for  work in the morning is extremely hard when you just want to stay underneath your duvet.

Here are my Dannah’s tips on how to stay warm and make the most of the winter:

1. Light some candles and have a Lush bubble bath.

One of my favourites is intergalantic bath bomb, it creates amazing colours and swirls in the bath and loads of bubbles.

I am going to try these bath bombs and bubble bars. A ‘French Kiss’ made with lavender always puts me to sleep.

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2. Read a good book.

I am currently reading  #Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

3. Develop all those photos you have stored on your phone, camera and computer and put them in an actual photo album.

It’s great to show friends when they come over and look at when you are feeling nostalgic and want to reminisce. Plus a thing to do when you are wrapped up warm in bed and want to pass the time.

I have been developing photos on Snapfish and manage to print 118 photos for £8.30 (with a discount code in Jan)! Check regularly on their website for their discount codes.

Photo album from Amazon and holds 200 regular 6×4 photos. Buy here 

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 4. Visit Kew Gardens in London.

The easiest way to get there is by underground and stop at Kew Gardens.

They have this green house filled with palm trees and makes you feel like you’re on holiday again! When I went to visit, the temperature was so warm and it made me feel like I was in Asia.

Word of warning, most of the greenhouses are closed. If you don’t mind the cold, you can walk around and enjoy nature. When I went on Sunday, this cute robin approached us and I think he was probably looking for food… So wrap up warm!

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The treeptop walkway was open and got see views of the whole gardens.

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 You can walk around this bridge that is high up in the trees

 

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Approached by a cute robin at Kew Gardens

5.  Go for afternoon tea with a friend.

If you do venture out in the cold, catch up with a friend over hot scones. Below are places  I recommend to go afternoon tea for any budget.

The Refectory

Located at Southwark and next to Borough Market. Went with a friend and enjoyed prosecco with our afternoon tea. We were very satisfied with the variety of sandwiches, mini treats and scones. We were too full to even finish our food!

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Picture taken by friend Tendai Banda. Follow her Instagram @tentenbanda, she’s an amazing photographer!

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The Ivy Chelsea Between 3pm-5pm.

Good service, great ambience and very pretty venue. One of my favourite spots in Chelsea to catch up with my girlfriends.

You have to try their Cream tea- For fruit scones and tea it is only £8.75pp! Really affordable. If you want a champagne afternoon tea with sandwiches or sweet desserts it is £27.50pp.

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Have a good idea on how to stay warm this winter? Or know any good places to have afternoon tea in London? Leave a comment.

 

 

 

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Yeezy, Air Jordan, Brunch and Tom’s Kitchen

Dannah’s tips on what to do in London and watch out for.

This will be a weekly post dedicated on what to do and watch out for in London . Or based on my current location.

1. CREPE CITY:17

For those who love their trainers and want to buy a pair or two. You need to be at CREPE CITY:17 on March 25th in London. Great for just a browse around and see one of a kind trainers. Be in total awe, everything from your yeezy to your Air Jordan. I’m hoping to grab a fresh pair of Nike myself!

Facebook event to CREPE CITY:17 here.  Hurry! Tier 1 & Tier 2 are selling out.

The venue is in Shoreditch so I may head to Spitafields Market and grab a burger at ‘The Diner’ just a walk away.

2.  Zara – King’s Road Chelsea

My nearest Zara is situated on King’s Road Chelsea,  one of the best ones I have shopped in and usually stocks the full range that you wish every Zara you visit has. Weekdays are great as it’s not super busy and weekends are quieter than other Zara locations. And you can actually go to a dressing room without the longest queues.

Oh, did I mention Zara is on SALE!! When this retailer is on sale, they go all out and you can find something for any occasion.

Here are a few purchases from the SALE.

Loose dresses that can worn casually or for a night out. Great with knee high boots.

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Baggy shirts for work and can be worn with jeans or a leather skirt

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3. One word- Brunch. You need to visit Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea.

Famous for curing hangovers and dishing out gossip over coffee for the cast of  Made in Chelsea (reality tv show). For me, I’m lucky enough to be a short walk away.

Good portions and great ambience as it is not too busy.  Bit on the pricey side but one of best Eggs Florentine with spinach I’ve had.

Here is my order of Eggs Florentine- my brunch meal of choice. Yummy hot chocolate and smoothie.

This place gets really busy even in the early mornings of Saturday  and Sunday so advice you to call up and book beforehand.

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4. Saatchi Gallery. For all you art lovers and photographers.

Right next door to Zara on King’s Road. This is a free gallery and is updated regularly with different exhibitions and showcases contemporary art.

Personally, I think the pieces of art displayed are out of the box and confirms that art has different meanings pending on the angle you look at it and the eye of the beholder.

A place to take those artistic shots as it doesn’t get really busy.

See here: Saatchi Gallery

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