Drink, Shop, Do

Thursday, 30 October 2014

If you are a crafty, artistic and fun kind of gal looking for a better than average night out with friends, then I’ve found the place for you.  Cafe by day, bar by night, Drink, Shop, Do has the best location (next door to Kings Cross) to meet up with friends who are spread across London, the staff are friendly and happy and they organise the best themed nights.

As it’s Halloween tomorrow, we went along for our (now) annual traditional of pumpkin carving. 


Drink, Shop, Do

And also to celebrate this one getting a year older!


Drink, Shop, Do

What’s the deal, I hear you ask?

First step is follow the pumpkins up the stairs.....


Drink, Shop, Do

Drink, Shop, Do

Then you buy the Halloween cocktail (£8) and not only do you get a sickly sweet drink to rot your teeth, you also get a small orange friend. 

Next in true Halloween style its knives out, spoons at the ready and, in our case, iPhone tapping to google the best designs!


Drink, Shop, Do

Sadly the competitive streak in all of us meant it was heads down and minimal chat whilst we planned our attack.


Drink, Shop, Do

Drink, Shop, Do
I think we did pretty well.


Drink, Shop, Do
Look at the demon eyes on this gang! 


Drink, Shop, Do
This guy is called Bert.


Drink, Shop, Do

Drink, Shop, Do
With our new friends lodged firmly under our arms, we proudly marched towards Kings Cross to go our separate ways. At least we’d have company for the journey home.

Drink, Shop, Do

Drink, Shop, Do

Drink, Shop, Do has a whole range of fun and interesting activities planned every month so check out their website to see if anything takes your fancy. I’ll be heading to one of their Lego robot nights in the not so distant future for sure.

I hope you’ve got your pumpkin shining on your windowsill tonight to scare off the ghouls!

Little London Girl x

Birthday Shenanigans

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


It was my birthday recently and in my usual (only child, attention grabbing) style I dragged it out for a full week starting with a girly dinner. I’d reserved a table at Callooh Callah for cocktails to start the night off. Callooh Callah is a great cocktail bar in Shoreditch offering a bit more class than its rivals in the area. 

As soon as I walked in the door, it was these beauties that caught my eye!

Callooh Callah

My wonderful friend, Claire had bought me the biggest bunch of flowers I’d ever seen. I could hardly get my arms around them and they smelt gorgeous. Very lucky girl!

In Callooh Callah, you can sit in the main bar at the front, or book a private area “through the wardrobe” for something a bit more special. Although it’s not Narnia so don’t get too excited.

Callooh Callah

Inside the wardrobe is a weird world with walls made of cassette tapes, melting clocks and bronze palm trees.

Callooh Callah

The cocktail menu is always presented in a fun and unique way. Last time I came, it was in a retro cassette box. This time, it was a genius idea of using an oyster card holder. Love it!

Callooh Callah

We supped on our cocktails, having a catch up and opening wonderful presents and cards (I have the BEST friends).

Callooh Callah

Callooh Callah

We’d just stopped in for a quick drink as we had dinner reservations at Tramshed so we slurped noisely and moved on.

I snapped this gorgeous bunch as they strutted their way through Shoreditch.

Shoreditch

I don’t think there could ever be enough photos of these flowers.

Shoreditch

Shoreditch

Tramshed is an old time favourite of mine. Started by Mark Hix, who I spotted on my first visit, the atmosphere is fun, buzzing and trendy. The house wine is very drinkable and the chicken and chips beats any Nandos rubbish hands down, for near enough the same dollar.

Tramshed

Set in a disused Tramshed dating back to 1900, the restaurant is vast and filled with loud, happy, chattering guests. All this is overlooked by Damien Hirst’s cow and chicken artwork. If you are wondering what’s on the menu then look no further than those two for a clue. 

It’s chicken or steak all the way.

Tramshed

Alice took charge of the drinks menu and ordered us some prosecco whilst we all gazed over the menu pretending we weren’t just going to order the chicken.

Tramshed

Tramshed

So here's the food..…

Roast barn-reared Indian Rock chicken with stuffing and chips

Tramshed

Sutton Farm squash and sweet potato curry

Tramshed

The healthier gals in the group ordered Chicken and Sillfield Farm bacon salad with sweetcorn fritters

Tramshed

Once the chicken arrives, your friendly waiter will come and carve it all up for you.

Tramshed

The chicken is juicy and delicious. After 11 weeks of doing Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide, the chips were so good we could have died. I can be a real chip snob but they were the perfect amount of crisp and flavoured slightly by the chicken sitting on top of them. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

We gobbled down the lot and had to hold ourselves back from sucking the bones because that’s not lady like and should only be done in the privacy of your own home!

Tramshed

Then it was on to a brief but very embarrassing sing song.

Tramshed

Finally we thought as we were in the sharing mood; why not share a dessert too.

Salted caramel fondue with marshmallows and doughnuts.

Tramshed

Amazing but sickly sweet. If salted caramel could kill then this dessert would have you on a stretcher after 2 marshmallows!

I had such a fantastic birthday, and was truly spoilt by all. Thank you to everyone who made it really special even though thankfully its not quite time for my “special” birthday just yet!

Tramshed

Little London Girl x

Hens of the valleys

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Last Friday, I excitedly boarded the train from London Paddington into the Welsh valleys in search of one special lady. My lovely friend, Lottie, has decided her days of singing “all the single ladies” are well and truly over as she’s found her lobster, the very lucky Lewis. They are getting married in December and so this weekend was all about celebrating Lottie.


Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

The bridesmaids had organised a weekend of Christmas fun, Lottie’s favourite time of the year, all set in a beautiful house near Cardiff. And everyone managed to keep the whole thing a secret, until she arrived at the house and saw her welcome party!

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

It wasn’t long before the bikinis and Santa hats were on and the bubbles were out in force (hot tub and prosecco). The swimming pool even got a bit of action, even if it was just for a quick plunge Scandinavian stylee then back into the hot tub!

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

The bridesmaids had done a fantastic job of decorating the whole house in tinsel, mistletoe and candles so we were all feeling very festive. 

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Later it was into our onesies for hotdogs, popcorn, Christmas films and a few games to test Lottie’s knowledge of Lewis. 

Which we found…. could be improved!

Cardiff hen do

The next morning we were up early to take on the valleys. Quad biking.

Cardiff hen do

As a group of 18 girls we were all a nervous wreck, ready to drop out at any minute. Especially with the Welsh farmers terrifying us with threats of the quad bike tipping upside down if we didn’t lean forward or if we accelerated on a corner. After a debrief and a few laps on the practice track we were taken out across the valleys, through sheep filled fields and over dirt tracks. 


Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

The adrenalin rush was amazing, we loved it and soon got into the swing of racing each other at every opportunity. Plus the outfits were amazing!

Cardiff hen do

Back at the house, the wonderful bridesmaids really pulled out all the stops by cooking us a Christmas lunch with crackers and terrible jokes. 


Cardiff hen do

Then it was time for presents. A fantastic idea to have a secret Santa for the whole group plus everyone had a present for Lottie so she was showered in gifts, the lucky thing!

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

I couldn’t have been happier with mine. I think it’s quite well known how I like to spend my time!

Cardiff hen do

Home made mince pies from Lottie's Grandma.
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Lucky for us we were staying right next door to a vine yard, so in true Christmas style, after stuffing our faces we went out exploring with the aim of walking it off. Sadly there wasn't any free samples!

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Back at the house everyone was getting glammed up.

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do
That evening we went on a bus. A PARTY BUS! It was brilliant. Loaded with alcohol, a microphone, pole and karaoke hits so we were driven into Cardiff in style. It was hilarious, especially trying to dance in a bus flying across a roundabout!  


Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

Cardiff hen do

When we arrived in Cardiff, it was straight to a bar for a night of dancing! 

What a great weekend!

Wishing Lottie and Lewis lots of love for their wedding day and lives together.

Lottie, I can’t wait to see you in your dress!

Little London Girl x
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