For those of you that have never heard of Sky Gardens, it is listed to be one of the most spectacular rooftop restaurants in London. Located in the world renowned Walkie Talkie building, close to Monument/Bank tube station, the Sky Gardens are located high in the sky on the 35th floor where you are able to look across the wonderful sky line over the city of London.
The entrance to the restaurant/bar is located at the back end of the Walkie Talkie building where you go through a very bizarre, airport like, security system in order to enter the lift that will take you up to the rooftop.
The unique aspect to the restaurant is the fact that the restaurant is a gardens in itself. Walking up and around the staircase which leads up to the Fenchurch restaurant you will find hundreds of flowers, bushes and greenery which makes you feel like your in a greenhouse instead of a restaurant.
The worst thing about the gardens aspect of the rooftop restaurant is that the temperature cannot be above a certain level to ensure that all of the flowers etc. can still live, meaning that the restaurant is actually pretty cold and you definitely wouldn’t be able to take your coats and scarfs off whilst your eating. A little off-putting for me.
We visited the Fenchurch restaurant for Sam’s birthday meal, which I have to say was absolutely incredible. We could not fault the service, including the welcome into the restaurant where the FOH manager was extremely friendly, to our waiter Franco who explained everything about our the menu, food and drinks.
My favourite part of the restaurant was the perfectly timed champagne trolly which swings by your table shortly after you have been seated at your table. Think I need to get one of those for my flat…
We ordered the amazing Lemon Sole which was drizzled in a spinach sauce and the Lamb dish which was served alongside a mix of vegetables. Both amazingly delicious and could not be faulted.
After dinner, we headed down to the main bar which had a much more relaxed vibe than the restaurant upstairs, with a DJ playing and the views were much better. However, the decor and atmosphere felt a bit cheap to be paying £12 a cocktail.
Nevertheless, it is definitely worth checking out the Sky Gardens; it is free to pop up and see the views/the weird gardens in the sky but not sure it is worth spending a small fortune on a few drinks.
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Quite a drastic change of lifestyle I hear you say, however, as we have seen today; Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the President of the United States, and what we should really take away from today is to step back from what we are doing and just think for a second…… anything could happen tomorrow, UFOs could fly into Earth and take over the world, you never know!!
If Trump can be elected President of the most powerful country in the world, I think it proves that we can all do that thing that we have always wanted to do but have been told that we can’t, and maybe live a little whilst we try.
I might be having a few symptoms of the January Blues, mainly from the lack of vitamin D in my systems from the severe lack of sunlight that touches my skin, but I am not completely sure that this London life is for me. The constant miserable weather, alongside populations attitude that matches the weather down to a tee, unfriendliness and to be completely honest it is full of a demographic of people who are just trying to desperately social climb til they reach the peak of mount of Everest.
The Jazz Cafe, Camden, is one of London’s most iconic live music venues. Being owned by one of the most successful bar/restaurant/club groups in London, The Columbo Group, who owns places such as The Blues Kitchen, XOYO, Phonox, The Nest and other great London venues. We knew from that line up that we were in for a good night.
Just a year after celebrating their 25th birthday yesterday, The Jazz Cafe is still withholding it incredible reputation and unbelievably talented string of Jazz an Blues bands.
It is located super close to Camden underground station, you literally walk up and out of the station and turn right onto the first street on your right hand side and you will see the the bright sign for The Jazz Cafe.
Their are two distinct areas in the restaurant/club, the restaurant area is located upstairs where you can find a sophisticated drinks menu alongside a multi-cultural food menu which is sure to feed all types of taste buds.
We reserved a table upstairs about 6 weeks beforehand (highly advised to book ahead), we were seated on levitated bar type table which looked over the the stage on the ground floor. This offers you a great alternative to watch the great music to being downstairs in the sweaty standing area whilst watching the jazz music.
What I really loved about the venue is that it is a very intimate space (only 440 capacity), however, you feel like there is space to breath, in comparison to lots of gig venues where you can’t move without knocking someone’s drink out of there hand.
Anyway, if you are looking for a new cool place to go in London as one of your New Years Resolution, The Jazz Cafe is definitely the place to go.
Check out their website for all of their up coming gigs coming up – http://thejazzcafelondon.com/
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🙂 Evangeline Laurel xo
(Apologies for the terrible photos, it was pretty dark)!
Turning back time to this time last year…. Have to say that sitting in an office in the middle of London doesn’t quite compare to driving on a boat in Noosa Heads, Queensland.
I will let you guys decide which you think is better.
Have a good weekend!!
Toast Rack is one of my favourite breakfast place in London, it is an artisan bakery, coffee shop and café right next to Wandsworth Common. It is slightly off the main strip of coffee shops and retailers, which makes it an even better find.
They sell naturally leavened sourdough and speciality breads that are baked on site, which you also get a little toaster on the side of your table where you can receive unlimited toast and toast it to your preferred and perfected level (what could be better)
They also serve a great selection of delicious fresh breakfasts, lunches and homemade cakes, using organic, locally sourcedingredients, alongside triple-certified coffee and loose leaf teas.
The breakfasts are all super delicious and great portion sizes. I ordered the porridge with mixed berries and honey, honestly one of the best bowls of porridge ever! Definitely needed to have a good work out afterwards to work off all those carbs – but totally worth it!
I think they also open up over the weekends during the evening for in-house or take away sourdough pizzas from our bread oven and delicious homemade burgers.
The closest station in Wandsworth Common, where you simply walk through the park to the other side and walk right for about 5 minutes and I would highly recommend that you make the visit.
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Over the weekend I headed over to Shoreditch, where we visited the great Queen of Hoxton pop up rooftop bar, Skye Halla.
The Queen of Hoxton is part of the Mothership Group which owns a collection of great bars located in and around Shoreditch, they have also recently opened doors in 2015 in the seaside city of Brighton with a bar called Patterns which I am sure that is thriving.
Fortunately, TQOH is not located too far from my office in London City Fringe and therefore a perfect location for after work drinks.
However, a Friend suggested that we head over on a Saturday night to check out their new pop-up rooftop ‘Skye Halla’ bar, which I thought was a great idea!
The QOH is renowned for having great pop-ups throughout the year including…. Rooftop cinemas throughout the summer and popping up a big bell tent on the rooftop throughout the winter to keep those hands warm!
The bar is located on the corner of Worship Street and Curtain Road, which is slightly off the main Shoreditch string of bars and restaurants which almost makes it better for a night – slightly ‘hidden’.
We arrived at around 8:30pm on Saturday night and did have to wait in line to get in but only for about 10 minutes.
We entered the fairly ‘average’ ground floor bar and headed straight up the stairs to the rooftop where we found a the Skye Halla.
As described by the QOH:
‘Presided over by beautiful Shield-Maiden Skye, Queen of Hoxton’s Winter Wigwam will this year be transformed into a Nordic Viking stronghold complete with long boat, feasting hall inside a WigWam, fire pits, driftwood sculptures and a plenty of drinking horns.’
And it was definitely a Nordic Viking stronghold!
It was super busy but the rooftop was full of great smelling food and fire pits where you could purchase a marshmallows with your friends to toast them nicely, alongside a tasty mug of mulled wine.
Definitely worth a check out this winter – comment for further details 🙂
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