Sandbanks first came onto my radar when I watched a TV show talk to Harry Redknapp about his home in the area. It appeared to be a pretty exclusive area: small in size, but lined with grand houses amongst a sandy beachfront (a sandy beach in England, I know!) It wasn’t until recently that I took a trip there and realised it’s so much more than that. Sandbanks is the perfect staycation location for this summer, or an absolute must-visit for your next day-trip.Continue reading “Everything You Need To Know About Sandbanks”
With Borough Market now opening seven days of the week for the first time in over two decades, now is the perfect time to plan your next trip over. Borough Market has a special place in my heart: it reminds me of trips with my dad into central London where I was a little smaller, and every stand seemed so big to me and full of so many different treats (my eyes were set on the cookies). As I grew older, the trips every year or so continued, but the market is no less interesting to me. Visiting Borough Market is almost like an activity for me – a chance to explore the stalls brimmed with foods from many different cultures, and hopefully for me to try something new along the way. It’s on my list of possibly one of my most unique London activities, and I love to take people who haven’t been or are from out of town, although I’m sure to the Southwark locals, passing through this market is an every day activity.Continue reading “Your Guide To Borough Market (With A ‘What I Ate In A Day’!)”
Not too long ago, I took a trip down to Kent to visit my friend and got to explore what Kent has to offer. I had been to certain places in Kent for a day, or even a couple of hours, so I have enjoyed some of Kent’s beauty before. This time however, I truly got to see how stunning this English county really is. Whether you’re looking for your next UK trip destination, or have already booked your tickets into an area of Kent, these are the places you should go out of your way to see, even if just for the day.Continue reading “Kent’s Most Beautiful Places – My Top 4”
South Kensington truly represents the finer side of London: the gorgeous cream-coloured town houses, the cultural landmarks, and the glorious green spaces dotted around the area. Not to mention, the locals and the architecture scream ‘affluent’. This is just some of the reasons why this area is a must visit for tourists, and even Londoners who maybe don’t visit the area as often: there’s so many places to see, and you can feel instantly transported into what feels like a much older part of town. If you don’t know where to start, read on to see some of my top picks.Continue reading “The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Gems Of South Kensington”
While the UK Government announced a select amount of countries on the ‘green list’ with I’m sure more to come, it’s still no surprise that there’s a huge increase in the booking of staycations. If you’ve found that your destination of choice is lacking in places to stay, why not find a new place to explore? Here are 5 more UK staycations that may peak your interest (make sure to check out my first post, ‘5 UK staycations for 2021‘ if you missed it!)Continue reading “5 More UK Staycations For 2021”
There’s just one more evening until most things will be reopened in England again! I don’t know about you, but it still doesn’t feel real to me that soon we will be back to normal. While a lot of us are so excited about the reopening of many venues again, I’m sure, at the back of our heads at least, we’ll still be COVID-conscious. If anything, I’m sure we’ll all be somewhat COVID-conscious for a while, whether that’s by hand sanitising at any given chance, or carrying a mask everywhere post-lockdown. So for this blog post, I’ve decided to curate some fun activities in London that allow for plenty of distance and regular cleaning, so you won’t be too nervous about going out into the world again. Upon request, I’ve tried to make most of these budget-friendly too. I hope you enjoy these, and I’d love to know any of your suggestions in the comments below!Continue reading “COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)”
With 2021 being an uncertain year for international travel, bookings for UK destinations have been on the rise. I know I’ve looked at a couple of locations, and a lot of Airbnb’s have been fully booked for summer! But I also found that I lacked inspiration of where to look: do I go somewhere new? Do I return to a familiar favourite? If anyone else is in a similar situation, I’ve put together five destinations that may peak your interest. There’s a mix of beach locations and historical venues, so no one’s left out!Continue reading “5 UK Staycation Locations For 2021”
Hidden away in Wandsworth, southwest London, is the most magical cinema I’ve ever stepped foot in. If you’re looking for that extra something special when watching the new, biggest blockbusters or your old, favourite films, this is the place to go.Continue reading “Bringing Magic To The Big Screen: Backyard Cinema’s The Winter Night Garden”
If you’re looking for an activity-based date night or a fun night out with friends, Swingers is the place to go.Continue reading “A Night At Swingers Crazy Golf – Oxford Circus, London”
After hearing about this place for the past year and seeing numerous Instagram posts, my friend and I finally visited Petersham Nurseries Tearoom.Continue reading “London’s Tearooms: An Afternoon At Petersham Nurseries, Richmond”
Maybe you’re going to London for a UK staycation. Maybe you’re just passing through. Maybe you’ve decided to take a city break to a city full of landmarks and history. Maybe you’ve decided to be a tourist in your own city. Regardless, you’ve found your way here, trying to find the best route to squeeze in as much as you can of London in a day. I’m calling this ‘choose your own adventure’ as even though I’m going to list my top ‘touristy’ route, I’m going to outline things you can see around some of the areas if you want to detour or before you move on to the next location.Continue reading “Choose Your Own Adventure: What To See In London In 24 Hours”
I love walking around and exploring new places. Oftentimes, we forget how special and exciting our own city can be and try to escape and find new places to visit. Yesterday, my friend and I decided that we were going to become tourists in our own city.Continue reading “How And Why You Should Be A Tourist In Your Own City For A Day”
I just came back from a 3 night stay in Brighton (which was really lovely!) and so I tried a range of different restaurants and café’s whilst I was there. We didn’t go to many of the typically listed restaurants (such as The Salt Room and Isaac At, which appear on most ‘top 10’ lists) as we picked most of our choices from either walking around or google maps (for the distance to our hotel). This list does include restaurants that offer the Eat Out To Help Out (EOTHO) scheme (available this month only as of the time of writing this). Here are my reviews of the restaurants we went too, ordered by what meal we went there for.Continue reading “Where To Eat In Brighton: Reviews And Top Dishes”
Let me introduce you to The Beach (yes, that’s actually what it’s called), located just 45 minutes to an hour from London.Continue reading “The Sandy Beach Near London You Probably Didn’t Know About”
Last weekend, a friend and I were thinking of things to do that was different and not too far, when she stumbled across Mayfield Lavender Farm. Only half an hour to an hour away from London, Mayfield Lavender Farm is a huge family-run lavender field in Banstead, available for visitors in to walk around in, take pictures, stop by the cafe and even buy some home-grown lavender of their own!
What caught my eye is obviously how beautiful it looked in the pictures, and it did not disappoint. It’s 25 acres of blossoming lavenders that honestly just looks endless from the bottom – how much more picture-worthy can you get? It was evident that I wasn’t the only one keen to take photos either, with nearly every visitor snapping pictures on their phone or cameras. It’s no shock that photographers also flock in to snap photos either (although you do need to register beforehand if you do want to take commercial photography).
We went on a Saturday, which ended up being very busy, so I would recommend getting there early, or even coming on a weekday. They have a car park with free parking next to the fields, but again, it does get busy quite quickly so I would come earlier. They do have a second car park up the road, but I believe you have to pay for that car park. Otherwise, you can take public transport from London Victoria (if travelling from central London).
Once you get there, if walking in, you may have to queue for a ticket in, otherwise if you park inside the fields, they take your payment as you’re driving in (card only at the moment). The entry ticket is £4 or free for children under 16.
Once You Get There
You’re pretty much free to roam around, chill and take as many pictures as you like! It’s a nice little walk to take to go up and down, and the smell is incredible! We kept commenting how we could’ve gone to sleep surrounded by all of the lavenders. If you’re shy to take photos – don’t be! Literally every family, couple and even solo visitors were taking photos! We saw this one girl who came alone and bought the whole setup – tripod, camera, the handheld button for the camera timer – all to take pictures of herself in the field. If she can go all out for the photos, so can you! For those keen photographers, they even have little unique ‘structures’ dotted around the field to take pictures by, like a red telephone box.
We spent a bit of time at the shop/cafe too. They also have a few picnic benches under the shade of a gazebo to enjoy anything you eat or drink there. We stopped by one of the food trucks to get some food and drinks, and funnily enough, most of the menu incorporated lavender! I got myself a lemon and lavender drizzle cake (which was more like a lemon and lavender muffin in all honesty) and it was the first time I’ve tried lavender in something. So if you’re a curious foodie, why not give it a go?
I also found out, when I got some apple juice, that Mayfield Lavender also own an apple orchard, so the apple juice is also grown and produced there too. They have a range of drinks and cakes (including a GF carrot cake option, which was unfortunately sold out when we went) along with a cafe, so this compensates for the fact they don’t allow picnics due to discarded rubbish left in the fields.
Unfortunately, there’s not many. There’s quite a lack of social distancing and not many hand sanitizing stations around, so bring a mask and your own hand sanitizer if you go.
It’s beautiful! I’m glad I went. It’s stunning and I didn’t realise that we had something like this so close to London (I honestly thought the closest lavender field was in Kent). The best time to come, considering the peak time for the bloom of the lavenders, would be late July to early August, but as you can imagine, it would be pretty busy.
It was nice to just do something different for a change and it was very much up my alley – flowers, photography and a sunny day. I would recommend going at least once, however I would be cautious of the social distancing/coronavirus measures if you go. Other than that, embrace your inner photographer and have a nice day out!
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