I’m finally back (hopefully with a bang), starting off my Oxford series from when I stayed there back in late August. Oxford is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in the UK to date: its beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture are the star of the show for me, but there’s plenty of greenery in the surrounding areas, as well as some stunning landmarks. If you’re looking to stay in Oxford, or even just go for a day trip (I seriously recommend it), read on for my top 4 sights.Continue reading “Sightseeing In Oxford – My Top 4”
All over Instagram, I’ve been seeing reels showing London’s newest art exhibitions. Personally, I’m a huge fan of museums, and could spend hours just roaming around, but I know it’s not for everyone. However, from the reels I’ve been seeing, the exhibitions on show at the moment are absolutely magical, and I’m sure would inspire even the most uninterested. In this post, I’ve put together my top 4 that I’d love to see for myself (along with many more!) Whether you take a friend, a date, or family, definitely try and check out some of these exhibitions before they shut.
Tate Modern – Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms
You’ve probably seen this on multiple TikToks and reels, but who can be surprised? The Infinity Mirror Rooms look truly spectacular: almost like pure magic.
Where? Tate Modern, Bankside.
Ticket availability? It’s unsurprisingly sold out till late October, but will be open until June 2022, so look out for more tickets in their September ticket release!
Price? Free for members, otherwise £10.
Why you should go: Doesn’t it speak for itself? Rooms on rooms of Instagram-worthy snaps. But more deeply, you get to experience parts of Yayoi Kusama’s life in art, from her lonely experience of living in New York (Walking Piece), to experiencing for ourselves her visual hallucinations (Infinity Mirror Room).
London Film Museum – The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition
For all you Harry Potter fans out there, I’ve got you covered.
Where? London Film Museum, Covent Garden
Ticket availability? Pre-book.
Price? 16 years and over is £20 (for an hour – includes access to a Butterbeer bar and a green-screen experience). See here for more ticket info.
Why you should go: This is the prime opportunity for Harry Potter fans everywhere to see a exhibition full of photographs from the making of the films, all of them never before seen in one place! Walk through and see all the behind the scenes pictures from the iconic movies (and don’t forget about visiting the bottled Butterbeer bar!)
Kensington Gardens – Van Gogh The Immersive Experience
For the true art enthusiasts of the world.
Where? Kensington Gardens
Ticket availability? High availability – pre-book. Ends in September 26th!
Price? From £14 (adult ticket £24)
Why you should go: Maybe I’m biased as I love Vincent Van Gogh’s story and works, but I think this will be an amazing experience: seeing his art blown up on a big screen, learning more about his life, visiting a life-sized representation of his room, and visiting an immersive sunflower room, this multi-sensory experience is not to be missed.
Victoria & Albert Museum – Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
I hadn’t actually seen this on social media until I done a bit of research, but this looks too good to miss!
Where? Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington
Ticket availability? Pre-book – open until 31st December!
Why you should go: This exhibition takes you down the rabbit hole to explore all things Alice in Wonderland: see original drawings of characters, stunning sets displaying the best works based on the legendary story, costumes, and more. Definitely one to check out if you want to see something different.
I’d love to hear some of your favourite exhibitions, or know whether you’ve visited any of these in the comments below. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to go to a museum, so I’m definitely keen to get my hands on some of these tickets.
Starting university can normally lead to one of three things: excitement; fear; or a bit of both. For me, it was definitely the third. I had no idea what to expect on this new journey, and it didn’t help that I wasn’t the most confident person. You almost want to watch a trailer of your […]
I’m finally back (hopefully with a bang), starting off my Oxford series from when I stayed there back in late August. Oxford is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in the UK to date: its beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture are the star of the show for me, but there’s plenty […]
It’s official: I’m in a rut. Ever since finishing university, I’ve been in this “I don’t want to do anything” phase, which I thought would last a couple days. A couple days turned into a month, and here we are now.
I’ve always been a fan of the Olympics: I love seeing how insanely talented athletes are and watching records get broken with every four years (or rather five, in this case) that passes. I love watching it with my family, and seeing the spirit of the nation rise with every medal that’s achieved. What I’ve […]
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 […]
As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t […]
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”