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26 November 2015

Festive Things to do in London

Have you heard the one about the blogger who promised to post every other day in November? Without taking into account four 3,000 word essays, 15 hour weeks of work and a study abroad application. Goodness gracious me. I can hardly breathe for working so much.

It's exactly a month until boxing day, to me, the festive season began weeks ago, but even my Grinch-iest of housemates are beginning to realise the inevitable... christmas is just around the corner! I thought to stick to the christmas theme, I'd show you some of the most feel good things to do at this time of year in London. I have a lot of exciting things planned in the lead up to Christmas and hopefully we will end up tying in a few of these extra festive activities. 

Ice Skating
What is christmas without ice skating? (Nothing). You can't mention christmas time in London without ice skating, more specifically, Somerset House. 


Other alternatives include the Natural History Museum, Winter Wonderland's ice rink, the Tower of London (you literally skate over a 1000 year old moat), Canary Wharf and if you want to step out of London a little, Hampton Court Palace. Even if you can't ice skate, there's nothing like clinging on to the side and sticking your finger up at all of those whizzers passing by to make you feel christmassy!


Shopping


I am the first to admit I'm not an Oxford Street gal. The huge shops and mountains of choice make me feel overwhelmed and rushed, I'd far rather spend my time browsing. However, if you are a keen shopper, Oxford Street is definitely the place for you. For me, shopping in London is all about not really shopping. Walking around the hundreds of floors in Harrods, mooching about Covent Garden, that's what I love. I love just being in the Christmas spirit. Alongside these two, Liberty London and Selfridges are also not-to-miss London shopping experiences. But for me, Harrods always comes up on top. There's even a free photo booth on the top floor if you can be bothered to trek up there, all ready for the festive season! 

Christmas Markets


Winter Wonderland is perhaps the best known giant German market in London, but it's definitely not the be all and end all. I have a huge soft spot for Southbank as Waterloo is my station, so I make a habit of walking along it as and when I can. There's a lovely little market on the Southbank Centre, or if you're looking for something a bit bigger, Victoria Park in East London is hosting Winterville, you can even take a ride on a horse and cart if you fancy! 

Wine and Dine



If all of this tires you out and you don't fancy the array of german foods, mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer, there are plenty of places to eat and drink to get you in the festive spirit! Duck and Waffle in Heron Tower is an absolute must if you're making a day out of it, their christmas menu comes into play on December 1st and what better way to enjoy a seasonal cocktail than overlooking the city? For a bit more in-budget you could go to Number 4 Hamilton Place or head to Bar Soho for a sinful cocktail (or 5). If there's one things Londoners know how to do, it's be merry. Very, very merry!


Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I'll be in the center of London a lot over the next few weeks so will be sure to take you all with me- a little bit of Mumford and Sons anyone, or maybe some snaps of the Harry Potter tour? I am extremely ready for my Christmas holiday to begin, that's for sure!

Ciao for Now!
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16 November 2015

Praying for Humanity

Over November, I committed myself to writing a blog post every other day, and although I may have overlooked the fact I have 4 essay deadlines this month, I still want to write as much as possible.

 A lot of bloggers have ignored what's happening and what has happened over the weekend, but to be honest, I feel like ignoring what's happened is ignoring all the hundreds of people who lost their lives over the weekend, not just in Paris, but in Baghdad and Beirut, and I don't really want to be one of those bloggers who ignores what has happened. Life must continue, but it doesn't mean respect cannot be paid or thoughts and prayers should be suppressed.

There are several things I wanted to write and say about the recent attacks, but I didn't think Facebook was the place to do it (out of my own choice- for anyone who has written a status regarding what's happened, I have no opposition to it). Currently I think two things. Firstly, I have seen a lot of posts and tweets about not blaming Muslims, but I haven't actually seen any posts or tweets that do blame Muslims. For the latter, I am completely grateful, maybe it's just the company I keep or the people I follow on Twitter, but if anybody is under any false pretence that a particular religion should be blamed it is vital to understand Islam as a religion is not to blame for this. If you offer a man a gun, 99.9% of the time, he will not accept it, or he will take it and not use it in any way. But there is always that 0.1% chance that he will take it and pull the trigger. The people who commit these acts of terrorism are in that 0.1%. And whilst their God may be who they dedicate themselves to, it is not a God shared by any religion.

When attacks in western countries happen, a lot of people jump on their political high horse. No death should ever go unmourned, but it's so important not to eliminate one group of deaths over the priorities of another. The news is extremely bias in western countries, when attacks in the middle east go almost unnoticed, the attacks on France have lead to breaking news reports. 43 people were killed in Beirut yesterday and 18 people were killed at a funeral in Baghdad, both of which got minimal to no coverage. Seeing a status or post on social media stating these facts is a reassurance to me that people aren't ignorant to the bias of the media. However, when writing about this, it is so important not to eliminate the mourning of those lost in France. IS are an intelligent group and are not to be underestimated. They purposely chose a method of attack which would provoke extreme media attention and result in mass damage. The awful truth is, whilst car bombs cause a moment of sorrow, many of us are unfortunately now immune to such activity and this is one of the reasons the method at which IS went about its attacks was so extreme- it wanted the media attention it received.


I am in no way advocating the bias of the news coverage, I'm not ignorant to what happens in the world, I chose to study Politics and International Relations because I'm actively interested in the happenings of the world. But it's important to understand the perspective of the country you reside in when watching the news. To me, one bombing should not be prioritised over another. However, if there were an attack in Belgium, it would be natural for those in Germany to have a strong reaction. If there was an attack in Brazil, there would be endless coverage on the news in Argentina or Columbia. For Britain, France is almost on our doorstep, the reason it gets so much coverage over attacks in the middle east, is because we are a very comfortable society. We are able to pull the wool over our eyes at what is going on across the world because there is nothing concentrated near to us, and not only in terms of vicinity. France is a country with extremely high security, it is an extremely modern state and countries such as Britain, the USA, Australia, are all able to relate far more to the security intrusion of a western state.

Many people believe higher security or surveillance to be the answer, but there is no way for the Government to maximise security anymore without inflicting upon our own liberties. This year alone the UK have foiled 6 planned attacks, and on Saturday in Gatwick, that made it a seventh. We are extremely lucky as a country to have not been a successful target since 7/7, but it doesn't mean something won't slip through. However, this is absolutely not a reason to live in fear a man on a whim decided to go into Oxford Street and shoot at anyone and everyone, he could. You could be hit by a car tomorrow. It's all very morbid, but the chance of being caught up in a terror attack is so minimal you have a higher chance of being killed by a bee sting.

In times of international terror, people show their true colours, and that has, obviously, lead to a huge Facebook cull on my part. Whilst I'm all for having your own opinion on the matter, anything remotely racist or xenophobic is immediate grounds for deleting. I completely understand people are scared for their wellbeing. But IS don't need to come into a country disguised as refugees. I'm not saying they haven't, but IS have the ability to turn and recruit people in western states through the internet, through media. There are extremists living in western states of all faiths, and not necessarily through being turned by IS but because they have an extremist view. To segregate a whole religion based on one tiny tiny proportion of people makes absolutely no sense. It's important to remember the people these refugees are fleeing from are the same people who attacked Paris.

From a more sociological and psychological point of view, the segregation and isolation of Muslims is exactly what IS want. People don't turn to extremists reactions if they're integrated, if they feel welcome and at home. The brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in France were outcasts, and Paris itself is a self confessed hugely segregated city. And it is those who feel out of place which are easy targets for groups such as the IS. By closing borders and targeting all of those who share the Islamic faith, no matter where they're from or who they are, we are making the IS even more powerful.

If you have access to read my blog, I can presume you have access to Facebook or your own Facebook account. You only need to log on for 5 minutes this weekend to observe examples of racism, or on the other side of the scale, of people jumping on a bandwagon or sharing a post for likes. I am not against the French flag as a sign of solidarity across Facebook, my own profile picture (after much umming and ahhing) has also got the filter, but it is so sad that it has taken something this close to home to make everyday people comment and take an interest in the goings on in the world. On the one hand, those publishing and writing status' about 'no coverage of Beirut' are rightfully focusing their attention on international events, however for the most part, the focus of this argument being around the media coverage has been misplaced. Of course there is coverage, there are hundreds of thousands of news reports on the events of Lebanon, but the media have prioritised Paris for the reasons I've previously mentioned. The truth is, 99% of the people commenting and posting about the unbalance between attention wouldn't have a clue about the goings on in the international society outside of Europe if it weren't for the attacks in Paris. Although sharing opposition posts is great for countering western power over social media, posting it for likes and feeding off peoples grieving is not the reason to be doing it.  The real focus shouldn't be solely on the media. Everyone with half a brain knows the media are bias. You can't rely on any source to give an unbias account. The questions people should be raising is why was there no safety check in for Beirut? Why is there no safety check in for Syria on a daily basis? These are examples of western superiority in the purest form. Prioritising the safety and wellbeing of those in Europe over those further afield is the kind of attention we should be combatting. On the other end of the scale, I've seen status' targeting 'hipsters not changing their profile picture because their too cool' and this is also completely besides the point. Think about what this is about. The foundation, the reason for why everybody has decided to do this. It is not for anybody to target or belittle someone based on a profile picture. An event and response which is meant to unite us in solidarity is causing petty, unnecessary arguments full of people believing they're better than another whichever side they're on. Facebook, on the grander scale, is insignificant, don't lose your way getting caught up in its politics.

There is no doubt the last three days could potentially change the world. The international response has been phenomenal in its support, but it is also terrifying. I just wanted to give anyone who is confused or doesn't feel like they have an overall perspective to make up their own mind based on real facts and figures, rather than those found on Facebook and in the Mail Online. Right now our thoughts and prayers should not be isolated to one group, they should be with anyone and everyone who has ever been under threat from another human being. In the aftermath of an attack, it is easy for states to react irrationally (2003 Iraq invasion ring any bells) and personally, I think although there must be a response, it needs to be thought out and carefully planned as opposed to indiscriminate bombing of Syria.

This is not a time of segregation, it's a time for every single person to put aside their differences, their faiths, their beliefs, and unite against an international terror. And the truth is, if France respond and call upon Article 5 (please look this up if you are unclear), it could cause international devastation. So pray for Paris, pray for Beirut and Baghdad, but please also pray for humanity as whole, because this is an international situation, and closing borders, jumping on bandwagons and making racist attacks is not going to make it go away.

Ciao for Now!
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11 November 2015

How to Deal with Deadline Season

I am currently in deadline season. And in deadline season, everything you do in small doses feels like it's falling down on you in a pile and mess. You have no time, you have no life, and the world of going out to the SU and getting hand cramp from the VK claw is a mile away. What I'd give to sit and watch Don't Tell the Bride instead of reading John Locke. 

Having been through deadline season twice last year (let alone exam season) I can't help but feel I'm qualified to give anyone a touch of advice with getting through it. And, if you've been through it too and think you know all the tricks of the trade, well, this probably makes for some good procrastination reading. 

1) Get yourself a diary or a planner or a calendar- anything you can use to differentiate what you need to do and when you need to do them by.


You can go small or large with this. Some of my friends have a piece of paper on their wall resembling a kind of calendar, others have gone all out and bought a filofax with diary pages, note pages and everything inbetween. I'm definitely the latter kind of girl. If you need an excuse to internet shop, have a look at some of the beautiful filofaxes on John Lewis. I'm a self confessed stationery addict, and filofaxes are my idea of heaven. 

2) Figure out how/when you are the most productive
Everybody works in different ways. I can sit for 6 hours in the library and have the most productive day of my life. But put me in my bedroom with my laptop and notes, and I procrastinate like it's nobodies business. Some people couldn't possibly do work in the library, but crack out essay after essay in their bedroom. Once you've established where abouts you work best, then you can figure out the time frame you need for a piece of work. If you work best under pressure, you may only need a couple of days, but if you plan and write several drafts, make sure you've given yourself enough time in your calendar to get through everything you've set for yourself. 

3) Tea and coffee are your friends, water is your best friend


Don't drink coffee after coffee without dehydrating in between. The initial burst of energy will soon wear off and you'll be left with a pounding  headache which won't help any form of productiveness at all.

4) Plan, plan, plan
I went the majority of my school life without writing a single plan. And then I hit university, and you soon realise a plan is usually the difference between a 2:1 and a 2:2. Even if it's a quick mind map to jot down your ideas, writing from something means you'll stick to the question and get it done. I also find it helpful to plan my essays by structure as well as content. Breaking it down into sections by wordcount means I'm able to know when to close one paragraph and start another. 

5) Know when to call it a day


You went to a seminar, then to the library, then to a lecture, and then back to the library. Sometimes enough is enough. When you get to the point where you're sat staring at the page, pulling words from the deepest, darkest corners of the world. It's time to get out of the library. Go to bed, put your feet up and watch some Suits/Gossip Girl/anything to stop you from thinking. It's easy to get caught up in the whole 'work 


Good luck to anyone embarking on the world of education, if you're 13 or 23, it's a tough life. Just remember, christmas is around the corner and we'll all be bathing in pudding and essays and deadlines will be a thing of the past when we're surrounded by family and carols.

That is what's dragging me through this time. Think happy thoughts.

Ciao for Now!
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7 November 2015

10 Lessons I've Learnt From Dating

I'm going to be honest, I love dating. The last year has followed me through a series of dates, from meeting at a gig, to meeting on tinder to meeting on a night out, I've been lucky enough to meet guys who do dating the traditional way, and whilst I'm not a serial dater by any means, dating has taught me a lot about myself, and even more about men.

In August of 2014, I made a subconscious decision to start 'dating'. I knew I would be going to university and having gotten out of two relationships due to distance, I decided dating was the path for me. As an awkward, chubby, teenage girl, I had zero to no experience with boys before the age of about 17, and the closest I'd ever come to a real date was a couple of awkward cinema trips which resulted in awkwardly avoiding each other in the corridor the next day. But taking a gap year and moving away makes you grow up fast, and I decided by the time I'd got back, I was ready to take on the world of dating.


Lesson Number 1: Learn the difference between wanting someone and wanting anyone

In February last year, I went on arguably the best date I'd ever been on in my life. We met at a concert, he asked for my number, and two weeks later we met on the steps in Trafalgar Square. I was then whisked mysteriously away to The Breakfast Club in Liverpool Street. There, my date, we'll call him A, asked the waitress for 'the mayor', at which she lead us to a smeg fridge in the middle of the room, and opened the door to reveal a staircase. I honestly thought this was a joke, and if it wasn't for how established The Breakfast Club is, I would 100% have ran for my life, fearing I'd been victim to a planned attack. However, he took my hand, entered the fridge, and we were greeted by a cosy cocktail bar, loud music and a cracking menu. 10/10 winner for A. I returned home on the last train to my flatmates all waiting up to fill them in on the gossip. I told them everything from meeting at Trafalgar Square to the leaving at the station and the cheeky little peck. Obviously the question on everyones lips was 'Well, when are you going to see him again?' But the truth is, I didn't want to. We'd had an amazing time, and he was a lovely guy. But there was no spark, I didn't have butterflies, and all the way home I was thinking about how cool the bar was as opposed to when he'd call me. Sometimes you just have to make a decision, however bad you feel and stick with it.

Lesson Number 2: If it's a first date, observe how they treat the waiter/bar man/staff, if they're rude to other people, they'll probably be rude to you

Lesson Number 3: Always tell people exactly where you're going and if you change location, let them know.

Lesson Number 4: Never go to the cinema on a date, you can't talk and you can't get to know each other at all.

Lesson Number 5: Put yourself in the higher position

This is a lesson I learnt recently, from date B. Date B was everything on paper and everything in person, attractive, funny, and into dogs. We went to a lovely homely pub with low beams and a roaring fire, and it just so happened to be a quiz night, we got on so well, fireworks and electricity and all of those butterflies were certainly there, and so when he asked if I wanted to go back for a 'cup of tea' I said yes. And although I don't regret it, because I knew that night I was absolutely happy to go back for tea, the next morning when leaving, I could tell we probably would never see each other again. My friends assured me men were men, they're often weird in the morning before coffee and before food. The next day they were saying he was definitely busy and despite all his promises of seeing my house, asking about walking my dog together, I knew deep down there was only one thing he'd wanted and he'd known exactly how to play me. Which is why, 6 days later and on the evening of my dog being put down when he said 'Soz, was in London all weekend',  I replied with 'I literally couldn't care less.' And deleted his number. Sometimes, it's better to rip off the bandaid. I could've replied and pandered to him and tried to force another date, but to be perfectly honest, I didn't want to be with someone like that anyway, and nobody should.


Lesson Number 6: Drunken chemistry doesn't mean sober chemistry, if you meet on a night out, make sure you text a bit first to determine a mutual interest

Lesson Number 7: Codewords aren't something from films, they're a dating necessity

 Lesson Number 8: Men really don't take notice in texting the same way girls do, if you want to get further, don't analyse every message post date, you'll know if they're interested by your gut instinct

Lesson Number 9: Try not to take everything too seriously on a first date, people get caught up in the moment and say things they don't always follow through with, don't let it hurt your confidence and just take things with a pinch of salt.

Lesson Number 10: Tinder Dating Isn't All Bad

99% of us have been there. You're single, you're bored, and your thumb accidentally slipped and pressed the install button on Tinder. I've been on a couple of 'tinder dates' although I do like to keep them to a minimum. I know people who have met through tinder and are now in relationships, I know girls and guys who use it as a booty call app. But at the end of the day, most of us love to hate it. With Tinder, I definitely think the best way to go about real dating from it, is to not talk for too long via phone. Once you've taken the necessary process to ensure he/she's not a catfish, life is too short to waste hours of your life texting somebody and not following it up. I have so far, never really had a 'bad' tinder date. Nobody has ever run away screaming (a constant fear of mine) and one of the guys I met through it ended up going to my University and we're still in contact occasionally. Although I haven't met the love of my life on Tinder, (I'm not too sure I want the word Tinder in my husbands wedding speech anyway), it's definitely a cracking stepping stone. And if you want to ease in gently, go ahead and download it. You honestly have nothing to lose.

Dating is definitely not for the faint hearted. It's important not to wear your heart on your sleeve when you're in the initial period, there's always the potential you could never see them again in your entire life. Having said this, it is a lot of fun. I don't ever feel more like I'm in my twenties than when I'm on a date, and even if it doesn't go down the path you initially thought it would, it can lead to friendships and you certainly meet some very interesting people. So whether you meet someone through tinder, or have a meet-cute in a coffee shop, it all boils down to being yourself and having fun. If it doesn't work out, it simply wasn't meant to be.

Ciao for Now!
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5 November 2015

Non-Decision Making

Today is well and truly autumnal. I would say pushing on winter actually, I've been curled in a coffee shop for the past  3 hours, trying to write an essay, but only achieving reading Glamour magazine and internet window shopping. But all of the people watching did get me a-thinking, and the result is this little blog post from a piece of my mind.

Dolphin trainer, actress, hairdresser, cryptographer, surgeon, teacher, journalist, makeup artist, lawyer. To the naked eye (anyone but myself) these professions may seem like they have nothing in common whatsoever. But they do. They all have a link, and that link, happens to be me. In chronological order, at some point in my life I have intended to pursue these careers. From the 8 year old me who was obsessed with dolphins, enough so to win myself a Blue Peter badge with my dolphin poem, to the 20 year old me who is obsessed with Suits and figures an A Level in Law is enough to determine I like it enough to pursue it. In fact, most of these professions are consistent in their unrealistic-ness, but 15 year old Alice was absolutely not about to let her D's in Biology and Chemistry stop her from becoming a surgeon after watching 5 series of Grey's Anatomy.

To follow this trend of flip flapping to and from when discussing future prospects, I also actually applied to 10 Universities. I applied for Journalism at 5, freaked out, moved to Italy and reapplied again. This time for English. And then I went to a University open day, accidentally jumped on the back of what I thought was an accommodation tour, and ended in a Politics and International Relations lecture. Turns out I liked it, because two years later and I'm halfway through that degree. 


Believe it or not, I'm not actually moaning. There is a moral to these examples of my life traumas, and primarily, it is that I am happy. Going into your twenties, people start to ask questions, dreaded questions, what do you want to do when you leave University? Are you applying for internships? Will you move back home when you complete your degree? And these questions start to sound daunting. They slowly crawl into your lives, until you think you're the only person drowning in a sea of self-assured graduates. Well, let me be the one to tell you, you are not the only person feeling like this.

Most of us spend the first 18 years of our lives being told we're not old enough. Not old enough to do this, not mature enough to do that. And then, in the space of three years, you feel like you should have your whole life figured out. But that is not a reality. Some people are 100% those people- the girl in the flat across the hall who has three internships and a secured graduate job at the end of her university life. The guy up the road who accidentally bumped into the CEO of Goldman Sachs at a party and was offered an internship after a fifteen minute discussion. But the majority of us, we are not those people.

This doesn't only apply to university graduates. Some of my friends, have decided uni wasn't the right path for them, to which I completely applaud them. It's hard going against the tide when everyone else is packing their lives up into their bags. Some of them are travelling, others working as waitresses or in shops, and for the majority of them, this isn't their forever job. It's not what they want to be doing in 20 years time or maybe not ever 5 years time. But that is totally okay.

It is totally okay to have no life plan when you're 20. Or when you're 23. It is so much easier to make those mistakes now, than in 20 years when you have a family to support you.  Sometimes, the best goal is no goal. So take your time, find what you want to do, fall into jobs and out of jobs and eventually, I am sure you will find the right direction for you.

Ciao for Now!
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3 November 2015

Winter Wardrobe Wishlist

Do you ever window shop online? I think 99% of my procrastination time is spent reading blogs and scrolling through pages and pages of clothes. This is my favourite time of year for clothes, the winter coat hunt is the most anticipated event of my calendar and hiding beneath wooly jumpers, coats and thick tights is my idea of heaven. Hot chocolate by a log fire wearing the thickest socks money can buy- oh my good heavens, autumn/winter is bloody great. 

Although I don't tend to upload outfits onto Alice's Antics, this is something I'm hoping to change in the next couple of months. However in the mean time, I thought I'd give you a look into my ideal wardrobe at this time of year. So grab yourself a hot chocolate and settle down ready to feast your eyes on some of these absolute beauties. 


Shoes



I have had my eye on those Kurt Geiger over the knees for the last couple of years and they're still continuing the boots! Although the most pricey of the selection I definitely think of boots as an investment. My last pair saw me through nearly 3 winters, so it makes the price just about justifiable in my books. Although I'm not attending any winter weddings this year, I'm looking for any excuse to buy these heels too. I love all things suede (or faux suede) at the moment and these are right up my street.

Coats/Jackets



Can you see the common denominator in the majority of these gorgeous coats? I'm a huge fan of tailored clothing over giant parka-type coats. The first one is actually on my christmas list as I just love it so much I can't really imagine life without it now. The big grey faux fur coat is the only one I've seen which I love. I'm normally a bit anti these kinds of coats as I feel they're a bit too fabulous for everyday wear, but this one is just so gorgeous and looks so warm I wouldn't mind it in my wardrobe at all.

Party Dresses



This little collection of dresses is sure to make your head spin. Although the last one isn't really a party dress, my friend recently ordered it and I think I'm in love. She's a redhead so it looks far better on her than even on the model, but it's such a gorgeous green it compliments all skin tones and hair colours. I have a lot of christmas meals to be planning for, from work meals to family meals to society and sport meals... I may end up looking like a christmas pudding by the end of December. 

Do you see anything that tickles your fancy? I cannot wait for pay day. Sadly it won't encompass everything featured, but I definitely wouldn't mind getting my hands on a few of these items.

I hope you're all having lovely weeks and, if you're British, getting ready for Firework night!

Ciao for Now!
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1 November 2015

Champagne Tea at The Dorchester

Today is Day #1. For those of you who missed the little note at the end of my last post, I will be blogging every other day throughout November, ready for Blogmas 2.0 in December. My motivation for Blogging has gone down the pan recently, but by writing a little something every other day, I have no doubt I will be back. Back at last. So please expect makeup looks and day in the life's, rants as per and maybe the odd controversial topic post. But for today, nice and easy, I am taking you to The Dorchester hotel in Mayfair. 

The gals from Dorchester went to The Dorchester. This is something I've heard countless times on the run up to my booking at the prestigious hotel. In August my younger sister turned 18 (gulp) and so I decided to get her something she'd be sure not to forget, and what is better than afternoon tea? Well, afternoon tea with champagne at one of the most amazing hotels in England should do the trick.


I'll drink to that!

We started off with mini sandwiches, the kind which taste of better versions than the ones you make at home. All in fingers and all refillable, the best kind of sandwiches in my opinion...



We got so carried away with chatting and nibbling we almost forget there would be more to come, until the waiter came over to ask if we were ready for our tea and pre-dessert. I have never in my life had a pre-desert but ours was a teeny tiny light biscuit base with a pear cream on top. This was paired with my favourite tea (Earl Grey) and an iced coffee for my sister.




How gorgeous is everything? I couldn't get over the mint colour, and it was all so so small!

Finally the main event arrived at the table...






I'm a cream before jam kinda girl myself. But generally I am just a scone person all around. Nothing beats them in my opinion. Which is why it was a surprise even to me, to find that post-sandwich eating and cake eating and one scone eating, I couldn't even bring myself to eat the other scone! 

It felt like such a waste.

Feeling very full and very spoilt, we slowly made our way out to the doormen for them to hail us a taxi (why ruin a posh day with the tube)?



When booking The Dorchester I was a little bit apprehensive for what to expect, especially being two young adults, sometimes you're treated a little differently to the usual customers. However the service at The Dorchester was amazing, the staff were all constantly attentive and endlessly lovely, so a huge thank you to them!

Despite leaving this gorgeous hotel, the day was still not at an end! The two of us met up with our family, who'd been at various West End shows, and headed off to get drinks in Trafalgar Square. 

Student life isn't so bad eh?

Please feel free to offer up any post ideas, anything you want to read or just general chit chat. I am all yours, and will hopefully be redoing Alice's Antics very soon to get into the spirit of the season! 

Ciao for Now!
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