Tag Archive for London

Drinks: Cocktails and cider, anyone?

I’m not a big drinker, but am partial to a cocktail or a nice cold cider on a special occasion. So, with an inbox full of emails about the latest developments in this area of the booze market, I had to share.

Don’t panic if you’re on a strict weight management plan for your big day, as one even states it’s low in calories and full of real fruit juice – what’s not to like!


Whether you’re stocking up for your hen or stag parties, looking for somewhere to celebrate or want a signature cocktail for your big day, check these out for inspiration…
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My friend, the This Morning bride!

Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!


When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.

During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.


And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding.
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Becoming Mrs Robertson: Our date at TV’s First Dates restaurant

My husband and I (yep, still love saying that!) recently celebrated six years since we found each other through online dating. In fact, it was a whole week of me saying “this time six years ago, we…found each other/met for the first time/etc etc”. I love spending that week looking back on where we came from and how far we have travelled. I’ve even got those very first emails all printed out and stuck in a book so we never forget the first words said to each other – well, that’s the beauty of meeting online, there’s a record we can keep forever.


When good friends told us they’d been to the London restaurant made famous by one of our favourite TV shows, First Dates, we knew we had to celebrate our “anniversary” there. If you haven’t enjoyed the first couple of series, you’re missing out! It’s basically a real restaurant taken over by a telly crew to film couples on their first blind date. Some melt your heart and give you hopes for their future, while others are a disaster waiting to happen. It’s compulsive viewing and so we were hugely excited at the opportunity to dine at the Paternoster Chop House (www.paternosterchophouse.co.uk) overlooking St Paul’s.
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Hen: Have a TOWIE or Made in Chelsea hen party!

Go on, admit it, you have a guilty pleasure for scripted reality shows such as The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea! I admit to having dabbled with both, with a particular interest in TOWIE as I live in the heart of Essex myself (no, I don’t drive a Range Rover!).


Now, you can live out your very own reality hen party, thanks to Henparty Academy (http://www.henpartyacademy.co.uk/packages/).
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The Shard…as a wedding venue!

Wow is the only word I can say. My husband and I (yep, still love saying that!) were invited to spend 24 hours at the most incredible wedding venue. Standing proud above London’s skyline, The Shard is actually a wedding venue. Who knew!

The Shard

Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, (www.shangri-la.com/london) occupies levels 34 to 52 of western Europe’s tallest building.
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Our wonderful afternoon tea bus tour!

Afternoon tea is the “thing” to do at the moment. I’m a sucker for a lavish spread of savouries and naughty treats with my special people for any occasion (or just because!). You will see on the pages of this blog, endless restaurants, cafes, tearooms and even outside caterers now offer afternoon tea in almost any location. But, have you ever had a delicious afternoon tea on a vintage bus while touring around the fabulous sights of London…?


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