Take me Back to London!🇬🇧

Heyy readers, we would love to tell you all about our recent trip to London! So hope you enjoy and give you any tourist ideas for your next visit!

This was our first time visiting London in our nearly 4 year relationship!! How mad we had never thought about going until now!! We have both been before, I’ve been a lot with my family and visited many tourist spots.

So we only visited for the day and just got the train down into Euston station🚆. This station is far less busy than Kings-Cross although you miss out on the Platform 9 ¾!! (If you’re a Harry Potter fan⚡️). Still has plenty of tube connections – jump straight on the Victoria line and after 3 stops get off at Green Park and within 5 minute walk through Green Park you’re right outside Buckingham Palace! This was our first stop and tick on the bucket list✅.

Since it was a lovely day, 12 degrees and was the 30th December, we decided to walk down the mall to Trafalgar Square. This was quite busy as some Christmas market stalls were still up in front of the National Gallery. We didn’t stay long, but managed to find a road sign… this is part of our plan to find as many signs from the Monopoly game board haha🙈.

As we were so close we couldn’t miss off Downing Street, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. So we walked down Whitehall road and half way down is Downing Street – can’t see much and full of security haha😂😂! At the end was Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, but unfortunately work is still happening on Big Ben so it was covered in scaffolding🙁.

If you walk around the corner towards Westminster Bridge there is the Eye🎡! We really wanted to go on but never got round to booking it so that’s on our list for next time!! So we walked along the river (opposite side to the Eye) and got plenty of photos along the way… oops Zander was getting annoyed with me haha🙈📸!

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Now we fancied a trip to Leicester Square to find somewhere to eat as it was now nearly half 2 and we were getting a bit hungry! Jumped on the tube from Embankment to Leicester Square and got in before 3pm. We had a good look around especially M&M World as Zander had never visited before😮!!!

The Christmas markets were still up here in front of the Odeon Cinema so was a little crazy with people everywhere and lots of street entertainment which had crowds gathered. As we walked down a street which seemed to have plenty of restaurants we had a look at every menu… we found a place called Steak & Co. we loved the menu and really fancied steak as we have just given up being Pescatarians for two years🤤🍴! The price was SO reasonable for centre of London as £16.25 for 8oz rump steak😍!! It was delicious… came out on a hot stove rare and you cooked for as long as you like and chose your selection of butter, salt and sauce which was all included!

Beth’s Choice:                                               Zander’s Choice:

Butter: Garlic and Parsley                           Butter: Red Wine and Shallot

Salt: Christmas Special                                 Salt: Smoked Paprika and Garlic

Sauce: Red Wine                                            Sauce: Bernaise

We would 100% recommend a visit if you are down in London👌🏻!

Now we were all full, we were ready to take on the shops! Jumped on a few tubes and arrived at Oxford Street station- we headed all the way down, but did take a d-tour to Victoria’s Secret and the Disney store🛍! We walked all the way down to Marble Arch which by this time it was dark and all lit up! As we were heading to Winter Wonderland we crossed the road and walked under Marble Arch into Hyde Park!

img_0016-1We have always dreamed of going to Winter Wonderland in London and now our dreams came true🙌🏻! After queuing for over half an hour due to security checks – which thank god for as you do feel so safe inside – we made it! It was so magical✨!! We walked all the way round, took us an hour!! You don’t realise how big it is inside with rollercoasters, rides, German markets, ghost trains and much more🎡🎢!! We stopped for some churros and mulled cider which were both delicious and warmed us up🍷.

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One last place we wanted to squeeze in and visit was Piccadilly Circus, but I wanted to wait until dark to show Zander! We got on a few more tubes to arrive there and was quite busy as well! All the bright lights on the boards lit up the area as soon as you walked out the tube station! None of our photos do it justice haha🤦🏼‍♀️!

We now only had an hour left until our train home😢. We walked along the road back towards Green Park tube station and stopped off at my favourite tea shop… Fortnum and Mason!! Bought some of the Royal Blend black tea☕️. Then past the Ritz with all the fancy cars and doorman outside. One day we will go for afternoon tea there… we wish🤩😂!!

Finally our day of adventures came to an end as we jumped on our last tube back to Euston station, grabbed a coffee and onto our train home😴! We managed to visit a lot of places for a day and ended up doing 28,500 steps👣!! We were definitely ready for bed when we got home.

Hope you enjoyed reading about our latest adventure and we are getting ready for our next… Amsterdam in a months’ time📍🇳🇱!!

We would love to hear all about your adventures, do get in touch or if you want any tips for a tourist day in London feel free to DM us @theeworldisyouroyster!

Thank you for reading.

Beth & Zander x

Valentine’s Treat – The Nuthatch Cocktail Bar Special 🥂❤️

Hope all you lucky people in couples enjoyed Valentine’s Day!

We would love to let you know how we spent ours. We don’t go on many date nights but we thought this year we would treat each other. Our favourite cocktail bar were doing a special night which included: glass of champagne on arrival, two cocktails of our choice from their menu, nuts selection and olives finishing with a lovely 3 tier stand food platter.

To start the champagne was lovely and not too dry but unfortunately we didn’t catch the name or country it was from!

The four cocktails ordered between us both were called:

• The Nuthatch

• Sloe Dancing

• Afternoon Bramble

• Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Fizz

We picked all 4 gin based cocktails as we love Gin. These all had a different taste and flavour.

The Nuthatch is shaped after the bird and the cocktail bar, it is one of the well-known cocktails they make! If we go we always have to order it. This signature cocktail uses Edinburgh Gin raspberry liqueur giving it a fruity flavour. Decorated with burning rosemary!

Sloe Dancing is a Sloe Gin cocktail. Slow Gin is a berry flavoured Gin giving it a less alcoholic taste in your drink and a lovely juicy flavour!

Afternoon Bramble we had never tried before which came in a lovely teapot shaped jug and included Brockman’s Gin. This cocktail was a fruity mix of Pear, Cherry and Lemon tickling your tastes buds. Which was decorated with a bramble floating. You may think the fruit don’t go well together but with the addition of the Gin it was beautifully concocted.

Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Fizz, this contains the Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin. This cocktail you can first take the distinctive sharp and sweet rhubarb, which was closely followed by a fiery kick from the ginger. This cocktail would please and ginger spice lovers!

Whilst drinking our cocktails we were brought over a 3 tiered food platter stand consisting of: the bottom plate loaded with a selection of cheeses and hams, the middle plate included crackers, bread and butter and finally the top plate had a range of miniature desserts such as fudge truffles and macaroons. The food was delicious and they should serve it more often! The cheese and crackers went down lovely first of all with our champagne!

They serve olives and nuts already which are lovely to snack on whilst drinking the cocktails. The nut selection is definitely worth it and the olives are in a lovely chili flavoured oil to add that extra kick of flavour!

This little cocktail bar is worth a visit! During the week (Tuesday – Thursday) they have a selected few cocktails for only £5! What a bargain.

This is our favourite place to drink and we can’t wait for our next trip! Little announcement from themselves is new cocktails are on the way to their menu soon!!

Check out their website for all information about table booking, location and cocktail and drinks menu, click here!

Follow their Instagram: @the_nuthatch

Thank you for reading and we would love to know all about how you spent Valentine’s Day.

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

Our Adventures at Edinburgh Zoo🐒🐧🐼🐯

Sorry readers we have been so busy but have some great experiences to share with you!

Well one of us celebrated their birthday the other weekend so the other surprised them to a trip to Edinburgh zoo! One place we both haven’t visited before so we would love to tell you all about our adventures at the zoo.

Ever been to Edinburgh Zoo before? It is definitely worth a visit!

As the zoo is up a hill we decided to rush to the top and work our way down. This was a good idea because everyone started at the bottom by the entrance so we got to see the animals on our own. I would recommend doing this and if you need mobility assistance that’s also available!

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The layout of the zoo is at the back there are the Big Cats, in the middle are Birds and Monkeys. To the left are more Monkeys, Giant Pandas and Penguins and at the front by the entrance are a variety from Pelicans to Meerkats. Above is the full map.

At the top of the map (top of the hill) there is a viewing point which shows some amazing views of Edinburgh. If you have a gorgeous clear day like us you can capture some fantastic photographs!

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Our favourite animal to see was the Giant Pandas but they do spend most the day inside sleeping, we would in the cold February weather!

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This cheeky guy below soon woke up when there was food placed in his room! Edinburgh zoo has a wide variety of Monkeys and it’s the animal we saw the most of.

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Every day they run a Penguin parade at 14:15 if the Penguins are willing to participate. Unfortunately they all seemed too lazy and sunbathing to walk the parade the day we went.

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Edinburgh zoo does have a wide range of animals but maybe only 1 or 2 of them and we did find many of the areas empty and no animals home. Also, the animal walkthrough which is where you can walk through the home of the breed with them (but always stick to the paths) which many of the animals were inside so we went through the Monkeys, Wallaby’s and the Lemur’s. Out of the 3 only the Wallaby’s were outside. Not sure if this was down to the fact we went in the cold February.

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Other than this little bit of disappointment above we did really enjoy the day-trip and would visit again, in the summer next time! The weather was great for us which topped it off.

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear from you guys if you have visited before and hear your reviews and see your photographs!

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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T2: Choc Molten Marvel Tea☕️🍫

T2 have a wide selection of teas to choose from and as we were travelling to Leeds for the Christmas Markets we knew we had to stop here for a refill of our favourite flavour ‘Melbourne Breakfast’. When we visit, we love trying a few taster flavours and this one was given to use as soon as we walked through the doors and that’s when I knew it was the one to buy.

Choc Molten Marvel Tea:

This tea is a lovely mix of black tea leaves and chocolate flakes to create this delicious rich hot chocolate taste. To get a perfect flavour leave to brew for 2-4 minutes for 1 teaspoon of leaves and why not try a dash of milk for a ticker texture! Best part is you can purchase this flavour as tea leaves or teabags to suit all.

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What We Thought:

This tea flavour is like a perfect mixture of tea and hot chocolate! It also has a slight tangy orange taste and a kick of Baileys to it and this makes it feel very festive, ready for Christmas. Don’t worry if you don’t like Baileys, neither do we but we love this flavour!

Why not try it out for yourself, here!

 

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Purchase from: Choc Molten Marvel Tea Leaves

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Thank you for reading and we hope to hear about your experiences and favourite tea flavours.

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Hot Chocolate Reindeers🎄🦌

Looking for something handmade for a Christmas present, something cheap and cheerful or even looking for stocking filler ideas, well, look no further we have the perfect gift for you!

Reindeer Hot Chocolates!

This are easy to make by following our step-by-step guide below and costs no more than £5 and this will create a few.

This product is basically a Reindeer’s head created from the ingredients to make a hot chocolate drink, which would go down a dream in the cold, Christmas season here in the UK.

Ingredients:

What will you need?

  • Piping Bag – The head
  • Handful of Mini Marshmallows – To fill the head
  • Instant Hot Chocolate – To fill the head
  • Elastic bands – To wrap up the Ingredients
  • Brown Pipe Cleaner – The antlers
  • Mini Pom Pom – The nose
  • 2x Googly Eyes – The eyes
  • Glue – To stick them all on

Step-by-Step Guide:

Once you have all the ingredients in front of you, you are ready to follow this guide:

  1. Open the piping bag and fill with 8 heaped teaspoons of Instant Hot Chocolate powder
  2. On top of the Hot Chocolate powder place a handful of mini marshmallows
  3. Using the elastic band close the piping bag above the mini marshmallows and securely fasten with the Elastic band so nothing falls out
  4. Wrap the brown pipe cleaners around the piping bag at where the elastic band is and bend 1/3 of the way up and 2/3 of the way up bend the other way to look like the antlers
  5. Using the glue – stick the eyes on the piping bag just below where the marshmallows start
  6. Using the glue – stick the pom pom on in-between and slightly below the eyes
  7. That is your gift complete!

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This gift would be complete with the addition of a mug! Cheap and cheerful filled full of festive spirit. This gift is perfect for all ages, from young children’s stocking fillers to adults hampers with a miniature bottle of Baileys for a creative twist.

With 4 heaped teaspoons of the hot chocolate powder it’s best to add 180ml of boiling water and to create a thicker texture why not add hot milk warmed up from the microwave.

One reindeer served both of us (2 people) and it was delicious after a long day at work and coming home in the dark, cold nights this warmed us both up! We had some left over Chocolate Powder so sprinkled some on top of our marshmallows.

It’s a lovely little gift, that doesn’t take long to make and would put a smile on anyone’s face.

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear what you thought and see your photographs of your gifts!

The World Is Your Oyster 🌍

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2017 Winter Essentials – For Him💁🏽‍♂️💁🏼‍♂️💁🏿‍♂️

Man, are you ready for winter?!❄️<<
ether you are or not this is worth a read to double check you’re ready or help you get prepared!

Winter is approaching fast; the dark nights have started and clocks have gone back but don’t worry reading this will only take 5 minutes and you will be ready to face the cold!

Winter is our favourite season of the year, a perfect excuse for cosy movies days and late night Xbox gaming days in bed!

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u may be a man and think the ‘cold won’t hurt’ but you are still human and your body works the same and the cold can cause some serious illnesses. No harm in wrapping up a little more in winter, male or female. Jumpers are a great start, styles to suit all types and can be styled in many ways and great for many occasions. Jumpers can be dressed up with smart jacket, casual with jeans and rolled up sleeves or even dressed down to be worn around the house with your lounge pants/joggers. 👖

23516373_10210396371376685_1360148853_o Footwear is important, they need to keep your feet warm and dry but also in fashion… Chelsea boots are perfect for this. You can find plenty of different styles in any high-street shop to suit all males. Can even wear thicker socks underneath and no one would know! These types of boots can be wore in any winter weather conditions and even keep you dry for splashing through puddles. Grab your boots, a pair of skinny jeans and the rest of your winter essentials and you are good to go and face the cold winter weather!👞

23516024_10210396369976650_440219064_o We have sorted the base layer out now to focus on the top layer to keep you warm and dry for the winter weather. Everyone loves a man in a jacket and you can get a range of styles to suit all. You can look from leather jackets to waterproofs or even a (Long jacket name). Accessories are for males as well, so go out and grab them scarfs, hats and gloves to wrap up warm. ☔️

Make sure you wrap up warm and be safe for your own health! Enjoy your winter. 🍂❄️

Thank you for reading we would love to hear your feedback about this post.

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Cucumber Cooler Cocktail🍸

This recipe is to make a simple and quick Gin based cocktail perfect for any occasion from pre-party to Saturday night chill out on the sofa!

Ingredients:

  •             50ml Tanqueray Gin
  •             1 Lime
  •             250ml Tonic Water
  •             6 Slices of Cucumber
  •             Ice Cubes
  •             2 TBSP of Sugar

You Will Need: Cocktail Shaker, Muddler, Twister Bar Spoon and a Glass of your choice.

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. To start quarter the lime and place half into the cocktail shaker with the cucumber slices. Using the Muddler – crush the limes and cucumber.
  2. Add a few ice cubes, Gin and sugar to the crushed limes and cucumber and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
  3. Add a few ice cubes to your glass, pour the mixture into the glass and top up with the Tonic Water.
  4. Stir with the Twisted Bar Spoon and add a few cucumber slices and lime segments for decoration.
  5. Sit back and enjoy your beverage!🍸

 

Thank you for reading.

We would love to hear about your experience or any cocktails we should review!

The World Is Your Oyster.🌍

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