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East London Liquor Company Gin Tour & Tasting

May 25, 2017

Last week I headed to the East London Liquor company for a fun Gin tasting event. The event was in collaboration with UNiDAYS and Virgin Experience Days. Keep reading for a 20% off discount code for Virgin Experience Days at the bottom of this post!

Gin Tasting

I’ve been wine tasting before but never been in a distillery for gin tasting so this was pretty exciting. Alex our host took me and the other bloggers down to the cellar. Going down the stairs you’re hit with a super strong smell of alcohol! The cellar was full with ageing whisky casks, we each took a seat at the bar and our first tasting drink was vodka. I’m not a huge vodka fan so didn’t enjoy this that much and definitely felt the burning sensation you get when you drink strong spirits.

We then moved onto my favourite part the London dry gins! Alex told us information on the spirits and some of the ingredients. The ingredients included juniper, lavender and cardamom and many more. We passed some of the ingredients around the room to smell. You could smell the juniper in the gins that we tasted. I enjoyed tasting the gins as they had a botanical fruity taste to them. Gin Batch No.1 had pink grapefruit peel and Darjeeling tea this gin in it and would be great in a gin sour cocktail. The London dry gin was my fave! It has a fresh taste with flavours of citrus making it perfect for a gin and tonic. The last spirit we tried was a navy strength rum. Navy strength is a rum with over 57% alcohol, the alcohol was made strong to make it gunpowder proof. By the end of the tasting we were getting used to the spirits so didn’t feel the burn as much. We then headed back upstairs for a cheeky gin and tonic.

I had a great time at this event and this experience would be a great present for any gin lovers!

What’s included

  • A visit to a trendy London distillery
  • A gin and tonic
  • Several tastings, including East London Liquor Company’s British Wheat vodka and rum, as well as three world gins
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card

UNiDAYS

UNiDAYS is a discount website and app for students. When I was a student I used it a lot for discount on clothes such as on Missguided and ASOS. They also have a lot of great discounts for restaurants. It’s quick and free to sign up, you can check out there website here.

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Discount Code

Below is a code for students to get 20% off Virgin Experience days. They have so many amazing days out with plenty of things to do in London. They have the view from the shard, afternoon tea and up at the O2 experience.

Click here for 20% off

Getting here

The East London Liquor company is located in Bow Wharf in an old glue factory.

It’s a 13 minute walk from Mile end tube station.

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*In collaboration with UNiDAYS & Virgin Experience Days*

 

 

Days Out UK

See Your City Harry Potter London Walking Tour

May 23, 2017

The Walking Tour

I love walking tours and Harry Potter so thought I’d try out the See your City Harry Potter walking tour in London. We started the walking tour outside the Palace theatre where they are currently showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I’d love to see this but its super expensive and is selling out really fast!

See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureOur tour guide came round with a hat and asked everyone to pick out a card to allocate which house they would be in. We then were asked Harry Potter questions throughout the day to see which house would win. I was in the Slytherin house but we didn’t get many points.See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureWe then set off exploring the filming locations in London.See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureSee your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureMagic Money – Harry Potter notes.See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the Adventure

See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureThe tour ended at Kings Cross Station where you can get your photo taken outside platform 9 3/4 but there was a massive queue and I didn’t want to wait an hour. I’ll try go back early one morning when the queues less busy.

I really enjoyed the walking tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and funny!

Tour Times

Departs at : Tues & Fri @ 2pm, Sat – Sun @ 10:30am & 2pm

This tour lasts 2 hours.

There was a stop on the tube so make sure you bring your Oyster card or contactless card.

See your city have a bunch of other walking tours which all look pretty good such as a ghost walking tour and a coffee tour.

Check out the walking tours here – https://www.seeyour.city/

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Days Out Theatre UK

Motown The Musical – Review

May 14, 2017

Last week I went to Shaftesbury theatre to see Motown the musical! I went with my mum and we had great seats in the Royal circle. We went to the 7.30 pm show which is available Monday to Saturday. On Thursdays and Saturdays they have a matinee at 2.30 pm.

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The Story

The show is about Berry Gordy who founded Motown records launching the career of Diana Ross and the supremes, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations and many others. The show explains the struggles of starting Motown records and the romance and rocky relationship between Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. The musical touches on racial and political issues of the time which impacted Motown music being played on the radio. The story line is good but the show is focused more on the music.

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Songs

The show has over 50 Motown hits with songs such as  “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross, “Do You Love Me” – The Contours, “I Want You Back” – Jackson Five, “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

The first few songs were a bit too loud and pitchy but after that it sounded amazing. The choreography was also spectacular. The boy who played little Michael Jackson had an amazing singing voice! Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson were also brilliant.

Motown the musical London - Enjoy the Adventure blogBefore heading to the theatre we went to Cafe Mode which was a few minutes walk from Shaftesbury Theatre. The restaurant has an evening meal set menu with 2 courses and a glass of prosecco for £14.99.   I started off with bruschetta and my mum had bread and olives. For my main I had carbonara which was really creamy and tasty. My mum had the mushroom risotta which was also really nice!

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You can book Motown the musical here until the 24th of February 2018

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*Disclaimer I received tickets in exchange for a review*

 

 

Days Out Europe Travel

#1 Zoo in Europe – Loro Parque Tenerife

May 3, 2017

On my recent trip to Tenerife me and my parents spent the day exploring Loro Parque situated in the north off the island. We started of the day with the discovery tour. Our friendly tour guide showed us round and explained all about the zoo. They work with many different projects to protect endangered species and to help protect the environment. Loro means Parrot in English and Loro Parque actually started off as a refuge for Parrots. They still have loads of parrots there and breed them there. The zoo previously won the Tripadvisor’s travellers choice for zoos and aquariums and came number 1 in Europe and 2nd in the world. The zoo is amazing and there’s so much to see and do!

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On the tour we went to the Penguin enclosure its amazing you stand on a moving platform and can see them dive into the water. There’s also a machine to create snow falling from the ceiling.

Loro Parque Zoo Fish - Enjoy the Adventure

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For lunch we stopped off at Casa Pepe which serves Canarian specialities tapas-style. I would recommend the cheese with Mojo sauce for a starter. They also have a selection of meat dishes such as chicken skewers and a variety of sausages.

Animal shows

The shows are well worth seeing! Its amazing what the animals can do. I would recommend trying to see as many of the shows as possible. We missed the parrot show as we had to get back on the coach. Try and get to Loro Parque early as there’s so much to see there.

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There are six Orca Whales at OrcaOcean who perform, even a deaf one who receives guidance through special hand and light signals. Bear in mind if you sit near the front you’ll get soaked.

Dolphins Loro Parque Enjoy the Adventure

The Dolphin show is brilliant and all of the shows give you information about the animals.

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My favourite show was the Sea Lion show. One of the sea lions wanted all the attention. Every time the trainer went to do something with the other sea lions it would jump down and get in the way.

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I loved this zoo there’s so much to see and the animals are treated well. It’s easy to see how the zoo has won so many awards. If I visit Tenerife again I’d love to go back as I didn’t get to see the bird show and could have spent longer exploring the zoo.

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*Disclaimer – I was a guest at Loro Parque.*

 

Days Out Spa UK

Farnham Hog’s Back Hotel Spa Day & Afternoon Tea Review

February 17, 2017

 

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Day PoolLast week I took a trip to Farnham’s Hog Back Hotel for a spa day, massage and afternoon tea. The beautiful Tudor style hotel & spa is located on the hogs back between Farnham & Guildford.

Farnham Hog’s Back Hotel Spa Day & Afternoon Tea Review

Treatment

Upon arrival I was given towels a robe and a locker key. Once in my robe I headed to the treatment room for a hot stone massage. This treatment improves circulation and relaxes the muscles from the heat. My therapist was great she asked what pressure I wanted and checked to see if the hot stones were a good temperature for me. I left the treatment feeling so relaxed.

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Pool & Jacuzzi

I then headed to the pool for a swim and a relax in the Jacuzzi. I read my book on one of the loungers and then went into the sauna for a bit.

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Day Pool & Jacuzzi

Afternoon Tea

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Afternoon Tea

Now onto the afternoon tea, I was served a three tier stand of sandwiches, sweet treats and scones. I had four sandwiches these included ham and mustard, smoked salmon, egg mayo and cheese and pickle. A scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam, fruit cake, 2 macaroons and a brownie. The brownie was my favourite, I also really liked the cute floral china and bright dining area. If you don’t fancy afternoon tea, they have a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Farnham Hog's Back Hotel Spa Afternoon Tea

I thoroughly enjoyed the spa day and afternoon tea and left feeling so relaxed and refreshed.

Check out the spa packages prices start from £15

Spa Packages

Information

  • Lockers and towels provided
  • Bring flip flops/slippers if you don’t want to walk around bare foot
  • Has gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room & sauna
  • Close to Farnham & Guildford
  • If arriving from Guildford on the A31 take the Seale/Tongham turning then follow signs to hotel
  • The active life health club and spa is located to the left of the hotel.

*Disclaimer I received a complimentary spa day and afternoon tea in exchange for a review. All opinions remain my own.*

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Days Out Travel UK

Jane Austen House Museum Chawton, Hampshire

January 4, 2017

A while ago I visited the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. Here you can explore the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote. It’s located in such a lovely area, the village is so peaceful and quaint with lots of green space and cute thatched houses. Across the road is a pub which we had a cup of tea in, they also serve meals which looked pretty good. There is also an English tea room opposite but unfortunately it’s shut on Monday’s so we didn’t get to try it out. Free parking is available opposite the museum. Tickets cost £8.00 or £6.50 for students. You can then use this ticket for up to a year if you want to visit again.

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There is a short video on Jane’s life

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You can make your own lavender bag or write with a quill pen

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Jane Austen’s bedroom

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After this we decided to visit Farnham town its a 20 minute drive from the museum. We went to Farnham Castle Keep which is free to look around and then went to the Botanist for lunch.

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The Botanist have a huge selection of drinks I went for a mocktail as I was driving but will have to go back and try some of the cocktails. They have a set two course lunch for £11.95 or 3 courses for £13.95. I went for the sesame coated falafel and the hanging chicken kebab with sweet potato fries. The food was really tasty and I will definitely be returning!

What to do after

  • Go for a walk in the countryside
  • Visit Birdworld in Farnham
  • Check out Alton town

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