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ELW Guest Post: Five Fantastic Places to Eat in London

Short but sweet post for you today as I’ve written my first ever guest post for Polly at Follow Your Sunshine today. I had the great pleasure of meeting Polly last week when she was briefly in the UK and it was so lovely. I really love the blogging community and the best part of all is meeting so many new people. Thank you Polly for having me and be sure to head on over to Follow Your Sunshine where I’m talking about Five Fantastic Places to Eat in London for any Budget!

Food

Review: Ladurée, Covent Garden London

If you’re looking for somewhere for a quick sweet treat then look no further than Ladurée in Covent Garden. This is the patisserie’s first stand-alone tea salon in the capital, serving savoury snacks and champagne as well as sweet treats and those signature macarons. I popped in a couple of weeks ago before dance class to enjoy some of their famous macarons and take in the beautiful surroundings. Given its location it can be fairly busy so you may need to wait for a table but trust me when I say it will be worth the wait. This is a luxury establishment with a traditional decor that enhances your experience. They also… Read More Review: Ladurée, Covent Garden London

Travel

My 5 Top Tips for Visiting Oslo

1. Use public transport. It is cheap, clean and reliable. You can buy a 24 hour ticket which allows you to use all methods; trams, underground, busses and ferries. Note: the ferries only run from April to September much to my disappointment. 2. Work out what you would like to do during your visit as it may be worthwhile investing in an Oslo Pass for your stay which includes use of public transport. 3. Be prepared for the expense of food/drink but know that there are lots of free things to do in and around the city too. 4. If you’re flying to/from Rygge airport hop on the coach instead… Read More My 5 Top Tips for Visiting Oslo

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Viking Ships, sweet treats and trams

Having learnt our lesson the day before about sleepy Oslo we didn’t leave our hotel quite so early on our second day. We were going to go and visit the Viking Ship Museum which was on one of the islands. You can take either a ferry or a bus to get there but as I was struggling to find any information about the ferry times we decided to take the latter. It was fun seeing some places that’d we’d already visited the previous day as well and some new sights as well. When we hit the island it was a lot less urban and a lot more countryide-ish than the… Read More Viking Ships, sweet treats and trams

Food

Review: 3 Brødre, Oslo

Because we hadn’t eaten much since breakfast we went for a big meal in the evening. 3 Brødre is actually three different venues in one; a regular bar on the ground level, a piano bar upstairs and a tex-mex restaurant in the basement. It was in the latter that we went to for dinner. It was a bit confusing trying to figure out how to get in as the stairs are right at the back behind the bar but once we descended you could tell you were in the right place. The decor is incredibly stereotypical but it gives the restaurant a fun feel. Due to my cold I still… Read More Review: 3 Brødre, Oslo

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Sloping Ceilings, Statues and Snow

My friend Tony had flown out to Oslo to spend a couple days in the city with me as he hadn’t been to Norway before either. He’s a bit of an early riser so we had an alarm set for 7:30 in the morning. It should have felt like 1:30am New York time to me but thanks to my time spent relaxing at the Yotel in Heathrow my body clock wasn’t struggling too much. I find it’s always better just to get up and get on with it in these kind of situations anyway. It was a bit drizzly outside but after the freezing temperatures of New York it actually… Read More Sloping Ceilings, Statues and Snow

Travel

Review: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station

I was slightly dubious about staying at the Comfort Hotel Xpress because it was ridiculously cheap for Oslo. We paid just over £50 per night for a twin room which by Norway standards is an amazing price. The location of this hotel is quite simply phenomenal. You exit the station, cross the road and it’s just there on your left hand side. The reception area is warm and welcoming with comfy sofas and iPads that allow you to check yourself in. Sadly these weren’t working when we arrived but I think it’s a nifty little feature to have, Our room was on the second floor and as soon as I… Read More Review: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station

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Review: Kitchenette, New York City

OK so I teased you about it last week but I’m finally going to share with you the absolutely best place I ate out at when in New York. The fabulous Kitchenette which I only discovered by complete chance while googling for some place to eat breakfast at 7:30 in the morning after having crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. Kitchenette is a small chain of restaurants in New York specialising in home style cooking. There are located in High Falls, Uptown and Tribeca (which is the branch one visited) and open from between 7:30am and 10pm at night. I visited as soon as it opened and was their first customer of… Read More Review: Kitchenette, New York City

Travel

My 8 Top Tips for Visiting New York City

1. Research the museums you want to visit beforehand. Many have free or pay what you wish days/nights which can save you money. 2. Don’t forget to tip! Tipping is very much expected in America and 15-20% is customary. 3. Check out the TKTS booth (under the red steps in Times Square). One of the best things to do in NYC is see a show on Broadway, TKTS offer the best value for money for shows booked on the same day as the performance. 4. Take the Staten Island Ferry for a free magnificent view of the city in all of its glory. 5. Visit Central Park or walk The… Read More My 8 Top Tips for Visiting New York City

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Curious tea and a small shopping spree

My final day in New York and I was definitely feeling like my cold/flu was getting worse but I had arranged to meet up with Cait again. We hadn’t planned on meeting up again but I’d brought her some goodies from the UK which she’d forgotten after we departed on the Friday so brunch was planned so that I could hand over the goodies! We went to the original chapter of Alice’s Teacup. I can’t seem to find any information about this small chain but as I’m sure you can tell from the name the three chapters are small tea houses with an Alice in Wonderland theme to them. I… Read More Curious tea and a small shopping spree