Things to Do in London: Girls Weekend Guide

How to Spend a Girls Weekend in London

Looking for ideas on how to spend a girls weekend in London – you’re in the right place!

Here is my sample itinerary to snap the tourist hot spots and have fun filled weekend:

Day One:

Start the morning with a stroll around Camden Market and the quaint shops in Primrose Hill – hit up one of the boutique cafes for brunch or grab a croissant to go.

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The views from the top of Primrose Hill are amazing – Camera at the ready!

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Passing through Primrose Hill, continue walking to Regents Park. Why not visit London Zoo, or hire a pedalos on the Boating Lake!

Spend the afternoon lost in the museums! A hidden gem is the Wellcome Collection (conveniently located by Euston Station, or a short walk from Regents Park). Jump on the tube across to The V&A and explore the impressive collections of sculptures, painting, jewellery and exhibitions.

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In the evening, I suggest grabbing some last minute tickets for a theatre show! I’v watched Wicked and Matilda, equally a enjoyable.  I love the Today Tix app for buying last minute theatre tickets  (P.S. use my refferal link for £10 off, and I also get £10 credit .

Day Two:

Start your morning with a spot of shopping on Oxford and Regent Street.

Treat yourself to lunch with a view – make a reservation at Aqua Shard or Madison. If Afternoon Tea is more your thing, check out Sanderson for the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

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Or jump on this vintage London bus for afternoon tea with a twist.

Late afternoon, make your way to Greenwich to explore the market, and if the sun is shinning check out The Gipsy Moth for a glass of wine overlooking the Cutty Sark.

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In the evening, take a boat cruise departing from Greenwich pier. This two hour cruise, passes under Tower Bridge, and along Westminster (Big Ben) to Battersea, before returning at 9pm. What an excellent way to end the weekend!

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My boat trip was super lucky, and witnessed tower bridge being raised!

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Want more…?

Feeling more active, I’d highly recommend a bike tour! It’s an easy and fun way to take in London sights.

Looking for more ideas, check out my alternative weekend itinerary, evening guide or the ultimate London Bucket List.

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London Bucket List: Things to Do in London 2017

The Ultimate 2017 London Bucket List

London Bucket List

So I’m certainly not one to sit and let life pass me by, and I started the year with a personal ‘ London Bucket List‘. Whether it be on days off, after work or quick lunchtime visits I’v been working my way through the list to see and experience everything London has to offer!

The ultimate London Bucket List.

I hope the list is useful to others visiting or living in London. I will update the post accordingly as I add, or complete items. Here goes (Drum Rolllll)In no particular order…

#1 British Museum ✓

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#2 Tate Gallery ✓

#3 National History Museum ✓

#4 Science Museum

#5 Imperial War Museum ✓

Imperial War Museum 🛩 #londonmuseum

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#6 British Library ✓

#7 Wellcome Collection ✓

#8 Saatchi Gallery ✓

#9 Big Ben ✓

#10 Westminster Abbey ✓

#11 Tower Bridge

#12 Tower of London

#13 London Eye

#14 Climb Monument

#15 St. Pauls

#16 Changing of the Guard

#17 Buckingham Palace tour ✓

#18 Kensington Palace

#19 The Globe Theatre

#20 See a West-End ✓

#21 Comedy Show ✓

#22 Royal Opera House

#23 Bike Tour ✓

#24 Thames Kayaking ✓

#25 Boat on The Thames ✓

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#26 Emirates Cable Car

#27 Up at The O2 ✓

Say cheeseee 📸 #upattheO2

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#28 Swim in a Lido

#29 London Zoo ✓

#30 Primrose Hill ✓

#31 Hampstead Heath ✓

#32 Kew Gardens

#33 Richmond Park ✓

#34 Hackney City Farm

#35 Regents Canal – Little Venice ✓

#36 Hyde Park Pedalos

#37 Leadenhall Market

#38 Camden Market ✓

Camden ✌🏻📸 #camdenlock

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#39 Borough Market ✓

#40 Malby St ✓

#41 Columbia Road Flower Market ✓

#42 Brick Lane Curry ✓

#43 Junk Yard Golf

#44 Bounce

#45 Flight Club

#46 Proud Cabaret Show

#47 Kensington Roof Gardens

#48 Notting Hill ✓

#49 Harrods ✓

#50 Henley Regatta ✓

#51 Royal Ascot ✓

#52 Polo in the Park

#53 Wimbledon Tennis ✓

Before we sprayed it everywhere 🍾#henmanhill

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#54 Sketch

#55 Bob Bob Richard

#56 Lunch at The Ritz ✓

#57 Bottomless Brunch @ BungaBunga ✓

#58 Mr. Foggs Cocktails

#59 Sushi Samba ✓

#60 Burger & Lobster ✓

#61 The Ivy

#62 Sky Garden ✓

Sky Garden London

#63 Peggy Porschen Cakes ✓

#64 Champagne Brunch at The Landmark ✓

#65 The Colour Run ✓

#66 Gordons Wine Bar ✓

#67 Madison’s Rooftop ✓

#68 Winter Wonderland ✓

#69 Greenwich Observatory

#70 The V&A

Sightseeing Saturday ☀️👌🏻

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So there we have my ‘ work in progress’ bucket list.

I’d love to hear you thoughts and suggestions in the comments…

Looking for more info on London. Check out my post for weekend itineraries,  cheap date night ideas or the best round up of free fitness classes.

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Trekking in Myanmar: Kalaw to Inle Lake

Guide to Trekking Kalaw to Inle Lake

Trekking Guide in Myanmar

Since I mentioned in my previous post that the Kalaw – Inle Lake trek was a huge highlight of my SEA trip, I decided to share more details!

I choose the three day/two night option. We departed from my accommodation in Kalaw (Golden Kalaw Inn) and headed uphill through small villages and tea plantations. We stopped to visit a local school and family.

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If your worried about how difficult the trek is – don’t be! An average level of fitness would be adequate to complete the trek, walking was alternated with frequent breaks and tea stops. Given I had spent several months boozing and binging on Thai pancakes I was far from my fitness peak!

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Our accommodation for the evening was simple but cosy, with our guide preparing a delicious Burmese feast! Washed down of course with a few local Dagon beers.

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It’s not often you see a guy riding a buffalo…?! Beat’s a summer tube commute in London!

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The 70km trek ends in Inle lake, where you can witness the unique fishing technique, head to the local hot spring or as I did – cycle to the winery  !

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There is something refreshing about leaving behind fast paced modern life, and going back to basics. Well for a few days at least! Never again will I take a hot shower for granted!

If you had to choose one thing to do in Myanmar – pick this!

Looking for more on Myanmar – check out my top five places!

Or see my photos that will inspire you to visit Southeast Asia

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5 Places You Must Visit in Myanmar

Top 5 Place To Visit in Myanmar

Myanmar is unlike any other destination I have visited in South East Asia, under developed and bursting with off the beaten track adventures.

I’v recapped the highlights from trip, in the hope it inspires you to visit!

1)Yangon

Marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda 

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This gigantic gold pagoda is lit up on an evening and the stupa (top of the pagoda) is covered with 4531 diamonds! If time permits, I’d also recommend jumping on the railway loop and take a glimpse at local life. (See Travel Fish review)

2)Bagan 

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A trip to Myanmar would not be complete without visiting the temples! The remains of the temples stretch across the landscape making for unbelievable sunrise and sunset views (and photo opportunities). You can easily hire an E-Bike to navigate between sites – and hopefully you will be a better rider than me. I took a small tumble into a thorn bush and spent the day battling to stay on the bike!

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3)Mandalay 

Sunset at the famous U-Bein Bridge

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4)Hsipaw

Take a truly eye opening railway journey over the Gokteik Viaduct

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A contrast to the Western Standards of plush seats and packaged food. Gone is the trolley cart, replaced with plastic bag noodles.

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5) Kalaw/Inle Lake  

If I had to pick one travel highlight from five months in SEA this would be it! Three days trekking with a local guide from Kalaw across to Inle Lake.trekking.jpg

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(Tip: There’s a cute winery in Inle Lake – you can cycle too, beware of the hill!)

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Places to skip: Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital is a ghost town!

Recommended hostels in Myanmar:

Pickled Tea Yangon

Yoe Yoe Lay Homestay Mandalay 

Golden Kalaw Inn

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my top 10 photos of Southeast Asia

Read more about my trek – Kalaw to Inle Lake

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Things To Do in Lisbon: A Weekend Itinerary

How to Spend Two Days in Lisbon. Top Things To Do.

Lisbon is a must visit city – It was a highlight of my summer trip to Europe! Ideal for a weekend break, and I’v shared my suggested Itinerary below:

Day One

Take a free walking tour and explore the best the city has to offer. I took the Sandmans tour, and highly recommend it for insider knowledge of the city. For amazing views of the city check out Sao Jorge Castle.

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In the afternoon, jump on Tram 15 to Belem. Go check out the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and be sure to try the famous Pasteis de Belem (it’s worth the Que!).

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How cute is this Pink House

Hungry? Check out Timeout Market, for the best selection of food and drink vendors. A great place to start the night, then why not head to Bairro Alto District, your guaranteed a lively night out.

Day Two 

Visit Sintra, this UNESCO World heritage site is full of colourful fairytale castles! Cameras at Ready. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes/trainers, exploring Sintra requires a lot of walking!

To reach Sintra, simply take the train from Lisbon Rossio station for under €5.

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Fancy a trip to the seaside – take a day trip to Cascias.

Looking for somewhere to stay? I stayed at Yes Hostel and loved it. Not only are the dorms well equipped this hostel is super social, if your a solo traveller you’ll make heap of new friends.

If your staying longer in Portugal, I would recommend heading south to surfing hot spot Lagos.

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10 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Southeast Asia

Must-See Places and Countries in Southeast Asia

I have such fond memories of Southeast Asia, where I spent 5 months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Aside from partying and drinking buckets on the beach (for those who haven’t been, I’m referring to sandcastle buckets full of booze). I went on jungle hikes in Chiang Mai, abseiled waterfalls in Da Lat, trekked rice fields in SaPa and went diving in Thailand.

Here are some pictures, that I hope inspire you to visit!

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Sunrise over Bagan, Myanmar
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
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Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, Thailand
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Maya Bay, Thailand
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Sukhothai Historical Park
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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Kuang Si Falls, Laos
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Inle Lake, Myanmar
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Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
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Ko Nang Yuan, Thailand

 

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Things to Do in London: A Weekend Itinerary

Things to do this weekend in London

So you have just 48hrs in London and want to get the most out of the time.

Here is my sample itinerary to snap the tourist hot spots and have fun weekend:

Day One:

I’m a big fan of running – why not take a morning run or stroll along the Thames. Alternatively take a cycle tour for a fun way to see all of the top sights. I took my sister on a cycle tour with BrakeAway Bike Tours, even though neither of us had cycled in years – it was super easy and fun!

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Lunch? As much as I adore Borough Market, for something a little different head to the nearby Maltby Street Market.

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Take a walk through Regents St and Oxford St, and visit the British Museum (its free!). 

 

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Stroll to Covent garden, make sure you snap a photo in colourful Neals Yard! Indulge in an ice cream from Milk Train, were they wrap the cone in candyfloss.

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In the evening, I suggest grabbing some last minute tickets for a theatre show! I’v been to see Wicked and Matilda both of which I enjoyed. I love the Today Tix app for buying last minute theatre tickets  (P.S. use my refferal link for £10 off, and I also get £10 credit).

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Day Two:

Start your day with a morning stroll from Little Venice along Regents Canal, which is lined with colourful boats.

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Ending in Camden, explore the busy market and pick up some breakfast. Cereal Killer Cafe boasts an impressive list of over a hundred cereals, and you can even opt for a cereal cocktail.

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Camden is home to quirky pop up stalls and the side streets are scattered with street art.

Walk along to Primrose Hill, this affluent area is home to quaint coffee shops and beer gardens. Passing through Primrose Hill, continue on to Regents Park. Why not visit London Zoo, or hire a pedalos on the Boating Lake!

Head to a rooftop bar or restaurant for amazing city views. Check out this roundup of London’s best rooftop bars. Alternatively prebook tickets for the Sky Garden.

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In the evening cosy up in Gordons ,London’s oldest wine bar, with a bottle of red and some Charcuterie.

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Still looking for something to do? Check out my guide to the best girly weekend in London, or cheap date night ideas.

I’v also created my Ultimate London Bucket List!

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