Freebies Of The Week

Posted on November 14th, 2012 in Freebies by Stephanie

This week I have free Viktor & Rolf gifts, free Herbamare seasoning salt samples and free Christmas cocktails at Revolution bars.

Viktor & Rolf gifts – Join the Viktor & Rolf Secret Service and they will send you a secret gift.

Herbamare Seasoning Salt Sample – “Like” the A.Vogel Facebook page to claim your free Herbamare seasoning salt sample.

Christmas Cocktails At Revolution Bars – Print out this voucher and take it to your nearest Revolution bar. Available from the 19th November 2012 until the 30th November 2012 before 9pm.

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Best Parks To Run Around In London

Posted on November 9th, 2012 in Alternative Things To Do,Cheap Days Out In London,Places To Visit by Stephanie

Best Parks To Run Around In London

Running is a great way to keep fit, it’s an easy sport which anyone can do and best of all it’s free! London marathon is happening in just over 5 months time so those of you who were lucky enough to have won the ballot will probably be starting to train around now. Even if you didn’t manage to get a place, there are still charity places going as well as other races you can enter in various locations around London.

London has a lot of good parks that you can you train in and cover the distances you need to complete before the big day. Even if you’re just a recreational jogger there are a lot of nice routes with some great scenery which you can enjoy whilst running. There are 8 Royal Parks (land that was originally owned by the monarchy) in London with Richmond Park being the largest. There is a man-made trail called the Tamsin Trail around the edge of the park which is about 11km long so it is a great place to run laps and build up those miles. The route is fairly hilly too so you can get in some hill training at the same time.

Bushy Park is the 2nd largest of the Royal Parks and it is roughly 10.8km around it’s perimeter. The route is generally flat and easy to run and the park is attached to Hampton Court Palace so you could always pop by for a visit if you’ve never been! Greenwich Park is another Royal Park that you can run around and it has a 6.6km loop around it’s perimeter. It is also where the London marathon starts so it would be a good place to train in if you’re running the marathon so that you can get used to the track.

Regent’s Park is a good central London park to run in and it is 4.3km around it’s Outer Circle route. It has showers and changing rooms as well as lockers, so you don’t have to carry anything when you run. The other remaining Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James’s Park) all link to one another and if you follow the outer perimeter of them you will cover approximately 11.6km. The route is practically traffic-free (except for when you have to cross Hyde Park Corner to get from Hyde Park to Green Park) and it covers an impressive list of London’s famous landmarks, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Horse Guards, The Mall, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Speakers’ Corner, The Royal Albert Hall, St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace. So if you’re just visiting London and want to get some exercise in at the same time then you could always give yourself a self-guided running tour!

Besides the Royal Parks there are many other parks in the different boroughs around London that you can run in such as Battersea Park, Victoria Park, Finsbury Park to name but a few. Make sure you check out the opening times of the parks though because some are closed at night. Also don’t forget to have a good meal at least 2 hours before you run. I usually have a bowl of muesli with banana or if I’m pushed for time I’ll grab a granola or cereal bar :)

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Afternoon Tea At The Modern Pantry

Posted on November 6th, 2012 in Afternoon Tea by Stephanie

The Modern Pantry Restaurant Clerkenwell

The Modern Pantry is a cute restaurant in Clerkenwell that serves up a great alternative afternoon tea in it’s cafe area on the ground floor. At £15 per person you can enjoy warm green tea scones with gooseberry compote and clotted cream, triple-decker sarnies filled with an assortment of mouth-watering fillings and lemon squares and chocolate brownies to finish off. You can also choose from a variety of different coffees and teas including green tea, white tea and herbal tea. Add £5 and you can wash it all down with a glass of bubbly.

Afternoon Tea At The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry has a casual and relaxed atmosphere, with airy interiors and alfresco tables which are perfect for taking tea when the weather is good. It’s a great alternative to the traditional afternoon tea places in London and less than half the price!

The Modern Pantry Restaurant Clerkenwell Interior

The Modern Pantry serves afternoon tea every day except on Sundays, from 3-5pm.

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