Gardening Week hits London: 15-21 April

Posted on April 15th, 2013 in Alternative Things To Do,Places To Visit by Stephanie

Gardening Week London

Blooms and butterflies… spring is at our door and so is National Gardening Week. London will be buzzing with gardening events. Get your green fingers in the pie!

Window box gardening: Chances are your gardening canvas is limited to a square of patio, balcony or rooftop. Don’t worry, that’s plenty of space for flowers and a herbs garden. Pick a spot with lots of sun and use deep pots.
Serious about salad: Wild rocket, butterhead, radicchio, cherry tomatoes and squash blossom… if you’re serious about salad, the Masterclass in salad growing at King Henrys Walk Garden is a must. Email your name and phone number to or call 07901 931018 to book places for 16 April. £5 per person.
Watering hole: Famous for the wealth of hanging baskets with beautiful flowers decorating its exterior, the Churchill Arms is a blooming good pub. And not just for the flowers! In the dreamy butterfly-themed conservatory, they serve authentic Thai food.
Compost Clinic: Chelsea Physic Garden will run a workshop on the secrets of the black gold. Whether you’re trying to create compost from a heap, bin or wormery, Lynn Scrivener can help you improve the quality of your soil. The compost clinic will be held on 18 April at 10am and costs £30 per person including entry to the Garden (normally £9pp) and 10% discount in the café and shop.
Urban Oasis: With the turn of the seasons, Tower Hamlets is getting in the mood for a change. Providence Row will need as many pairs of hands as possible bring EC1 to life with flowers, veg, ladybugs and wildlife this summer. No experience is needed, you’ll pick up the skills on the day. Just head to Providence Row, 82 Wentworth Street, to help out on 20 April at 2pm.
Church lunch: The ancient church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth is a tribute to forgotten plant-hunters such as the legendary Captain Bligh from Mutiny on the Bounty. Broaden your horticultural horizon at the exhibition of the Garden Museum or sit down for a delightful vegetarian lunch. The menu depends on what is ready from their veg patch.
Green as grass: You don’t have to be an expert in clearing ground, building raised beds or sowing sunflower seeds. Head to Dalston for an introduction day and get gardening for wildlife at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. Free, just turn up on 20 April at 2pm.

If you liked this post, buy me a latte :-)

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 :)

If you liked this post, buy me a latte :-)

Book Cheap And Alternative Things To Do In London With Expedia

Posted on August 13th, 2012 in Alternative Things To Do,Cheap Days Out In London,Places To Visit by Stephanie

Expedia London Attractions
If you’re in London at the moment for the Olympics and you’re looking for things to do, be it a trip to the new Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour, a night at the theatre, a tour of Buckingham palace or afternoon tea at Fortnum &  Mason (see my
Afternoon Tea At Fortnum And Mason post for further details), Expedia have tickets for every London attraction that you can possibly think of with freebies and discounts thrown in! They also have alternative things to do such as Food and Cocktail Safaris where you are taken to four different restaurants or cocktail bars in central London to sample what they have on offer, Party Bus Nightclub Tours where you can hop aboard the London Party Bus and hit the dance floor in four different nightspots or you can opt for going back in time and attending a Medieval Banquet. Booking attraction tickets through Expedia is cheaper than buying them at the door and they also allow you to skip the queues in some places saving you precious holiday time!

Expedia regularly run deals and discounts on top of their already discounted prices so I will be posting them on this blog as and when. They are currently offering up to 20% off hotels in London plus an additional 5% discount on selected hotels using the discount code WELLDONEGB. The offer is valid for stays throughout August and the discount code is valid until the 24th. To take avantage of this offer or to book tickets to London attractions you can visit the Expedia website here.

If you liked this post, buy me a latte :-)

Twinings Tea Tasting Bar And Tea Shop – Westfield Shepherd’s Bush

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 in Places To Visit by Stephanie

Twinings Tea Tasting Bar And Tea Shop - Westfield Shepherd’s Bush

If you are shopping around Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, be sure to stop by the Twinings Tea Tasting Bar and Shop situated on Level 1 where you can rest those tired feet and try a variety of different Twinings tea blends for free!

The Twinings Tea Tasting Bar and Shop in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush opened almost a year ago and is the 2nd Twinings shop to open since 1706! It is a small haven of calm slap bang in the middle of the shopping centre where you can discover interesting facts about tea from the Twinings tasting team whilst sipping an assortment of different teas served in cute mini tea cups.

The shop stocks a huge range of Twinings teas including their Honeycomb Camomile Tea, Mint Humbug Tea, Liquorice Allsorts Earl Grey Tea, Jasmine Pearls Green Tea and Gingersnap Peach Tea from the new Twinings Whole Leaf Silky Pyramid range. You can also pick up some pretty teapots in the shop and some cups and saucers to go with it.

The Twinings Tea Tasting Bar And Shop in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush is open every day from 10am to 9pm except for Sundays where it is open from 11am to 5pm. Twinings also have a tea tasting bar and shop in Westfield Stratford City.

If you liked this post, buy me a latte :-)

£5 Odeon Cinema Tickets – Until The 27th May On Groupon!

Posted on May 16th, 2012 in Cheap Days Out In London,Money Saving Tips,Offers,Places To Visit by Stephanie

Odeon Cinemas £5 Tickets

Groupon are having a special offer until the 27th May, £5 cinema tickets for Odeon cinemas nationwide! Tickets are valid 7 days a week and can be used anytime until the 20th June 2012. Tickets for Odeon cinemas in London are £6 which means savings of around 50%! To get your £5 cinema tickets, visit the Groupon website here.

For more information on Groupon, see my Groupon post.

If you liked this post, buy me a latte :-)