The Seven Sisters

A beautiful Sunday hike at the Seven Sisters Cliffs in East Sussex, a perfect day trip from London to escape the urban sprawl. We took the 7AM train from Clapham Junction to Seaford (via Brighton) and trekked 22 kilometers along the cliff path towards Eastbourne. Breathtaking sceneries (and heavy breathing from hiking up those hills) but we made it to the finish line after four hours and a bit. Great exercise for the body, mind and soul!

Upon arrival in Eastbourne, we found The Pilot Inn where we had a well-deserved English breakfast (lunch). A very nice spot with a lovely back garden that I would highly recommend for the summer seasons. Overall, all smiles after great day spent with the best people! Can’t wait to explore more of England and other new places now that I live in London with my main travel partner.

London: A New Chapter Begins

After six years of university my student life is officially over! Four years of bachelor’s in Scotland including one year on exchange in China and two years master’s in Denmark while travelling around the world in between. My early 20s well spent and I’m glad it brought me here - to London! Living here as a young professional has been a goal of mine for many years and I’m so excited to see what this next chapter will bring.

London ChrIstmas Spirit

Kicking off December in what has become one of my favourite cities! The place to visit if you want to get into the festive spirit, even if it’s finals season. Knowing very well I have three exams left this month I still took the weekend off to visit London and enjoy my study break. These past couple of years have taught me so much about time management, work-life balance and taking advantage of opportunities. And after almost six years at university and travelled many countries in between, I know for sure that it is possible to do both at the same time.

Having said that, London never disappoints. R and I attended a lovely engagement party, and another Christmas houseparty on Saturday evening with good friends, foods and drinks. We also spent the weekend doing some sightseeing around the city, following Christmas markets in Leicester Square and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. I love how there is always things to do in London all year round, and on top of that, most of my closest friends are based here too. Hmm, now I think I really need to consider my next move…?

The streets are lit

Overall, a lovely weekend with this one after our Copenhagen reunion last week. Unfortunately, we won’t be celebrating Christmas and New Years together as I’ll be in Melbourne and he’ll be in Hong Kong, however our next reunion will be in Vietnam! Stay tuned x

Dining at Altitude: Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffles is located on the 40th floor in the Heron Tower and offers one of the best dining views in London. For anyone who wants breakfast, brunch or dinner at altitude - this is the place to go. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but you need to make a reservation at least two months in advance so, big thank you to my boyfriend who planned out this wonderful evening and surprised me with a delicious dinner experience just in time for my graduation weekend. 

3 fine dining restaurants in London

 

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

A Michelin star experience with an exclusive view of Hyde Park? Dinner by Heston Blumenthal delivered a delicious three-course meal from start to finish, featuring dishes that explore Britain's heritage. The texture and flavours of each dish were so unique to anything that I've ever tasted before! Unfortunately if you have a big appetite like me, these small portion sizes most won't fill you up and you'll probably be thinking about the second dinner already. But needless to say, it was an extra fine dining that gets five stars from me.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

The Ritz Restaurant

My private dining in Marie Antoinette suite at the Ritz Hotel was the ultimate culinary experience. It was on the occasions of my dear friend Sophie's 22nd birthday that I got to experience such an exclusive evening at one of the most beautiful hotel dining rooms in the world. Everything from the starter to dessert made me wish that my plate could automatically refill. What an amazing evening! The food and butler service was 10/10.

The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR

Peninsula Restaurant

Dining at the Peninsula Restaurant was exceptional in every aspect. An outstanding three-course meal that looked as beautiful as the view we enjoyed from our table. Service was one of the best - so professional and friendly. We got personalised desserts from the chef and complimentary chocolate treats since it was our Valentine's Day celebration. I definitely recommend Peninsula if you want a fancy evening with stunning views and even better food and service.

InterContinental London The O2, 1 Waterview Drive, London SE10 0TW

Brunching at Madison Rooftop Terrace

On stepping onto the terrace of Madison, you're in the perfect spot for the most spectacular view of St. Paul's Cathedral and the skylines of the City of London. A delicious Sunday brunch accompanied by a fruity mocktail at Madison Restaurant Bar sure set the mood for the weekend. 

Madison Restaurant Bar, London.

A Long Weekend In London

While the memory is still fresh, here's a little recap of my past weekend in London. This was my first time back in the UK since last summer and my first destination of this year's European itinerary. From sightseeing, shopping, steak dinners and bicycle trips around the city, to chasing the best rooftop bars and photo shooting fashion campaigns - my eight time in London was undoubtedly packed with exciting moments! 

I arrived quite late on Thursday so Rickie and I just spent the evening watching the football and eating fish and chips at The Nine Elms Tavers. Probably one of the best ones I've had so far, just saying. On Friday I was mostly wandering around sightseeing by myself while R was at work, so I managed to revisit a few sights to take some photos, get some shopping done and get hungry for our dinner in SOHO. We went for ramen noodles at a new restaurant that I can't even recall the name, before heading to a pub nearby and to watch Wales vs. Belgium in the UEFA Euro 2016 quarter final. I love watching football (I've been playing it since I was 11 years old), but I hate drinking beer, so I'm not fully immersed into the British pub-culture quite yet.  

On Saturday the 2nd of July, I was invited to attend the photoshoot for NewYorkers Fashion's upcoming fitness campaign. It was a completely new experience for me and I felt very honoured to be able to take apart of it. I won't say too much about it, but it was a fun day and I'm pretty excited to see the final results.

After the shoot I met up with Rickie in Broadway Market, a lovely street filled with food stalls and everything vintage in the heart of Hackney. I was so tempted to eat everything, as usual. From here we rented the city bikes and biked along the Regent's canal, which gave me flashbacks on our time in Little Venice back in September 2014. Time flies in good company! 

In the evening we decided to go to Frank's Café in Peckham, a pop-up on the roof of a multi-storey carpark. I was told the view there was amazing and I couldn't agree more when we finally arrived. Definitely one of the many highlights of this trip! The food and drinks were delicious too. Nothing but good vibes with my bestest. 

Back in Europe

I just wanted to post a quick update before starting my blogging spree with updates from Hong Kong, South Korea (Seoul), Japan (Tokyo & Hakuba), Thailand (Phuket & Bangkok) and of course China! I realised I haven't actually shared very many experiences of my nine months in the mainland. I also have a few more photos from Myanmar (Inle Lake) that I'd like to share, and hopefully, at some point share some food and accommodation experiences from around the world, as there are so many good ones I've come across.

Meanwhile, I recently came back from a weekend in London. My itchy feet can only be still for so long before I start flying off again. Updates on what I did in London are coming up next while my memory is still fresh. Many more travels are coming up for the summer and I'd like to do more live updates then, rather than catching up on them three months later heh. But with that said, I'm really excited for what's up next because July and August are looking good. Thanks for following my jetset journey, I promise to dedicate a little bit more time on this mini blog in the future. 

Oxford Street, London