Thursday, 26 February 2015

Bachelorette's in Brighton.

Last weekend I went on my very first hen do. Ciara doesn't like the term 'hen' though, so let's just be American and call it a Bachelorette Party. It wasn't just any old bachelorette party though, it was a weekend-long bachelorette party, that was the classiest hen-do Brighton has ever seen.

Ciara and I went to Paris and Cuba together, so I was excited to spend the weekend with her and the girls. I also finally got to meet fellow blogger and Ciara's bridesmaid, Danielle! The three bridesmaids did a fab job of organizing the whole weekend, and Ciara knew absolutely nothing about it. We all arrived on the Friday night, and even on Saturday morning she still had no idea where we were until we got to the beach and she saw the pier!

On the Friday night we all got into our comfy lounge clothes then had some champagne and nibbles. Then we tricked Ciara into thinking a stripper was coming (she begged the bridesmaids not to order one), and her face when there was a knock on the door was the funniest thing ever! I'll never forget the look of absolute horror on her face. Luckily it was actually one of her bridesmaids with a mask of Ciara's fiance on!

When we started to feel a bit peckish we ordered an Indian takeaway, and after some more champagne and games, we headed to bed to get some sleep ready for our busy Saturday.

We woke up to beautiful clear blue skies, so got dressed and had a delicious breakfast of cheeses, fruit, and croissants, before heading out for the day. Sadly the weather took a turn for the worst, and it started hailing on our way to a Charleston dance class.

The Charleston dance class was lots of fun, and it meant we deserved the 1930's themed afternoon tea at Metro Deco that came later. The tea was lovely and we were even served champagne in cute little Babycham glasses! 

The Three 'C's' - Claire, Catherine, Ciara.

The brie and onion marmalade sandwich was definitely my favourite, and the chocolate profiteroles were just divine!

After our tea we then walked back to the house along the seafront, and naturally stopped off at the Pier for some donuts just as the sun was setting. It was the most beautiful sunset, while the famous Brighton starlings performed their murmuration for us.

Photo from Danielle!

Just as we were walking back the heavens opened and it started pouring with rain, which eventually turned to hail. Danielle and I had lost the rest of the group as we were too busy taking photos (typical bloggers eh!), so we dived into a shop in an arch to wait for the storm to pass. Eventually it stopped and we made the long walk back to the house (the others had gotten a taxi - the lazy sods). 

We all dried off and showered, then got our pretty dresses on and went for dinner and drinks. We started in Maggie Mae's, where they told us we were the classiest hen-do they'd ever seen in Brighton (oh yes, that's how we role!), and a stag group asked for a photo of us with the stag. The music there was awesome and they kindly gave us a free bottle of bubbly! When the hunger pangs started we went across the road had a delicious Italian meal, before walking down the road to Casablanca for motown music and dancing. Claire, Bethany and left quite early as we were shattered, but the others managed to stay out until the early hours!

The moment we realized we have the exact same coloured hair!
Photo by Danielle

Photo by Danielle
Photo by Danielle

The next morning we had a full english breakfast before getting trains home. It was a wonderful weekend, a huge thank you to the bridesmaids for organizing such a fun time for us all! Sadly I'll be missing the wedding as I'm in Australia, but I'm so glad I got to attend the 'bachelorette weekend'. 

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Langham Hotel Afternoon Tea.

You may remember how a few weeks ago I had a mini-staycation at the luxury five star Langham Hotel in London (see my review and adventure here). Well after my relaxing overnight stay my mum came up to London to join me for the Wedgwood afternoon tea in the Langham's Palm Court. The Palm Court is a beautiful big modern room with high ceilings, ladies chattering over tea, and a pianist tinkling on the ivories. While mum went for the Langham blend tea, I had the Strawberry and Kiwi fruit tea...just look at the pretty colour of it!

We didn't have a big tiered stand, everything was brought to the table individually, which was actually quite nice. I think the sandwiches were my favourite part of the entire tea. Usually I'm a sweet toothed person, but it was so refreshing to have sandwiches that were a bit different. Mum and I agreed that the rolls were a nice change, and delicious too. 

The scones were beautifully light and we loaded them up with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Very different to the Guiltless Tea I had last week! 

Before we started on the cakes and patisseries we decided to have some champagne, and the waiter brought the magnum of Laurent Perrier over to fill up our glasses.

Now, the sweet treats were wonderfully delicate and very classy, but I do so love a big chunk of cake. They were very Parisian, and incredibly pretty, and definitely ideal for women who don't have a massive sweet tooth.

Our entire experience was truly delightful. The staff were fabulous and the food delicious. We took our time and didn't feel rushed, and the Palm Court is such a great place to people watch. It's funny, but despite being in such a large room full of other people, it still felt very intimate and cosy. If you're after a fancy afternoon tea for a special occasion, this is the place to come. Find out more on the Langham Hotel's website.

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*Our afternoon tea was complimentary, however all my views are completely honest.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Bar Galante, South Kensington.

I've found an awesome new bar in South Ken, so naturally I just had to tell you all about it! Part of the Gaucho Group, Bar Galante is an Argentinian bar on Sloane Avenue, right next to Barts. Glamorous and sophisticated, they serve awesome cocktails, and the best steak sandwich I've ever had.

Emma and I have been best friends for nearly twenty years, and these days we only see each other once a month or so as we're both so busy and live much further away from oneanother than we used to. We went to Bar Galante on a dreary Wednesday evening for some cocktails and catch ups, and had such a fun time!

Emma started with the Calipso, while I went for the Sloane Spritz.

After our first round, we ordered some food and more cocktails. My Passional was incredible, and Emma's Cha-Cha-Cha was pretty delish too!

The food arrived and we tucked in, the steak sandwich was absolutely perfect, the best I've ever had. The mini burgers were good, and the Ceviche Platter was just beautiful. We do love a bit of ceviche, and it made us turn our conversation from men to travel. We're planning a trip to Marrakech in August with our other friend Beth, to celebrate the three of us being friends for twenty years, aka, our 'friendversary'. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan and we manage to get over there!

Our final cocktails were the Sidra Cobbler and Las Flores. Mine was beautifully refreshing, and Emma's Las Flores which contained sake and jasmine tea came in the cutest little glass teacup!

We did order dessert, but sadly there was a really big group in and it didn't arrive in time before we had to leave to get trains home. We cancelled the order and they very kindly invited us back to try the dessert and more cocktails on the house as a way of apology, so we're heading back in a few weeks time as the dessert sounds incredible! Hint: it contains dulce de leche.

The bar is super glam and classy - the perfect place for a girls night or a date! We had a brilliant time and it's so handy that it's so close to Barts, now we can start in Bar Galante, have some cocktails and bar snacks, and then move over to Barts for more cocktails and dancing!

Also, they have a glitter floor. Amazing, non?

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