My little Olly’s 1st adventure holiday to London. I went to London with my Mum,Dad and my Cavalier King Charles dog called Olly. My brother David lives in the big city and travelled with us on this trip. I have visited London a lot either on my own or with friends and family. This was a special trip as it was Olly’s 1st time to London so we made a few adaptions as we did not want to overwhelm him with the crowds.
We travelled down by car as we had to take stuff for my brother and we felt it would be easier with Olly. It also saved us a lot of money on train fares for 4 of us. LNER does allow dogs free of charge.
Our holiday started in West Hampstead and had a excellent meal at the Alliance pub. They were very welcoming and allowed us inside and had a very yummy fish and chips. I would highly recommend this pub if you are in the area.
We were a little concerned how Olly would cope with the busy traffic and cars as he sometimes barks at traffic. He actually was better behaved than at home so I think he prefers life in London.
When you have a dog you want to go to places that welcome them as much as you can. I found quite a few places that were very welcoming for dogs. We only visited 3 places that are mentioned in this review.
We went to Hyde park via london bus as it nicer and you see more of London and Olly got lots of attention from other passengers. Normally you don’t talk to other people in London but when you have a dog it’s so different.
On our 2nd day I was very keen to take Olly to Hyde Park as it looked a perfect place for walking and seen so many photos on Instagram of other cavaliers . It was ideal and a met a lovely mother and daughter who made a lovely fuss over Olly.
We visited the Lido at Hyde Park for a quick coffee and they only allowed dogs outside. The coffee was excellent and they had bowls of water for dogs aswell.
While enjoying our coffee at Lido. My brother looked for a pub for our lunch and found the Swan pub opposite Hyde Park on Bayswater Road. We had Roast Dinners and Beefburgers which were excellent. We were able to eat inside which was a bonus.
I really hope you enjoyed reading this blog of our holiday and found it useful. If you would like to read my other blogs here is the link
I was first introduced to Mia Tui about 3 years ago when it popped up on my Facebook page. Charlotte Jamme the founder of Mia Tui recommended the best bags to meet my needs. The designs of Mia Tui are all very similar but different sizes. I purchased three bags before my holiday to New York. I have about 13 bags now. I was sent by Mia Tui the amazing Jackie Bag.
Mia Tui kindly sent me their latest bag to review which is the amazing Jackie bag. I have the tan colour and it’s a gorgeous colour that goes with a variety of different outfits.
The Jackie has a front pocket with a magnetic popper and then 3 compartments 1 with a zip and 2 other compartments as well as 2 secrets pockets which are great for items like sue shoppers. This bag is well designed and a versatile bag. It’s a small bag but you can fit so much in. I have an iPad mini, iPhone, sunglasses, purse, keys and there is still space for more items if needed. My favourite part of this bag is that it’s a cross body bag which is great when you need your hands-free. The turquoise lining in the bag is bright and makes it easy to find your items.
I used this bag while travelling in London and the front pocket was so useful for my Oyster card as I could get it quickly or put it away promptly as I always worry I will lose it.
I found it so useful having the phone pocket and clips for my keys and pen pockets. This makes it so easy to grab these items in a rush.
The Jackie bag would be perfect for a number of different occasions. It would be perfect for travelling through the airport. You could use the zipped compartment for passport and tickets as there would be no chance it would go missing.
If you would like to purchase one of Mia Tui Jackie bags please click on this link. They have a fantastic offer at the moment where you get a free purse when purchasing the Jackie bag. PS The purses are excellent and I have had mine for a few months now.
On Wednesday 9th May I went for a road trip to BBC Elstree studios with my friend Kate. First of all I applied online for tickets to appear in the audience of This Time Next Year The Reveal with Davina McCall a few weeks ago. We were in luck as we both received tickets.
We looked at all the options of getting to Elstree. I thought it would be easier to go via car as we did not know what time the show would finish. We left Lincoln at 9am and stopped halfway at the services at Peterborough for a drink and cake. On route Kate and I then visited the David Lloyd in Bushey for lunch as we are both members so we can use other clubs. We had a little walk around to see where everything was and what they had to offer. The staff were all incredibly welcoming and we really enjoyed our visit. I wish we had a little more time as I would have liked to try their Prama class.
We left David Lloyd at 1.55 to get to BBC studios. It was only 15 mins away. I parked my car a 5 min walk from the studios. The car park was Brook Road Borehamwood WD5 5HQ . The cost of parking was £4.40 from 2.20 ish till 8.00 am the next day. We then walked to the BBC studio which was in the middle of a housing estate near McDonald’s.
If you would like to get tickets for future shows please click on this link.www.applausestore.com. If you put a promo code in when applying for your tickets you get a guaranteed ticket. If it’s a general ticket then you will not necessary get in to watch the show.
Most of all we really enjoyed the experience and fantastic that the tickets were free. I will definitely keep looking to see what else is available. If you get the opportunity go along and I hope you enjoy watching the show.
Has anyone had any success with the Seat frog app? I love travelling 1st class but some of the fares recently have been quite expensive. I downloaded the app several months ago and have not tried it yet.
How much has it cost you all to upgrade your tickets using the Seat frog app? I hear you can upgrade from £5.00. There is 2 options you can bid or upgrade now. Since writing this blog I have booked a standard ticket for one of my trips to see how much it will cost me to upgrade. I probably should have just booked direct but I wanted to see if I could save more money. When I have been on my journey in June I will write a blog on my experiences using the app and how much it cost me in the end.
I have stayed at Renaissance Heathrow hotel twice before travelling to Heathrow airport.This hotel ideally situated for all terminals. We stayed here in 2016 before a trip to New York travelling from Heathrow Terminal 2 and then last year travelling to Terminal 5 for a cruise to the Mediterranean.
The hotel was excellent and refurbished before our stay in 2016. The bedrooms are very well decorated and great size and considering you are so close to the airport it was very quiet. The staff were all very helpful and polite. The lift had a security system that you had to scan your key card to get to your room. My mum and I booked both stays via holiday extras as they had the best deals and additional discounts codes so always worth googling holiday extras discount codes. I will put some links of some discounts to help you all save some money. I would not hesitate booking this hotel. It’s always worth checking different sites to compare prices.
There is a free bus that’s goes to and from Heathrow Airport. The bus stops outside the hotel and not far to terminal 2. Here is a link below to help you all. We had to book a taxi to terminal 5 as we were a bit further away and not many buses at the time we left but in a taxi it only took 10 mins. We got to the airport a little too early that even the luggage drop was not open. !!!!!! I did help a few passengers check in though.
In March this year I attended Move it in London. I was given a free sports bra as part of the VIP goody bag. It is an Dansez original minimal bounce bra. I was really impressed with the quality of this sport’s bra and is my most comfortable one. They offered a choice of 3 different colours and different sizes.Before attending Move It I had not heard of this Dansez. I will definitely be ordering more stuff from this fantastic company. The staff at Dansez were very friendly and helpful on sizing. They had sports tops, leggings and variety of different sports bras. If you would like to purchase these amazing bras or other sportswear please click on the link below
It’s that time of year when we are trying to decide what holidays we should go on !!!! We decided this year that we were not going to go on a cruise as we had done one last year so a change would be a good idea. We like to make each holiday different so we don’t compare.
I started looking at different hotels in Majorca and then showed my mum a hotel that looked ideal. My mum decided that cruising was a better option as we would be able to do more, more food options and the hotel was in the middle of nowhere.
The next decision was when to go and where to go. He does not like flying so prefers doing cruises from Southampton. My Dad does not think travelling to London via train would be much fun.
Mum and I have cracked it. My Mum and I get the train from Newark to London travelling 1st class which always starts the journey off to a good start. We then walk to Renaissance St Pancreas hotel and get an Uber to Paddington station. We catch the Heathrow express to the airport and always stay in a hotel the night before.
Any cruise lines that would like to provide a free cruise for me and my mum in a suite would be much appreciated!!!!!!!!
Here is a photo of my Mum at about 4 am. We take photos of each other in case we lose one another.
Here is a 20% discount off family and friends railcard. I have purchased a two together as my mum and I have travelled a number of times and makes it so worthwhile. We travelled 1st class from Newark Northgate to London Kings Cross for only £36 for 2 of us. It was on a Friday so got free alcoholic drinks and foods.
I was very lucky to attend Move it 2018 at Excel in London. It was amazing. There is so much to see and do during the event. I paid for VIP on Friday and Saturday as I really wanted to see the performances and you could watch nearer the stage. The other benefits of VIP were a Rucksack with lots of goodies that included a lovely sports bra,Capezio ballet bag,water bottle,t-shirt,planner and some snacks. There was also a lovely vip area with seating and hot drinks and water. The event was really well organised and the dancers were incredible. I would recommend Move it to anyone who loves dance.