So on Monday for my early birthday present from Joe, we went into London for the day and it was relaxing and busy and chilled all at the same time and I loved it.
Starting with a walk around Borough Market and then an adventure around Knightsbridge and South Kensington, I just couldn’t help but feel like one of those bloggers with those picture-perfect bloggers with all the white houses in the background. Yesss.
Living out my last couple of weeks before I hit the big 21, I couldn’t help but feel like it was the perfect time to wear irresponsible footwear while on a day out that involved a lot of walking. But luckily, in my almost 21 years, I have enough wisdom to bring a spare pair of shoes. I’m a wise old lady at least.
Our first port of call was Borough Market because I really really love food. HOWEVER since to us it felt like the weekend, I didn’t realise there wouldn’t be as much open because it was in fact a Monday. Good job Jodes. But there was still some amazing juice and some SERIOUSLY good gnocchi. Because all the good food is basically pure carb.
Wandering around and over the bridge, we head over towards The City of London, one of my favourite areas. Seriously, working in those buildings is my absolute DREAM. We walked past the Sky Garden and my heart gave out a little cry since that was the one place I SO BADLY wanted to go to on that day, but that just so happened to be the only day it was closed. Fab.
But we kept walking til we got to The Tower Of London and sat down with the pigeons for a rest and a quick lil Instagram post. God I’m so sociable. After watching some tourists pose with bins and hang upside down on the fences, we hopped on the tube and headed to Sloane Square because I had somewhere in mind that I NEEDED to go to.
And that was Peggy Porschen Cakes. I’ve seen SO many bloggers posting photos of this cafe and my soul NEEDED to go. Just LOOK. It’s so pink and pretty and dainty and Joe was just so out of place there. But he dealt with it because he’s bloody lovely and I kept using the “it’s my birthday” excuse, but I like to think it’s mainly because he loves me. Sat outside, it was great to watch all the girls taking totally Instagrammable photos of each other and their food, because it totally took the shame of handing Joe my camera and asking him to take some totally professional-yet-candid photos of me. And it was all going well, until I spilled my milk. Yes, this is my spilling milk face.
But, round the corner in a nice quiet alley, we managed to have a bit of a practice with my camera. Having Joe as my lil photographer boyfriend is fab, because neither of us have a clue what we’re doing. It’s a 10/10 experience. He’s working out how to use my camera and I’m trying to work out how to make myself not look like a potato or a massive tool. I’ll find that middle ground one day. I posed away in my pure Boohoo outfit, and Ego shoes and honestly I was in love with it. I’ll leave the links at the bottom because it’s all fab. The jeans are the comfiest pair I’ve ever worn, and they could actually be the cheapest, more expensive isn’t always better. I love the top, I just wish it was longer. Any gust of wind and HI BELLY. No one needs that in their life.
But it started getting on a bit, which meant another shoe change and a nice walk to the Royal Albert Hall. South Kensington is EASILY in my top three places in London, I have so many fabulous memories there. Next up is Joe’s birthday and I’d love to do something around there again, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know in the comments!
After eventually working out which door to get in and where to go, we’re sat down in the Royal Albert Hall’s Coda restaurant and HOLY LORD it is AMAZING. The decor is beautiful, the views out the windows are wonderful and the FOOD. We’re not in Wetherspoons anymore, Toto.
After destroying my Lemon Sole followed by Passionfruit Tart (with decorative pansies), we head into stalls and find our seats. The gig was fabulous. Not only did Russell Howard make me ugly laugh (I’m so sorry, couple we were sat next to, no one needs to hear that), but he raised some tough topics such as self-harm, the damage social media can do and illness, something that is so important to do when you’ve got such a varied audience. Using your voice when you’ve got one is just so important.
So that’s birthday number 1. The good thing about having friends that live all over the place is that when I finally see them, it means I get another birthday. Roll on birthday number 2!