Following the events in Paris (and the fact I was in Paris for this very weekend for my birthday last year), I really wanted my birthday to be full of appreciation and spending time with those who mean the most to me. And it definitely was an amazing weekend full of everything I love. Big thanks to Paul who pretty much organised and sorted everything, he is the best! It was also extra special with my old friend Caitlin staying with us from NZ for the weekend.
The weekend started on Friday night after a long day at work, we met up with some friends and we headed to Cecils of London, a cocktail bar styled to be like a 1920s speakeasy. Not only is it down a very nondescript/ slightly dodgy looking alley but it’s down underground so feels a world away from London. The theme nights are on a Saturday but I still loved the decor along with their cocktail list – the spicy daquiri especially was a favourite of mine! Who knew chilli worked so well in a drink? After a few drinks we headed up East to Winter Dinerama! I have a whole post on the awesomeness of Dinerama, as it is such a great street food venue, just look at the calamari!
On Saturday, it poured and poured. So we had the best kind of rainy days, snuggling inside blogging and rewatching Mr Robot (just as good the second time around I have to say). Though I was informed that we had something on at 5.30 but it was a surprise. So at 4.30, we got dressed up and headed into the city. We walked from Bank and soon ended up at the Heron Tower, as we went to Sushi Samba last year, I figured out it was finally my time to try out the famous Duck and Waffle! Despite a bit of initial anxiety (me and tall buildings still aren’t the best of friends), once I was up the top and sat down with a glass of wine, I was very happy!
The food there was phenomenal! We had a series of small dishes including the crispy pigs ears, ox cheek doughnut, tuna sashimi, and a warm and crusty garlic and rosemary bread. We followed this with a huge roast chicken full with potatoes, mushrooms and gravy. And of course, the namesake, some duck, waffles and mustard maple syrup. The service was great, obviously along with the view. Definitely somewhere you need to go for a special occasion.
Phew, all that and it wasn’t even the birthday yet! On Sunday, I woke up for my actual birthday and started the day off with some awesome presents from the friends and family. I might do a full post on the awesome gifts if people are interested, but I did get some epic blogging pressies including a photography course from Paul to actually learn how to use my DSLR, and a soon to be purchased new phone from my parents (look out Instagram!).
I wanted to do a bit of shopping on my birthday, mainly as I hadn’t even started thinking about Christmas presents so we jumped in the car to Westfield London. I only ended up buying one gift, but did manage to pick up an awesome cape to wear to the Winter wedding we are going to in a couple of weeks.
The evening was what I was excited for though, it was still a surprise until the day when I got a cryptic package which contained the message that we were going to Hint Hunt! I’ve been wanting to go to one of the escape rooms pretty much ever since I moved to London but had never been able to book and rearrange a visit. We headed to Euston and soon got locked inside the room. If you haven’t heard of these before, essentially you get locked into a themed room full of clues, puzzles, locks, and keys, then you have 60 minutes to figure out how to get out of the room.
It was so much fun! Honestly, such an immersive and exciting game all within 1 hour, I don’t want to give anything away but we searched, calculated and managed to escape from the room with 3 and a half minutes to spare! Definitely one of the best things I’ve done in London and I can’t wait to do some of the others which have been popping up around the city.
After that excitement, we went to my all time favourite, Wahaca for a bite to eat before heading home and watching some more Mr Robot.
Overall, such an awesome weekend full of fun, amazing people and lots of smiles. I’m just so grateful for all the lovely things which I have in my life at the moment. Here is to having a great 24th year!
Have you done an escape room game?