Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour London | Things to do in London

“No story lives unless someone wants to listen”- J K Rowling.

Hellooo!

So if you are a Harry Potter fan and you are in London, then you have to go and see the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio in Leavesden!! It’s a must for everyone who wants an in depth look at the sets, all the props, costumes and technology etc used. And whats really exciting is you can try the famous Butterbeer for only £2.95 ( or more if you want it in a souvenir glass)!! All I can say is that it is fizzy and quite unique in its taste. So you have to try it! Moreover you walk down the Privet Drive, hop onto the Hogwarts Expressor get green screen pictures/videos taken on a broom ride across Hogwarts. It really offers something for everyone!

Our booking was for 4-4.30 pm and after a short wait in the queue we entered our experience. It took us about 3-4 hours for the whole tour, and in between we stopped for a sandwich and butterbeer at a cafe inside the Studio. But you can also bring a sandwich with you if you prefer. At the end of the Tour, there is a big shop which offers an exhaustive amount of Potter souvenirs!

If you are planning to visit the Harry Potter Studio, you should book well in advance as the waiting time can be long depending on when you are coming. Tickets are £33 for adults (16+) for the basic Studio Tour ticket, however you can also get the Complete Studio Tour Package which includes the Studio Tour Ticket, a Digital Guide and a Paperback Souvenir Guidebook for £42 and upwards.

Here is the link for the booking:

https://tickets.wbstudiotour.co.uk/webstore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=HPTST2&C=tix2

We absolutely loved the Harry Potter Studio Tour and the staff was very friendly and helpful too, but the one thing I will say is that it would be nice if they could maybe introduce special discounts or a something like a badge or banner for kids who spent their birthday at the Studio just to make them feel extra special. I went there on my sister’s birthday and although she definitely is not a kid anymore, some kind of acknowledgement of her birthday would have made her really happy and made her day even more magical.

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Hope you enjoy it!

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Pop Up Screens | Things to do in London

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About two weeks ago my friends and I went to an outdoor cinema in Ravenscourt Park in London. I booked the tickets via TimeOut London and only paid about £6 for them. I never went to one of these Pop Up Screens before so was not completely sure what to pack but now from experience I can tell you..

  1. Blanket,  because it will get cold…
  2. Sandwiches, sweets and drinks. We went to a Pizza Hut and just ordered pizza to eat during the film but homemade sandwiches are also good 😛
  3. Pillows?! Yes some people even brought small pillows so they could lie on their back with their head supported and enjoy the movie.
  4. Picnic Rug
  5. Cards? We had to wait for the sun to set to watch the movie and arrived early so you could also play  cards while waiting
  6. An umbrella just in case! We are in London after all…

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We watched Good Will Hunting and I absolutely loved that movie!! There is so much meaning behind the movie and lessons about comfort zones!

My favourites quotes from the movie are:

“You’ll never have that kind of relationship in a world where you’re afraid to take the first step because all you see is every negative thing 10 miles down the road.”

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If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go and see it NOW! The movie stars Matt Damon, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie ( what a genius!) as a maths genius janitor, whose talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his full potential. He also receives help from a psychologist (Robin Williams) to find direction in his life. Ben Affleck and his brother Casey Affleck play Matt Damon’s friends.

So yes if you get the opportunity to go to one of these outdoor screenings when you are in London go and check them out!

There are still some outdoor screenings left if you are interested:

https://www.popupscreens.co.uk/

Jeny x

Mayfair Hotel Spa | Things to do in London

Who doesn’t love a bit of pampering especially if you find a deal for two people and you get to experience it with a friend!

So a few weeks ago I took my friend for her birthday to Mayfair Hotel for a 2 for 1 Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual Spa day. It was soo much fun and our skin felt so good afterwards!

Our appointment was booked for 5pm but we went there earlier as you can use their facilities, including a sauna, steam room and cold bucket showers ( all included in the booking price) an hour before and after our treatment.

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Spa facilities

When we arrived we had to fill an a little questionnaire and then the lovely receptionist showed us around the spa facilities and took us to our changing rooms where we were provided with bath robes, towel and a locker. Before we arrived we were told to bring our own slippers.  The changing room was lovely, it had two toilets and two showers, hairdryers and straighteners and lots of mirrors and even little cotton pads and flannels to use.

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After we got changed into our swimming suits and robes we made our way to the steam room and sauna, which were small but because it was not busy at all we had the whole place to ourselves to spread out and to make ourselves comfortable. After using the steam room and sauna we used to cold bucket showers and there was also a sink full of ice so that you could close your pores and cool down after using the sauna and steam room. We also relaxed for a bit on the hammer beds in the relaxation room before our treatment and helped ourselves to tea and apple.

 

The Moroccan Cleansing Ritual

For the ritual, we were taken to our own private room, which had a table with all the ingredients needed for the cleansing ritual, a shower and a separate steam room at the back. The lady explained to us how to use the ingredients and in which order and then left  so we could start the ritual.

The first ingredient you apply is a white clay to your face and neck followed by a grey/green clay to your whole body. It was so funny to look at my friends face covered in mud whilst doing it, we looked hilarious! Finally you rub dead sea salt onto your skin in circular motions which helps to exfoliate your skin.

TIP: One tip I have is not too shave your legs the day before the cleansing ritual because the salt does hurt your skin.

You then take a seat in the steaming room for about 20 mins until the showers right above your seat come on and you can wash away the mud. You can also step into the shower just to make sure you got rid of all the mud on your skin and after drying yourself then  you finally get to use the body oil to moisturise the skin. We had so much fun doing the ritual and our skin felt so good afterwards even after a week later! Anyway after the ritual we went back to the relaxation room and relaxed with another cup of tea. I love tea and we nearly fell asleep!!

I would definitely recommend this cleansing ritual to anyone who would like to spoil themselves and don’t mind doing a bit of the work themselves. I took my friends to this spa day for her birthday so its perfect as a present or even mothers day.

I booked this deal on lastminute.com but it can also be found on Wahanda and the good thing is that you have a year since the day of purchase to book the actual treatment so there is no rush!

Here is the link: https://spa.lastminute.com/places/offer-tag-spa-days-with-afternoon-tea/in-greater-london-uk/#offerId=361434&venueId=292

Let me know what you think if you go!

Jeny xxx

Drink Shop & Do Review | London Eats

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Have you ever wanted to go to a Cafe that was more than just a Cafe? Then Drink Shop & Do is the right place for you! It is a cafe by day and bar by night. And more importantly they host random events every day which are mostly crafts- and dance-oriented. For example they might do an event on how to make father days card or teach you the moves to Beyonce’s “Run the World” song. The list is endless! In the shop entrance you can find yarn, sweets and many products from  independent designers that you can buy. Upstairs in the cafe bar area you can also buy the vintage furniture, portraits on the wall and even the tea spoon!?It really is a unique little place!

I did my birthday party at Drink Shop & Do ( thanks to my friend who recommended this place to me) and reserved a table for my friends and I, but you can also hire the venue for private parties, hen do’s etc.

The cafe menu is quite simple and limited; they have soups, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards and sandwiches, but it’s amazing! We all choose something different from the menu and it was all so tasty!! I think I had the “Sweet potato & coconut curry with rice & coriander salad” and it was yummy! I would definitely recommend it!

Especially their cakes which are displayed on the counter are mad with a lot of effort and so good!  I tried the Butterscotch Pecan Cheesecake and seriously it was so good! Probably one of the best cakes I have ever tried and I have tried some!

As a tea addict I was really excited to try their tea. The selection of teas offered by Drink Shop & Do is excellent, and they are presented in pretty teacups.

Recently I developed a strong love for Earl Grey and so I was excited to try their ” Duchess Earl Grey“. When the tea came I was shocked because you got a whole can tea pot to yourself, which probably gives you about 3-4 refills!

We had an amazing time at Drink Shop & Do and I seriously can’t wait to go back for some more tea and food and an event!!

Details:

Drink Shop & Do

Contact: http://www.drinkshopdo.com

Address: 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX

Nearest tube station: King’s Cross St Pancras

Opening Hours:

Mon-Thur: 10:30-00:00
Fri: 10:30-02:00
Sat: 10:30-02:00
Sun: 10:30-20:00

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Sunset Safari at London Zoo | Things to do in London

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So last week my friend and I went to the Sunset Safari at the London Zoo, which basically means that we got to visit the Zoo and its inhabitants after normal opening hours. The event starts at 6 pm and finishes at 10 pm and when you arrive you can pick up a map with a self-guided Safari Trail which will lead you through the Zoo to see its magnificent animals. When we went the gorilla kingdom, one of the zoo’s main attractions, was closed due to the birth of a baby gorilla. How exciting and something to look forward to for the next visit!

At the end of the Trail and once its getting dark you can relax in Safari Base Camp on big fluffy pillows with some live acoustic music. How magical! There are also lots of stalls selling food and drinks for the hungry visitors. More importantly for £5 you can also get a face paint of a tiger, lion or monkey or any other animal you like on you face! And if you want some kind of souvenir just head to the big Souvenir Shop before you exit.

From our experience, I would recommend to try and be there for 6 pm as my friend and I had dinner before and therefore only got there for around 7pm. They start closing most animal kingdoms 30 minutes before they close so to make sure you see most of main attractions get there early!

Overall we really enjoyed the Zoo late because of its beautiful inhabitants and also the magical atmosphere created in Safari Base Camp at the end with the live music and food stalls, which end the day in a really nice way.

Some important information:

Where:  London Zoo, Primrose Hill,  closest tube station: Camden Town ( Northern Line)

When: Every Friday from 19 Jun 2015 to Fri 17 Jul 2015 , time: 6-10pm

Price: Adult-£16/£20.80

Priory tickets for £16 are sold out now. But you can still get the advance tickets for £20.80.

Book your tickets here: http://www.zsl.org/sunset-safari

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West End Musicals | Things to do in London

Hi everyone!

So when you are in London one of the things you have to do is to go and see a musical! It’s a must..really! They are spectacular! I was one of these people who wasn’t sure if I would like them but then I went to see the Lion King and now I can’t wait to go and see more of these amazing productions!

Here are 10 of the most popular West End Musicals:

  1. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre
  3. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
  4. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre
  5. Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre
  6. Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre
  7. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre
  8. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
  9. The Commitments at the Palace Theatre
  10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

I went to see the Lion King last year and it was spectacular! The costumes, choreography, set design and singing and acting by the talented cast were amazing! I can not imagine the amount of time and work it requires to make a show like that! Its suitable for young or old. Possibly the best West End Show and therefore definitely worth going to!

We paid around £70 for our tickets in the Royal Circle, which is quite cheap I think. The downside with the Royal Circle is however that you are further away from the stage and there is less interaction with the animals ( not real ones!- I got excited too). Row A should be avoided for children and smaller people due to the safety rail. The last three rows are under the overhang of the Grand Circle which is why they are reduced in price.

Using this link you can see what the view would be like that from the row and seat you choose:

http://www.thelionking.co.uk/view-from-seat/

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Recently I also went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it really got me thinking about my childhood! Its yet another beautiful production with talented actors and an impressive set stage!

We again sat in the Royal Circle and the tickets were between £40-50.

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The Generation of Z: Apocalypse | Things to do in London

Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago I came across tickets for The Generation of Z: Apocalypse, which is live zombie experience where you find yourself in the middle of the action in a world where the deadly Z virus transforms ordinary people into merciless killers and your life is in your hands.

This experience that takes place in the 25,000 square feet basement of the former Wickhams department store and begins when the beacon goes off and officers (actors) arrive and reveal to you the events leading to your arrival in this place. To get out alive, while zombies chase you, you will work together with the others and also get to make choices which will directly influence the show’s narrative and outcome.

It definitely is a different kind of thing to do but real fun especially if you are into scary zombie stuff and/or love the Walking Dead.

At the end you can also take #zelfies with the zombies and can also sign up to take part in the next play as a zombie yourself this time!

I have booked my tickets through TimeOut London, but you can also get them directly from the Generation of Z website–> http://www.thegenerationofz.com/#!genz

Ticket prices are normally £27.50 for everyone under 26 but at the moment they also have tickets available for only £25. Tickets for students are cheaper- £19.50.

Nearest tube station: Whitechapel.

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Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

Jeny