A Lovely Weekend in London

So this post is a little, ok very, late. However, it was such a great weekend that I just had to write about it!

I recently(*ish) hit London with these lovely ladies for a fun (and very extravagant) weekend.

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The weekend started with brunch a Dean Street Townhouse in Soho. The building is an elegant, Georgian townhouse and was once the home of the legendary Gargoyle Club. Despite the freezing weather outside, the sumptuous dining room was cosy and we snuggled up next to the fire.

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Naturally, I fell in love with the seats (I’ve told you I have a thing about chairs, right?!)

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Bubbly was served in vintage style champagne glasses…

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… and croissants in an adorable silver bath!

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We then made our way to a French Macaron (we were told this is how the French spell it) and Martini class held by OhLaLa-Macarons. The course was hosted by Meredith O’Shaughnessy and was absolutely brilliant. We were greeted with a tower of macaroons to nibble on and were served lychee martinis – what more could a girl want?!

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Fortunately Meredith demonstrated how to make the macaroon mixture – if I had to do this for myself I am certain my dress would not have stayed clean for long!

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We each had a turn at piping the macarons.  We made one batch using a template and one batch freehand.

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As Meredith promised, the template made a world of difference!20130116-203534.jpg

We were then given a French martini masterclass using different flavoured liqueurs. We mixed, we shook and we drank a whole lot of cocktails!

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My favourite was made with a Darjeeling tea liqueur.

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Afterwards, we were able to put together our own macaroons using an array of fillings, including rose, passion fruit and salted caramel.

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Don’t they look pretty!

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We were supposed to put the macaroons in a fridge for 24 hours before eating, but I just couldn’t wait and devoured a few before we left the venue!

The course was a great way to spend an afternoon with the girls and I am pleased to say that I have put my new found martini making skills into action already.

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After the course we treated ourselves to a cheeky blowdry at Hershesons blow dry bar.  I cannot wait for the day that blow dry bars come to Bristol!

I went for ‘wavy gravy’ with a centre parting. Usually, I cannot get my hair to hold a curl for love nor money but Hershesons managed to create curls that lasted all night – all in a 30 minute appointment!

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Dinner was at Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen in the shadow of St Paul’s.

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The industrial style interior is just amazing. And to boot, the food is really good and not extortionate. They even serve sides of macaroni cheese which gets serious brownie points from me!

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After dinner, we went to see Forever Crazy presented by the Crazy Horse Paris (I told you it was an extravagant day!). The girls and I are huge burlesque fans and we were delighted when we heard the Crazy Horse was coming to the UK.

The show was quirky, French and funny, and really did not disappoint.

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The venue was an antique, Belgian Spiegeltent which looked stunning when lit up.

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The foyer was a feast for the eyes, and contained chaise longues, quirky pictures and fabulous lights!

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And here’s the proof that my curls stood the test of time!

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The next day, we made our way to Spitalfields to have a nose around the market.  We had a lovely day browsing the clothes, jewellery and yummy food stalls.

I fell in love with the table tennis table outside Leon – isn’t it fabulous!20130116-203832.jpg

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