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London Recap...

London Recap...

Hey everyone

I can't believe that it has been a week since I went to London with Ma for a city break to see {Mcfly at the RAH} and do some shopping - it has gone so fast!

In honour of the fact that I am missing the city dreadfully and have been wishing I was back there all week, I thought I would write this recap post....

On Thursday morning we were raring to go so we got all packed and ready super early!


Like mother like daughter - we both had Pellegrino as our drink!


We got to London in the late afternoon and arrived at the perfect time to check in to our hotel - we stayed in the Lancaster Gate area of London so it was still central but quite quiet - I love that area!


Our room was exactly what we needed for the two nights we were there - comfortable, clean and practical - I would definitely stay there again


Once we had settled in to our room we really only just had time to pop in to Harrods to buy some nibbles for dinner - I had the most amazing beef tomato, mozzarella pesto sandwich! Plus even the sausage rolls had H's on them - Harrods has the cutest branding ever! We were a little naughty and had some amazing chocolate bark for pudding - so good!


On Thursday evening we went to see Mcfly play at the Royal Albert Hall (the reason we went down to London!) - they were absolutely stunning! (you can read my full ramble about that experience {here}!)


We spent Friday doing some serious shopping - we went to Oxford Street, New Bond Street & Covent Garden - I have to say that Covent Garden was my fave - it's just relaxing and cute!


Yep - I definitely made some purchases but I love them all!


One of my favourite parts of Covent Garden was visiting the Laudree shop - Ma has been raving about macaroons for years (ever since she went to Monaco) but I have only fell in love with them since I tried the Laudree ones back in June - now I'm a massive fan!


Whilst in Covent Garden I insisted that we had lunch at Shake Shack - it did not disappoint! You can read my lyrical waxings over this amazing experience {here} - though, be warned it may make you very hungry!


After Covent Garden we headed to Liberty's - Ma and I have never been here so it was great to find a new place to shop! The outside of Liberty's is a flower stall/shop and it looked (and smelled) lovely!


That evening Ma decided that I needed to experience China Town and we had such a blast! 
The atmosphere there is awesome!


Our dinner was the tastiest Chinese I've ever had - it was delicious!


Essentially right next to china town is the Queen's Theatre where Les Mis is running - it was so nice to see it to make up for us not being able to go to see the show itself - we'll just have to make another trip for that :P


On Saturday morning we decided to head to Fortnum & Mason's - it is the most darling shop ever! The topiary on the outside is shaped like a tea party - so quaint! It's sort of a quieter and less touristy version of Harrods - so luxurious but all the staff were really welcoming and friendly - we are definitely going to make pick a visit here over Harrods next time we go to the city!


All the decor is just so perfect and regal - apparently the Queen took Kate here on a shopping trip not too long ago! To be honest I can see why! Mind you the staff seemed to treat everyone like royalty they were that obliging, gracious, helpful and friendly!


Of course we couldn't leave without making some last minute purchase - we bought Little Prin some biscuits, some English Breakfast Tea (because that's my absolute favourite!) and some dark chocolate covered pink marshmallows (they were seriously yummy!)


After that quick pit-stop to Fortnum's we went and caught the train home - and once we got back we settled down to finish our macaroons with a cup of tea and re-live the whole trip!


I had such an amazing time in London with Ma :)

What's on your list of things you must do in London? 

aHm xoxo

 

Shake Shack Hype...

Shake Shack Hype...

Hey everyone

So last week I went to London for a few days with Ma primarily to see {Mcfly at the RAH} but whilst we were there I absolutely insisted that we visited Shake Shack!

After discovering that Shake Shack opened it's doors to the UK in the summer and hearing all the hype around it from bloggers/vlogggers in the UK and hearing about the crazy queues that occur (especially in NYC) I knew that Ma and I had to give it a go!

Shake Shack is situated in the indoor-y market-y part of Covent Garden (which, side note, is my absolute favourite part of London) with a lovely seating area just across the way - the atmosphere here was super nice and relaxing


As luck would have it Ma and I got to Shake Shack at literally dead on 12 noon and so there was hardly a queue - I'm must admit that I did plan out what I was going to order before we got there (mainly because I was so excited!) which was handy because we were only in the queue for a couple of minutes which wouldn't have been enough to fully peruse the menu!

Anyway, the whole queueing/ordering experience was completely painless and the staff were all really lovely and helpful - especially when waiting for me to decide what to order -  making sure that I hadn't forgotten anything! - and explaining how the whole Shake Shack order here then pick up from the window system worked. 

Once I had ordered Ma and I chose a table (because we had arrived at such a perfect time we had the pick of the tables!) and waited patiently (or at least tried to!) for our little buzzer thing to go off - both of us basically were just staring at it, willing it to go off!


And eventually (I say eventually but really it was that long - it was probably maximum 15 minutes) the little buzzer thing buzzed (or should I say shaked?!) and I literally jumped out of my seat and rushed over to the little window to collect my heaven sent metal tray of goodness!

(I'd like to say well done to Ma for snapping this photo -she's somewhat challenge when it comes to taking photos so I'm very impressed that this turned out okay!) 

So this is our glorious tray of amazing-ness - I'm so glad that I read reviews of other people's experiences at Shake Shack before I went because I managed to order the perfect amount of food which left us both full but not over-stuffed and we ate every morsel! 

We ordered two of the single ShackBurgers (cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce), one of the cheese fries 


and then Ma had a diet coke and I had a fifty/fifty (iced tea and lemonade - could this restaurant be any more up my street?!)


I got overly excited at the perfection that was the most refreshing drink that I had ever experienced in my life - #fiftyfiftyforever


I'm a big fan of cheese fries but Ma however is not (she hates molten cheese with a passion) but both of us fell in love with these little golden beauties! The crinkley-ness was a lovely change from 'normal' fries and allowed them to be coated in the glorious cheese sauce - now you would be forgiven for initially thinking that this was just melted cheese (Ma and I both did) but you would be wrong - what this cheese is, is worlds apart from a bit of grated cheese slapped on top - it's an actual cheese sauce - a strong flavourful cheese roux -  that is just so darn moreish!


Now, onto the main event - the burger - good gracious, I mean - just look at them! They are stunning - they look so fresh and, dare I say it, almost healthy looking? Okay maybe not healthy - but definitely a lot cleaner looking than other greasy excuses for burgers!


I just had to take a close up - it had to be done! So, here's the 'before' shot...


...and after my first couple of bites! Oh my life - I can honestly say that this was the most delicious burger I have ever eaten - no exaggeration. The bun was a perfect accessory to the burger - it didn't overpower it at all - the burger itself was stunning, it was so tasty, tender and flavourful - you could really taste what good quality beef had been used to make it. Even the lettuce was perfectly crisp and tasty - not too much of it, just enough!


Obviously, having the sweet tooth that I have, I couldn't leave Shake Shack without trying one of their infamous frozen custards (it sounded too strange to pass up!) - side note: I've always wanted to try frozen custard ever since I read {Amy & Roger's Epic Detour} -  I decided on the Union Shack - as a chocoholic how could I pass up chocolate custard, brownie pieces, fudge sauce, chocolate pieces and sea salt?! 

Plus it was great how they put the frozen custard on hold for me so I could go back and get it once I was done with my burger so that it wouldn't melt - it's the little things about the Shake Shack experience that make me very happy!


I barely have words to describe this - it was just incredible, a definite contender for my most favourite dessert ever (and that's an accolade I can tell you!). I thought it was just going to be a sort of half-hearted ice-cream concoction but it actually tasted like custard (creme anglais even) - as you can see I was really enjoying it!


It was so delicious that I demolished the entire thing (with a little bit of help from Ma) and could quite easily have gone back up to the counter to order another (to try out a different flavour!) if it wasn't for the queue starting to get rather long and the thought that two may be a tad of an overkill :P


I can honestly say that both Ma and I (and Ma hates burger places/fast food) had an amazing meal at Shake Shack, the food was absolutely delicious, the service was great and friendly and it was reasonably priced too - I would have paid a lot more for this meal it was just that good!

I can't recommend Shake Shack enough and cannot wait to go back next time we're in the city!

Have you been to Shake Shack? Do you think it's worth the hype?

aHm xoxo

That Time I Partied at the Royal Albert Hall...

That Time I Partied at the Royal Albert Hall...

Hey everyone


So, last Thursday I partied with Mcfly and the Mcfly Family (fans) at the Royal Albert Hall (yep!!)  for the band's 10th Anniversary - honestly it was the most incredible show I've ever been to - now, I know I said that when I saw them on their {Memory Lane Tour} but the RAH show definitely surpassed it!

My dad ended up surprising me with tickets to the first RAH show after I was distraught at not being able to get tickets when they first went on sale - I don't even want to contemplate the extortionate price he paid for them! 
 

Our seats ended up being just 5 rows from the stage (I nearly had a mental beak down when I realised where we were sitting!) on Dougie's side (he's my fave member of the band so that just made me even more excited!)

I was absolutely in awe of how amazing the venue was - it was honestly stunning! - just look at it!

- the stage

- the venue

 - a cheeky selfie with Ma - well, it'd have been rude not to! :P

And then the show started - I nearly lost my voice as soon as they took to the stage! 
I loved how they opened the show with G's fave song 'Saturday Night'


-this shows pretty well how close we were to the stage, this was taken with no zoom!

Obviously (haha!) I took loads of photos of the Dougster - this one's my fave


Doug actually played the RAH organ for the opening of his song 'Transylvania' - watching him and the RAH manager oversee him was hilarious!


The highlight of the show was definitely when Mcfly were joined by Matt and James from Busted! It was such a big deal for the fans because Mcfly and Busted had never played together prior to this so it was super special to be their and witness it for the first time - they played Year 3000, Air Hostess & Shine a Light - they were so awesome! Shine a Light is Nam's favourite song so when they played it I rang her up and she was singing along at home!


Danny sang a bit of opera too in Italian (so sexy!) and accompanied himself with an electric guitar - I loved it - it was so intimate! 


Although McBusted was pretty awesome, I think that my highlight was hearing Tom's Mcfly Musical - as a massive Mcfly and musical fan this was right up my street! 


The lyrics and melody are so catchy and just genius I loved it - it's been stuck in my head ever since!
Check it out - WARNING: it will get stuck in your head....M.C.F.L.Y

{not my video}

I thought the set list was seriously perfect - I love how they opened with the same song that they opened their first tour with (so sentimental) and then played songs from each of their albums - the selection had just the right amount of old-school Mcfly, their newer stuff, slow songs, upbeat tunes - it was so so so good! I was so happy that I was able to hear 'Little Joanna' played live for the first time - it's a crazy difficult tune so they've never played it live before but thought they would give it a go for their anniversary - it was stunnning!

I loved how they gave us a sneak preview of their new song - 'Love is on the Radio' - it has a bit of a country twang to the melody which I obviously adore, the lyrics just represent where the band are in their lives right now perfectly and it has been stuck in my head for a week now - I am definitely guilty of listening to it on repeat!

Give it a listen --
{again not my video}

During 'The Heart Never Lies' I'm not going to lie - there was tears in my eyes (I held it together though, just about!) - I was just so proud of my fave band and all that they have achieved in these past 10 years - I realised how proud I was to be a Galaxy Defender and part of the Mcfly Family - the whole show had such a family birthday feel to it - it was so intimate and lovely.

All too soon the show was over and the pyrotechnics were stunning!


Obviously I had to buy some merch to remember the amazing day - I bought my standard poster, programme and t-shirt - I have to say that I love how classy and timeless the design is :)

So this post was basically written for my documentation to look back on - a lifestyle post if you will :)

aHm xoxo