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London lovin’!

February 12, 2015
London’s defo one of my favourite cities for now but I’m biased cos I went during Christmas and shopping was sick! Besides the shopping, I love how it’s a vibrant and energetic city that’s very all rounded. And I certainly appreciate the fact that everyone speaks english cos I died in Paris trying to communicate. Anyhoos, picture time!
The all famous Monmouth coffee near Borough Market!
I love Borough market’s atmosphere and I’m definitely going back the next time I’m in London. I didn’t really get to try a lot of nice food but I think it was cos we didn’t know which stalls to go, and the cheese toasties I wanted weren’t for sale during Christmas :/
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park was….meh for me. I felt it was a bit overrated and way too cold for me to enjoy 🙁
Super yummy turkey dish at The Wolseley where we had our Christmas brunch! I highly recommend The Wolseley for breakfast. It’s lavish and serves GREAT food albeit a bit pricey. Must go in London!
Buckingham palace!
The big ben and westminster abbey are soooooooooo pretty!!! I have seen big ben pictures before I went and I thought, it’s just a clock lor what’s the big deal but nooooo it’s very grand and majestic! I love it!
Trafalgar square!
Afternoon tea at English Tea Room at the famous Brown’s hotel. Be prepared to spend a bomb if you’re planning to go. We wanted to have a high tea set to share but it was 80 pounds per person! That’s a whopping $160SGD for high tea PER PERSON. In the end, Ange and I ordered 2 pots of tea and 2 slices of cake, and it already cost us around $40SGD each!
Piccadilly Circus at night!
This is the only photo I took on Boxing day cos I was busy shopping! Boxing day sale in London is insane! Everything was 40-70% off and the shops open at 8am so people can shop longer. So sad we only started at 2pm cos we overslept 🙁 But we managed to comb Piccadily circus, Selfridges and a bit of Oxford street! I’m not really big on Oxford cos it’s all high street and I feel it isn’t a lot cheaper? The only high street brands I like are Zara and Topshop so it was quite meh. Prefer Soho and Piccadily. Wish I had more time to shop more though, feel like I didn’t buy enough!
Rushed off to catch Wicked musical after that which was soooooo good and funny! 36 pounds well spent!
Tower Bridge!
Samba Sushi for dinner! Yummy and great view!
Had to try the best red velvet cupcakes in London so made a trip to Hummingbird Bakery. Certainly did not disappoint, and other flavours were good too.
Christmas themed cupcakes!
Shopping in Bicester Village which is one hour train ride away from London but so worth it!!! The branded goods there were so cheap. I bought my YSL trainers for only 100 pounds! And they have a pretty wide range of brands like Prada, YSL, Celine, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo and even BOSE!! Regret not buying myself the noise cancelling earphones urgh :/
Four Seasons duck!!! The best duck ever! So ironic that the supposedly best duck in the world is in London but it’s opened by Hong Kongers (: Love it and it’s not expensive!
Ahhhh I miss London so so so much! Someone teleport me there now!
In London, we stayed in Airbnb as well to cut cost cos hotels there aren’t cheap at all during Christmas especially if you want to stay in the city centre. Our big apartment was only $46 per person per night, super cheap!!!

 

The apartment wasn’t fancy but it was sufficient and spacious for the 4 of us! What I like about the apartment was the proximity to the underground station and how the city was so accessible from where we were! We were staying in zone 2 (the main area is zone 1) and the train ride to places like Oxford and all took less than 15 mins. Also, we got a 7-day pass for unlimited rides in zone 1 and 2 so it was perfect!
The apartment came with a kitchenette so we made breakfast almost everyday and did our laundry every few days. If I were to go to London again, I’ll definitely airbnb it again cos English homes are damn pretty! The next time I’ll probably stay in an English house or a stylish loft smacked in Soho! Lemme show you some really gorgeous ones below $200/night!







 So pretty and unique yet so affordable! I’m not lying when I say I’m addicted to surfing Airbnb, I do it at least once a week hehe.
Sign up and get $33 off your first Airbnb stay when you book with my Airbnb page! Go get lost in this wanderlust spirit!
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Sophia
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Euro Trip : Bath!

January 28, 2015
Bath has a rich roman history and as the name suggests, is the only place in UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and originally roman style baths. Its so quaint, so delightful, so peaceful yet so sufficient. I enjoyed Bath though I think 2-3 days would be enough to cover the whole city.
We decided to stay in the countryside to bask into the tremendously slow peaceful life and I think it was a splendid decision. We rented 2 rooms in this Airbnb countryside house located just 15 mins away from the city centre.
Exterior of the house and our english rooms!
Coffee and tea in my room!
Tons of books in Vera’s room (:
I was the first to wake up the next morning so I decided to explore the house a little and find lil Henry (our host’s pet dog) but instead of finding Henry in the backyard, I saw a freaking DEER instead. I literally ran up to the rooms and woke everyone up. I mean how often do you get deers in your backyard?!!!! Even the owners told me I’m damn lucky cos it only happened twice to them after staying there for like what, 10 years? It was such a precious moment!
And here’s cutie Henry

 

 After all the deer commotion, I went out to take a walk around the neighbourhood and breathe in the fresh morning air!
The face of indulgence hahaha
I think that was my first countryside accommodation and definitely not the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the calm and peaceful environment, the morning fresh air and lack of noise pollution. Not to mention, it’s always interesting to take a peek into the locals’ lives and the environment they grew up in. Waking up to deers in the backyard was precious too! We also got to catch up with the folks of the apartment over breakfast and they gave me an insight of Bath which was incredible. It’s also located 5 minutes away from one of the nicest cafes I’ve ever been to! Ahhhh so pretty I’ll NEVER forget.

 

 

 

Staying in my Bath airbnb house was overall a very heartwarming, endeering (pun intended) and insightful experience. Also, being a dog lover, I really enjoyed mornings with Henry! We initially wanted to stay in this other gorgeous house we found on Airbnb but sadly it was rented out before we could confirm! But I’ll definitely try this out next time I’m in Bath.Take a look at this beauty!

 

 

 

 

You can view this beautiful countryside house here! I can keep browsing Airbnb forever, there are just so many beautiful houses I want to stay in. Trust me, just browse once and you will be addicted like me (truth, not just cos I’m working with them!). You know the drill, sign up and book your first Airbnb stay at my airbnb page to get $33 off!
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We spent most of our afternoons and nights exploring the city centre and visiting abbeys and the roman bath!

 

 

 

 

Ended our 2D2N Bath trip in this gorgeous hilltop cafe with a breathtaking view which I mentioned above. I can’t say enough how much I love Hare & Hounds and I dare say it’s possibly Bath’s nicest restaurant in terms of the view. The location (just 5 mins drive from my house) and view itself is a winner, not forgetting their food and coffee were pretty good as well. If not for the cold temperatures, I would have spent one whole afternoon sipping tea or wine in the open space. What a sweet sweet restaurant and I highly recommend it to anyone going to Bath.
Hare & Hounds
Lansdown Road, Avon, Bath BA1 5TJ, United Kingdom
There are a couple of places I wanted to visit but didn’t get to so here’s the list for you (:
Attractions
1. Bath Abbey
2. No. 1 Royal Crescent
3. The Circus
4. Fashion Museum
5. Farleigh Hungerford Castle
6. Thermae Bath Spa

 

Restaurants/Cafes
1. Clayton’s kitchen
2. Sotto Sotto
3. Circus Cafe & Restaurant
4. Tilleys Bistro
5. Same same but different
6. The real italian ice cream co
7. Bea’s vintage tea room
Okay, I take back my word. Maybe 3 days wasn’t enough after all! 😀
Hope you enjoyed this Bath post!
XX
Sophia
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