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its beginning to look alot like christmas

It’s beginning to look like Christmas everywhere.

The German market in Bournemouth is in full swing, bigger and better as ever and the shops are stocking up on cards, wrap and Christmas trees.

A little while ago I managed to bag some free tickets to the Christmas Ideal Home exhibition. Full of gift ideas and winter comfort food, Earls Court is transformed into a winter wonderland.

The view from the upper balcony is like looking at a huge market from the air. It really is huge. We arrived fairly early to try and avoid the crowds. London being London however, it didn’t really go to plan.

There was also food everywhere. Cheese, wine, chutney, cheese, chocolate, cheese. You get the picture.

Gino D’Acampo made a celebrity appearance on the main stage with his easy tiramisu.

After a few hours of Earl’s Court crowds, we headed for coffee and a well earned break.

Hopping on the tube to Regent Street is a must do in London at Christmas. It’s a secret (ok, maybe not so secret) Santa’s grotto, filled to the brim with beautifully classy lights and window displays.

The sun was setting behind the Regent Street shops and the lights began to twinkle. We passed Hamleys and the doorside story teller excited about the one place we had been waiting for.

Liberty’s.

A Tudor-esque building constructed by Arther Liberty which was built from the timber of two ships in 1924, is now one of the most exclusive places to shop in London. The interior is magnificent and on the 4th floor you’ll find the elf’s factory.

And the elf’s did good. Every colour and material of baubles cover the walls from head to ceiling and the christmasy scent burns through the wooden shell.

We paraded around the forth floor searching for the perfect baubles then dreaming strolled through the chocolate heaven department. After more retail therapy we stepped out onto Carnaby Street. With its retro and quirky shops, the lights shone brighter. I really do love London.

After a long and tiring day, we returned to Regent Street to jump on the tube, homeward bound.

The Ideal Home Exhibition is great for gift ideas and a few bargains like the Jamie Oliver magazine subscription I picked up for a sweet £25 and a Christmas edition Glossybox. But try and avoid the chaos at weekends. The crowds are pretty overwhelming and require patience, which is nothing I seemed to have. However Regent Street and the Christmas lights are something that should not be missed. Regardless of the crowds, it’s as magical as a scorching summer day.

instalife

Life, as ever, has been full of surprises over the last few weeks. Autumn has hit us like an icey cold rain storm, literally, and I’ve been prepping for winter hibernation.

I embraced my last few daylight hour riding Borris, a pleasant break from the pounding rain .

Scott got slightly addicted to his 3-way-chess-board.

I was lured in by London. As ever, it is the most captivating place I have ever been in my life.

We had a lovely date night at my favourite Bournemouth resturant, Tiien. Their shared platter is so incredible, I’m going to try re-creating it.

I was like a kid at Christmas when my special edition Glossybox arrived! (Note – first mention of Christmas!!)

We coasteered along the Jurassic Coast finishing off with the grande-finale – jumping off Durdle Door.

I tried Rose’s “Beercan Jerk Chicken“, just hoping that the chicken liked Fosters!

Autumn stuck Bournemouth Gardens (shortly after this happened)

I glammed myself up for the Enchanted Garden Ball.

We danced the night away at Bournemouth’s ultimate gay bar, Does Your Mother Know.  Cool name huh?

Bella enjoyed some autumnal weather on Sandbanks beach.

We ventured to Salisbury to watch my best friend skydive. The weather was perfect and she raised over £500 for Diverse Albilites. Bravooo

So obviously we had to celebrate her survival with a night at The Sevens Boatshed (more on this later) and Camden Bar.

everbean, mayfair

Everbean is one of those magical places in London that stops you in your busy tracks and says “come in, rest those sore feet, drink fabulously tasty coffee, eat unbelievable amounts of scones with jam and lashings of clotted cream”.

Naturally, of course, I listened to their calling.

I’m wearing: Blouse {Primark, £10}, Biker Jacket {Red Herring Debenhams £45} Skirt {New Look £12.99} Boots {Primark £19} Bag {River Island, old}

My feet were killing me, we had walked and walked and walked, pacing the corridors of Somerset House for London Fashion Weekend as well as a cheeky spree on Oxford Street. We then found ourselves stumbling upon Everbean in Mayfair.

I could happily have stayed my whole day on the benches outside Evenbean, just watching the London world dashing past. Mayfair is very different from the typical “London” experience you see in places like Oxford street or on the Embankment. Mayfair if beautiful. The people in Mayfair are pristine and everything about the wonderfully spectaular streets make you just want to stay, and drink coffee.

Ok, and scones with jam and clotted cream.

So for the next few hours, that’s just what we did.

And it was just dreamy. Our day in London left me feeling like nothing in the world could get any better. I spent the day with my best friend in the world, in a city that will always hold my heart.