Champagne Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Days out for Mummy & Daddy are important now and again to help you reconnect with your partner and remember that you do have your own personalities.

Recently the other half and I had a gorgeous day out at Vertigo 42 in London. It was a christmas present bought for us by the ‘kids’ (very generously 🙂 )

Food

Lovely range of sandwiches including salmon, ham and cucumber.

Two cakes each, one a chocolate caramel and the other a lush passion fruit number.

A scone with clotted cream and jam.

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Drinks

A glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and some Earl Grey for me.

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Overview

A circular venue with AMAZING 360 views of London, we were lucky with a spectacularly sunny Spring day so you could see for miles. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. One tip I received from my Mum who had been the week before was to ask for your tea when they deliver your champagne so you have it with your food.

This was bought on a voucher offer and for £30 for two was stunning value. Afterwards a wander round the City and a couple of drinks in Leaden hall Market which was bustling with the after work crew made it a lovely day out.

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Mummy’s Gin Day Out

So I took some time out this weekend for myself. Yes, just me and my lovely friend Regan from What I Ate Last Night and NO kids!!

It was lush! I love my kids as much as the next person but a day trip out without them is a very rare occasion so I was excited all week! If you fancy somewhere funky and original and you’re in or around London then Ropewalk in Bermondsey is where to head. There are some lovely pubs, restaurants and quaint shops on Bermondsey Street worth a look too. So after a stroll down there we headed into Ropewalk.

After a wander past the gorgeous stalls which sell handmade produce including some spicy beef jerky, Bad Brownies, gorgeous breads and much more we headed straight to Montys Deli for the infamous Salt beef sandwich. Monty’s has moved into a big arch now so don’t be put off walking through a tiny door and in past all the ovens etc. We had to wait as it was so busy but it was well worth it!

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We obviously needed a drink to go with our sandwich so carried it out to the Little Bird Gin arch. One of my favs. Seated outside in the cold we managed to purloin some blankets and a hot water bottle and ordered a rhubarb gin fizz and a bloody mary. Watch out for the latter it is particularly spicy 🙂 We tried a warm negroni and a breakfast Martini after these which were both amazing. I was tempted to top up my empty bottle of Little Bird at home but having gone up to £30 a bottle I’ll just have to hope Santa brings one!

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The next stop on our free mummy trip was Bar Tozino. This place is open till 10 ish whereas the rest of the market packs up about 4 and trust me when I say it genuinely feels like you are stepping in to a little piece of Spain in the middle of London. There are hanging serrano hams, olives, prawns, octopus and more (yuk loved by Regan!) and a dish I have replicated a number of times at home, do it yourself garlic bread.

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You simply pour on some oil, rub in the garlic, put on some tomatoes and top off with course salt. All this was joined by one sweet sherry and one dry sherry. I can categorically now say I don’t like sherry! haha! So poor Regan had to drink them both whilst I got a lovely spanish beer instead 🙂

A trip to Maltby Street wouldn’t be complete without some takeaways so we returned home laden with fresh olive foccacia bread, a tub of ‘raping olives’ from Tozino (you’ll have to go and try some to find out what that’s about!) and a Salted Caramel Brownie from the Bad Brownie company. Yummy Yummy!

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Blogfest : lonely or friendly ?

So interesting reading a lot of #blogfest posts which gives a range of different points of view. This was my first bloggers conference and I went on my own. I had fancied going but having been relatively new to the blogging community and not having £95 spare I had to rule it out but then I was super lucky and won a ticket the week before.IMG_4727

I won’t write an in depth post about the sessions as plenty far better writers have already done this so you can catch up with them instead. My overview of the day was that I was glad I went as although I was super nervous I had a stern talking to myself and walked in with bags of courage fired up to talk to people I recognised.

I managed to introduce myself to Aby and Em from You Baby Me Mummy and Snowing Indoors, Katy and Jenna from whatkatysaid and tiny footsteps – Are you sensing a theme? These guys are all linkup hosts. You feel you know people better when you are interacting regularly. Although I entered the sessions by myself a lot of the bloggers I sat next to, behind etc chatted away. I read someone’s post who said the lunch hour dragged and they ended up stood in the corner by themselves – perhaps Mumsnet ought to have a first time blogger meet corner to give the first timers/new bloggers/single bloggers a meet point and a bit of comfort?

I enjoyed walking round the sponsors, had a good chat with the Coca-Cola guys who were all super friendly and knowledgable and had a gorgeous stand!IMG_4719

I bumped in to Katy from Hurrahfor gin and Katy from ehbahmum (who was super brave being on stage for one of the sessions) and Stephie from Dontbuyherflowers – all by the mulled wine stand I might add 😉

I must fess up to leaving early and not seeing the keynote as I had to get back for my sons first ever fireworks display but I was glad I went. Would I say all the sessions were great? Probably not, some were a bit yawn fest but then others found them profound so it really does depend on your thing. My favourite was the how to find your funny as it had  my favs Rebecca Front and Arabella Weir and introduced me to Katy (above eh bah mum), Jon Ronson and Elaine Miller from GussieGrips but I didn’t come away with loads of new ideas I just enjoyed it.

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There was no knocking the amazing goodie bag which was full to the brim. So the question is would I go again? Right now Im not sure. From a networking opportunity yes, from a content of the sessions point of view Im not so sure…

Ask me again next year!

 

 

Super Busy Mum