Sex & The City Brunch in London

I pulled a Sex & The City style girls brunch in September! It was my very good friends birthday and it was a ‘big’ one so a big girls day out was in order. My lovely friends allowed me to organise the whole day and seen as I had been desperate to try out a bottomless brunch at the fabulous Tanners in Bermondsey  this was my first port of call. Yay!

Tanners offer two sittings of their bottomless brunch at either 11-1 or 2-4 so we opted for the second. After sharing a cheeky ‘magnum’! of Prosecco on the train courtesy of the birthday girl we rocked up at Tanners. The venue is so fab at the top of Bermondsey Street, a now very trendy part of the world and well worth a wander on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for drinks, eats and a gander at all the lovely independent shops plus just round the corner is Maltby Street Market, you can read more about this fab place here.

Anyway back to brunch, by the time we were sat down the whole venue which is just gorgeous and a mix of shabby chic and school room (we were sat on an old gym vault made in to a sofa), was alive and buzzing. The tables are set beautifully with croissants, granola pots and fresh juice to start. Once you’ve settled in you get to choose from one of Tanners signature burgers or signature benedicts and of course your drinking weapon, the staff are attentive and friendly without being intrusive and most importantly keep your prosecco (our choice) flowing. As if that wasn’t enough you also get to choose elderflower jelly or fizzy chocolate pot for dessert, obvs we all went for chocolate!

I genuinely can’t recommend Tanners enough for bottomless brunch for ambiance, food, staff and drink – 10 stars! Plus it’s only £35!!

The rest of our day was filled with posh cocktails.

We started with a table on the terrace of the OXO tower. The views are stunning and if you have a lovely day like we did it really is just lush. You do feel part of the ‘London Set’ lol. Their porn star martinis are to die for and come with a very cute skeleton glass which your shot of prosecco is in. I was actually taken here for my 30th and I’ve always remembered it….

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and even more cocktails at the London Cocktail Club in Covent Garden.

Needless to say we all needed a week to recover 🙂

Where can you recommend for brunch or a girlie day out?

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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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“The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should. Ever set foot in the deep dark wood.”

We adore the Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s child in our house and read them all the time.

Although I’m at work this half term 😦 After a lot of hint dropping, then blatantly asking in front of Z, kindly Grandma and Grandad took big Z to the Gruffalo’s child trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest in Kent.

I’ve been meaning to go since they did the first round of the Gruffalo last year and meaning to go all winter to the Gruffalo’s Child, with it ending at the end of February I was over the moon that he got to go.

Once you arrive there is an activity pack to buy (only £2) where you have to go and spot the pictures around the trail and write down the letter to spell out the word, a picture to colour in and other fun goodies plus the bestest sticker ever (Z’s words!) He soon ditched his scooter with Grandad in favour of walking around spotting everything and having his picture taken with the big man himself…

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Once I finish work this week we have the Circus to look forward so I look forward to sharing that with you.

What are you up to this half term??

 

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Family Time

Last week was a lovely one 🙂

I’m still filled with warm and fuzzy feelings. I had my best friends birthday, a day trip out just with Mummy, my favourite Auntie and Uncle came to stay from Friday to Sunday, it was my Dad’s birthday on Saturday and we got to see my brother and his wife and my gorgeous niece and nephew.

Family, family family.

To start at the beginning….

Thursday:

Gorgeous turkish dinner at Havet in Bromley. This is amazing, I’ve blogged about it before here, Turkish-conkers-keith-lemmon, albeit a snippet. It didn’t let me down and we ended up across the road at The Barrell and Horn also detailed in the above post. – Not that I’m a creature of habit or anything?!

Friday:

Mummy and me went to The France Show at Olympia. This was a show with all things France. Admittedly I got jealous on Level 2 at all the lovely french properties for sale but Level 1 had lots of delights such as duck confit baguettes, crepes, sausages, cheese and one of my favourite bakers from Ropewalk in Bermonsey – Comptoir Gourmand which is a fast-growing traditional French patisserie company who had lots of tasty treats including these gorgeous meringue.

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I also picked up an amazing mixer/soft drink named Pimento. A ginger, chilli tonic which I have become quite addicted to with Gin and even on it’s own 🙂

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Saturday:

We went for a good run around at High Elms which is a lovely parkland and wood estate near mums, they have an eco visitors lodge where the kids made a collage picture whilst we looked at the history of the estate. Once we’d spent some energy we went on our trip to Frankie & Benny’s. Now I’m not one to moan (ok I did but…!) these chains aren’t really my thing to be honest but with 4 children in tow and majority rules this is where we went.

Overall it was OK. From a Tried & Tested and Toddler Approved side of things I would say all the kids had a great time so I won’t whine on. They had a kiddies pack to complete, their own menu with plenty to choose from including pizzas, pastas and burgers, this included a drink and desert and lots of balloons. The waiter did really well considering there were 13 of us!

The evening saw us all vegging after a manic day and watching Hot Tub Time Machine, hilarious very easy watching film starring John Cusack. If you haven’t seen it then do.

Happy Days!

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Family Friendly Restaurants; Zizzis.

I’ve written this post for #ToddlerApprovedTuesday hosted by @LaraBeeuk & @3princess_1dude and #Tried&Tested hosted by @Lollinski and @familyfever

Both great linky’s because you can often find inspiration for products, toys, days out with your toddler/pre-schoolers and that’s a thumbs up in my book!

This week I’m writing about our trip to Zizzi’s. I have always had good experiences at Zizzi’s and in my younger kid free days I was  a real frequenter with friends and a voucher code! Now those days are gone it’s a real treat to go out as a family to eat so it’s important that the kids have as good a time as we do.

Atmosphere

The restaurant was busy and buzzing and I was glad we booked – a great tip for anyone when you have kids in tow so you aren’t left waiting whilst they whine or scream (Zachy & Flo’s usual understandable tricks!)

Food

The Bambini kids menu is superb, in fact I think they have a better one than us adults!

Starters : Carrot, Cucumber and dough sticks

Main : Pizza or pasta and you can order some side of vegetables if you had a mind to.

Dessert : Ice cream AND a Chocochino

All for £6.75!

Mr Zachy was very pleased with his food and was even given another pot of crudités later on in the meal when he was still peckish! (Growth Spurt!!)

For smaller tums like Flo they offer pasta and a doughstick for £3 – How can you go wrong?!

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Entertainment

Zizzi’s have a lovely children’s menu sheet they hand out with plenty of colouring space associated to italian food and the cooking area of their restaurants, hams, onions and garlic hanging down etc. They also provide excellent Crayola Twistable Crayons. Both Flo & Zachy enjoyed these immensely and it kept them busy for a long time.


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It was a really great experience, the kids were busy colouring, their food was fantastic and served promptly. The staff were very attentive and spoke with Zachary directly rather than overlooking him and remembered his name. Its the little things…

Overall I would highly recommend Zizzi’s for a family friendly meal.

Where have you been that you can recommend?

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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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Point + Shoot

So I’ve just found this lovely linky with Aby at youbabymemummy and thought I would give it a try. I love the sharing of photos and this can be accompanied with a story or without. So here goes:

This is one of my fav pictures from last week. Zachy & Grandad sitting on the beautiful Tower Bridge watching the boats. Must admit my heart was in my mouth till he got down but I love the young innocent moments that Z and my Dad share 🙂

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