I am at Darwin Brasserie

I am at Darwin Brasserie

I'm not a huge 'brunch' person - I think it's more of an American/ European thing to do. Us Brits have begun to brunch more so now, with the coming of the 'hipster' trends. A friend recommended visiting the Darwin Brasserie for breakfast/lunch and of course, I'm not one to ignore recommendations and managed to book a table for 10.30am on May Bank Holiday Monday. The Darwin is located in the Sky Garden. It is free to enter the Sky Garden (with a booking) but separate pre-booking of the resturants is usually required. I opted for the buffet continental breakfast. When booking, I specifically asked for a table with a nice view. There are some tables for two located on the edge (as I was seated), but there are also some tables more inside the restaurant for larger groups. My first plate of food was made up of pastries, nuts and some fruit. I went for seconds with some bread, croissant...
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A Top 10 Pebble Beach – Brighton

A Top 10 Pebble Beach – Brighton

Voted one of the Top 10 pebble beach destinations in the world, Brighton Beach is an hour away from London by Southern Rail. I happened to visit the University of Sussex (Falmer Station, 5 mins from Brighton City) and on my return, decided to walk across the pier and the coast of Brighton Beach. I had previously visited Southend-On-Sea however, I had never been to Brighton and so I was excited as soon as I figured that I would be going there. For us Londoners, the hustle and bustle of the city can sometimes get overwhelming and so it is nice to escape to the seaside at any opportunity and appreciate the peacefulness and natural air that the sea can offer. Of course, it is not possible to go to the seaside without grabbing a bag of fish and chips. I came across this restaurant as I was walking towards the Pier from the station. There are such a huge selection of...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part Two

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part Two

The third and fourth day in Geneva were disappointing in terms of the weather! It had begun so great with the sun, but this soon became extremely cold thick FOG. It was hard to see just a few meters ahead of you - and I thought the fog in London was bad! Here is my Part Two of my couple of days in Geneva - see Part One to see what I got up to for the first two days. On Sundays, not much is open in Geneva, so we decided to save the outdoor sights for the Sunday. First, a visit to the United Nations Office was absolutely necessary, considering Geneva's stance in the UN. Opposite the UN building stands a 'broken chair' meant as an appeal from the humanitarian organisation Handicap International of the signing for the banning of landmines. Its dignity is meant to represent those that were affected by landmine work and injury. We then visited the Mosque of...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

Geneva is one of those places that are spectacularly beautiful, preserving its culture, language and style within a relatively small city - known as the 'smallest of big cities'. Geneva is one of the French speaking regions of Switzerland, and the second-largest United Nations Office of the UN. I recently visited Geneva for four days with my brother and cousin. This is my second time visiting Geneva, the last time being September 2013. I will be breaking up this trip into two parts, as I managed to squeeze a lot in such a short space of time. We were staying with some family in the lovely are of Carouge. On the first day, we took a little walk around the area and caught the bus into the city centre. The street cars are electrically powered and environmentally friendly - maybe something we could do with to reduce pollution in London (?) They do look extremely elegant and classy also! We visited Manor, a...
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The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

I've never really adopted the 'brunch' culture that has taken the world of foodies by storm.  I've also never gone out for breakfast, the thought of waking up super early to then drag my feet onto public transport, hungry and malnourished, has yet to appeal to me. UNTIL.. I heard about The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is a set of 8 rustic-feeling restaurants in and around London (and Brighton). My sister had been to the London Bridge branch and couldn't commend it more, and so I thought why not wake up at 7am to get some yummy breakfast before going to university at 10am. I decided to go to the Hoxton branch, close to Liverpool Street (10-15 min walk), as it would be less crowded in comparison to the Spitalfields branch. As expected, there were only 2/3 tables occupied at 8am on a Friday morning - I've heard that there are usually queues outside The Breakfast Club restaurants. The inner decor was...
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I am in Camden Town

I am in Camden Town

Camden Town (Camden) is most certainly a must-visit for anyone visiting or living in London. Although one may not think of it as an 'attraction', Camden is most certainly an extremely popular area with everything from vintage clothes to Ethiopian coffee and much more. I've always found Camden to be buzzing with people and the atmosphere is constantly alive regardless of the day or time of year. The prices at the markets are really a steal and I have found that the quality of items here are also great. Camden is one of those places, that when trying to find a gift for someone, is an almost safe bet that you will most definitely stumble across something worth purchasing. Camden is only one tube stop away from Euston making it a great location to travel to. The Camden Locks are very pretty and during the summer months, a ton of people flock to relax by the lock. Just behind the Locks...
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Best Free Skyline View of London!

Best Free Skyline View of London!

  I consider myself a tourist even in my own city, London. I try to regularly adventure through parks, taste new restaurants and meet new people at group meet-ups. I recently found out about the Sky Garden at the top of the (relatively) new Walkie Talkie building. The Sky Garden is free to visit with prior booking. Once inside, there isn't a time limit and we were free to purchase drinks/ snacks and to sit down and wander around for as long as we wished. We chose 3pm as our entry time to allow us an experience of both the day and night (sunset is now 4pm)! The Sky Garden was fairly busy (due to the festive time of year) but numbers were controlled due to the requirement of a previous booking. I wouldn't really call this a 'garden', there were a few pots of plants here and there, and it DEFINITELY did not feel garden-like. Never-the-less, it was a pretty location and...
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NYC in 4 days – Part 2

NYC in 4 days – Part 2

I'd definitely say that the 'Tripomatic' app was extremely helpful in giving me suggestions of places that I hadn't thought about. It can be accessed offline, giving both the location of the place, the cost and opening times. I'd highly recommend using this app to log upcoming trips and planning itineraries. I'm going to continue sharing the details of my trip to NYC. Check out my previous Part 1 and 8 free things to do in NYC. 1/ The Halal Guys This is by far the BEST street food I had in NYC - i'll go as far as to say it was the BEST food I had in NYC overall. NYC is saturated with street trucks selling all sorts of food on the go. There are not many halal restaurants in NYC, however I'm now going to stay that Halal Guys is the best halal restaurant/ street food in NYC. They have about three things on their menu, of which they specialise in...
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NYC in 4 days – Part 1

NYC in 4 days – Part 1

I visited New York in October but I'm JUST getting round to publishing this post as the PhD study life just took over! I had such an amazing time in the concrete jungle of NYC and it was extremely eye-opening and an enjoyable trip - would definitely recommend to anyone! Check out my previous blog post for more details on location and opening times. Here's what I got up to during a couple of days... 1/ Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2/ NY Water Taxi A MUST-DO! This fairly inexpensive (all-day access) taxi was quite exciting and one of my NYC highlights. I especially enjoyed the skyline views of Manhattan in the unexpected October sunshine. The taxi stops at each monumental icon allowing us to take pictures from all angles. It really was a perfect experience (weather-permitting of course)! 3/ Central Park 4/ NY Public Library For all those, like me, interested in building architecture and books (and the like), NY Public Library was another highlight of my trip. The...
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How to stay fit and healthy for free when travelling!

How to stay fit and healthy for free when travelling!

Fitness is of utmost importance for both the internal and external well-being of our bodies. Maintaining your fitness when travelling can be a challenge, escalated by the change in our routines and environment. Here are some tips as to how I have managed to maintain my fitness during times of travel, be it short- or long-term. Short-term traveller - Select routes predominated by walking instead of taking the bus/taxi/train - Visit parks and casually stroll whilst taking in the sights (maybe also plan for a small picnic) - Try to select healthy meal options (most likely be eating out for every meal) and be smart with snacking throughout the day Long-term traveller - Get accustomed to your area of residence and go for short runs in the morning - Partake in free outdoor classes (weather-permitting of course); as an example, many cities have free yoga classes held outdoors - Grab a friend, grab a ball - head to the beach for some volleyball or some swimming - Choose an apartment/...
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