PF CHang

I had visited P.F.Chang's upon recommendation by a friend. P.F.Chang's offers freshly made Pan-Asian cuisine, launched in the UK mid 2017. I had heard so much about the reputation that P.F.Chang's had in the US and Dubai, so simply HAD to give it a go. It is located near Leicester Square station, very central and ideal after the theatre or an afternoon out in London. The atmosphere in the restaurant was buzzing and lively, especially at 10pm when we arrived. All tables were full of groups breaking their fast at Iftar time, ideal as the meat is all halal and relatively close to Goodge Street mosque for prayer time. For starters, I ordered the infamous 'ORIGINAL DYNAMITE SHRIMP' - always imitated, never duplicated. Crispy tempura battered shrimp, spicy Sriracha aioli, spring onions. I absolutely LOVED this dish and was tempted to get another 5 portions (but held myself back). I loved the coating, the crispy shell and the large prawns. It finished...
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I Go Chop

I Go Chop

After noticing the opening of a new takeaway, I Go Chop, in Hackney, I needed to try it ASAP! For one Iftar (breaking fast) meal, I decided to pick up a few items from the menu from them. The meat is halal and there is quite a wide selection of items on the menu. There are no seats inside the store, however, it does have a great look and if bigger could definitely be quite a nice restaurant. I Go Chop serves Nigerian cuisine and has been rated quite highly by other food critics. I decided to go for the fried fish, plantain, beans and jollof rice. Annoyingly, none of the main toppings were available except cow's foot and a turkey plantain dish. Neither was what we wanted but because there was only 20 minutes left until Iftar, we just went for whatever was available. Customer service was great and we got the meal quite quickly. The jollof rice, plantain and beans...
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Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

To celebrate my graduation (and marriage), my siblings surprised me with a HeliAir Helicopter fight over London (link here). They told me to keep that weekend available, so I knew they were planning something; a helicopter ride over London was the LAST thing on my mind. We were driving for over an hour towards the (for me) unknown destination. I was told to dress comfortable and warm. So I did. The weekend before, I purchased a hat and gloves - yes, I do not otherwise own these cumbersome items. Anyway, as we approached the helicopter base, I started to get clues and as we drove into the carpark it hit me! I was going to fly inside a helicopter. To cut a long story short, I was overwhelmed and couldn't believe the kindness of my siblings. We were first briefed by the pilot, told all the safety information and we were ready to go! We walked towards the field and there it was,...
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Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Brunching should be a new national sport, or maybe it's just a London thing? Gone are the days of celebrating a birthday or graduation over dinner, instead us millennials are opting for the late morning, early afternoon amalgamation of breakfast and lunch - brunch. Brunch isn't eaten at 8am, nor is it eaten at 4pm; it is more of a 11-1pm meal (although I have seen some restaurants with a brunch menu up to 4pm - shame on you). I must admit, I have entertained a fair number of brunch invites, and although sceptical at first, I now prefer to eat out for brunch over any other meal. London is particularly blessed in the brunch department, boasting a diverse number of resturants serving brunch some with bottomless beverages. Here I present my top 7 brunch spots that I hope tickle your taste buds by the end of this article! Happy brunching :)  1 : Clerkenwell Grind I visited Clerkenwell Grind (Barbican) a few months...
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Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

The university libraries are full to the brim. All the rooms are booked out completely for the next month. The local libraries are full of young kids 'revising'. Your neighbours are always playing loud music. All you want is some peace and quiet to allow you to work and study. I felt like this at one point, and so made sure to find some places in London that would be perfect for some quiet study, somewhere not so isolating, and somewhere that I can enjoy London at the same time. I have compiled a little list of my top 5 secret (not-so-secret-any-more) places that I have been really enjoying whilst writing my PhD thesis. I try to spend a few days at home, and a few days at one of these locations to help mix things up a bit (and to get me out of the house really). Waterstones (Gower Street, Euston) This Waterstones in Euston is a huge bookshop that encourages...
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Packing Cubes: Gimmick Or Game Changer

Packing Cubes: Gimmick Or Game Changer

My good friend, Kyomi, introduced my to Packing Cubes through her amazing blog 'Wading Wade'. Her 'meet the traveller' series allow the reader to delve into the life of a traveller, and gain practical skills and tips. Kyomi interviewed me back in November - read here! Packing Cubes What are they? Packing cubes are zippered fabric containers, usually in a rectangular shape, for organising your items and making them easier to find in your luggage. They come in a range of sizes and are often sold as sets. How do they work? Using packing organisers has many advantages: Pack more efficiently – Each cube can be dedicated to a set of clothing, and it's much easier to pack when you know what goes in each cube. Packing with cubes can help reduce disorganisation and sporadic additions of clothes. Find things easily – Packing cubes can work like a drawer system. When away, you can take out the relevant cube rather than rummaging around at the bottom of...
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Top 5 Halal Restaurants With Prayer Rooms in London

Top 5 Halal Restaurants With Prayer Rooms in London

When catching up with friends or colleagues, I usually choose a restaurant as our location of choice, as opposed to a café. I have been to quick stop resturants after a long day of shopping, and I have also been to resturants where my jacket is hung up for me and my napkin placed on my lap. I have compiled a list of Halal resturants in London that I love and have been to repeatedly (when I say repeatedly, I mean to the point where I'm friends with the waiter/waitresses and automatically sign in to the wifi, ha). Guanabana, Camden : Rating: 5/5 Guanabana is my favourite restaurant of them all! Located in Camden, and serving Latin and Caribbean dishes, Guanabana is a family-friendly rustic wooden cafe. The menu is completely halal, and also does not serve alcohol (BYO only). The atmosphere is amazing, featuring classic songs that I just sing along to as I eat (and talk). There is also a reasonably spacious prayer...
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Love London Card 2017 – Is It Worth It?

Love London Card 2017 – Is It Worth It?

Love London cards are available from Monday 16th for just £20.17! They allow unlimited access to The Shard for the whole of 2017. Is it worth it you may ask? Last year, I bought one a few days after they were sold out and restocked (surprise, surprise, I bought it for £20.16). The normal entry price for an adult is £25.95 in advance and £30.95 on the day, making the Love London card worth it even if you only go up once. I went up The Shard about 4 times in the year, making each visit worth about £5. The nice thing about having unlimited access is just that - as an avid photographer, I was able to view London in different seasons and times of the day. I was able to capture London shrouded by a beautiful Autumn sunset; I was also able to capture London through the raindrops covering the looking glass of The Shard. It can get quite cold...
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Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

I'm a true advocator of being able to enjoy life without having to spend a penny. There are many-a-time when I have an amazing day out with friends, without breaking the bank (or even opening the bank at all)! London, of all places, is ideal for finding cool quirky places to visit, and all for FREE! Yes, for FREE. Changing Of The Guards (Buckingham Palace) Watching the changing of the guards is unique to London, happening daily from 11am (see here for timetable). The New Guard takes over from the Old Guard, displaying a long-standing British tradition. A definite must-see, even for us Londoners! The Sky Garden I've rattled and rambled a LOT about the Sky Garden already. You must book your visit online - visiting is free, and arguably boasts the BEST skyling view of London. Trust me, I've been there many times. South Bank Centre The South Bank Centre is a hub of talent, especially this time of year. It is a complex of artistic...
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10 Exciting Things To Do This Winter in London!

10 Exciting Things To Do This Winter in London!

London is a beautiful city at the best of times, but my favourite time of the year in London is definitely the winter. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely detest the frozen fingertips and other bodily extremities, foggy mornings and dark evenings, BUT I truly believe the festivities and lights of the winter make up for the cold weather. We have reached December, meaning we have 31 days left to complete 2016! It is really beginning to get cold now, but that doesn't stop me from going out, and enjoying myself around London. In this post, i'll share with you my top 10-ish places I love to go and things I love to do during the winter season in London. Many of these things are exclusive to London, making it a perfect post to direct you to the fun within London this winter. I took my camera out with me most days for the past two weeks and captured the latest views within London. I'll...
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