What to do in London this Christmas

Christmas only comes around once a year so making it count is important. You want to know that after anticipating it for almost a year, every day is worthwhile when it finally comes around. You can do so by making the most of the ongoing festivities taking place around you and seeing what’s outside of your comfort zone. If you happen to be in London especially, you should find that there are many activities to do whether for adventure junkies or more laid back people. In case you need a few ideas, see what you can do in London this Christmas below.

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Ice skate at Somerset House

Skating can be tons of fun, especially when done on the ice. During the Christmas period, you can usually enjoy ice skating at Somerset House which is on the south side of the Strand in central London. Aside from skating, there are extras you could enjoy like having champagne at the Fortnum’s Lodge or ‘Skate Lates,’ which features top DJs and music nights. You can book tickets at the cost of £11 and £8.50 for children and skating begins on November 14th.

Watch a show

Entertainment is something that most people enjoy as it’s a chance to focus on something other than your reality for a little while. For this reason, watching a show may be a great idea when it comes to making the most of Christmas. There are several shows in December 2018 that you can watch around the Christmas period. Some Christmas themed shows to consider are a Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker. If you’re taking kids along, The Snowman may be a show everyone will enjoy.

Hogwarts in the snow

For all of the Harry Potter lovers, Hogwarts in the Snow may be something worth doing this Christmas. Taking place at the Warner Bros studio, you can expect to see snow, icicles and magical instruments all around. In addition, you can expect to hear fires roaring in fireplaces thanks to special effects as well as Gryffindor common room to be filled with treats. For the most part, it’s a chance to get behind the scenes and see the costumes that were used as well as how artificial snow was created. The two-course meal and dessert you get to indulge in should be enjoyable as well.

Christmas at Kew

Last year, Kew Gardens had magical Christmas lights on display at its botanical garden. If your goal is to embrace the spirit of Christmas, then you should be thinking about spending Christmas at Kew Gardens as you’ll witness millions of lights twinkling. Sparkling trees, glowing orbs, and light shows can be expected at the gardens. Overall, it’s a way to get a true feel of Christmas and experience this beauty with your loved ones. You can book tickets in advance so that you can secure your space for the show. 

As mentioned above, there are a number of activities you can choose to partake in this Christmas. Whether alone or with family and friends, there’s something in the vibrant city of London for everyone. By choosing activities that you’ll enjoy, you could end up having the best Christmas yet.

Brick fire places using brick slips

I love a going to a traditional pub, open fire places, exposed brick work and a warm cosy feel. Over the years having exposed brick work within your own home has changed, it become popular to plaster over everything to make it look pristine.

Now, however it is becoming popular to add brick work into your home. Not only in older properties or for warehouse styled interiors but also in a more modern family home. I now know a few people that have had large extensions completed and had one wall what looks like an internal l brick wall. When in fact it is a brick tile or brick slip that are tiled onto the wall and looks just like an external brick look. It honestly looks fabulous.

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Feature Wall – brick slips

Feature Wall UK are a company that specialise in brick tiles, brick slips and stone veneers. I love the idea of having a log burner sat within a traditional looking chimney fire place, with exposed brick work. Using Feature Wall UK’s brick slips or tiles I can have that traditional look within a more modern house as their tiles are heat resistant, just perfect for a log burner.

It means you are able to build a chimney breast within your home using plaster boards and then use the brick or even stone slips to create something that looks fabulous but is also affordable.

The brick slips are not only suitable for in doors, but they are weather proof so they are perfect for outdoors. Many people are using them to add to the render on their homes, to add a little bit of extra design.

The brick slips are not only a cost effective way to add character to your home they are so lightweight and suitable for those who DIY lovers as they are easily fitted.

I love the idea of adding a more traditional brick slip to the back of a fire place for a log burner to sit in. It is definitely going onto my list of must haves for our forever home. What do you think to adding some brick slips to your home?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A Grand Wedding at The Grand, York

With so many options available, choosing a wedding venue can seem like a daunting task. It’s probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your big day so it’s worth doing some research and thinking about what you want from a venue.

Finding your dream wedding venue doesn’t mean you have to stay within a 10 miles radius of your home, stretch your wings as there are so many wonderful locations waiting for you and your guests!

Located in the beautiful city of York, we have The Grand Hotel, Yorkshire’s only 5 start hotel that takes pride in going above and beyond on your special day.

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Even though I live a couple of hours away from York, if I had an invite to a wedding at the Grand Hotel I would be over the moon and booking to stay there straight away.

Your Wedding at the Grand York

The Grand Hotel really is grand. It has that luxurious feel from the moment you step through the large wooden doors. Home to a whiskey lounge, the exclusive white rose lounge, the terrace and the luxury spa. Which have a fantastic range of treatments to help get you wedding ready.

The Grand, York offers four different Wedding packages, Grandeur, Splendour, Opulence and Ultimate in Luxury.

The Grand, York really do offer that grand day that so many happy couples are looking for, and something that sits within most budgets.

The Spa at Rhe Grand, York

The Grand, York is not just the perfect place for your wedding, it is also the perfect place to get wedding ready. The in-house Spa has some fabulous bridal and groom packages to choose from.

The ultimate bridal package is designed to help you get a restful night’s sleep, to help to get rid of those pre-wedding day nerves. The package includes, ESPA facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, full use of spa facilities, eyelash tint, eyebrow shape and a spa manicure. Everything you could want to be wedding ready.

The Groom the Groom package is designed to help the Groom feeling at their best. The package includes one hour exfoliating ESPA facial, full use of spa facilities, deep cleansing back exfoliation, back, neck and shoulder massage and a hand scrub with nail trim and tidy. The perfect collection of groom items.

Wedding printables

When you have found your perfect venue, it fits within you budgets or it’s so perfect you make it fit, you then start to look at all the other things you need to arrange for you wedding. Your dress, suits, photographer, flowers, invitations, the list goes on. The cost of each of these items adds up and finding a way to have the perfect venue but keeping the other costs down is really important.

The Grand Hotel in York have just released their very own range of free downloadable invitations. Not only are they really chic and beautiful they all free to download, you can print them off at home and send them out to your guests cutting down a lot of the cost of invitations. Such a brilliant idea from this fabulous venue.

The Grand Hotel York really is a fabulous location for your wedding, from the first time you step through those large wooden doors to walking out the day after your wedding. The Grand Hotel is there to help you every step of the way.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*