London’s Top Cycling Spots

Cycling is a great way to see places. It’s also great for keeping fit.

If you’re living in the city, you may think that cycling is not the greatest way to get around. In fact, in London with the excellent transport network, you may think twice before getting on a cycle. Although, with Santander Cycles, you can easily hire a cycle within the city and play tourist or just cycle around. There are convenient docking stations where you can pick up you cycle and return it. The system is really handy as you don’t need to lug around your bike on the trains into London.

Here are some recommendations for places to cycle in and around London all the while taking in gorgeous views.

  1. Thames Path – If you’re in London, you’ll want to be near the Thames as it affords breathtaking views of historical buildings that imbibe the culture and history of London. The Thames Path is a great cycling route. Follow the path from London Bridge all the way to Greenwich for an unforgettable ride.
  2. Richmond Park – Ride uphill and take in beautiful views in Richmond Park. If you’re lucky and time it well, you’ll even be able to catch the sunset. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the deer that run freely in the park. The route is about 7.5 miles so it’s not a difficult route. You can hire a cycle within the park itself.
  3. Hyde Park – Hire a cycle if you don’t own one and take a ride round Hyde Park. You’ll be sure to see a whole lot of tourists as well as beautiful parts of London.
  4. Regent’s Canal – The route from Little Venice to Camden Lock offers views of cheerful canal boats and a visit to Camden’s famous market.
  5. If you want to play tourist, you can hire a bike and cycle around central London taking in all the famous sights. Don’t forget to catch the changing of the guards and a visit to the museums. You can even join cycle tour and ride with others if you don’t want to cycle alone.

If you do decide to cycle, make sure you have a cycle that is suitable. There are a number of road bikes for sale and you will always find one that caters to your needs. Remember to always wear a helmet and be watchful of traffic especially in central London.

Riding a cycle is perfectly safe as there are cycle lanes in most parts of the city and most motorists are mindful of cyclists.

I think getting on a cycle is the best way to take in the sights in a city. You can take the routes you like as well as see places of interest at your own pace. You don’t have to wait for public transport or be caught in traffic. AND you also get all that exercise over and done with. Besides, there’s something quite dreamy about a cycle I think. I’m thinking of a vintage cycle here.

Do you like to cycle? What are your favourite cycling routes?


Best places for family gatherings around London

It’s becoming increasingly popular to host celebrations in restaurants. I’m not talking about birthday bashes in a bar. I’m talking about treating the family for special occasion. In fact, in our family, we have had the last few occasions like baptisms and birthdays in restaurants. It saves you all the hassle of catering and washing up later as well as getting the house ship-shape before the big day.

It’s also great as each one can order as they like. I find this especially suitable for fussy eaters and for children too. And dessert is sorted too. Every one can have their own personal favourite.

Recently, for my son’s First Holy Communion celebration, we headed off to a steak restaurant with family and friends and we had a lovely time. We ordered our favourites and every one was happy. And, of course, there wasn’t the hassle of cleaning up.

London is full of lovely family friendly restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. Besides they also serve child meals and have delicious desserts. Lets face it, that is always the best part of the meal.

Here are my 5 best restaurants for family gatherings –

Babylon at The Roof Gardens – A restaurant with a spectacular view and a kids’ menu? You’re looking at it. The Gardens are open to public free of charge but you wouldn’t want to visit without tasting the delights of the restaurant. There’s an extensive menu for adults and one for young diners too. A perfect place to celebrate an occasion.

Arlos – If you’re looking for a good steak restaurant in London, look no further than Arlos. Their beef is sourced from native British breeds and their goal is to serve the highest quality steak. For the little ones, there’s the Little Arlo’s menu serving up freshly prepared healthy food they’ll love.

Planet Hollywood – For a celebration that’s a little less formal, take the family to Planet Hollywood. The food’s great, the ambience is very cinematic and their milkshakes are to die for. There are handprints of famous stars as well as memorabilia. There’s a cool screen where you can Tweet out and receive a message back.

Savoy Grill – A special occasion requires a special treat and you need look no further than the Savoy on The Strand. The restaurant has a smart casual dress code and children are welcome. This is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant so prepared to be delighted by an amazing menu serving up dishes like Beluga caviar, Beef Wellington and Day Boat Fish. There’s also a children’s menu.

HIX Mayfair – There are a number of HIX restaurants but the HIX Mayfair has to stand out from the rest. The menu may be similar but the stunning artwork makes it a popular choice for special family get togethers. They serve a weekend bottomless brunch and a delicious children’s menu.

The next time you are looking to celebrate with the family, don’t forget to consider the restaurants above.

Have you got any other restaurants to add to the list? Leave me a suggestion in the comments below.


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Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker Review

I despair with the bathroom plughole getting blocked. With a family of 5 using the bathroom, this is easy. I ensure that I remove any bits of hair from the plughole as soon as I notice it (which is every time I bathe) but it still tends to get clogged.

My hair tends to fall quite a bit and with two girls with long hair – one can’t expect an unclogged plughole after bath time.

I hate having slow movement of water as a result of this. You know what I’m talking about – you’re standing in the shower and you have soapy water around your feet. Isn’t it annoying? I also hate having to clean out the plughole and pulling out grimy long hair out of it. Yuck! But someone’s got to do it. Luckily, those days are over.

I was recently sent some Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker to try and this has definitely improved the situation. In fact with just one use, I have free flowing water in the bathroom drain.

Buster HQ, being passionate about plugholes conducted a study with the University of East Anglia and found the following –

  • Everyday plughole blockages typically caused by hair and soap are in-fact a damp, dark, nutrient rich breeding ground for bacteria to grow on
  • If left untreated, bacteria laced blockages can cause really harmful pathogens such as E.coli and Salmonella to form, become airborne and pass up through the plughole into the home, landing on people and nearby objects (toothbrushes, towels, toys etc…).

Obviously after reading the above, I hit the panic button on plugholes. I will be using Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker more frequently.

I really didn’t think of soap adding to problems in a big way but come to think of it now, it certainly does. My son uses emollients for a bath as he suffers from eczema so I do find more sludge around the plughole after his bath time.

Another thing I never thought of is toothpaste. I recently read that the fluoride in toothpaste is insoluble and can cause blockages.

On hindsight, with the above x 5, it’s no wonder we have slow flowing water.

How Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker worked for us –

I used the Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker and followed instructions by leaving overnight. I was pleased to find that the next morning the plughole was clear and the water was moving as it should be. It flowed easily and there was no chemical smell which I liked. The best thing about the product is that the next day there was no hair around the plughole. Definitely saves me the trouble cleaning it out and pulling grime out of it.

In fact, Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker’ is the only product on the market with a unique anti-bacterial formulation able to dissolve the protein ‘Keratin’ which is what hair is made from as well as tackling soap, oil and toothpaste. It is priced at £3.40 and is worth every penny.

Jacintaz3 at the Now TV Troll Salon

Last weekend, we headed off into London to the Troll Salon. The kids were due to have a makeover and they were excited.

The event was being hosted by Now TV to celebrate the Trolls Movie coming to Now TV.

Ethan and Aeryn were transformed into trolltastic characters and they had a great time. Jadyn wanted something a bit more subtle and settled for some face paint.

Celebrities including Stephanie Pratt, Amy Childs, Michelle Heaton, Imogen Thomas and Linda Robson visited the launch of the NOW TV Trolls pop-up salon, located under a bridge in Shoreditch.

The event was held to celebrate the movie Trolls and other great family favourites being available on TV streaming service NOW TV.


Children and adults (yes, adults!) were pampered in NOW TV’s glamorous salon where they could enjoy the real film magic come to life, all for free! The salon’s stylists offered free candy-coloured makeovers, inspired by three of the films beloved troll characters. Guests could pick from Poppy’s positively pink look, Smidge’s luscious blue locks or Guy Diamond’s glitterific get-up.

For fans that missed the chance to come down and want to create the totally troll-some look at home, NOW TV has teamed up with award-winning face paint professionals to make a simple, step-by-step Troll tutorial

With the help of the enchanted professional face painter Susie Hillman, the video shows you how to recreate the Poppy look, step-by-step, detail by detail, meaning you can try out your very own ‘trollsformations’ on Trolls both big and small.


With the evenings getting darker and the weather set to keep families indoors, you may want to try out the makeover with your little ones. Maybe a trial for Halloween?