Sunday, 24 September 2017

What I've been up to

I've been AWOL from my blog for some months but that doesn't mean I haven't been living. I have still been enjoying life and going out, I have done some amazing things in this past year. So I've decided to do a roundup of some of the things I have been up to.

I got in my yearly trip to an outdoor cinema, this year I returned to Roof East in Statford to see the Lego Batman Movie, it had rained really hard all day so my friends and I had been watching the weather from work with fear that the night would be a washout. Luckily the sun sneaked through the dark stormy looking sky and the rain held off so we were able to enjoy the film and even stuffed our face with some patatas bravas from one of the food vendors.

I went to the Overdough party in the summer, who knew there was a party dedicated to cocktails and pizza? £15 for a ticket and for an hour I got to drink unlimited sex on the beach out of large red cups sitting in the sunshine in the beer garden of Rolling Stock in Hoxton, then another hour stuffing my face with mushroom pizza. I would recommend the events, they change location every month so it's always in a new venue around London. They may have stopped for the summer but no doubt they will be back next year.

overdough party, rolling stock, hoxton, Michelle Louise Love

I climbed the o2! At the start of July when we had that heatwave a crazy friend and I thought it would be the perfect time to climb to the top of the o2. We had been talking about doing it for over a year and at the last minute decided we would just book the tickets and go. It certainly gives your ankles and legs a workout but it's totally worth it when you reach the summit and get to look out over Greenwich. I plan to do it again for the twilight climb because I would love to experience the view in the dark.

up the o2, Michelle Louise Love, greenwich, london, climbing o2

Attended the Chelmsford beer and cider festival. I wasn't entirely sure this one was going to be for me because I don't like beer at all, but my friend asked me to come along and I thought, why not! The summer festival is held in Admirals park annually, the entry price varies depending on time of day but even at peak time is really reasonable and you pay a refundable deposit for your glass. I love that idea because it stops the use of horrible environmentally unfriendly plastic cups. Then we hit the huge cider and perry marquee because neither my friend or I like beer. I was amazed at the amount of local brews on offer and they were all colour coded with info on how strong they were and how sweet. We were hunting for the sweet perry's with the most fun names! I loved the fact you could order a third of a pint, because then I could try more or the varieties on offer. I think my favourite was called Crazy Goat. I would highly recommend looking to see if your local area holds any festivals like this, they are a cheap and fun way to spend an evening whilst supporting a lot of your local breweries.

I hit Miami Beach cinema on London created by backyard cinema for a fantastic evening that I can't recommend enough. Backyard turned an old warehouse into a great space by covering the floor with sand, giving you beanbags to sit on and installing palm trees, surfboards and a lifeguard tower. The atmosphere in the cinema was amazing, we saw Pitch Perfect and everyone was clapping and singing along and the final scene was quite emotional because the cinema lit up with coloured lights and everyone cheered! It may not be cheap, but for a one off treat it is well worth the experience you will get. I will remember going to see Pitch Perfect at the miami beach cinema forever. Here's a post about another great pop up cinema. 

I finally went to to Hawker House food market, I used to live in Surrey Quays and sadly there wasn't anything like this when I lived there. There is a great vibe about the place and it's the perfect spot to hang out with friends, you can all have something different to eat because there is loads to choose from so you don't all have to agree on one thing and can have a taste of each others food ;)
Earlier that day I also went to play crazy golf at Swingers, we all know that playing crazy golf in London is super expensive for what it is. But the drinks there are really over priced sadly, but it's worth a visit just once.

Swingers golf, London, hawker house, martini weekender, Michelle Louise Love

I went to a corn maze for the first time. I have wanted to do this for a few years so was so happy to catch the last day of the corn maze at Blake House in Essex and even happier that the weather was dry. When you pay entry for the maze you can pay an additional £1.50 for a sealed envelope with a map inside that if you return unopened you will be refunded for. Unfortunately after wandering around and seeing the same tree many times over we relented and opened the map! I'm sure this would be even more fun if you gather some friends and have a challenge to see who can make it out first. Next year that is the plan.

I went to Alice Underground at the Waterloo Vaults, this was my first time attending immersive theatre and I really enjoyed it. Being involved in the events that take place in the play is something really different to the way you would normally experience theatre. Sadly Alice Underground has now come to an end but I have a feeling it might come back at some point in the future as my friend went to see it back in 2015, so if you missed out make sure you keep your eyes peeled in case it makes a comeback.

I acted like a kid in an adult only ball pit! Whilst visiting Boxpark in Shoreditch my friend and I spotted one of the containers was filled with bright coloured balls and we couldn't resist going in! I haven't been in a ball pit since I was a child and this was nothing like I remembered, when I fell down it was the hardest thing to get myself back up again.

Ball pit, boxpark shoreditch, Michelle Louise Love

I discovered the magic roundabout in old street. This venue has a hidden entrance in the tube station that leads to the venue concealed in the roundabout of Old Street. There are several food vendors inside as well as 2 bars, music and a dancefloor. It's a great venue with lots of interesting little areas to sit down in, just be aware that because it is an outdoor setting that there are a lot of smokers! It was a shame because I don't know if I would go back on that basis alone, it gets really busy and my idea of a good time is not having loads of people blowing their second hand smoke in my face!! This venue would definitely benefit from a no smoking policy.

The Real Greek, Westfield Stratford, Mezze, Michelle Louise Love
Mezze at The Real Greek

Along with all the stuff above I have had plenty of coffee dates with friends and eaten at lots of good restaurants, as well as some nights out enjoying cocktails. I will hopefully be back in the blogging game as I do like that my blog is my online diary of the wonderful places I go and it will be somewhere I can look back to remember for years to come.

Michelle Louise Love, stratford, london, cocktails

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