This year was a big one for the royal family as they celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday on the 11th of June. We saw Regent Street decorated with England flags, the Queen hosting a picnic with 10,000 people at The Mall and I celebrated in the most traditional English way by having a Royal Tea at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane, with May from Red Velet London.
Anyone who’s ever been to Spain will know what good quality tapas should taste like. There are few places in London that are able to live up to the same level of quality that you get in Spain. Barrafina in my books has been a great example of good tapas and recently I came across Boqueria. Boqueria, unlike Barrafina, does take reservations and I was seriously blown away during my visit! This is rare for me when it comes to restaurants because the more I eat, the pickier I become.
This year has been big in terms of experiencing new sporting events. I went to the opening of Formula One in Melbourne in March, two weeks ago I attended Polo In The Park and this week I got to go to the Royal Ascot thanks to Appletiser who kindly sent me a pair of tickets. Nona and I booked a day off work to attend the Ladies Day which is traditionally the busiest day of the five-day event.
Our train from London arrived in Ascot at 10.42 and it was already quite crowded. The train was packed with people in their fancy outfits and some had already started drinking! The doors at Ascot open at 10,30 and I recommend arriving quite early if you want to get a good spot in the park or take nice pictures without a huge crowd. Nona and I were so excited and spent the first hour roaming around, taking pictures and just getting familiar with all that the Queen Anne enclosure had to offer!
Pachamama is a Peruvian-inspired bar & restaurant in Marylebone. Nowadays there is no lack of Peruvian cuisine in London and I am not complaining because I love it. Having been to Peru myself, not all of them live up to the true cuisine though. I visited Pachamama for brunch a few weeks back after hearing amazing things about the place. Luckily it was in time for a new brunch launch and they were offering 50% off so it was a done deal!
Last Sunday I went to my first Polo game! Having seen lots of pictures in the past, Chesterton’s Polo in the park in Fulham seemed like a good social day out and it’s quite easy to get to. I didn’t really know what to expect from it as I’m not familiar with the sport whatsoever. All I care about is a nice vibe, drinks and food. Somehow we managed to get a full day of strong beautiful sunshine, lucky!
My colleague and I headed to Hurlingham Park pretty early to make sure we got the most out of our day. One of the sponsors Fentimans was kind enough to give me tickets to Polo In The Park so naturally, that’s the first stall I went and hunted down! I tried their rose lemonade for the first time and I really enjoyed it. The natural taste of their drinks is so refreshing and is a nice change to your usual fizzy ones. They offered some nice cocktails on the day too along with a gorgeous garden area to sit in.