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Hello Three Oh! A London Shopping Trip and A Night At The Haymarket.

It’s my Birthday, so I can have them all, right? – A Regent Street Cupcake store.

A few weeks back I celebrated my 30th Birthday. Despite all of the “to do before you’re 30” articles I’ve read over the years I’m still here and able to do everything I could a few weeks back! There were no tears, I didn’t sprout wrinkles over night and I did not burst in to flames. In fact, I’m pretty excited about leaving the last decade behind. Although in reality I know it’s just another day, I can’t help but feel a bit different. Dare I say, grown up? Nah, probably not. To get myself in the mood to celebrate, I created a YouTube playlist of my favourite music from the past 30 years. Listen, enjoy, or cover your ears in horror!

We began the celebrations the night before with a trip to the cinema to see Guardians of the Galaxy. BF treated me to Odeon’s Gallery seats where we were given cartons of Quality Street to take in with us. Complimentary chocolate? Yes! My Birthday was off to a good start. The film was amazing. Marvel films just get better and better with each release. I loved the unlikely selection of songs chosen for the sound track (Awesome Mix Vol:1), and the costume design was so well done. Considering how many races and species are in the film they did an excellent job of merging such vastly different styles without making it look messy.  I especially liked Star Lord’s Fall Out-esque helmet, and Ronan’s look was so metal!
Heavenly! This bed needs to be felt to be believed.

I had hoped to spend my 30th abroad, but due to a few health issues lately opted to stay close to home. Instead we booked a night at the gorgeous Haymarket Hotel in Central London. They say to start as you mean to go on and I plan to do my 30’s in style. If it’s style you are looking for you wont go far wrong by staying at the Haymarket. Ranked number 4 in London on TripAdvisor, you couldn’t wish for a better location, just off Trafalgar Square and Pall Mall. This place has it all! From the Tony Cragg sculpture in the lobby, to the interiors designed by award winning interior designer Kit Kemp to the pool in the basement. This boutique hotel manages to find an almost impossible balance between luxurious style and home comforts and these photos do not do it justice. I wish we had booked a few more nights here because the bed was so comfortable. Leaving was painful! It was honestly the most blissful sleep of my life…slap bang in Central London! How is that even possible? Well, the rooms were incredibly well sound proofed, and the bed linen unbelievably soft. Upon checking in the receptionist told us that we had been given a complimentary upgrade to a junior suite, and sitting on the desk in the room was a complimentary Rik Rak room fragrance. A nice little perk that I’m certain aided the sleep! The staff there are so welcoming and warm. This hotel is definitely my new home away from home.
Junior Suite lounge area.
A touch of shabby chic.
The plan was to go and see the musical The Book of Mormon, but we somehow got side tracked and ended up wandering the West End for most of the evening, stopping for a Five Guys before heading to Big Ben to hear him bong out 11 o’clock and on to Trafalgar Square to watch the fountains, tourists and entertainers.
Fun art work based on old trades of the area.
A huge pristine bathroom with TV bath, massage shower and giant mirrors.

The next day we managed to drag ourselves out of that heavenly bed in time for checkout and went off to browse the shops. Doing Covent Garden, Regent Street, Carnaby, Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road with increasingly heavy luggage on our backs wasn’t the best plan I’d ever had. My feet hated me, but I had so much fun! It’s been a few years since I’ve been London shopping. There was a time when I was there every weekend. I’d forgotten how much I miss it. The stores are so inspiring, and if you love people watching there is no better place on Earth.

It was a simple way to wave goodbye to my 20’s and a good reminder that I need to spend more time in London!

What’s your favourite way to spend time in London? Is there one spot you have to visit every time you are in town? Or if London isn’t your kinda place, have you seen Guardians yet? Seriously, How awesome is that film?!

Some Tatty Devine pieces in the Covent Garden store front.
Neal’s Yard.
Christmas shopping at the beginning of August?
Pretty paint job.
Beautiful Liberty Store Sign.
Giant designer Magnum ice creams at the Pop Up store in the Wonder Room in Selfridges.

Kit Kemp for Rik Rak complimentary room fragrance. Her conditioner was gorgeous too!
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  • Gem

    WOW! That hotel looks pretty special, glad to see you spend your 30th in such lovely surroundings xx

  • Omg those cakes look absolutely delicious. I have a bit of a thing for cupcakes lol

    • Don’t they?! Me too. I have a thing for all cake though -_- lol

  • Sounds like the perfect birthday getaway – those magnums look absolutely stunning!

    AliceMegan

    • I regret not stopping off and having an ice cream while the pop up store was there, Alice.