London Diaries Shaka Zulu in Camden Town

We both love Camden!

For the quirkiness, vibrancy and bohemian chicness, it’s one of our favourite places to visit in London. So we thought it would be nice to spend an evening at Shaka Zulu.

Located in the Stables Market in the heart of Camden, Shaka Zulu (here) is a South African restaurant, bar and club. We had heard a lot about the restaurant but this was our first time visiting. So of course we were excited to see what Shaka Zulu had to offer.

As we stepped off the escalator which takes you to the first floor of the restaurant, we were both in awe of the stunning interior. Our highlight of the evening was Shaka Zulu’s impressive decor especially on the second floor that has 20 feet tall warrior statues which are amazing! There are carved wooden murals which cover the walls and ceilings with dim spot lights to give the restaurant an intimate and relaxed vibe. The space is really big and spacious and has a great atmosphere.

We arrived late afternoon (just in time for happy hour) which includes two for one cocktails!

We certainly recommend having a cocktail. It was probably one of the best cocktails that we’ve had in London. We both are always a bit dubious of cocktails as it is hard to get it right. But the bartenders at Shaka Zulu did not disappoint. The cocktails were absolutely on point!

Blue Crush and Mojito Cocktail

The cocktails made such a great impression on us that we could not wait to devour some food.

Shelley ordered the steak and Michelle ordered the ribs (not exactly South African cuisine). The food was pretty basic and bland in taste. Also, the portions were small so if you are feeling a bit ravenous one evening, possibly order two plates. No shade!

Don’t get us wrong, it was not the worst meal but certainly not the best meal that we have had. However, the decor, atmosphere and cocktails made up for the less than satisfying meal.

It was a pleasant evening and we would certainly go back for the cocktails. Also, the restaurant turns into a night club from 10pm to 2am so if you want to shake a leg then Shaka Zulu may be for you.

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London Diaries Part Two: Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

As we were feeling rather royal after our Buckingham Palace tour, we decided to stick with our royal theme and complete our day by having a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London.

Fortnum & Mason is one of London’s most recognised department stores and is also known for it’s world renowned Afternoon Tea. We both knew that we had to experience this upmarket Tea Salon for ourselves.

Located on the fourth floor, we entered The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Room, that has a very grand black piano near the entrance, with the pianist playing softly that added to the calm ambience of the room. A very nice touch!

Our Tearista sat us at a very elegant table, with very comfy sofas and chairs.
Champagne (accompanied with a glass of water) as we didn’t want to get too tipsy!

Our Tearista talked us through the menu and the various teas that are on offer. We opted for the Queen Anne Blend (this tea was created in 1907) and has a very smooth flavour. We also chose Jubilee Blend, that had a sweet taste and was very golden in colour. Both teas were in a form of tea leaves.

We were both brought a three-tier platter, with a delectable assortment of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, served with strawberry and raspberry jam. The scones were also accompanied with the most delicious clotted cream that we have ever tasted!

We both ordered a second helping of sandwiches and have to admit we struggled to finish them all…but the best part of the experience was that you could refill on tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches as many times as you wanted too. Definite treat.

We were offered complimentary chocolate cake to take home (which we certainly did not refuse), plus all the cakes that we didn’t finish we were also able to take with us. You most certainly get your money’s worth and we must say Fortnum & Mason were very generous with their servings.

So if you are looking to treat a loved one or just want a nice afternoon out in London, we would certainly recommend the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. It truly is a lovely experience and is quintessentially British, you will not be disappointed.

Fourth Floor, Fortnum & Mason 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER

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London Diaries Part 1: A Royal Occasion

Living in such a great city, it is easy to take for granted the different attractions that are on your doorstep!

So we thought, what a better way to start our London Diaries with a tour of London’s main attraction, Buckingham Palace where we took a guided tour of The State Rooms and The Royal Gardens.

Of course, visiting an historical landmark of this magnitude, we did not expect anything less than impressive. We can certainly say that The Royal Palace did not disappoint!

We visited up to 15 state rooms in the Palace that were a maze of gold and marble, with high ceilings, grand staircases, impressive chandeliers and portraits of past Kings and Queens. It was everything that you would expect from a Queen’s headquarters and so much more. It exuded elegance and was truly regal.

To end the tour, we walked through Her Majesty’s Royal Gardens. It was very serene and was the perfect back garden to the gigantic Palace that you could get lost in. The lake had swans and a little family of ducks on the water. There was a small cafĂ©, a gift shop and a must try ‘Royal Ice Cream’ stand.

You are not allowed to take photos inside Buckingham Palace but you are able to take as many pictures as you want in The Royal Gardens.

It was truly a remarkable experience and was one of the places we have both wanted to explore since we were kids. It is seeped in British tradition and would recommend that whenever you are in London you make the Palace your first tour stop!

The Palace is open for 10 weeks from July through to September each year, so take that into account before you book.

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Rum Kitchen, Carnaby Street

We had been talking about going to Rum Kitchen for awhile and a friend of ours had recently been and could not stop talking about how delicious the food is….so we said why not give it a try.

An inviting West Indian restaurant tucked away in Kingly Court on Carnaby Street, buzzing with people, with tasty Caribbean cuisines and delicious cocktails we knew we were in for a treat.

A great atmosphere, designed like a Caribbean beach hut, there was a DJ on the decks playing good upbeat tunes and it felt like you were being transported away to a Caribbean island. So if you are looking for tasty West Indian cuisine with the best cocktails, then look no further than Rum Kitchen.

Chilli Prawns with jerk sauce
Jerk Bowl….rice and peas, coleslaw, watermelon, pineapple and jerk gravy
Proper Jerk….two chopped legs, with rice and peas, coleslaw, watermelon and jerk gravy

We are lovers of Caribbean food so are expectations were pretty high! Lol. The Rum Kitchen offers a very meat filled menu with some of our favourite dishes. From jerk chicken, to curry mutton, plantain to macaroni and cheese. We couldn’t decide what to choose from on the menu (nothing new). But we decided on the spiced prawns, the jerk bowl and the proper jerk dish. You can choose the level of spice that you prefer, so if you like it hot or not, the chefs will cater to your taste buds. Sides include sweet potato fries, callaloo, spinach, ackee and a few more options. The meat focused menu is balanced out with exotic fruit that included watermelon and pineapple sprinkled over the coconut rice that complemented the dish and got your taste buds bursting with a combination of flavours.

Rumbuston…Kracken, Apricot mix, Pineapple Juice & Coconut Cream
Passionfruit & Lime Mojito…Barcadi Superior, Passionfruit & Lime Juice, Soda & Mint
Ting Wray….Wray & Nephew, Blue Curacao, Ting Grapefruit Soda & Lime Juice

You can not be in a Caribbean restaurant and not be sipping on a cocktail or a little bit of rum. The Rum Kitchen do a perfect mojito, so of course we had to order more than one…it would be rude not too. We must admit, that we are picky when it comes to cocktails but the cocktails were soooooooo tasty. You can tell that the cocktail makers put a lot of emphasis on creating the perfect drink. You can order Happy Hour drinks between 5 to 7pm.

We do recommend booking Rum Kitchen in advance as the restaurant gets very busy. So if you want to experience a taste of the Caribbean in the heart of the West End then take a stroll to Rum Kitchen. It is only a 6 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station. Or why not try, Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill or Brixton.

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Afternoon Tea At Grande Royale Hotel London

There is nothing quite like spending a lazy Sunday afternoon, over a glass of prosecco, warm tasty scones and a good cup of English Tea!

So that’s exactly what we did when we visited The Grande Royale Hotel in Hyde Park, London. The Edwardian style hotel has an Old English vibe and is the perfect place to spend a chilled weekend. Just a 3 minute walk from Queensway tube station, the hotel is perfectly situated by Hyde Park.

We both love an afternoon tea experience so you could certainly call us a pair of afternoon tea enthusiasts!

The decor is stunning with a vintage yet modern edge. It felt like we were stepping back in time.

Once seated at our table we were provided with a bottle of prosecco which is always a great way to start an afternoon tea date. After a couple of sips, we couldn’t wait to tuck into those sweet and savoury treats.

We can’t recommend this experience enough. There were so many different options from macaroons, scones and clotted cream, chocolate cake and a variety of fresh tasty sandwiches which was washed down nicely with a good cup of English Tea. 

The staff were incredibly friendly and always made sure we had everything we needed. So if you fancy a lazy Sunday eating, drinking tea and fizz then afternoon tea at The Grande Royale Hotel in Hyde Park is the place to be.

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Cottons – Camden

If you haven’t already guessed it, we are both fans of West Indian food. Whether it’s travelling to the Caribbean or even just finding that perfect restaurant on your door step. We came across a hidden gem on Camden high street called ‘Cottons’ which is an eight minute walk from Camden Town tube station and a four minute walk from Chalk Farm tube station. Perfect!

Cottons Restaurant and Rhum Shack have been serving Caribbean food in London for over 30 years and have three other restaurants in Shoreditch, Notting Hill and Vauxhall.

The vibe of the restaurant is just amazing and has a real party feel, with reggae playing in the background and people enjoying themselves. Whilst they prepared our table we were seated at a small table by the bar…Obvs! We both fancied rum punch and decided on the ‘Reggae Rum Punch’ which consists of Wray & Nephew 63% overproof rum, orange, pineapple and lime juice with grenadine, which warmed us up in no time.

When we were seated we enjoyed the tastiest and and fulfilling three course meal. We started with the Ebony Wings which was cooked to perfection. The wings came with three jumbo chicken wings which was glazed over with finger-licking BBQ sauce.

Cotton’s menu is so versatile you can choose from Jerk Salmon to the Vegetable Pepper Pot (for vegetarians) and even the Mixed Jerk Grill Platter and many more. Shelley went for the Curried Mutton that came with rice ‘n’ peas, plantain and coleslaw. Michelle chose the King Prawn, Red Snapper, Sweet Potato and Lime Curry with basmati rice and cucumber raita. Both dishes tasted absolutely delicious! We were so stuffed and couldn’t bare letting the food go to waste, so we asked for a goody bag lol!

Curried Mutton
King Prawn, Red Snapper & Basmati rice

For dessert we chose the White and dark chocolate Mousse which ended the meal nicely. The Mousse was so delicious and tasted so creamy.

Shelley stuck to the Reggae Rum Punch during the evening and Michelle also tried the Cottons Pina Colada. Cottons has a daily Happy Hour on cocktails, wine and beer from 5pm-7pm. If you like music, dancing and just enjoying life we recommend you visit Cottons past 9pm. The DJ arrives and plays a mixture of bashment, reggae and soca music to get you up on the dance floor. Literally when you’ve finished your meal everyone makes there way to the DJ and you just dance the night away.

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We Keep It Simple The Make-Up Removal Routine

There is nothing quite like taking off your make-up after a long day. It just feels good!

But sometimes we all feel a little lazy when it comes to taking off our make-up each day *cough* …Michelle.

However, it is important to have a simple routine that doesn’t take hours. Plus we all know that leaving make-up on your skin overnight is BAD!

We both have sensitive skin so we steer clear from products that can be harsh on the face. Also, we do not like to use products that are drying and take away from the natural oils in your face. That’s why we keep it Simple. 

We can not fault the Simple range. It is very kind to your skin leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. And thought it would be nice to share with you all our night time routine when removing your make-up. We hope our post gives you some bed time inspiration. Please feel free to like and share our post. We would love to hear your make-up removal tips!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

Our make-up removal routine is pretty much identical! The Simple facial wipes are very smooth on the face and is the quick way to get rid of make-up. Use one or two wipes, depending on how much make-up your wearing. Also, they get rid of waterproof mascara with ease.

Simple Facial Wash

We love the Simple Facial Wash Gel! We have used this facial wash since our teenage years and it has worked wonders. It is not like a harsh soap that leaves your face feeling tight and dry. Also, it doesn’t get too foamy. Just place a pea size amount to your fingertips and massage gently onto your face and neck after splashing a bit of warm water onto your skin. It is a great way to get rid of any residue off of your face that could not be taken off completely from the wipes. Trust us when we say, it leaves your skin irresistibly soft and supple. It also makes you feel refreshed so we would also recommend using this facial wash in the morning too.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

We have only recently been using the Simple micellar water. Before using the cleansing water we used to use the Simple Facial Toner. The toner is a great alternative for the cleansing water if you wish to give this a try too. What is perfect about using the Simple cleansing water is not only does it gently remove make-up but also helps to unclog pores and remove impurities from the face. The Micellar water is full of multi-vitamins that allows the skin to breathe. It is not heavy or sticky and makes your skin feel so clean. Simply use a cotton pad or two, to gently remove any further residue left on the skin. There is no need to rinse it off. It can used as the perfect addition to a toner, morning and night!

Simple Moisturiser

Finishing off our make-up removal routine we use the Simple Cleansing lotion. Again you only need to add a pea sized amount to your face. You can add to your fingertips and massage into the face or use a cotton pad. So whether you have oily or dry skin, it is a great moisturiser for all skin types. It does not give your face an oily shine. It is light and is the perfect way to complete your make-up removal routine.

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