Last week I raved about my trip to the Harry Potter studios which you can read here however today I wanted to talk about the rest of my time in London.
One of the things that I knew I wanted to do when I found out we had a whole day in London was to go on the oh-so-famous London Eye. The views were incredible!! I didn’t really know how high it actually went but you could honestly see right across London. I loved every minute of it.
After going on the London Eye, we had a very expensive bicycle ride up to Soho to find somewhere to eat. We went to Chiquito’s, after much deliberation but I wasn’t complaining because the cocktails were delicious! I went for the Halloumi Burger which had grilled halloumi, tomato salsa, red onion, lettuce and crunchy nachos in a soft brioche bun with mayo and chips. It tasted so good! Apologies for lack of photography, I was just so hungry so I dug straight in when the waiter put it on the table. For pudding, we obviously chose Churros which equally tasted amazing!
Whilst walking up to Oxford Street after lunch, we came across a street named after my nephew so I feel obliged to mention this on my blog…
Before heading back on to the longest coach journey ever, there was time for a pit stop in Lush Oxford Street and surprisingly I didn’t go to mad in there.
I picked up a couple of bath bombs including: Guardian of the Forest, Golden Slumbers, Cyanide Pill and Cheer Up Buttercup. I was thinking of perhaps writing a mini review about them in the following Sunday Summaries to let you know what I think of them.
I treated myself to the Furze Perfume which smells so summery. It’s not too over-powering but you can tell that the scent is there. The one thing I love about the perfumes at Lush is that I can still smell the scent after a long 8 hour shift which is fantastic when your stuck in a stuffy office with no windows that can open all day. It has neroli oil and mimosa absolute but it smells rather similar to Vanillary if you ask me.
There’s just something about bath melts that I have fallen in love with. Ever since my operation at the start of the year, my skin has never felt more dry in it’s life. Bath melts are packed full of cocoa butters and oils to help with dry and sensitive skin. I ended up with Delight which has lime and black pepper oil which are stimulating and uplifting as well as shea butter, cocoa butter and extra virgin coconut oil that are all great for dry skin. I like how the bath oil is coated in a lovely helping of silver lustre which I think will go beautifully with the Guardian of the Forest bath bomb.
The last thing I picked up was the Prince of Darkness Face Mask which has powdered charcoal that cleanses the skin, sea salt and lavender oil that refreshes the skin and Fullers Earth which is used to absorb excess oil. I have used it twice since coming back from London and I am in love! It is such a brilliant face mask to use during the summer months as it absorbs all the oils on your skin. It left my skin feeling super clean and moisturised as well.
Tonight, I used one of the Cheer Up Buttercup bath bombs with a bit of Brightside Bubble Bar and it was so relaxing especially after having tonsillitis most of the week. The bath bomb contains lime and neroli oil which are known for uplifting and refreshing your mind and mood, cocoa butter which made it really softening on the skin and yellow lustre which obviously makes everything better when you are feeling a little bit down. If you like the citrus, summer scents that Lush offer you will probably fall head over heels in love. It kind of reminds me of Fizzbanger or Dragon’s Egg but a smaller version. Did I mention that it is great for a weekend away because of how cute and small it is?
I hope you have had a lovely week. Have you tried any of the bath bombs that I have picked up recently?
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Yesterday was my birthday however that’s going to be a separate story next week. This week is all about the wonderful and magical Harry Potter Studio Tour! I was going to talk about my whole weekend but I just want to share as much of the wizarding world as possible with you so the good news is there will technically be two posts all about my birthday…
I’ve been dreaming about the visiting the studios for so long and last week I managed to live the dream and walk inside the doors of the Great Hall and experience all the magic. Honestly, it was brilliant and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
Firstly, if you don’t want the tour spoiled for you. I would close your tab and come back next week. Sorry.
Let me walk you through the tour…
The first part of the tour is, obviously, the Great Hall of Hogwarts. It’s like a replica of the films. You are shown where they are actually filmed, costumes, props and the oak tables that they aged with axes and chains to make them look more realistic. It was so impressive. I was lucky enough to open the doors to the Great Hall as I was celebrating my birthday. As you leave the hall, you enter a massive area with the rest of the sets. This is where you really get shown behind the scenes of the films.
Without revealing to much, this is where you see the most iconic sets such as Dumblerdore’s Study, the Potions Classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room, the Forbidden Forest, the Ministry of Magic, Dolores Umbridge Office – there is just so much to take in with secrets about how the filmed different parts of the film. There’s guides who are so informative and enthusiastic that they are willing to answer any questions that you want the answers too. You can’t touch the sets however you can still get up close and personal with all of them.
This is probably the main part of the tour so if I was you take your time and enjoy every second of what you see because there really is so much to learn. You can also discover the magic behind Quidditch, ride on a broomstick for yourself using the green screen with plenty of photo opportunities and even have a lesson using a wand.
Next up is Platform 9 and 3/4 where you get a chance to go on the train itself to see all the props, take photos with luggage trolleys as if your going onto the platform and go on a train journey yourself. There’s also a shop which I highly recommend you looking and treating yourself to something because there’s some exclusive items which you can’t get in the usual gift shop.
You then enter the outside area where you can stop for a drink, a snack, wander around the sets and props as well as have a taste of Butterbear – it tasted so good! If you have a sweet tooth like me then you will probably love it just as much as I did. You can step onto the Hogwarts Bridge, take a look inside Privett Drive, jump into Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar or the Weasley’s car and take photos on the Knight Bus. I loved going into the house the most as it’s where Harry Potter essentially started from.
The next part of the tour is all about the creatures. You can learn the secrets of Dobby and all the details of the many creatures in all of the films. The detail is extraordinary. I was so amazed that I didn’t take many photos. You then reach Diagon Alley which I never knew was filmed indoors… Gringotts Bank is at the end whilst the Weasley’s Joke Shop is at the other.
You turn the corner to see a glass cabinet full of models of the different buildings and sets in Harry Potter and stunning pieces of artwork. Then you turn the corner to see this…
The actual 1:24 ratio model of Hogwarts!! It was used in the movies for various different shots but I am telling you it’s phenomenal. I cried because it was so emotional. I just loved walking around and seeing all the detail. You can take photos at various different angles and see how detailed it really is. It really was something that was out of my dreams.
Finally, you walk into a room full of wand boxes that have all the names of everyone who has ever worked on the films with the actors and characters in the films.
Overall, I think going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour was definitely worth waiting for and I can’t wait to head back for the Christmas season. I found the whole experience breathtaking and full on amazing. If you haven’t been then I highly recommend you need to book a visit as soon as you can and for those of you who have then let me know when your free so I can come with you.
Have you ever been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour? What’s your thoughts?
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