Burgers & Steaks


One of my favourite places in London is Kensington Roof Gardens. It’s a stunning oasis of colour and beauty that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a garden in Morocco once you’ve stepped out of the High Street Kensington lift on the 6th floor.

So when I discovered their Easter Egg Hunt in support of Starlight Children’s Foundation I booked tickets straight away.

Along with the egg hunt another reason to book was of course the beautiful flamingoes that were kept safely away from the children. I thought it’d be great to show Little Man that flamingoes really do exist after pointing out so many imaginary ones in the name of creating a distraction when getting from a to b.

And of course the bubbles for grown ups were a pull.

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what the kids were going to enjoy except for a few chocolate eggs. After all, I’d only known Kensington Roof Gardens for events and their nightclub. But there was so much for the children to enjoy: games, face painting, arts and crafts. Little Man had a real blast along with all the other children.

In fact I was so impressed by the entertainment, I have to give Sharky & George a big shout out. These guys really do know how to throw a party for little ones. At one point Little Man wasn’t sure of a game and I loved how the patient team member took the time to involve him. By the end of the afternoon, Little Man was attempting his breakdancing and didn’t want to leave.

Along with the entertainment, there was the usual barbecue at The Roof Gardens serving the usual fare as well as mini burgers that came with chips.

And finally at 3.30pm the rest of the garden was opened up and a hoard of children rushed through to collect their eggs. There was of course plenty of excitement and following his Easter Sunday egg hunt at a friend’s house, Little Man behaved like a seasoned pro. The hunt also gave everyone else a chance to wander around and in some cases reminisce about the awesome parties that have been held here.

Eventually the hunt slowed down and it was time to find a relaxing nook to enjoy the chocolate eggs.

It was such a gorgeous afternoon and the perfect end to the Easter bank holiday weekend in London. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for more family events at Kensington Roof Gardens. I really love it there.

Last week I visited Swingers, a Crazy Golf Club located right next to the iconic Gherkin building in the City.
Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

I was with Steph who had kindly invited me and we were the guests of Venue Search London who have Swingers on their list of exclusive places to hire.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

Before last week I’d only held a golf club on a course in Majorca (Disney clubs for toddlers not included). And so I felt slightly wary about what to expect. Thankfully when we walked in, the crazy golf course looked more fun than intimidating …

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

… and with some bubbles to help us along the way, I had so much fun trying to putt like a pro.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

On top of the course, the buzzy atmosphere and the flowing drinks, there was also the amazing food to enjoy. Putty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims and the newest guys on the block, Le Bab.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

In my humble opinion, Patty & Bun serve the best burgers in town.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

And upon hearing the story behind the Michelin trained founders of Le Bab, I had to try their gourmet kebab which was truly amazing. Succulent meat and so tasty.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

Sadly, I didn’t get to try the pizza and I confess have yet to try Pizza Pilgrims. But there were plenty of satisfied looks from folks who were indulging.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

The evening flew by and as we left our clubs behind I knew this place was a winner. Recently opened in the City, it’s definitely one to try after work or to get a party of folks along to. It’s a lot of delicious fun!

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

Swingers, 8 Brown’s Buildings, London EC3A 8AL

The Easter Bank Holiday started with so much promise as it delivered clear blue skies and springtime weather that excited every living creature … perhaps maybe not the ones with woolly coats. Nonetheless it was gorgeous, so as the family and I made our way round the DIY stores in Wandsworth we decided to stop by The Ship for a bite to eat.

We were there early which made everything pretty simple.

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

And as we waited for Little Man’s fish and chips to arrive as well as the burger bar to open, we sat outside and enjoyed the riverside view over a glass of our chosen drinks. The passing boats and overhead helicopters were plenty to keep Little Man entertained, which makes me think we’ve found the perfect spot for everyone.

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

When the food arrived we had to go inside. Only food ordered from the burger bar can be eaten outside and for some reason Little Man has a thing against burgers and sandwiches. He doesn’t get the point or so he says. 😉

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

The OH ordered a classic burger …

The Ship pub in Wandsworth… which I also ordered except without the bun – and we were both very impressed. I loved my burger which was served medium rare. It was tender and tasty and it felt like you were really getting your teeth into something meaty. The curly fries were great too and overall, we all had an awesome lunch.

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

By the time we left the place was filling up and of course it would, it was a sunny start to the long weekend.

A great thing for me is that I’ve found another place that ticks all the boxes, for all of us. Now all we need is more sunny weather and a very long summer to make the most of it. 🙂

The Ship, 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TB

One of my favourite things right now is meeting up with Pink Julep blogger, Ashley, for our monthly catch-ups. We normally meet in the mornings over coffee. But when I was invited to review Big Easy’s lunch menu during Ashley’s birthday week, I knew that we had to move our morning natter to lunchtime.
Big Easy King's Road

Normally we talk about all things blogging, business and of course personal. But at some point during Ashley’s birthday eve lunch, I realised that I had completely switched off. There was no business involved. It was just pleasure. Perhaps it was the margarita or …
Margarita at Big Easy on King's Road

… the steak frites, which came as part of the set-menu we tried. But it was the first time I had grabbed a bite to eat at Big Easy and I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxing the place is during the day. I’ve been going to Big Easy for a long time, usually in the evenings or weekends. Never during the working day in the week. It wasn’t empty and the atmosphere was very chilled.

Steak frites at Big Easy on King's Road

Our lunch, which I thoroughly enjoyed, ended with an espresso shot to kickstart us into the second half of our day.

Big Easy on King's Road

And as we headed out and ventured in opposite directions along King’s Road, I was already looking forward to my next meet-up with Ashley. It’s always such a joy!

Big Easy, 332-334 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UR

Chelsea Girl

This morning I think I started a family trend on Valentine’s Day. I asked Little Man and the OH what they loved most: Little Man said dinosaurs, the OH said burgers – and my answer? Cocktails, of course. 🙂

So later in the day we all set out to enjoy a few of our favourite things … Magnolia Tree in Chelsea

Of course, when we arrived at the Natural History Museum we didn’t bank on the weekend/half-term crowds and the queue that snaked along the front of the stunning Romanesque architecture. Admittedly I did ask Little Man if he loved engines too (his other love) but he was adamant that we weren’t going to go round the corner and that we queued here, insisting ‘I love dinosaurs’.

Natural History Museum - Dippy

So we did it, we queued and as we waited I realised how much I appreciated some of the world’s renowned museums being on our doorstep. The Science Museum and V&A are also places we always visit.

Natural History Museum

The running around and the visit to the gift shop where we picked up a dinosaur egg, which is now sitting in a jar of water as we wait for it to hatch – and the cutest dinosaur toy – exhausted Little Man.

And as he fell asleep in his pram, the OH and I wondered – where to next? Burgers and cocktails, it was a no-brainer as we headed for Sophie’s Steakhouse.

There, the OH had a Black Angus Burger, which was really good. I tried the meat which was very tasty and the OH described the burger as, ‘if you could describe a 10oz burger as light, it was light and full of flavour’. He also loved the brioche bun and burger sauce. Sophie's Steakhouse

As for me, I had to order Sophie’s margarita …

Margarita at Sophie's Steakhouse

… which I sipped whilst thoroughly enjoying Sophie’s tuna steak (cooked rare) with avocado – my new fave!!!

Tuna steak at Sophie's Steakhouse

And of course, I had to have some fries to go with Sophie’s legendary steak sauce.

Fries at Sophie's Steakhouse

It was such a lovely afternoon, which ended with a trip to Daunt Books across the road and Little Man unable to wait until we got home to unwrap his Valentine’s Day gifts: Love is My Favourite Thing and The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.

I’ve got a feeling that if we do this again next year and the year after, and the year after that – until Little Man is old enough to go on his own dates, things won’t really change for the OH and I. But for Little Man, I think it’s going to be very exciting to see how his favourite things will change over the years. I love this journey.

Chelsea Girl

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