#lovE20 Dream date @ Get Living London Part 3 

Dream date #lovE20

Our next stop was bowling at All Star Lanes. Unfortunately we had missed our allocated slot at bowling. It was so busy, there was such a great atmosphere, real shame we couldn’t bowl that night. Oh well, we decided to explore more of Westfield and went for a walk a bout. Before we knew it our dinner reservation had crept up on us.  
Cafe football was the destination, it’s actually located within Westfield. I’m not into football but was curious to come here as I am a fan of Michael Wignall who is creative director. I knew the food wasn’t going to be two michelin star standard like his actual restaurant but I did expect it to be high.  

I opted for the all for one which was ribs, chips, wings coleslaw and a random pitta bread.  

  

My husband had the sausage roll. The food was ok but I’d come here with high expectations so was disappointed to be honest. This place is good for football fans as they have screens to watch the game. They also had a sweet shop where you can get a quarter of sweets, so it’s brilliant for families too. Just not the best for foodies wanting Michael Wignall quality food. I did like the milkshakes served in the glass milk bottles, that did look cool.

  

Next event, cocktails at the Casino. We didn’t gamble, as neither of us had a clue what to do, so we headed straight for the bar. There was a live band playing. This was a very popular place, the queue at the bar was quite deep. I chose a fruity cocktail, it was shaken and stirred and beautifully presented. It tasted great too. Don’t mind if I do have another! 

   
    

We were absolutely full to bursting so made our way to the apartment. My husband is neurotic when it comes to noise so I was a bit concerned he wouldn’t get much sleep staying in an apartment in such a busy place. Amazingly we had a great sleep, not a peep of noise! Such a great apartment to wake up in and our kids would have loved it too! Especially my son as the balcony is a great place for train spotting.  

We decided that as we did not have the chance to bowl the night before that we would go first thing in the morning. We walked round to Westfield, we were very familiar with the short walk now and checked in at all star lanes. 

  
Let’s bowl let’s bowl let’s rock n roll! I’m not very good at bowling, no surprise I lost, but it was great fun! The atmosphere was very different to the party atmosphere going on the night before. There were families with young children and it was very relaxed. 

   

After my humiliating defeat we went back to the apartment to be filmed about our dream date. We returned our keys and made our way home to kent.  

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Thank you so much to get living London for arranging a fantastic dream date, which it certainly was! 

#lovE20 Dream date @ Get Living London part 2 Clove Club

Dream date #lovE20

Loaded up with our Westfield shopping voucher we had a wander around Westfield shopping centre. My local shopping centre is Bluewater, Dartford. This was the first time I had been to Westfield Stratford. Next time I need to go shopping I think I’ll make the effort to return to stratford as Westfield have such a diverse variety of shops. Far better than Bluewater. They have all the designer shops as well as the budget shops such as Primark and they even have an Argos. They have loads of restaurants too. I spotted a little character from the new kids film Home and couldn’t resist a snap.   
Next stop was lunch at Clove Club, Shoreditch. We had been given travel cards but we decided to take a taxi to the restaurant. The clove club was my husbands choice of restaurant.

Located in an old town hall the clove club has quite a grand entrance.

Our coats were taken and we were walked through the bar and into the dining room. We walked past the chefs who are located at the front of the restaurant in full view of diners.

We were given a budget for lunch but as we were here we thought we may as well go for the full dining experience and went for a carte Blanche tasting menu with paired wines.

Our meal kicked off with a selection of snacks and a glass of bubbles.


        

Chicken feet, sausage, cured meats, chicken ‘nuggets’ every mouthful was amazing! I absolutely love when a meal kicks off to this fantastic standard and it excites me as I anticipate the courses. As it was a carte blanche menu, we didn’t know what we were eating until it was placed in front of us.

The first dish was trout, I have overcome my fear of eating fish and even the raw stuff too. I’m not a fan of fishy fish and this fish wasn’t at all. My husband always laughs as he thinks I’m gonna struggle but I actually enjoyed it. All the flavours were so fresh and clean.

Next course was scallop, truffle and mushroom. Wow. These flavours together were amazing so earthy and creamy and silky on the tongue. This was a definite highlight of the meal.

Blood sausage was the next course. I really like black pudding so this dish was finished off rather quickly. Another delicious dish.


Next course was a fish dish


followed by a delicious cheesy biscuit.


The following course was really clever. We were shown a 100 year old bottle of Madeira it was poured into a wine glass and we were told to drink half of it. From a separate decanter our glasses were topped up with a duck consume. Such a great idea, plus I’ve never drunk hot consume from a wine glass before.

Next was a lamb course.

Followed by two desserts one of which was a lemonade and pepper combination and it literally was a taste sensation and my tastebuds went crazy with the peppery fizz.

  
Coffee then petit fours with the bill. Tada! 17 different plates of amazing food polished off no problems.

We decided to walk to the nearest tube station and got lost walking in circles but eventually ended up at Liverpool street. I don’t know if this was the nearest station but we were back to Stratford within minutes.

This is part 2 of 3.  To be continued in part 3

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#lovE20 Dream Date @ Get Living London part 1 

Dream date #lovE20

Back in March my husband and I won a dream date based in Stratford E20. We basically were given free reign to decide a whole day of activities courtesy of Get Living London.
Get living london are a new residential owner and rental management company, who let homes direct to residents, they aim to become London’s first choice for rental property and will be operating from locations across the capital, with their first homes in London’s newest neighbourhood, East Village. Which would be our home for the night.


We live in Kent, so we took the high speed train from Ebbsfleet and we arrived in Stratford in about 10 minutes. We were given the keys to our apartment for the night.


We walked in and although the weather was quite dim we were overwhelmed by the breath taking views! Wow!

You could see for miles, the whole of the London landscape and all of it’s iconic landmarks, the Olympic park and stadium and The ArcelorMittal Orbit, which was our first activity for the day.

So just a few minutes walk from our apartment was The ArcelorMittal Orbit. The ArcelorMittal Orbit was created by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, and designer Cecil Balmond.

The sculpture is actually bigger than it looks. Britain’s largest sculpture was fashioned from 2000 tonnes of steel, the equivalent of 265 double-decker buses!


We stood under the huge dome at the bottom and then we were escorted into the lift. We reached the top floor and had our photo taken upside down in one of the amusing mirrors.


We then had a go at the touch screen maps picking out the landmarks we could spot. We decided to walk down the stairs to exit the sculpture.


From here we realised just how high we actually were. It was very windy too! As we descended there were speakers with sound bites of London including markets and parklife.


A great activity although to be honest the view from our apartment was just as spectacular.

To be continued with Part 2 – lunch at Clove Club & Part 3 including bowling at All Star Lanes