Inamo Restaurant Review | Covent Garden

I think I may love sushi more than I love most people *scratches head*, just wrap me up in seaweed and throw sushi rice at me! Kidding (kind of)!

Honestly though, sometimes as a blogger you get emails when you think, ‘has this person even read my blog?!’, and then other times you get emails from brands that is just your dream collaboration *heart-struck eyes*. When Bookatable got in touch to collaborate, I could’ve died and gone to heaven! I always use them when booking restaurants because they’re just so quick and easy to use! They also have amazing star deals in London with set menus (which nearly always include a free cocktail or glass of bubbles!).

I chose to go to Inamo in Covent Garden because they had a deal for unlimited sushi tapas (I’m so bloody greedy when it comes to Japanese food #sorrynotsorry), and I have been to Inamo before and really liked it. Their tables are also interactive, which means you can games with your dining partner and they have an iPad that you can order your food from, so much easier than flagging down the waitress!

Food as per usual was insane, you can tell how much I enjoyed myself because I completely forgot to take pictures of any dishes until right at the end of the night! The only thing I didn’t like was the octopus balls hahaha, not my cup of tea as it happens! But everything else was deeeelish!

Are you a fan of sushi? What are your favourite sushi restaurants?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Gin & Markets Cycling Tour

  

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I love blogging about London. I’ve lived in London my whole life and now that I’ve been working in central London for a few years, it’s become my favourite pastime to find new and exciting things to do in the capital.

So when I got asked to review a London activity from the geniuses over at Indytute, I of course jumped at the chance. After reading about the company and what they do, I loved the idea of it even more. They sell experiences based in London as a way of learning something new and spending time with loved ones without having to commit to something long-term. In other words, what I spend my weekends looking for!

From the selection I was given, I chose to do the Gin and Markets Cycling Tour that was operated by a company called Tally Ho London. I love gin and I love cycling so it was a no-brainer!

I also just want to point out that although I’ve lived in London all my life, I’ve never once ridden a bicycle on the roads of London – (Hyde Park and Clapham Common is the closest I’ve come to!) – so basically if I can do it, then anyone can! The tour started off with the guides giving us a little run-down of how the day was going to go. They told us that we would be riding through smaller backstreets and on the cycle lanes so there was nothing to be afraid of! Also the guides were just incredible. We had Mick and Tristan, and both were entertaining and very attentive.

Our first stop was at Trinity Church Square, where we all got a shot of Jenever (Dutch gin) where gin originates from. It was fairly amusing seeing the group all do a shot of a neat alcohol at 2pm but we started as we meant to go on! It was actually not as bad as I thought it would be.

Next, we cycled over to Tanner Street Park in Bermondsey to try a traditional G&T, this time it was Beefeater gin with Bermondsey tonic (hence the difference in colour). We learned that tonic water is stripped of the colour these days which is why we are always so used to seeing a clear tonic water. I have always been so used to drinking a clear G&T so it was a bit weird, but I have to admit that it tasted delicious!

Quite honestly, I was getting a bit worried that all this drinking was going to affect my cycling (even though our guides had assured me that there is no such thing as ‘drunk-cycling’), so I was secretly relieved when we stopped off at Maltby Street Market for some refreshments, a toilet break and of course some more gin! I had never been to Maltby Street Market before but it was super cute and there were so many cuisines to choose from. The gin that we tried here was called Jensen’s, which I’d never heard of but we sipped on this with a classic Fever Tree tonic, outside the bloody distillery! It was amazing to be sitting outside of where the gin is made, and for someone who drinks a lot of Bombay Sapphire, I’d never really ventured out to try different gins, especially those made in London.

The third G&T of the day and we were treated to the sights of a London filmset (featured in Sherlock Holmes and Legend), and a gin brewed by the Tallyho gang themselves. If I remember correctly, the gin was made with tea and it was very tasty.

The final stop of the day was a surprise visit to an alley near the Vaults in Waterloo. We were able to do some graffiti and leave our marks. It was very unexpected but lots of fun. Sadly, no more gin at the last stop (I say sadly, I was lowkey drunk).

All in all, I had the best day. Whether you are from London or not, whether you’re here for a day or for a month, I would highly recommend doing this tour. It makes you feel a part of a city when you’re cycling around it, and it helps having knowledgable guides who can answer any questions you have or give you fun facts.

If gin and cycling aren’t your thing, why not check out Indytute’s website and see what catches your eyes? They have a great selection of things to do, including an under £30 and a Food and Drink section too, so there hopefully should be something for everyone!

Have you ever done a cycling tour?

*I was kindly invited to try out this tour by Indytute, but as usual all of my opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer for more info.

Leila Restaurant Review | Ealing

  

If you haven’t already noticed I am pretty much obsessed with food here on The Dizzying Heights. Living and working in London makes it relatively easier to try out some amazing restaurants (not saying that you can’t find great food outside of London!), but I have to say that I truly love eating out at new places.

Whenever I say that people always think that I eat out at some of the fancier places in London. Not disputing the fact that there are some very snazzy (and oh, pricey) eateries in the capital, but there are some incredible places to eat that don’t also cost an arm and a leg.

So when I was asked to review a restaurant* in Ealing (my old work stomping ground) and of one of my favourites cuisines, I was over the bloody moon.

Leila’s is a traditional Middle Eastern restaurant, serving delicious Moroccan-Lebanese food. The location is ideal, a 2 minute walk from Ealing Common Station. We actually walked from the broadway which took us around 15 mins, and it’s actually quite a nice walk if it’s not raining or freezing cold.

The first thing I noticed in the restaurant was the decor. It was so cute and casual; there is a conservatory area at the front of the restaurant which is where we decided to sit, but inside they have large comfortable areas with sofas and cushions which give such a cosy vibe – with the cold well on its way, this kind of thing is always well appreciated!

The menu here was extensive but whenever I’ve eaten Middle Eastern food, I always order lots of the hot and cold mezze so I thought why change the habit of a lifetime?

We ordered:

  • Spicy Hummous
  • Baba Ghanouj
  • Warak Inab (stuffed vine leaves)
  • Cous Cous Salad
  • Falafel
  • Grilled Halloumi
  • Batata Darna
  • Bread Basket + Garlic Sauce

It doesn’t sound like a lot but the portion sizes were perfect and very good value for money, so by the end of the meal, we were stuffed! We washed our delicious meal down with some mint tea and I also tried the homemade lemonade, it was so good!

I truly believe that staff make a restaurant. It really doesn’t matter to me how good the food is, if the waiting staff are rude or I just feel uncomfortable, then I will not be returning. I’m happy to say that the service was wonderful at Leila’s. The plates were only taken once the waiter was 100% that we were done with it (i.e. had moved it to another table because our table didn’t have enough space lol), and he didn’t ask us if the food was okay too many times (if you know).

All in all, Leila’s is a place I will definitely be returning to. The food is not too pricey and tastes delicious, the restaurant itself is cosy and fabulous (I will be sitting on the comfy seats next time) and I believe there is something for everyone here. The only negative thing I can think of is that they don’t do shisha! Oh and I heard a rumour that there are belly dancers at Christmas…

Do you like Middle Eastern food? Have you ever tried Leila’s?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Matilda the Musical: A Review

I have mentioned countless times on my blog that I absolutely adore going to the theatre. As I work and live in London, in all honesty I can’t imagine a better date night than a pre-theatre dinner and a wonderful show!

So when London Box Office* asked me to review a show I’d been wanting to see for years, I couldn’t well turn them down now could I?! Matilda is one of my all-time favourite books and films, and I was so excited to watch this in the theatre!

I had an amazing seat, but I had the tallest guy sat in front of me which was ~slighly~ annoying, but what are you gonna do? It was based on the book as opposed to the film, which I should have been expecting but I wasn’t, purely based on the fact that I’d watched the film much more recently than I’d read the book. But it was actually really good that they did base it on the book, it was around first!

I found the actresses who played Matilda to be super talented, but in my honest opinion, her voice grated on me. The real star of the show is Ms Trunchball, played by David Shannon to be completely and utterly brilliant, just the real highlight!

I’d highly recommend watching Matilda, especially if you loved the book and the film. Perhaps you could drown out the sound of Matilda’s whiny voice, after reading this post, you can’t say I haven’t warned you!

Have you ever watched Matilda? Did you enjoy it?

*I was kindly gifted this ticket from London Box Office. As usual, my views are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more info.

The Body Shop VIP Bloggers Event | Westfields, Stratford

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I am most definitely not a beauty blogger, but when I was invited to the Body Shop VIP event, I couldn’t say no! I have used the Body Shop products for years and years, it was one of the first brands I ever bought from (old-school body butters and lip balms FTW!). The event was held at Westfields Stratford, and I had the loveliest evening.

It started off with James who had organised the entire evening, giving us some background on the Body Shop and some info on some of the new products, as well as the amazing news that they had finally been able to get the 8 million signatures in order to go to the United Nations and try and get the laws around testing on animals changed – which is just amazing news!

After that, we were free to shop! We were given a 30% discount for majority of the items in store and if we spent over £25, we were given a free gift!

Here are some of the things I bought:

The free gift was an Almond Milk and Honey Shower Cream: £5 and an Almond Milk Body Yoghurt: £8.50 – the Almond Milk scent is my favourite, it’s super light and subtle, and the Body Yoghurt was one of my favourite products that I’ve ever tried from the Body Shop! It absorbs into the skin so well and doesn’t feel sticky like some body moisturisers do.

What are your favourite Body Shop products?