One of the things on my Chrismas Bucket List was to go ice-skating, just because it makes me feel so Christmassy. I love London anyways as I was born and bred here, but at Christmas time it’s so lovely and holds such a special place in my heart.

We originally wanted to go to Somerset House but it was all booked up so we decided to go to NHM instead, as it was another place on my list. It was so beautiful, even though we went during the day so next time I want to go in the evening and stare at all the lights forever and ever.

I really don’t think I’m a very good skater, but I try every year just because the adrenaline rush is amazing and you’re never going to be the only one who’s struggling on the ice, believe me! It usually takes me around 10 minutes to shuffle along the ice and then I gain a little bit more confidence, and the next thing you know, I’m gliding along like a pro! (Only joking, I lean forward a bit and feel really cool, until I nearly fall flat on my face and have a mini heart attack. Oh, life!)

In all honesty, it is one of the most Christmassy things that I like to do and it is like a proper work out as well, so make sure you treat yourself to a hot chocolate afterwards (that’s the way those calorie things work right?)

Have you been ice-skating yet? Where did you go?

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For my sister’s birthday a few weeks ago, we decided to go to the spa and have afternoon tea. I thought this was such an amazing idea because we could spend all day relaxing and because of work and University, we don’t always get to spend a lot of time together, so I thought this was a great idea. 

We booked a day in at the Hilton Syon Park, and my voucher included two treatments, which we could choose out of a Body Scrub, a Back Massage, a Body Wrap or an Express Facial, all of which were 30 minutes long. We also opted for the Afternoon Tea instead of lunch, because I’d never had Afternoon Tea before – I was so excited! Full use of the facilities were included: there was a heated swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna. There was a gym as well, which we all walked straight past…
On arrival, we were given a quick tour of the spa area, the relaxation room, and the changing rooms, and given our fluffy white robes and soft slippers. As soon as we had changed, we lounged on the sun loungers dotted around the pool area and did a bit of swimming, before heading to the relaxation area for our treatments. 

The relaxation area was gorgeous, it was a dimly lit room with the most comfortable beds and soft music playing and jugs of cold lemon water. Just amazing! I opted for the back massage and the body scrub. My therapist was so lovely and made me feel so relaxed the entire time. She did the body scrub first and it smelt amazing, I think it was pomegranate-scented but it was overly fruity smelling. So she scrubbed my whole body and then I had to rinse off using no soap in the adjoining shower room, and I kid you not, my whole body was as smooth as butter. After the scrub, she oiled my whole body which was just insane, I’m sure I was sleeping half the time she was doing it! And then came the fabulous back massage. OH MY GOD, it was amazing. Even though I get a little bit ticklish, I had so many knots in my back and she used high pressure to get those knots out, and I felt so much better after it. Afterwards, we kicked back in the relaxation room and spent a little more time in the steam room and sauna. After one more dip in the pool, we got changed and got ready for our afternoon tea.
With our afternoon tea, we also got a glass of bubbly which was a nice little addition (and my Mum doesn’t drink so guess who got TWO glasses, woop). The afternoon tea consisted of sandwiches, (yes smoked salmon and cream cheese, come at me!), a mixture of plain and sultana scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam which were just gorgeous, and then a selection of sweet treats. I chose the gingerbread chai latte, which was lovely, very festive!

After a fabulously relaxing day, we headed home, feeling thoroughly refreshed. I think my sister had a wonderful birthday and I would fully recommend visiting if you’re ever in the area! The staff and facilities are amazing and I already want to go back! 

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