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Old 24 Sep 21, 10:21 AM  
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Team Bricki Just Touched Down in London Town- September 2021 INDEX ADDED- COMPLETE

Welcome to my 2021 holiday trip report- like everyone else it isnít what we planned or where we had our hearts set on going, but I am sure we will have a fabulous time

I have done a couple of these now so will keep the intro short, Iím Nicki, 35 years old and live in West Yorkshire with my soulmate Brett (38). We are massive foodies, cocktail connoisseurs, tattooed Disney princesses trying to live our best life in the crazy world of Covid.



We have had several trips cancelled to America and intended to keep going until the end of the year but for various reasons we gave up and decided to try and make some use of all the annual leave we needed to take. We were supposed to go to London for our first wedding anniversary in May 2020 so thought we might as well rebook that now that restrictions have been lifted in England.

Our little break will cover a week, 2 nights in Leeds and 5 nights in London. Brett is originally from South Africa and the lack of places we could travel to this year visa free has given us the much needed kick up the bottom to apply for his British Citizenship. The first part of the process is to pass the Life in The UK exam and the GESE B1 Level 5 English Speaking exam. The second one is a bit annoying to say the least as it is basically costing us £150 to prove he can speak English, his first language! But he has to take it as South Africa isnít a predominantly English speaking country. Anyway this is the reason for the couple of nights in Leeds first!


We are staying at the Radisson Blu in Leeds, this was a bargain as we have stayed here a few times in the past so we had enough points to get a big discount.


Our Leeds food plans include Grand Pacific, Neon Cactus, Vice and Virtue, Mowgli and cocktails and jazz at the Domino Club

We will get the train from Leeds into Kings Cross and jump in an uber to our hotel- The Montague on The Gardens. There is a lovely story behind why we are staying here which I will post with the main report. We will probably have something to eat here when we arrive in the evening- hopefully the Beach Bar will be open but will visit the Leopard Bar if not



We plan to do a couple of museums and Brett really wants to look around an art gallery. I would love to do some of the typical touristy spots like Buckingham Palace, Hamleys, Harrods, Tower etc. We havenít left a huge amount of free time so we will see what we can get done.

Of course there will be a couple of West End visits and our shows of choice I think best represent our cancelled trip to Boston and Orlando- Hamilton and Frozen!

Our rough itinerary is as follows

DAY ONE
LEEDS

DAY TWO
LEEDS

DAY THREE
LEEDS / TRAVEL TO LONDON

DAY FOUR
Victoria and Alberts Museum

Meet up with some fellow Disney loving friends for lunch at Hoppers and cocktails at Cahoots and Trader Vics

DAY FIVE
Tate Modern

Borough Market

Walk around some of the touristy spots

Cocktails at Swift Underground

Dinner at Blacklock

DAY SIX
Breakfast at the hotel

National History Museum

Cocktails at Blind Pig

Dinner at Flat Iron

Hamilton

DAY SEVEN
Lunch at El Pastor

Dessert at Cake and Bubbles

Cocktails at Smokey Kudu in Peckham

Dinner at Kudu Grill in Peckham

DAY EIGHT
Lunch at Opera Tavern or Ave Mario

Frozen

Apologies for the lack of pictures but I will post plenty in the actual report- and I will do my best to capture more than just food and cocktails! We said we wanted to try and do more cultural things like museums, art and sight seeing as it is our main break for this year, but will see what happens. I am hoping we smash the early starts and late finishes like we did in Orlando!

Hope you enjoy reading along

INDEX

UNEXPECTED BONUS DAY
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DAY ONE
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DAY TWO
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DAY THREE
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DAY FOUR
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DAY FIVE
https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/sho... php?t=1205159

DAY SIX
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DAY SEVEN
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DAY EIGHT
https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/sho... php?t=1205558

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Old 24 Sep 21, 10:39 AM  
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Looking forward to this. I love your trippies and it gives me great ideas of places to eat.
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Hope you have a great staycation !

I sometimes take the route passing the Montague on the walk to work - looks fab.
Some great days out planned .
Good luck to Brett on his exams

Look forward to lots of amazing food and cocktails 🍸
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Sounds fantastic, I hope you have a fab time! Even though I live in Greater London I hardly ever visit as a tourist and itís such a shame as London is (IMO!) the best city! Youíve given me the kick up the backside I need to get back there and visit the museums and galleries and just generally wander 😃
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I am waiting to feel old again😂
I feel old now, too many long days haha i noticed on another post you are seeing Hamilton this weekend, enjoy you will love it
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Looking forward to this. I love your trippies and it gives me great ideas of places to eat.
Thank you, we did good again with our food choices
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Originally Posted by WileyCoyote View Post
Hope you have a great staycation !

I sometimes take the route passing the Montague on the walk to work - looks fab.
Some great days out planned .
Good luck to Brett on his exams

Look forward to lots of amazing food and cocktails 🍸
Thank you (although apologies you will probably see them all on insta over the next few weeks too lol) the Montague was unreal and the area around there was lovely too
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