Up at the O2 Climb Review

Up at the O2 Review

For David’s birthday last year, I bought him an up at the O2 gift voucher and last weekend we finally got round to using it!

We were both really excited, me especially as I used to live near this area when studying at university.  However, the up at the O2 climb opened long after I’d already moved back to Kent, so as of yet I’d never completed it!

As I (sort of) reviewed Ballie Ballerson (a London bar with an adult sized ball pit!), I thought I’d write an up at the o2 climb review too.  Here’s what I thought of it, with a bit of advice of what you might need on the day too.

What to expect up at the O2

Up at the o2 review and what to expect

At this moment, I can’t think of another attraction similar to up at the O2 in London.  (Seriously, which other London landmark can you scale over within 90 minutes?)  Yes, for the price of a pretty £36 (currently) you can walk over the O2, one of London’s icons.  Since the millennium dome opened back in 1999 it has found its place in the capital’s iconic skyline.

As I’ve already mentioned gift vouchers are available, which makes a brilliant gift idea (lucky David!).  Plus the O2 is a great venue to get something to drink after, a bite to eat, catch a film or throw some bowls at its very own Hollywood Bowl.  Otherwise it is of course known as one of London’s most famous music venues.

There’s ample parking if you’re driving, or if you’re catching the train North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee line is literally on the O2’s doorstep – it couldn’t be more easy to get to.

Up at the O2: what to bring?

  • Dress for the weather.
  • A hairband to keep long hair tied up.
  • Socks!  (Although no worries if you forget, you can buy some at basecamp.)
  • Your tickets (if you’ve booked).
  • A camera to capture the stunning views.

It might come as a bit of a surprise that you don’t actually need to bring that much to walk up the O2.  Climbing shoes, harnesses and protective clothing (to wear over your clothes) are all provided on the day.

Pre-climb (up at the O2)

Above you can see David and I, pre-climb. We’re both wearing an up at the O2 gillet, which was provided to us at Basecamp.  A gillet is supplied in the summer and a jumpsuit in the winter to protect your clothes from the harness.  (And from any annoying rubbing or chafing I imagine.)

How long does it take?

To climb the O2 takes 90 minutes, with a climb starting every 30 minutes.  We arrived at Basecamp early before our climb time and were soon taken to a room for our group safety briefing.  This involved a quick video and a demonstration of how to get into our harnesses.

Two friendly instructors then helped equip everyone with their harness and climbing shoes.  Once you’re all set, the instructors ensure you’re all strapped in and supported nicely before showing you how to use the cable ties.  You are then ready to begin the climb (this part probably takes an hour, roughly).

Up at the O2 Climb Review

Is it scary or difficult to climb?

Not at all.  I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of heights, but my legs can still go to jelly when peering over an edge and seeing a long way down.  At no moment did I feel like this.  If you have braved a Go Ape attraction or similar, I’d say that this is a lot scarier in terms of heights and edges.

Up at The O2 is 52m at its highest point, meaning its can get pretty steep (the steepest points are at a 30m ascent and descent). Although the blue walkway feels just like walking on a trampoline (seriously, it’s quite bouncy!), so it didn’t feel too much of a slog and in a way made it easier.

Up at the O2: Viewing Platform

Up at the O2 Canary Wharf view

Once you’ve reached the summit, there’s a circular viewing platform to allow you to take a breather, but more importantly gawp at those skyline views.  On a clear day (like we were lucky enough to be blessed with) it’s a stunning sight.  You can easily point out Canary Wharf, the ExCel Centre and of course watch boats going up and down the river Thames.

You get plenty of time to look around up here and the instructors are happy to take any photos for you, which I thought was super handy.  (This means you don’t have to bother asking the strangers in your group!)

Taking pictures up at the O2

Up at the O2 view

You’ve probably noticed I’ve mentioned about taking photos; yes cameras are allowed. (Clearly, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to take these images!)  But it’s important to note that cameras must be kept zipped inside your gillet or jumpsuit whilst you are climbing.  Cameras aren’t allowed to come out until you’ve reached the viewing platform.

Our gillets had two pockets, which were quite spacey too. I was able to fit my camera (Canon G7X) and my iPhone in each, no worries.  Otherwise there is a photographer who takes pictures of you too.  You’re able to buy these photos in the gift shop apres climb.

Booking up at the O2

Up at the O2 Climb Review

Although you can just turn up and pay for a ticket, David and I booked as we wanted to climb the O2 on a bank holiday weekend.  (So we were expecting it to be busy.)  I would definitely advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.  When we arrived there were people queueing and hoping to get into our climb group, but there wasn’t space for another few hours.  In the winter however I imagine there are more spaces and less queueing.

Before booking, it’s worth thinking about when you want to climb up the O2.  David and I decided to do the O2 walk in the morning, but there is the option to do a Twilight Climb and a Night Climb too.

See up at O2 views in my vlog

If you’ve watched my vlog you’ll be able to see both myself and David enjoyed the up at the O2 climb.  I personally think it’s a great price too, when so many other tourist attractions in London will set you back a bob or two.

If I’ve not answered any questions in this blog post please don’t hesitate to comment in the section below.  Oh, I’ve not been asked, sponsored or paid to write this review btw, I just wanted to share a review.

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New Purchases Show & Tell – August 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell August 2017

And just like that – poof! – it’s my New Purchases Show & Tell August 2017.  Every weekend was booked this month for me to attend some form of social do.  So, to rise to the occasion (pun intended) I had to get myself all dolled up and prepared.

I attended 2 weddings, a hen do and a day trip up to London – I had no weekend free! The weddings in particular required some new classy robes and so I hope you don’t mind that this month will be heavily clothes related.  (I did warn ya!)

New Purchases Show & Tell August 2017 video

City Goddess Petite Wrap Midi Dress – 30 seconds in
Let’s do this in order… Here’s the dress I wore to the first wedding, at the beginning of the month.  I made a big ol’ Asos order compiled of many dresses before whittling it down to this mint midi dress.  In fact I still wasn’t 100% about it until I wore it on the day, then I couldn’t be more pleased.  I felt super classy and it definitely has wearability for another summer wedding (maybe next year).

Little Mistress Petite Prom Skater Dress – 1:42 minutes in
The very next weekend we attended another wedding.  I had yellow in mind for this one, although I made another big ASOS order that included a variety of colours.  And so after another elimination process this pastel yellow prom dress was the winner.  (Despite the fact I wasn’t keen on the embellishment and the bridesmaid’s dresses were also yellow.  Oops.)

New Purhcases Show & Tell August 2017

TopShop PETITE Pinstar Knot Mini Slip Dress – 2:38 minutes in
…and here’s the part of my New Purchases Show & Tell August 2017 post where my weakness for TopShop is clear to see.  I wore this to the hen do I mentioned, but I would have bought this regardless.  I love the tie-up and cut out detailing, it’s described as a slip dress too so I’m thinking I can wear a t-shirt underneath it in autumn too?

TopShop PETITE Floral Dress – 3:14 minutes in
I’d kept my eyes on this little floral number for a few months.  When I saw the original price (around £40) I kept my cool and was like nope, that can wait until the price drops and drop it did.  I whipped it up for £18; what a win.

TopShop PETITE Spot & Floral Print Jumpsuit – 3:55 minutes in
This wasn’t in the sale, but I got it anyway, can you blame me?  Being a short ass I often miss out on jumpsuits as they’re just too long for me.  Thank heavens for this being in the TopShop Petite range then, with a brilliant print to boot too.

New Purchases Show & Tell August 2017

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation – 4:14 minutes in
Oh my god.  This foundation.  I now question myself on why it took me so long to buy it.  The coverage is literally so smooth, even with applying with a brush (rather than a beauty blender).  I implore anyone to give it a try.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 5:04 minutes in
One final note/purchase, which is yet another book from the Kindle store.  I think I mistakenly said in the video that this was in the monthly deals in the Kindle store for 99p, but it might have actually been in the daily deals.  (As I can’t find it in the monthly deals now.  Apologies if you’ve missed it.)  I’ve watched the film, which I thought had a rushed start, but a better end half.  So I thought I’d give the book a go.

Next month…

As mentioned, David and I have made a very important purchase recently, which I haven’t included in my New Purchases Show & Tell August 2017.  (Reason being is because I want to dedicate a separate video (and maybe post?) for this.  Yes, it’s that important!)

Without giving too much away (which I probably already have), there will be some a lot of purchases to be made because of this.  All will be revealed soon…

I have not been asked, sponsored or paid to review any of these products.  I just like to shop!

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The 3 Best Hangover Cures

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I’ve had my fair share of devastating hangovers.  The kind where I daren’t crawl out of the bed, the ones where I do and I feel fine, before it hits my later, much harder, usually on public transport.

I’m 28 now, which means I’ve had plenty of experience drinking and facing the day after.  Prevention is better than cure they say, but we all make mistakes.

Hair of the dog, downing your weight in water – everyone has their own hangover cures to get them moving again.  So, here’s mine.

1. A Fizzy Drink

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Last Christmas, my sister got a book of foreign words that weren’t translatable into English.  Such as ‘hygge’, the Danish word that translates roughly to ‘cosiness’, ‘warmth’ and being round friends and family.

There should be a word for that incurable thirst you suffer with when you wake up with a hangover.  No matter how hard you hunt for it, there’s no drink that quite hits the spot for quenching your thirst.  Yet we still dream of that one remedy drink that gently cools away your hangover like some magical potion.

Well, fizzy drinks can come damn close to that, in my opinion, (and they pump sugar back into you too).  Plus, if you drink a Sprite it’s been proven to speed up your hangover by processing aldehyde dehydrogenase sooner, which is the stuff that makes you feel hungover.  (I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know that last bit until I read this article on the Guardian.)

2. Fast Food

McDonalds Double Cheeseburger

Who the hell craves a salad after a heavy night out?  Seriously, if you do then who the hell even are you?  I truly can’t put into words just how right it feels to eat fatty, greasy and, above all, unhealthy food when you’re putting all of your concentration into picking what to eat when you’re hangover.

I’m holding up a McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger above, a personal favourite of mine.  But you really don’t have to feel limited in your choice for this part of my hangover cure.  The world really is your oyster.

McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, a greasy kebab or even Dominoes pizza.  Listen to what your body is telling you, usually it’s good at telling you what it craves.  Or, what it doesn’t want inside it anymore (ie chucking up in the toilet).

3. Ice Cream

Twister Ice Cream Best Hangover cures

Depending how gut-wrenchingly bad I feel when I wake up, sometimes I skip right to this hangover cure; ice cream.  In the same way a fizzy drink is the elixir of life, ice cream is like reaching nirvana.

I feel like it settles my body down, whilst weirdly cooling it down too.  If I had to pick a favourite, it really wouldn’t take me that long to choose.  A pack of “funsize” Twister lollies were always replenished stock at my house whilst at uni.  When I discovered them it was like  a revelation, and led me call out ‘get me a Twister lolly – STAT!’ whenever I woke up after a alcohol fuelled party.

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I’ve told you mine, what are yours?

Hangover’s are a bitch.  Let’s not suffer alone, come together and share your favourite hangover cures below!  For example, these aren’t the only things I think make the best hangover cure.  If the opportunity presents itself (and I’m feeling up to it) I think swimming, or more like light paddling, can make me feel once again at peace.

If you know just the the thing in how to get over a hangover, or have a practised banging hangover remedy – please, please, share below!

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4 Podcasts I’m Listening to Right Now

Which Podcast to listen to

I’m late to the podcast party. I didn’t start listening to podcasts until I started my job last year, when the long commutes to work began too.  Then, when I had dipped into a few and loved it, I immediately jumped on board the podcast fan ship!  (Figuratively speaking…)

So, I’ve decided to share a few podcasts I’m enjoying right now, rather than a ‘which podcasts to listen to‘ kinda post. I’ve not been listening to podcasts for a year yet and I’m dead certain there’s plenty more out there I’m yet to discover and love.

So this is more of a ‘podcasts I’m listening to now’ post, because I don’t want to rule out writing similar posts in the future!

1. Buffer – The Science of Social Media

Buffer the Science of Social Media podcast

After seizing every moment of the the weekend and making the most of it, when it comes to Monday mornings I feel a bit fuzzy, to say the least.  I want to get my mind back to being refocused for work, so I listen to Buffer’s the Science of Social Media podcast.  (I work as a Social Media & Content Executive).

Buffer of course provides many insights on social media and not just in podcast form.  However, the topics and discussions in these podcasts aren’t exactly groundbreaking, plus the hosts use the word “interesting” far too often for my liking.

But, in despite of feeling that they’re telling you how to suck eggs at times (“use hashtags”), little gems of information still reveal themselves, every now and then.  Mostly though, I listen because it gets me back into that social media frame of mind for the week ahead.

2.  Emma Gannon – Ctrl Alt Delete

Emma Gannon Ctrl Alt Delete podcast

I never thought I’d be the kind of person to binge-listen a podcast series (is that a saying?), but Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete had me at hello.

Yes, it’s one of the most popular podcasts out there, but for good reason.  At first, I was pulled in by listening to all of the episodes featuring my favourite YouTubers.  But the way Emma talks about our generation, growing up online and how it’s changed our world, careers and life, I just have SO MUCH time for.

It’s so refreshing to hear about technology, blogging and social media in a positive light, rather than just doom and gloom.  Ctrl Alt Delete tops my podcast list for podcasts to listen to on most days.  Every Ctrl Alt Delete podcast inspires me in one way or another.

3.  At Home With…

Podcast to listen to

Lily and Anna’s rather new podcast series At Home With is a combination of Ctrl Alt Delete and Changing Rooms.  In a good way.

This is the first array into podcasting for the duo and I’ve got to say, they’ve not done too badly.  Similar to Emma’s Ctrl Alt Delete, they interview guest that have a background in digital brands, but also make up gurus and magazine editors too.  (Jo Elvin, Zoe Sugg and Liz Earle have all been guests so far.)

The twist is the interview actually takes place in the guest’s house.  So in between conversations about careers, fashion and the like, we’re taken around the guest’s home.  If you download a certain podcast app I can’t remember the name of now (blast!), you get to see pictures of the guest’s home too.  As I listen on my drive to work I obviously keep it to audio only…

4.  The Rough Guide to Everywhere

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The Rough Guide to Everywhere is the first travel podcast I’ve seen and listened to out there.  (There’s a gap in the market people!)

I’m more of a Lonely Planet fan myself (I adore the writing style).  However, I do have a soft spot for Rough Guide.  (I owned a Rough Guide for Moscow, the first destination I travelled to in my gap year.)

Ultra-experienced and hard grafted travellers are interviewed on the podcasts about their most wild travelling experiences.  (Like when Ruby Wax hitchhiked somewhere and somewhere fell into jail.)  But the host Greg Dickinson also goes on his own experiences, like hiking his way out into the British countryside (far from any public transport station).  It’s definitely inspired me to take on more mini-adventures, between the big ones.

Other Notable Mentions…

Lily and Anna aren’t the only YouTuber stepping into the audioworld.  Estée Lalonde will soon release The Heart of It, a series where she’ll dicuss topics close to her, well, heart.

I was a big listener of My Dad Wrote A Porno for a while, which is hilarious, the title is exactly as it sounds.  I also occasionally dip into Women’s Hour and Desert Island Discs too (I loved Tom Hanks’!).

And there’s the four podcasts I’m listening to right now.  Once I’ve caught up with all of the above I’ll definitely have more time to listen to others.  So another post may be in the pipeline…

Do you love podcasts?  Tell me which ones you listen to in the comment section below!

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New Purchases Show & Tell – July 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this series!  My New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017 officially marks the series’ first anniversary and yes, I have decided to celebrate.  (By hosting a giveaway competition no less – keep reading to find out how you can enter!)

This month I had my boyfriends 30th birthday (yes the big 3-0!).  After much planning (and sneaking around), his parents and I managed to create a 30th birthday photo book!  It was such a great present to make and I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face when I finally gave it to him.

Other than that, I’ve been making the usual I-probably-shouldn’t-be-spending-money-on-this purchases…  So let’s delve in!

New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017

Truprint Photo Book – 26 seconds in
Okay so I’ve already gushed about this, but I’m honestly quite pleased on how it turned out.  I think this makes a great gift idea for those big birthdays, or even other occasions in fact.  Using Truprint was easy as there’s pre-arranged layouts you can drop your photos into.  You can add text, illustrations and filters too and it is so much quicker than making a homemade scrapbook!

ASOS Flery Leather Flat Sandals – 1:19 minutes in
Is it just me who’s been putting off wearing sandals?  I just felt my feet looked weird flat and I’d never give up my comfy trainers.  However, when the weather really heated up a month of so ago, even my trainers were too hot to wear.  I caved in and you know what, sandals are so much cooler (I know, shock) and I guess my exposed feet don’t look that weird when they’re flat?

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TopShop Bag -1:57 minutes in
How classy is this bag?  I picked this up in the TopShop sale in store, I can’t find it on the website.  I find I wear these over the shoulder bags the most and this one is a great size for my essentials; namely my purse (it’s a massive one), phone and keys!

H&M Short Shorts – 2:26 minutes in
I tend to show off the cute dresses, going out outfits and fashionable clothes I buy in my New Purchases Show & Tell series.  But lo and behold – a casual just-for-round-the-house item has finally made it in!  If I’m not planning to see another human being ALL DAY then this is something I tend wear with a t-shirt.  Ahh, so comfy.

H&M Spotted Dress – 2:43 minutes in
H&M have really hooked me back in recently, in a big way.  As I’ve said previously on this series, I felt for a long time I just wasn’t inspired by any of their clothes.  But now things have changed and they’re going back up in my standards!  I think this dress is just so cute, and it was only £14.99.  (!)

Truprint Photobook review

ASOS PETITE Mini Tea Dress – 2:58 minutes in
I feel like if you don’t snatch something up on ASOS lately then you’re chance is gone!  ASOS must be doing seriously well atm… Anyway, I’m probably not short of your typical floral dress, but I bought one just in case and I feel like I could wear this to work too.

ASOS PETITE Denim Shirt – 3:16 minutes in
I have been on the hunt for a denim shirt for what feels like an age.  I’ve tried plenty on, but just felt like I got a bit fussy with them.  I didn’t want any embellishments, frays or crazy embroidery… and ASOS once again delivered. (The next day too!)

GIVEAWAY & Next Month…

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Right, onto the GOOD stuff!  As I’ve been dutifully filming and blogging my series for a year now, I want to mark the anniversary with a celebratory giveaway!  I’m giving away a £30 Spotify voucher (which I know doesn’t sound like much, but that’s 3 months of Spotify Premium people!)

To enter: please comment on my New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017 video here – and that’s it! If you’re not sure what to comment I have asked for which item you’ve enjoyed the most watching in this WHOLE series.  Or you could recommend me something you think I might like?

Plus, I’ll give you an extra chance of winner if you’re a reader of my blog – comment here too for an extra entry!   The winner will be announced in my next New Purchases Show & Tell video and over on my Facebook page.  (Link below if you haven’t done so yet!)

As we’re already well into “next month”, I have a pretty good idea on what is coming up – WEDDING GUEST DRESSES!  And spray tans…

I have not been asked, sponsored or paid to review any of these products.  I just like to shop!

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