So I’ve had the most incredible week and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time to post. (I’m on my way home from a weekend in Wales at the moment with the parents) .
As some of you might know, last weekend was my birthday weekend and my lovely boyfriend arranged a surprise day out for me. Some of you might have seen a few hints of my birthday weekend through Instagram stories but I thought I would give you a bit of an insight into what I actually got up to.
So my birthday weekend began after finishing work on the Friday, and my boyfriend took me for dinner at Pizza Express to kick start my birthday weekend.
Saturday was the surprise day, I had no idea what I was doing, all I was told is that I needed to wear sports clothes. I mean, that doesn’t narrow it down much ha. I thought, am I being taken to the gym for my birthday? we are quite active anyway so I enjoy doing extreme sports etc. but I genuinely had no clue at all.
So after a train ride of complete suspense, we arrived at Covent Garden, which did nothing except confuse me even more. I’m thinking, what on earth requires sports clothes in Covent Garden?!
Then my boyfriend took me into Ellis Brigham, he said to have a quick look at some snowboarding wear before my surprise. So we head inside, and right to the back of the store, where there happened to be a ten foot ice climbing wall haha. Instantly, it became a lot clearer why sports clothes were mentioned. I’ve never been a fan of things like rock climbing so I automatically felt a bit negative about it, but I’m the kind of person who will always give something a try and be happy to be proven wrong.
So we got changed into our snow wear (it turns out the ice wall chamber was -6, so staying warm was essential). Then we had to put crampons over our climbing boots before we head into the chamber for a briefing on how to climb the wall. We were given ice axes and taught how to hit them into the wall so that they were secure. A few hits later (it turns out i’m really not great at hitting ice axes into ice walls haha) and I was ready to go.
On my first try I managed to get about 3 steps up before I had a mini meltdown because I couldn’t work out how to move my legs to the next step ha. I came down and let my boyfriend get stuck in and in the mean time learnt better techniques to climb higher. On my third go I managed to get three quarters of the way up the wall before cramp in my legs wouldn’t let me go any further.
It was a great surprise and as much as I wasn’t sure what to expect to begin with, after persevering, it proved to be so much fun and I was so glad I had continued.
After one hour on the ice wall, it was time for the second part of my surprise, which turned out to be the London Transport Museum. This might not suit everyone, but I’m a secret massive geek when it comes to tube stations and I find it fascinating looking at how old the underground network actually is. So naturally I was really excited to head in.
As we head up in the lift to the start of the museum tour, the ‘floor counter’ displayed the date decreasing as though we were going back in time to the 1800s. We arrived at our floor and read through all the history of horse drawn carriages and onto the beginning of tube trains. They even have carriages there at the museum that you can go and sit in, it was fascinating seeing where it all began.
One of my favourite parts was driving the tube train simulator, I wasn’t giving the kids a look in, I mean it was my birthday after all haha.
After about 4 hours in the museum (I did say were geeks), we head out to grab some food and ended up in Bodeans in Covent Garden. If you haven’t been there before, its definitely one to check out. They serve American BBQ style food, so think BBQ burnt ends, ribs, cornbread etc. It’s so good and the best burnt ends i’ve had in London.
We skipped dessert and decided to head to somewhere a little bit more familiar, the Magnum Pleasure Store (rude not to). So we had our Magnums freshly dipped in a double layer of chocolate and covered in a topping of our choice. If you haven’t been before, it’s well worth the experience and, I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream, especially when it’s topped with fresh melted chocolate.
I’m sure you can appreciate that it was a great but full on day, but my birthday weekend continued even more than this (I was SO spoilt) and as this blog post is already huge, I thought I’d split the post across two days.
Check out my blog post tomorrow to find out what came next.