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01. So, how many long weekends can I buy as presents for other people before it’s obvious that these are really just presents for me?

02. Oh my god, it’s nearly 2017, I have no travel plans yet. WHERE DO I WANT TO GO? THE WORLD IS MY OYSTER.

03. Wait, no, how much annual leave do I have next year? Eurgh, is this the year I quit my job to travel?

04. I can’t really afford to quit, maybe I’ll buy another lottery ticket this week… or six.

05. Am I allowed to use my phone at the dinner table today? RyanAir just announced their boxing day sale… PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: £9.99 FLIGHTS EVERYONE. NINE POUNDS.

06. More presents with maps on? You guys know how to please me.

07. All of these travel pictures, posters, scratch maps, memorabilia as presents are great… but I’m running out of wall space. Time to build a new wall.

08. Do people think I’m weird for getting excited about packing cubes as a present? Probably. Do I care? No.

09. I’m off work till the New Year – where can I go to escape the miserable British weather? Ooooooh, this snowy Winter holiday looks fun, I’ll go somewhere with even worse weather than home! Logic.

10. I want to go away over Christmas. Wait, what if that country doesn’t have pigs in blankets?

RELATED POST: THE ULTIMATE TRAVELLER’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Okay, so maybe it’s not a list for EVERY traveller. I know my obsession with RyanAir and pigs in blankets is abnormal, but I’m sure you can relate to at least some of them!

I honestly can’t believe that it’s Christmas already. 2016 has flown by so quickly – it’s been a pretty pants year by all accounts, but I did get to travel to some new and exciting places (you can read my 2016 travel round up here).

I can’t complain too much though, on Boxing Day I’m off to Canada – what are your plans for Christmas? I want to hear all about them!

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If you’ve read my London Winter Bucket List, you’ll know that I wanted to try a “festive” afternoon tea because there is no combination better than “food” and “Christmas”.

You may also be aware if you follow me on Twitter that I have two work buddies who are also bloggers, so we jumped at the chance to make a booking a B Bakery in Covent Garden for one night after work!

Sadly Charlie (lifestyle blogger) wasn’t able to make the evening but it’s okay because myself and Amy (baking blogger) definitely ate enough on her behalf!

I’ll stop nattering now and get on to the good stuff…

B Bakery

Formally know as “Bridget’s Bakery”, B Bakery is famous for it’s Afternoon Tea bus tours which, if you hadn’t guessed, involve eating a selection of Afternoon Tea classic foods whilst touring around London on a big red bus – could you do something more quintessentially English?

My friend Charlie has written about her experience on the bus here if you’re interested. I really like the idea and it would be great for someone who is only in the city for a few days but wants to sample the English tradition of Afternoon Tea whilst still being able to continue their sightseeing!

However, if you’re not a fan of eating whilst in motion (not an issue for me, I will eat wherever and whenever I can), you’ll be glad to hear that the have a cute little bakery in Covent Garden.

The Menu

From 15 November 2016 – 5 January 2017, B Bakery offer a “Christmas Afternoon Tea” and the menu features some great twists on the usual afternoon tea classics. The turkey sandwich was to die for (who doesn’t love a good turkey sandwich?!) and there wasn’t one thing on the menu that we didn’t enjoy. I only removed the salmon from the smoked salmon blinis as I don’t eat fish – otherwise everything was perfect!

The only thing that could have improved the menu is something that truly makes you think of a good Christmas dinner like pigs in blankets maybe? I am obsessed with those tasty little buggers.

There was a wide selection of teas and coffees, including one Christmas Tea which is cinnamon based – yum! But of course I opted for the hot chocolate which was great! As well as a hot drink, a glass of fresh orange juice and a glass of prosecco are included in the price!

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Overall Opinion

For £33 on a weekday and £36 on a weekend, this isn’t the most expensive afternoon tea experience available, you get a lot of food/drink and it will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit – there’s something about pulling a Christmas cracker and plonking a silly hat on my head (ridiculous selfie below) that makes Christmas seem real – so if you are in London and want to try something new, I’d definitely give this a go!

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I’m an avid fan of afternoon teas and it was great to try something a bit different to the usual fare. Have you visited B Bakery before? What did you think?

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Working in London means I take it for granted and don’t go out of my way to enjoy what the city has to offer. I rarely visit London at the weekends seeing as I have to do the 3 hour round commute every week day already! However, London is the perfect place during Winter (despite the bitterly cold weather).

So in an attempt to get myself out and exploring this beautiful city, here is the ultimate Winter London Bucket List!

  1. Visit the ultimate Christmas London destination – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
  2. See the Covent Garden decorations because who doesn’t love a giant reindeer?
  3. Ice skating at Somerset House (once I stop being a wuss)
  4. See the amazing window displays on Oxford Street
  5. Eat festive treats at Borough Market (… and the non festive treats… JUST EAT EVERYTHING)
  6. Explore the lights of Kew Garden After Dark
  7. See a Christmas show on the West End – Cinderella pantomime anyone?
  8. Stumble across Christmas Markets
  9. Take a frosty walk around the many parks – who knows, you might be lucky and get snow!
  10. See Trafalgar Square’s  giant Christmas tree (which apparently resembles a gerkin this year lol)
  11. Grab a mulled wine… or two!
  12. Splurge on loved ones in Harrods and Hamley’s for the little ones!
  13. Curl up in a cosy English pub to escape the cold because there’s nothing better than a hearty pub lunch!
  14. Treat yo’self to a luxury Christmas decoration from Liberty (and then cry when it comes out of the loft broken next year)
  15. Explore the WHOLE Christmas floor at Selfridges (and probably the other floors too, just for good measure)
  16. If Somerset House isn’t your cup of tea, head to Canary Wharf for futuristic skating surrounded by skyscrapers
  17. Experience a luxury Fortnum and Mason Christmas Hamper
  18. Go for a festive afternoon tea
  19. Get squished in the crowds watching the New Years Eve fireworks
  20. Eat your way through the Taste of London Festive Festival (which is stupidly in November and I have now missed)
  21. Go behind the scenes of the films and visit the Harry Potter Studios for “Hogwarts in the Snow”
  22. Hit the Boxing Day sales (… if you’re brave)
  23. Drink in a rooftop WigWam surrounded by Winter Nordic Viking decor at Queen of Hoxton
  24. Shop, eat and Drink at the Southbank Winter Market
  25. Test your cold threshold by taking a drink at The Ice Bar
  26. Just explore and enjoy all of the pretty twinkly lights!

RELATED: Want to see my all-year round London bucket list? Be sure to read this!

I absolutely love the city at this time of year and definitely want to take a trip one weekend in December – is there anything else you love doing in London?

Also, I’m heading to Toronto this Winter, recommendations for Toronto are welcomed! 🙂

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