Unique Things to do in London


Hey everyone, how are you doing?! The weather here has been warming up slightly, and we’ve even seen some sun! Very unusual for January, but I’m not complaining!

Today I want to share with you a few places to go in London which are a bit alternative to the typical sight-seeing attractions. Although London is known for the stunning Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London and multiple other attractions, it’s sometimes nice to explore the other areas of London which aren’t as tourist-heavy. With my partner living in London for a year, I’ve had many opportunities to visit the beautiful, lively city, so I thought I would chat about a few of the places I have been to which I have loved. I hope you enjoy!

1) Milk Train

Just near Covent Garden, head over to the Milk Train. With deluxe soft ice cream, you are able to personalise your ice cream with different flavours and toppings. From sugary clouds of candyfloss to crunchy oreo cookies of heaven, you can create the most delicious sweet snack – and the ice cream is so delicate and creamy too!

2) Brickwood Café, Clapham

If you’re staying near Clapham and have a couple hours free, I’d definitely recommend visiting the Brickwood Café. It’s an Aussie inspired café serving coffee’s and brunch, with a wooden interior that creates a cosy atmosphere. When I went, I had warm, toasted banana bread served with some sweet butter and peppermint tea – it was delightful!

3) Shoreditch

Filled with a creative energy and buzz, Shoreditch is known for its artsy history and restaurants. Plenty of colourful, unique artworks which plaster the walls outside – it’s a place that most definitely catches the eye! Shoreditch is also great for street food, restaurants and cafés, so be sure to stop by and have some food when you’re there.

So, there are a few places I would recommend when visiting London (that aren’t the usual attractions). I absolutely love London – it’s such a great city packed with vibrance and history.

I know this blog post has been a little different than usual, but I hope you enjoyed it!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Mindfulness


Hey guys,

How’s your December going so far? What have you been up to? The frosty cold that welcomes us every morning never fails to trigger a burst of excitement inside me as Christmas soon arrives. Recently, I’ve been very consumed with assignments and deadlines on top of Christmas shopping and organising. Whenever I walk through the city centre on the way to Uni, I can’t help but observe the external panic and rush of other people, cramming their endless ‘to-do’ lists into one day.  So today, I want to talk about mindfulness – a very effective tip to maintain a calm mindset and overall a more positive wellbeing.

You close your eyes. You feel nothing but the waves of calmness which effortlessly run through your body. You notice your stomach expand whilst you inhale the rich, invigorating air, as you release weights of negative energy each time you exhale. You are calm, your affinity for positive energy is present and you are in control…

And there’s a small insight into what mindfulness feels like. Enabling yourself to take a few minutes each day to switch off and indulge in a private, peaceful bubble of calmness has been proven to have profound effects on our mental wellbeing.

If you are struggling where and when to begin mindfulness exercises, try YouTube or Spotify. There are countless video’s and audio tracks on mindfulness meditation provided for both beginners and advanced meditators. Begin by setting your alarm five minutes earlier and utilise those extra minutes to switch off from the outside world and have a moment of restful mindfulness. Begin your day with a refreshed, clean slate, and remember to repeat this daily! I also find that sleep mediation works wonders as well – so don’t hesitate to try that out too. I’ve already mentioned these in a previous blog post, but I really recommend ‘The Honest Guys,’ – they have an extensive variety of different meditations and mindfulness practices, so definitely check them out.

When I first tried out meditation, I didn’t think I would experience the beneficial effects as much as I did. Within days I felt calmer, more collected, less stressed and overall a healthier and happier person! I couldn’t recommend it enough, so please try it out and let me know what you think.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, let me know how you get on!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Calming Your Thoughts Before Sleep


Hey everyone, how are you all doing today?

Soon, we will wish autumn farewell for the year, and winter will greet us with frosty fingertips. As the fallen leaves on the ground turn crispier, the twiggy branches on trees remain bare as the icy air allures winter hats and scarves.

So, stopping racing thoughts before we sleep, how can we do it? A lot of us are prone to overthinking, especially when I’m trying to wind down before bed. I don’t know about you, but it often occurs when I’ve had a stressful day, or when I’ve got a busy schedule ahead of me. I close my eyes, trying to sleep, yet my mind is whirling around in a pool of rushing thoughts, making it seem impossible to drift to sleep.

As a frequent mindfulness goer, I have learnt that being able to distract your mind from busy thought’s is a powerful way to calm ourselves down. I have found that an effective way to distract your mind from reoccurring, stressful thoughts is by taking yourself to the present. Ask yourself: where am I? What can I touch? What can I smell?

As you close your eyes, you can feel the soft duvet shelter your resting body. You can feel your head sink effortlessly into the pillow. The warmth from the hot water bottle emits into your skin, as you inhale the soothing scent of lavender. 

Not only does this distract your mind from busy thoughts, but it calms the body and facilitates relaxation. Take yourself to the present. Remind yourself that there is no point worrying about tomorrow or worrying about the past when right now it isn’t in your control so it’s not worth worrying about!

So next time you’re struggling to sleep, close your eyes and try distracting your mind by focussing on the present! I hope this blog helps you, and if you want to see more content please subscribe!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx