Autumn Outings in Paris & Amsterdam

Wednesday 16 November 2016

I'm having a very busy November this year, having ventured off to Paris and The Netherlands. Here are a few of my photos from the trip, plus my "Top Five" favourite outings I've had lately!

1. Take a train trip. We actually managed to do Paris in a day! It's totally feasible and was a lot of fun! We took the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord (2 hours and 15 minutes) in the morning and then left late that evening.

After we arrived in Paris, we hopped on the subway and took it to the Luxembourg Gardens. From there we walked our way up to Notre Dame and the Louvre, and quickly Uber'd to the Eiffel Tower and Galleries Lafayette where we stocked up on wine, cheese and pastries from their Gourmet Hall. We finished the day with a drink at Le Compas! If you book in advance here tickets can be quite affordable.

Eurostar is also planning for a direct train to Amsterdam in late 2017. Since this isn't yet available, we took on a quick 45 minute flight from London to The Netherlands. Since the weather was rainy we spent a lot of time indoors in museums and cafes; the Rijksmuseum and Coffee and Coconuts are a must!

2. I celebrated my 26th birthday drinks at Barts; a secret speakeasy decked out in Mickey Mouse wallpaper that's tucked inside the Chelsea Cloisters. Bartenders eye you up and down through a peep-hole to decide whether or not you make the cut. It was lot's of fun and I'd highly recommend going if you're in London! Another favourite hidden bar of mine is Cahoots - they have live music some nights so be sure to book ahead.

3. Gordon's Wine Bar is so romantic and such a classic. Perfect for afternoon wine and cheese, especially if you have visitors in town as it's a quick walk to the London Eye and Big Ben.

4. It's a bit too far away to be called my "local", but The Spaniard's Inn will forever be my favourite pub in London. Their winter garden has heaters and twinkle lights and the food is always good. Plus, it's a stone's throw away from Hampstead Heath so you can go for a leisurely stroll as you digest your fish and chips!

5. I love the Christmas cheesy-ness that is Winter Wonderland... and Hyde Park looks stunning in the winter! Head to Piano Bar in Kensington after to warm up with drinks and enjoy some live music and dancing!

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