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Hot tub- Hot tug

I have recently been on a river /canal cruise kick, so when  an opportunity to sail along the canals in a hot tub, I was definitely intrigued. I mean who doesn’t enjoy chilling in the hot tub with some friends, a little beverage and great scenery.

What I’m talking about here is the nearly established start up company HotTug UK  who successfully crowd funded their project and finally open itd doors on 21st July 2017.

Hot Tug is the first of its kind to bring to the canals of London the world first wood fired floating hot tub. A hot tub you ask? Well it’s a boat that is also a hot tub. HotTug is currently hosted at the Islington  boat club, a charity which helps encourage youngster to water sports. I am mentioning this as availability of the experience is dependent if the club itself is running any classes or courses.

This company is the brain child of two friends Tommo and Jack. However, they aren’t the one who invented the HotTug, credit goes to Frank de Bruijn, where Frank worked on the barges in port of Rotterdam, Frank de Bruijn: “It’s much more than a boat, it’s a vessel with different options. When the tug is filled, there is only a narrow rim between you and the water, making you feel at one with your surroundings.”

Frank’s long experience of wood stoves while living and working on his own barge helped him to develop a wood-burning underwater stove. This is what heats the 1800 litres of water in the HotTug to a pleasant 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F.) in a few hours.

 So, how does it all work? Well each HotTug is filled with clean water before each booking and the wood fired mechanism installed keeps the water at a toastie 38 degrees. There are also logs on board for you to keep the fire going.

Each HotTug sits around 7 people and steering is a lot easier than most electric boats. As you cruise down along Regents canal, the route itself isn’t very long.. However it’s wide enough for the boat to comfortably float along while you and your group enjoy some of London canal scenery. We definitely felt like celebs as passers-by would stop and take our pictures cause have they never seen this before,and I bet they didn’t even know this kind of experience is out there! The pair currently have two boats available for hire.

Photo credit @lovepopupslondon 

Also in case you are wondering how the facilities are like at the venue, again I will say as the HotTug is hosted on the boat club they have a school like changing facilities, of course your main experience is to get on to the canals and chill in the 38 degrees hot tub.

Photo credit @lovepopupslondon

You are also able to bring some drinks along, and big shout out goes to Fentimans for supplying the drink of choice as we cruise down the canals.

The HotTug experience will say you back £224 for 90 minutes, this includes a 15 minutes briefing on driving the boat and route (don’t worry, you really can’t get lost, as there are two locks which you must can’t get through.)

For a hot summers day, I can’t think of a much better way to spend my time with great company and great concepts. I am intrigued how it feels to sit on one in the winter? Would someone please try it and let me know?

Thanks to Joanne and her team from Love Pop Up London and HotTug UK for an amazing start to my Saturday. I would totally recommend grabbing some friends to give this a go, don’t forget your towels!

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Love street food? Try the Pigling Street – Brick Lane

I have always loved an opportunity to try different types of food around and a good street food market is always one that holds dear to my heart. The street food available around the Brick Lane area is ever changing with new food stalls popping up.

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This weekend I got to try a Pigling Hog Roast Bap at Pigling Street

The pigs that they use for their pork are female pigs reared here on the Suffolk soil. These pigs are ones who have not yet had any piglets hence makes their meat extra tender.

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The pig is roasted on the fire right on the stall so you can see the whole cooking process and its amazing. They even have their own tomato ketchup which the owner used to make himself, but due to the 7 hour cooking process, he has delegated this to another supplier so he can concentrate on making the best crispy hog roast bap!

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Surrounding with a delicious brioche bun with an optional duck egg on top, is amazing especially once the yolk splits when you bite into it.

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If you are ever down in Brick Lane and looking for some food, why not pop over for a visit.

Thanks to the Unofficial yelp community for taking me there for a taste of what a great hog roast look like!

Escape game · Fun · Going out · immersive · Lifestyle · Things to do

Major X Ploe-Shun returns 


Agent November revised Major X Ploe-Shun game incorporates new puzzles and clues to enhance your experience within this escape game bases within Tavistock Square Park.
A great game to play in the London summer sunshine, you are briefed by an agent explaining that Major X Ploe-Shun has returned to his evil ways and in order for you to save London you must find the bomb and deactivate it before it blows!
You have 60 minutes to find the clues which are located  within this beautiful park… Be aware of the red herring leading you astray..

The clues requires teamwork.. Also a big clue would be to read your clues out loud, it really works trust me!
The game really brings the players together and that working together is the only way journey will be able to figure things out and save the day.

I just admit there were a little hiccups along the way. . Such as a key I found was for one of the safes but I managed to open a clue box instead.. It was funny seeing our games master trying to find an excuse why it happen. Jason our games master was so engaging, he really brought the character to life.

Oh, start thinking of a code name as you will need one when you play.. Be inventive and enjoy!

This time round we managed to save London from the dreaded bomb…. 12 mins to spare! Woot Woot…

Thanks again for Love Pop Up London for organising another great escape game experience.

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Canal boat cruise picnic? Yes please!  

When I was asked if I would be interested in cruising down the canal from Paddington basin, to Camden, I couldn’t help but jumped a little in excitement.. I have never done a canal cruise, I mean I have seen the canal boats all long the London canals.. But driving a boat down.. Now that’s something you don’t do everyday.

Now, Go Boat is the only self drive electric power boating experience in London, this is a follow up on the success Go Boat had in Scandinavia.
The journey take place by Merchant Square nearest station I would say is Edgware road station.

You can book various hours, however we think that a minimum of two hours are required.. We had two hours on our trip and you really don’t know where they go.. I mean when they said time flies when you are having fun.. They didn’t exaggerate!

Just in case you think that they let all these Londoners loose on the canals of London.. Don’t worry.. We have all been briefed of all the tight squeeze and  things to avoid as well as a map to merrily bobbing along the canals towards Camden Town. Apparently this journey should take no more than 60 mins.. Well, let’s just say we wanted to get to Camden but may not have made it in the two hours we had.

It’s such a difference experience to see London from a different side.. Passing little Venice, along Regents Park, where you can spot a few zoo animals.. It just makes anyone so happy.

Our trip was also filled with lovely drinks provided by Fentimans I have always loved their delicious Ginger Beer, I didn’t even know that they do alcoholic drinks.. The pre mixed Gin and tonic.. Was delicious.. The drinks are all organically brewed and most are gluten free too!

Together with vegetable crips from Emily’s Crisp a healthy and yummy treat for the cruise. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon picnic experience.

I loved the experience and would love definitely be recommending it to friends and family, looking to enjoy a different side of London. Thanks again to Jo from @lovepopupslondon for the invite.

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DA VINCI – an escape room experience 

Photo credit Escape Games London 

Now, I don’t call myself an expert.. Seeing I have only done what? 5 escape room so far.. And this one from Escape Land is very different to the rest..they have two rooms at their venue, we played the Da VINCI game. 
The games are suitable for teams of 3-6 players. I think any lower than two would make the game difficult to play. 

The clues can vary in difficulties and I have found out that mathematical clues are ones I should stay well clear off! 

Photo credit Escape Games London 

For this game a lot of team work is required and talking and working together is key! A lot of the clue requires interaction and great communication skills to get you through.. There will be no quiet moments here! 

Photo credit Escape Games London

There are  no shortages of clues to keep the group entertained and you are given a walkie talkie to communicate with your games master.. We did extremely well in only requiring two clues from our gamesmater so we are very proud and we made it out just in time.. Phew!!! 

This is one game I would totally recommend to newbie playing for the first time and experienced players as there will always be games and clues you have never tackled before.. 

Photo credit.. @bambibluedo

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London for an amazing night of clue solving  and team building… If you are looking for a team build exercise for work.. An escape room is one to challenge the mind and team.. Bring it on! 

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Immersive experience? Secret Theatre-Project Mayhem

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Secret cinema has brought the movies to life and brought  us closer to the film maker vision.. So what’s difference here? The Secret Theatre – Project Mayhem is the return from Secret Studio Lab. An immersive theatre experience which as soon as you get into the door of the entrance the actors area in character and you have to comply. Don’t forget your password!! 
I won’t give too much details on the movie or show its based on, but regulars will grasp it as soon as they are inside..there is a dress code, so participate as you see fit.. 

Photo credit Secret Studio Lab

This was my first immersive experience and I admit I was a little confused as to what we had to do.. The venue was huge, but I felt the activities didn’t occupy the space we’ll enough and some areas were inundated with people, while others looked bare. 

You are put into groups and are given task to complete.. It’s a great way to meet new people some are newbies and some love the immersive experience. 

I put my hands down to the actors in this, they did an amazing job and really brought it to life for us.. In our group, we had a mole.. It was so much fun seeing how the story plays out.. 

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For me personally, I didn’t enjoy the film it was based on.. But that’s just me.. However the whole experience has given me a taste and if I was to pick a movie I did like, I would really like to get stuck in.. 
Thanks to Love Pop Up London for the opportunity and Secret Studio Lab for the taster.. It had definitely made me think twice when watching my next movie! 

P. S we weren’t allowed any pictures so these are pictures from Secret Studio Lab 

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Make over Saturday

What better way to spend a Saturday with friends shopping and then getting a free make over from Chanel. Yeah, I said free!

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So, me and my friend were just walking around Spitafieds market on a rainy Saturday afternoon and walked past the newish Chanel Store and noticed they had a free 15 minutes make up experience.

We had a quick chat with the ladies there to find out if they can give us the makeover and to decide which one would be best for us depending on our make up needs.

When they mentioned the Chanel Healthy Glow- we were sold!

We were given a one to one with the consultant who talked us through all the products they will be using and all why they are doing it and what benefits they are. ( I mean this is one way for them to showcase their new make up collection)

I felt the make up was very natural (be it a little heavy for me as I prefer a more lighter coverage and not as dewy) but I took a few selfies (like you do when you’ve had a makeover!) and I found it very glowy and natural and picture very well..

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However if you are looking to update your new make up or even skin care or fragrance then pop into any stand alone store (doesn’t have to be a Chanel) and have a chat, make sure that you do ask for sample especially for foundation as you want to see how it looks in natural daylight before investing in a £36 bottle.

Have fun girls (or boys!)