How to Spend a Birthday in London!

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I’m starting to think that the quarter of a century age should be a thing. Forget turning eighteen or twenty one, turning 25 for me was the most exciting of the bunch! It has been a really exciting 12 months – working on and announcing my first published book, travelling to twenty or more countries (I lose count) and most recently announcing the opening of my new sweets store! To celebrate in style, I booked my mum and I plane tickets to London on top of our Norway trip (spending your day on a plane for 30 hours didn’t seem quite right when you’re headed home!) This turned out to be one of my favourite trips of the year with one of my favourite people in the world. So here’s how to spend your birthday in London – World of Wanderlust styyyyyyle!

Mandeville Hotel London

Check In: The Mandeville Hotel

We arrived in London at 6:00am and not to my surprise, spent way too long waiting for our bags at Heathrow Airport (sigh). After a couple of hours at the airport, we made our way to check in to The Mandeville Hotel, who have just launched “French Riviera” style rooms that are to die for! To our surprise we were given the room key immediately, showered away the jet lag, and off we went to explore London. The four star hotel was conveniently located just off Oxford Street, which gave us more excuses than we needed to fill our suitcases with all sorts of goodies!

Savoy_London Birthday in London

Afternoon tea at The Savoy

The highlight of my day was spoiling my mum to a longstanding British tradition; the much-loved afternoon tea at The Savoy. This hotel is an institution in itself, which was evident as soon as we entered the heavy brass revolving doors, feeling as if we had stepped right on to the set of Downton Abbey.

As this was my mum’s first afternoon tea experience, we spoiled ourselves by ordering a glass of Moet Rosé to truly mark the day as birthday quality! The lavish three tiers of afternoon tea goodies that followed will keep us talking for years to come: traditional English scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, finger sandwiches and the all important pastry selection!

Oxford Circus London

Shopping on Oxford & Regent Street

As mentioned earlier, our hotel was a little too conveniently located to my all time favourite shopping streets the world over: Oxford street and Regent street. As Oxford street is an attraction in itself, I would recommend only shopping here between 9:00 – 12:00 before the crowds arrive. After this time the streets are absolutely packed with tourists, though if you’re after the ambience alone, this is a great time to take it all in!

Regent street has become my preferred shopping street over the years, with fab finds like Hamley’s toy store, REISS and Zara Home being some of my faves. Walking around the streets of Mayfair is fun too, but a little on the expensive side after all the high street shopping we indulged in!

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Sightseeing in West London

Being my mum’s first time in London, I couldn’t avoid the old and faithful red double decker tourists busses for a fun afternoon of sightseeing! Playing tour guide, I took my mum to favourites such as Big Ben, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Afterwards we walked the streets of Soho and Covent Garden – my two favourite suburbs to explore later in the day and in to the evening!

Thank you all for joining me for another year of adventures! Here’s to the next year!

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    October 9, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Yeah that’s right and this is the beauty at it’s peak! I love this blog for the gorgeousness of it’s writing style.

    Cristina Silva
    October 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    this is the best way to celebrate the birthday
    and wish u belated happy b’day.

    Phyllis Stoller
    September 29, 2016 at 4:07 am

    If you want to feel like an insider, spend Sunday morning on Marylebone High Street, visit the organic food market, stroll in the former church yard, and have lunch at one of the many fine restaurants nearby. I live part time near that area, and it feels like a village in a city

    Laura @ Our Next Adventure
    September 29, 2016 at 12:39 am

    WOW! (no pun intended, lol) You have so much to be proud of for having accomplished by 25! Happy Birthday!

    September 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I love it !! Seems like u had a blast for your birthday !! Nothing better than a new adventure 😉

    Sri Sairam Subhayatra
    September 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    It’s very interesting and informative post, thank you so much for sharing your useful information to the people who are looking for it.

    September 28, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Happy happy birthday! London seems like a great place to spend your big 25!

    September 28, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Sounds like you had an incredible birthday! That afternoon tea set up looks amazing!
    Happy belated Birthday!!

    September 28, 2016 at 1:13 am

    This looks like the perfect birthday! Happy belated birthday!

    x Annabelle

    September 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    awesome way to celebrate birthday………….congrats

    September 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Happy birthday Brooke! I’m only sixteen right now, so I don’t know what to do with my life yet but as a 25 year old, you’ve accomplished so many things and you’re definitely my inspiration for travel blogging. Again, happy birthday and best wishes on your new store!

    September 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This sounds like an awesome way to spend a 25th birthday. That afternoon tea looks delicious! And I totally agree: 25 should be a much bigger milestone. There’s something slightly scary & exciting about turning a quarter of a century old. Hope this year is another good one for you 🙂

    September 27, 2016 at 6:38 am

    First of all, Happy Bday! Seems like you had a great time. And thanks for the inspiration.. Maybe I plan a little birthday trip for myself next year! X

    September 27, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Happy late birthday Brooke! You sure have had a successful 25 years! (And thanks for the London ideas – I’ll be visiting the UK next month)

    Katie //

    Robin Taylor
    September 27, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Happy Birthday!! I spent my 25th (26th, 40th and 50th) birthday in London! I hope your birthday was fabulous!!

    Rebekah Esme
    September 26, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Hope you had a super birthday!! Looks amazing! ❤️

    September 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Awesome post ! I’m glad you had such a great time

    September 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Hi, when will you book be available in UK please? X

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    September 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    happy birthday!:) x

    September 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Happy belated birthday, Brooke!

    • Brooke Saward
      September 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much! <3

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    September 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

    This looks like such a fun trip!
    And happy birthday 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      September 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Brooklyn! xx

    September 26, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I really enjoyed reading about your success. You have accomplished a lot during the past couple of years. Your determination, passion, and love for the world motivates me to accomplish my own goals. Many blesssings and keep on shooting for the stars. Love the birthday treat

    September 26, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Happy Birthday, B !
    and congrats for ur new store, I probably will come over next December. xxx

    • Brooke Saward
      September 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you! Please do – lots of sweets treats await 🙂