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26-28 Binney Street
Smack Lobster opened in the Autumn of 2014, there are three in the chain and no, no smack is offered on the menu and each main is just £9.00.
The menu is a simple list of signature lobster rolls, each with a different twist and you can choose from Happy Ending (Japanese mayo, fish sauce and coriander), California (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and mayo with lime), Seven Samurai (tempura lobster, Japanese mayo, cabbage, cucumber, pickled ginger and spring onion), as well as there sometimes being specials. You can also feast on amazing courgette fries and, being obsessed with courgette, this sounds amazing.
46 Commerical Street
I munched my way through some amazing deep south style meat at Hotbox's pop up in Dalston earlier in 2014 and now they have their own restaurant (finally) in East London. There's something for every meat lover, from BBQ to more delicate cuts and slow cooked deliciousness. It's a meat fiesta and focuses on meat, beers and cocktails. How can you go wrong with that? Think of the protein...is almost health food! I can't wait to chomp my way through the USDA cuts and BBQ treats. No reservations needed, just rock up when your tummy is rumbling.
I've always wanted to go to Roka iin Charlotte Street and Aldwych is over the road from my office. I take this as a sign from the food gods that I have to go there as soon as possible! Roka' serves up Japanese food including Sushi and Sashimi and traditional Japanese fireside cooking. The pictures of the food I have seen look fantastic and reviews have been great. So another one for the list.
Silent Disco at The Shard
My office runs a 'sports and social' committee whereby you get to put your name into a draw each month for a number of discount tickets to events. They tend to pick 4/5 shows, events, tickets etc. and you can put yourself down for as many as possible, and the company subsidise the price so you often get 20-50% off the price that you would normally pay. To my excitement I have heard on the grapevine that they have tickets to the silent disco at the Shard for February, and, since it's so near my Birthday (and it's the big dirty 30 this year) I think I deserve to get some in the draw, so I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed.
Shaking my tush at 800ft seems a good idea as it's something different to do, I've never been to a silent disco even though they have been really popular these last few years, and I want to see what it's like. You also get the benefit of an amazing view of the London skyline from the Shard and I have wanted to go there for ages. The silent disco is held on the viewing platform right at the top of the shard on the 69th and 72nd floor and you should be able to get tickets for the ones going ahead in February still online. You have access to all flours over the four hours the disco is on for, the wireless headphones you listen to the music on are included in the ticket price so all in all works out cheaper than buying tickets to just go and see the view at the Shard.
I have always wanted to go to Paris, I have no idea why it's been easier for me to find someone to travel with to Vegas, Hong Kong, Greece or even Tenerife, but nobody has ever wanted to go to Paris! I am not sure if for Londoners, the city of light doesn't seem so exciting as a far flung sunny destination, nobody has felt like taking me to somewhere which is well known for being romantic or just people I know are a bit crap! But either way I really really want to go next year for my Birthday.
I want to wander along the Seine, visit the Eiffel tower and see the light show at 11pm, sit in the Parc du Champs de Mars, enjoy some cheese and wine near Place de Vosges, have some amazing croissants and coffee, munch macaroons at Laduree, visit the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, walk down the Champs Elysee and see the love lock bridge. Maybe even window shop at Chanel and Dior. I just have to hope that I can get the Eurostar tickets at the end of March through work so we can go. Fingers, toes, arms legs and frankly everything else crossed too, this would really make my entire year and is one of my 'bucket list' places to visit.
At the end of September I think I will be travelling with work to Brazil, I really hope I can afford to tag a holiday to the end of this and hopefully see some sights and indulge my love of animals, maybe even meet a sloth.. although perhaps not an anaconda.
I would love to see a football match in Brazil, visit the Iguazu Falls and Fernando de Noronha as you can apparently dive with dolphins and turtles. I think I would be very scared to scuba dive but I think I should try it, I hated driving to start with and now I love it, and with the prospect of seeing a turtle or a dolphin I would be ridiculously excited, much more so than scary sharks! I don't know if I would be able to afford to do all of this, but I am going to try and save save save so that I can do as much as I can.
I always think deciding what you want to do and planning how is half the battle of actually doing more fun things in your life, if you just agree to do things or go places that other people want to do, you might well have a good time, but you might miss out on other things and opportunities, so I think it is good to have a balance. I love planning as it means I have something to look forward to in life, which can only be a good thing.
Where do you plan to go or what places will you visit next year? I would love to know!