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    Classic Sightseeing London Duck Tour

    London Duck Tour | Essential Twenty

    Despite frequently visiting London, I have never been on a proper tour. I’ve done a lot of the really cool tourist things like the London Eye, walking over Tower Bridge and visiting Churchill’s War Rooms (that last one is definitely worth a visit) but I’ve never done an all encompassing tour. When I was invited on the Classic Sightseeing London Duck Tour*, I knew this was my opportunity to see a lot of London and I was definitely going to take that chance.

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    My Favourite London Shopping Haunts

    Shopping in London | Essential Twenty

    I flipping love my own company. 22 years old and I spend most of my time by myself, but it keeps me happy so that’s obviously pretty damn important. I’m also a big fan of shopping…alone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have a second opinion when you’re shopping but alone you can do what you want to do. I also love exploring big cities, and that’s probably why London has my heart. In London you can walk around as a tourist or a local and nobody bothers you!

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    The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre | Review

    A Comedy About A Bank Robbery | Essential Twenty

    A few weeks back I went to the theatre for the first time in AGES. It almost breaks my heart how long it’s been since I was sat in the stalls of a West End theatre! I’ve now set myself a goal to see at least one show a month. That can be West End, touring or even AmDram; I just want to immerse myself in the arts more! Give me musicals and plays, I don’t care. I just want live theatre in front of me! In May, I managed to pick up a fourth row seat to The Comedy About A Bank Robbery for £13 (see how in my previous theatre post) so it would’ve been rude not to!

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    Weekend Away Essentials | AD

    Weekend Away Essentials | Essential Twenty
    This post is sponsored by Clive Christian

    Last weekend was the first bank holiday of the year (I don’t count New Year’s Day as I’m still in Christmas mode then; aren’t we all?) and over the next month we have two more. This basically gives us an excuse to have long weekends away with our nearest and dearest, for which packing is a nightmare. But having spent various weekends away from home at Jack’s over the past 9 months or so, I’m pretty certain I’ve got my packing skills down. So today I’m chatting all about my weekend away essentials.

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    Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

    After yesterday’s post on my favourite things to do in London at Christmas, I thought I’d share one of the most iconic things to do in the city at this time of year over the last decade – Winter Wonderland.

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    Jack had never been, and since we were in London, it seemed right to. We saved this part of our trip for the evening as despite knowing it would be busier in the dark, we’d be able to view the lights in all their glory. So we braved the 20 minute queue to get it (which was bizarre to me as every other time I’ve been I’ve just walked straight in) and I had a great time.

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    Manchester Christmas Market

    The Manchester Christmas Market is supposedly the best in the UK (I’ve heard Birmingham for years, but recently Manchester seems to have taken over). I was hoping to go last year but an unfortunate incident meaning I was on crutches lead to me not wanting to brave the busy stalls, and I was gutted!

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    In November, Jack and I hopped on the train and headed to Manchester for the day to lap up some Christmassy goodness.

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