• Eel Pie Island - Twickenham's Rock & Roll Secret || London

    Eel Pie Island – Twickenham’s Rock & Roll Secret || London

    April 29, 2019 FrannyMac

    If someone was to ask you the name a London venue that iconic bands such as The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and The Who played, one of your first answers would most likely be somewhere like The Royal Albert Hall. However, in the middle of the River Thames, there’s an 8.9-acre island, Eel Pie Island to be exact, that was formerly home to a major music venue in the 1960s. In its current incarnation, the island is home to around…

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  • A Night At Holiday Inn Heathrow M4, Junction 4 || Travel

    A Night At Holiday Inn Heathrow M4, Junction 4 || Travel

    January 21, 2019 FrannyMac

    At the beginning of December, a rather exciting email landed in my inbox letting me know that the first stage of LGH Hotels Management Ltd multimillion refurbishment plans was complete. Who are LGH Hotel Management and why is this exciting news you might ask? Well, they own and manage a portfolio of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels across the UK and are currently in the process of upgrading many of their hotels to bring them in line with the brand’s ideals. The first…

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  • A Night At Ibis Styles Hotel, Ealing || Travel

    A Night At Ibis Styles Hotel, Ealing || Travel

    September 24, 2018 FrannyMac

    You know how a few weeks ago I bought you guys my first ever hotel review when I stayed at the Bloc Hotel in Gatwick’s South Terminal? Well, I’m back again with another hotel review for you today, this time a little closer to home at the newly refurbished Ibis Styles, London Ealing. If you’re not familiar with the Ibis Styles brand, I’ll give you a run down. Essentially, each has a fun theme linking it with the local area…

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  • A Night At BLOC Hotel, Gatwick South Terminal || Travel

    A Night At BLOC Hotel, Gatwick South Terminal || Travel

    August 8, 2018 FrannyMac

    A few weeks back, I spent a fantastic evening at World Duty Free’s newly renovated Gatwick North Terminal store. (You can read more about what we got up to and what I picked up here.) With it being a late finish, they were kind enough to put us up for the night in the BLOC Hotel located in Gatwick South Terminal. Since I arrived a little bit before my friend Leah who was also attending and I took a few photos…

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  • 10 Places On My UK Travel Bucket List || Travel

    10 Places On My UK Travel Bucket List || Travel

    May 25, 2018 FrannyMac

    If you look at the “travel” tab on my blog, then you’ll probably see that one of my main goals over the next few years is to travel more. (You can read my 2018 European Bucket List here and my 2018 Bucket List here if you fancy too). And while I’d love every single one of those to be jetting off to exotic destinations, unless I happen to win the lottery it’s just not manageable. So I’ve been looking at…

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  • A Getaway to Moddershall Oaks Spa, Staffordshire || Travel

    A Getaway to Moddershall Oaks Spa, Staffordshire || Travel

    October 18, 2017 FrannyMac

    As much as I love the fact that between work, blogging and having a social life I’m always busy most of the time. Sometimes you just need to have a break from it all. So when Mona asked if I’d like to join her on a Spa break to Modershall Oaks in Moddershall, Staffordshire there was no way I was going to say no. After all, with work getting me a little frazzled at the end of the month it…

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  • The Tiger Who Came To (Afternoon) Tea ft Red Letter Days || Lifestyle

    The Tiger Who Came To (Afternoon) Tea ft Red Letter Days || Lifestyle

    July 5, 2017 FrannyMac

    One of my favourite days out growing up was a trip to the zoo. In fact, who am I kidding, I still love a trip to the zoo! I love animals and spending the day surrounded by them is pretty much a spot on day in my mind. (I even found a way to make heading to Hyde Park into bonding with the local squirrels.) So when an invitation from Red Letter Days landed in my inbox to head over…

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  • My First Ever Hostel Trip at Generator, London || Travel

    My First Ever Hostel Trip at Generator, London || Travel

    March 15, 2017 FrannyMac

    At the end of February, the team at Generator invited myself, along with a selection of other bloggers, to stay at their London branch and celebrate National Public Sleeping Day. Confession time – when I heard the word “hostel”, I used to have a very snobby perception of what staying at one would involve. A grubby dorm with very little personal space, while having to keep an eagle eye on my belongings. This however all changed last week when I visited…

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