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Let me introduce you to La Creperie de Hampstead. Take a small hut, two master chefs and the finished masterpiece – a delicious crepe.

The tiny vendor tucked away in on Hampstead High Street seems to attract a long queue every weekend. If it’s cold, word of warning, wrap up, but it will definitely be worth the wait. In fact, the wait only builds anticipation for that first taste.

The best thing is that once you’ve placed your order. You have the pleasure of watching master chefs whoop up your treat. That is an art in itself. Then it’s a case of indulging into that banana and milk chocolate crepe. Melted chocolate oozes as you bite through the crispy shell, and taste warn chocolate and lots of bananas.

And if you looking for something a little less sweet, don’t worry. From sweet to savoury, thin crispy crepes are made to satisfy your taste buds. Asparagus and cheese, mushrooms and cheese, chocolate and banana (my personal favourite) and chocolate and crème are to name a few.

The average price is about £4 and the portions are pretty huge. A two-minute walk from Hampstead Station its open till 11pm. It’s the perfect stop, whether you’re ending your day, or just starting your night.

Jay Sean is at his all time high. Although I’m not a huge fan of his, hats off to him, he is flying high!

Down is his first number one single in the States. A very catchy song and yes, I do sing along in the car. But found this remix and I like it heaps more. You can actually hear how beautiful his voice really is.

If you’re not in the Christmas spirit yet, Winter Wonderland is where you need to go. Take a break from shopping and head to Hyde Park where Christmas cheer is all around. Back for the third year, this is sure to be a top attraction this December.

Outdoor ice-skating is a must – even if, like most of our group, you’re not too steady on the ice. After the hour’s skate, with the festive music, you’ll feel like you’ve been in Dancing on Ice. (Okay, so, maybe that was just me, but it will definitely grow on you.) Though, it is advisable to book your tickets in advance as peak time sessions can fill up quickly.

You are sure to build up an appetite on your visit, and there is plenty to eat whilst wondering through the Wonderland. You could head to the Fish and Chips stall, an indoor café if you want to get out of the cold or the pizzeria. Or if you’re just looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, there are fresh crepes, candy floss and sweet stalls everywhere. The Magical Home of Sweets was my favourite.

Then, there’s the German Market. This is filled with endless stalls selling unique gifts. So if you have lots of difficult people on your Christmas list, the market has dozens of stalls selling handmade gifts for everyone. From garden tools, to salt power lamps and handmade jewellery, you’ll probably end up secretly shopping for yourself.

Another popular attraction is the Giant Wheel. We didn’t go on it, but the general vibe told us we weren’t missing much. It lasts about ten minutes and is just a smaller version of the Millennium wheel. Though, if you are thinking of going up for the view, they advise to buy tickets in advance.

There are lots of funfair rides too. I was actually amazed to see quite so many. Word of warning – they come at a price. And on the whole, the day can become quite costly, but entrance to the park is free.

There is so much to see and do, you could spend the whole afternoon there and be lucky enough to see the action through the day and night.

Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line)

This is raw. This is pure. And it showcases a true legend – This Is It.

An extraordinary documentary – nothing like I imagined – stitches together raw footage from the singer’s rehearsals. Assembled shortly after the singer’s death in June, the behind the scene footage is a window into the preparations for the ‘This Is It’ tour. 50 dates – sold out within seconds – and after seeing this, the fact is, his concerts would have been absolutely breath-taking.

Here we saw the genius at work. Completely focused and incredibly determined on perfecting every second of the show. Reaching a level of perfection, you see cuts from different rehearsals which are identical. Here was no sign of sickness – Just a man who is doing what he does best.

Everything was in place – Musicians, dancers, a 3D Thriller, and the man himself. Dancing like a 21-year-old and a singing straight from his heart, you could really feel the passion. These pure, stripped-down moments shows Michael in his element.

Taking you away from Michael’s life in the tabloids, and even his death, you feel like you’ve gone back in time and are a fly on the wall. Yet the story goes on. The collage of his rehearsals becomes a bittersweet memorial, because of course; we all know how it ends.

When I think of what Michael would have been like live – this is it – Completely on the ball, energetic and a faultless show.

Before seeing the show, I had read a few reviews, and I’ll admit I was a little worried. But this man deserves a lot more credit – this was not an artist past his prime, this was Michael Jackson.

The first thing that comes to mind when recollecting this year’s Fright Night at Thorpe Park is: “Welcome to a maze of spin-chilling fright”.

With Halloween creeping upon us, Thorpe Park has extended its opening hours to the dead darkness of night. You are invited to get lost in live action horror mazes which will leave your heart pounding and body trembling, and ride the rollercoasters in the dark.

As well as taking the voyages of Stealth, Colossus, Nemesis Inferno and even the Teacups rides by the night, you are sure to get lost, frightened and tormented in the mazes. Even though you’ve been on all the rides in the summer’s gone, being launched up into a pitch black sky has the most disorientating feeling. Stealth was so exhilarating that we went twice! And as for Teacups, well I should know better than to sit in one with Nikhil. All our heads were spinning!

And as for the ridiculously scary mazes, a special feature of the Halloween nights – a MUST-DO for any dare devils, or wannabe dare devils:

Se7en: Distressing scenes of violence and pain. Each room leaves you feeling trapped. Not advised if you suffer from claustrophobia, asthma or epilepsy!
Scare-o-meter rating: 8.5/10

The Curse: Scare-o-meter rating: every actor seems to want to take your life. Prepare for fear, and you’re not allowed to run in the mazes so take a deep breath or close your eyes when they attack – it’ll lessen the pain! And as for the man with the chainsaw, well don’t even get me started on seeing him!
Scare-o-meter rating: 8/10

The Asylum: Filled with dead ends, mirrors and hidden corners, you will seriously get lost in here. And if that is not enough the chaos increases when shadows of locked up mental patient appear behind you.
Scare-o-meter rating: 9/10

Hellgate: The final maze, and by this point, I almost cried. The bravest of souls cannot prepare for the evil that will be unleashed. Empty souls wander, preying on human life and trust me, they can smell fear. The more fear you show, the more distressed they will make you. At one point, you feel that you are trapped in a room with no escape. Bars line the walls and on the other side, actors chuck themselves against the bars which leaves your heart pounding crazily.
Scare-o-meter rating: 9/10

For the mazes, you are required to enter with a group of at least four others. You are asked to make a train like chain so that nobody gets lost in the darkness. Or to just hold on for your life to the person in front of you (which is what I did!) There are dead ends, actors in terrifying outfits and brilliant make up and acting skills. It takes approximately five minutes to get through each maze, but for some, that will be the most terrifying five minutes they have ever experienced. The actors do an awesome job of scaring you out of your wits- jumping out at every corner, pulling on your hair, coming up really close behind you, tugging your leg – all at times when you are least expecting it.

The best thing about it was there were no queues! Going with the John Lewis crew the park was practically empty. I’ve got to say that did make it a little scarier but hey, it was all in the name of fun!

IMG_7105Everyone loves Friends. You know the script by heart (well I do) yet you still chuckle away to the lives of Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe.

Celebrating their 15th year anniversary Central Perk came to London. Drinking a coffee in the famous coffee house, whilst watching a selection of clips was the perfect way to spend our afternoon.

The replica coffee house took Broadwick Street for two weeks only and I just managed to squeeze in.  And it has it all – the redbrick wall, the high stools, Tiffany-style lamps, and of course, a completely worn out peach sofa you sink straight into.

Also filled with real artefacts we found ourselves cracking up at the Geller Cup, Science Boy, the turkey Joey got stuck on his head and oh-so-beautiful Gladys.

And to top of my afternoon, I won a Friends t-shirt by answering a question – What was the name of Monica boyfriend from the second series who was 21 years older than her? Richard!

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Three words to describe this book – Happily ever after.

Nicholas Spark once again touched my heart, with the novel The Wedding. He tells the story of Wilson and Jane. Through the eyes of Wilson we learn his failure as a husband and feel his fear of losing his wife. As the tale evolves you think to yourself how can he make up years of abandonment? He is a work alcoholic, left Jane to raise three children and to top it all off he forget their 29th wedding anniversary! Once realization hits, Wilson is determined to make up for lost time, but can he do it?

I’ve got to admit, the first few chapters were a little slow for my liking. At some points I forgot what exactly was going on and where in the story I was. But the twist at the end was worth it. Filled with romance and emotion it made me feel all gooey inside.

Being a sequel I was bit worried as Sparks had set such a high bar with The Notebook, however this novel tells a different story – Re-kindling love and finding that warm fuzzy feeling again.

Sweet tale, though I think it’s targeted at a slightly older audience. Maybe my Mum would enjoy more.

Although it’s not one of my favourites, I still love the way Sparks write ever so beautifully.

Tests have been taken and results are in. The iPhone is the coolest brand in the UK. And it doesn’t stop there for Apple as they secured third and fourth place too.

While Aston Martin slips down to second place it seems that the definition of cool is always changing. Facebook disappeared off the charts while sites such as YouTube and Google entered. BBC iPlayer even made it into the Top 20.

Take a look at the Top 10 and see if you are too cool for school or falling behind.

1. iPhone
2. Aston Martin
3. Apple
4. iPod
5. Nintendo
6. YouTube
7. Blackberry
8. Google
9. Bang & Olufsen
10. Playstation

After a very heated debate about JLS debut single Beat Again, this single gets my thumbs up. This is what I can see myself singing along to in the car. Not only do they sound a lot more mature, they look hot too! Starting to shed the reality show hoodies, their new wardrobes are pretty unique too. I like it, what do you think?

n256510I read this book, purely because of the title. Everything happens for a reason is something I strongly believe in. I’m always saying it, so I thought this novel may give me a deeper insight. But I’m afraid the novel didn’t do the quote justice.

Kavita Daswani tells the story of Priya who marries into a family living in America. Leaving behind everything she knows and has grown up with, she moves to Los Angeles. When instructed to find a job, Priya finds her way to her dream job – a journalist. One catch – it is to be kept a secret from her in-laws. They wouldn’t approve with her showbiz lifestyle.

 While the plot was an interesting subject to tackle, for me it just seemed too easy to keep the secret. And even when her true identity was found, the ending was unsatisfying and rushed. You would think something that Priya had worked so hard for; she would have fought a little harder. But her decision felt hasty and not thought through.

 A relaxing read but not as gripping as I would have liked or expected.

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