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Membership at Maggie&Rose Kensington

20130406-144851.jpgGeorge and I received our membership back for Maggie&Rose today. I have previously posted about our first visit to the club. Maggie&Rose is located on 58 Pembroke Road, W8 6NX, Kensington, London. The members handbook includes all important information you need to know about the club and your membership. Maggie and Anna, the owners of M&R, welcome you on the first two pages in the handbook. Maggie talks about why exactly she started Maggie&Rose.

20130406-144931.jpgNot only did we receive our membership card but also five family guest passes and should we ever run out of them it costs £5 per adult and child to enter the club as a guest with a member. I think this is excellent. We also received a free trial pass for their classes and a voucher for a complimentary coffee and brownie. What an amazing way to welcome new members.

Unfortunately all they offer for lunch is Kiddie pasta and that is a strict no go for us. I can’t eat pasta and George doesn’t like it. My only option is also to pack lunch or go out for lunch to a local restaurant. The club is ideally located close to either Earl’s Court or High Street Kensington tube station or Kensington (Olympia) Overground station. The bus lines 328, C1, C3 and N31 run from just outside Maggie&Rose.

As soon as George has recovered from his surgery we will go to Maggie&Rose and hopefully spend a good few hours there.

The annual membership at Maggie&Rose costs £650.

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George and I had a wonderful day in Kensington with my friend. George is very keen on her as she always spoils him. We met at Imperial Wharf where she lives and drove to South Kensington where we parked and from the minute we got out of the car, George only had eyes for Uschi, as we call her. He is already a ladies man.

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We bought Red Velvet Cakes from the Hummingbird Bakery on 47 Old Brompton Road and we then went for a ‘coffee’ at La Bottega on 97 Old Brompton Road. We actually didn’t have coffee and ordered sparkling water ‘San Pellegrino’ and ‘San Bennedetto’ Peach ice tea instead. George loved it a lot as you can see in the picture. He also loved being carried around by my friend, as he usually has to walk when he is with me. Lucky him.

We then headed to Maggie&Rose in Pembroke Road, W8. Maggie&Rose is a private members club for families. It is wonderful. In 2011 I went for my friend’s boy’s birthday party and I didn’t actually know it was THE Maggie&Rose club.

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Georgie Porgie, Puddin’ and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play
Georgie Porgie ran away.

 Does anybody know this English nursery rhyme? I started singing it to George once in a while ever since my neighbour Louise told me about it. Her daughter sings it to George too. I was very pleased to find the picture on the wall. It is lovely, as everything else at M&R.

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Will we join Maggie&Rose? I think the picture says it all.

http://www.maggieandrose.com

The View from the Shard – London’s new money making machine

20130214-205754.jpgGeorge and I went up the Shard yesterday. It was a wonderful experience and the views are breathtaking. It’s a shame that the weather wasn’t great but we will return on a sunny day. Our trip was spontaneous and as I didn’t book tickets in advance  I paid £29.95 and the ticket was free for George as well as for all other under three’s. If you book your ticket in advance you only pay £24.95.

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Every single member of staff was incredibly friendly, polite and enthusiastic. I hope that this isn’t just because it only open recently. Everybody has to go through security and within 2 minutes you are on the 68th level. The highest floor that is open to the public is the 72nd. It is open-air and should you choose to go on a chilly day I would advise you to wear a coat. It is freezing up there.

The Shard has 95 floors and a total height of 309.6 meters. It is the tallest building in the European Union as well asWestern Europe and the second highest in Europe, after Moscow’s Mercury City Tower.

The po20130214-205848.jpgwerhouse behind Zuma and Roka, Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, will open their restaurant and bar ‘Oblix’ (the name is a play on ‘obelisk’) on the 32nd floor of the shard this summer. A further restaurant, Aqua, will open as well this summer. The amazing five star hote Shangri-La will be located on the 34th-52nd floor while the residential apartments are on the 53rd to the 65th floor. A seven bedroom flat will cost you a whopping £50m. The offices will be on the second to 28th floor.

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I can only recommend everybody to go up the Shard and experience the View yourself. It is pricey, but hey we are in London and you only have to do it once. Take a picnik and eat up there on a less busy day. Propose finally to your girlfriend or just enjoy the View. There is a gift shop and you can have your picture taken. I paid £28 for a leather framed picture of us, the Shard and a digital print to my email address.

http://www.the-shard.com

  http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/

Moving back to London

On Saturday I will finally move back to London. I am so happy and I can not wait. I really missed living there. Being very  lucky to get hold of an Eurostar ticket from Brussels to London for only 48€ I will leave at 16:56 at Gare du Midi and be at St. Pancras Station two hours later. There is nothing better than getting to the station, knowing that you will stay forever in the best city in the world.  Apart from some clothes, my laptop and the other odd thing are all  my belongings in my uncle’s garage in Germany. I can not wait to get them back as soon as I have a permanent place to live in London. I don’t want to think about leaving actually, it makes me sad. I met some amazing people in Brussels and they are even better friends. It’s only fair to mention them here in no specific order: Irina, Heng and Theresa? If you read this I mean YOU!

Things I have to do before I leave Brussels:
  • Pack my suitcases.
  • Get some £’s.
  • Write a blog entry about my best moments in Brussels.
Things I have to do upon my arrival in London:
  • Get a new UK number.
  • Get more £’s.
  • Buy Orange Cash prepaid card. Very useful until I have a new bank account.
  • Go to Boots and weigh myself. I’m a bit OCD about this. I love weighing myself in Boots scales.
  • Apply for a provisional driving license. Not only will this provide me with a proof of address, something I desperately need to open a bank account but also a good step towards getting my driving license.
  • Settle in and make myself feel at home.
  • Finally: Let all my friends know that I am back. Not that they don’t know that already but it is something that has to be done.
 Of course there are more things to be done, but this is the most important bit.

London

London was amazing. I had so much fun there. Just arriving in London made me the happiest person in the world. I wasn’t even bothered by the tourists. They usually annoy me a lot. On Saturday night I had dinner at the Inamo Restaurant. The restaurant is located on 134-136 Wardour Street in Soho. We walked there from our hotel which was just next to Piccadilly Circus. Heng  and I shared a bottle of wine. You have to know that Heng is not used to drinking wine a lot and after two glasses of wine for her the evening started to get hilarious. Unfortunately they did not have Black Cod Miso that night but the alternative was delicious too and the E-Touch menu is another reason why we will return to Inamo. Sunday morning we went to East London and had a little stroll on Spitalfields Market. We then went to have lunch in Chinatown and shopped on Regent’s Street. I miss the Lush shop there. We decided to get our hair done at Toni&Guy so we went to Covent Garden. Heng got a blow dry and I got my hair curled. We both looked absolutely amazing and couldn’t get quickly enough to the Nobu on Berkeley Street where we had dinner before we went back to Brussels. I certainly can’t wait to move back to London at the end of January. While we were in London we kept singing the song: You’re a whore by Sherry Vine. Naughty us!

Links:
http://www.inamo-restaurant.com
Nobu Berkeley Street