Safety advice for travellers

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These are the basics that everyone should know and adhered to for staying safe abroad so as not to ruin that long awaited holiday. Travellers should try and minimise their risk by following these simple steps:-

Research

Do your own research before you book your trip. Choose your destination wisely. Consider your budget, the climate, currency, local cuisine, attractions and safety. 

Vaccines 

Vaccines are your passport to adventure around the world. Vaccines are required for you to travel to certain places. You can come into contact with different diseases based on the countries you are visiting. Protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated before you travel. 

Keep a low profile 

Dont be too flash. Try not to display any valuables such as designer handbags, the latest mobile phones, cameras, watches or jewellery. Don’t venture too far from your resort and avoid travelling alone at nights or isolating yourself.

Drink bottled water 

When visiting countries with poor sanitation, drink bottled water with the seals intact. Be aware of fake bottled water and ensure the seal has not been tampered with before consuming. Where there is limited access to water, consider taking a water filter or chemical treatments with you. Chemical treatments can be used to disinfect water. Ensure that you follow the instructions thoroughly in order to obtain the best results. Chlorine preparations are also highly effective.

Foods should be piping hot 

It can be a challenge to avoid contaminated food and water but choose food that is freshly prepared and is served piping hot. Avoid foods like uncooked berries, unpeeled fruits and salad items. Contaminated food and water can transmit a number of different infectious diseases but the risk is higher in low income regions. High risk areas include most of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. 

There is a wide range of infectious diseases such as TD, that are transmitted by contaminated food and water. Most diseases are caused by pathogens (bacteria, viruses or parasites). Travellers should consider taking a diarrhoea treatment pack as a precaution. 

Wash hands thoroughly 

To prevent diarrhoea and stomach upsets, wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet and before preparing or eating food. Where hand washing facilities are unavailable, use alcohol gel. 

Avoid ingesting pool water 

Swallowing contaminated water in inadequately treated swimming pools, hot tubs and spas can transmit pathogens that cause diarrhoea, vomiting or infection of the ears, eyes, skin and the respiratory system. Don’t swim in the pool if you have diarrhoea. Ensure babies and infants are wearing suitable swimwear and avoid ingesting the pool water.

Medical care

Seek medical care if you develop a fever of 38°C or more. Don’t forget to tell your GP you have travelled abroad. These simple steps should help to ensure that your holiday go swimmingly. Good luck and bon voyage! 

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Welcome To Jamrock

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My Island In The Sun 

Visiting my exotic island of Jamaica was an exhilarating experience. Jamaica holds a priceless place in my heart and will always be special to me. I was born there and it will always be home to me even when I’m away. It’s the perfect destination for sea, sand, fun and sun.

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I must admit that I wasn’t prepared for the heat but the air condition in the hotel and rental car soon put that to the back of my mind as I fell in love with my incredibly stunning island all over again.

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I decided to spend my first two nights in the beautiful and mind blowing Ocho Rios. What a gem! Its brilliant scenery basked in beauty and warmth, exuded by the welcoming and hospitable people. You must try the steam fish and bammy in Ocho Rios! It was as delicious as it was fresh.

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You cannot go to Jamaica and not visit the gorgeous Dunn’s River Falls. The best way to get to the top is by joining hands and trusting that no one breaks the link. We were treated with so much love and dignity, it’s as if we were royalty. Everyone made my stay memorable. The food was so good! I took simple pleasure in a KFC barbecue meal, in Ironshore Mobay, which was finger licking good. We don’t get that in the UK.

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The third day, on my way from Negril heading into Kingston the police stopped us for speeding. I could not believe it! Everything was going so well. Flashbacks of when I was stopped by the police for driving too slow down East Street in London came back to me. How contrary. I am lucky to have the gift of the gob and charmed my way out of a ticket. I love taking pictures of everything except myself. I need to hit back the gym and I know because I detest criticism.

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Jamaica is the coolest of all the Caribbean isles. The scenery is draw droppingly gorgeous! The blue mountains formed the perfect backdrop to the island. The people are warm, the cuisine is world class. Entertainment and sports, unforgettable with that laid back vibe. Forget what you heard, visit it for yourself.

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I explored as many of the parishes as I could, making it to a whopping 8 out of 14 and can’t wait to go back and see all of them. Negril is a true beauty with stupendous views and it’s white sand beaches. You must visit Rick’s Cafe. There’s so much to do and see, you’ll never get bored here. If you’re brave enough, you can take a dive.

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Kingston was the pièce de résistance! The breeze kissing my face, the night life and the huge choices of restaurants was simply extraordinary. When you’re in the hills it’s superb. Make sure you check out Usain’s Tracks and Records as well as Fiction club and my ultimate favourite for the best Jamaican cuisine ever, where I’ve had the best ackee and saltfish, Chasers cafe in Manor Park! It was so good! For drinks and late dining Cellar 8 was fab!

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You must not forget the South Coast as Treasure Beach is an unspoilt gem. Whitehouse has a Sandals hotel and Holland Bamboo is unique, I want the roads to be fixed because it’s such a rare and beautiful attraction. Make Jamaica your next tropical vacation, it will exceed all your expectation and have you going back. Welcome to Jamrock!

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Family Life Tropical

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Location
8/10

Family Life Tropical resort has a picturesque setting surrounded by lush mountains and natural vegetation. Nestled in a tranquil area in the village of Sarigerme, Turkey, it’s only 25 minutes drive from Dalaman airport. The city of Marmaris is around an hour’s drive away. There are taxis at the front of the hotel which can take you there for sightseeing and excursions.

Rooms
8/10

My suite was tastefully decorated. The bedroom had sliding doors and the bathroom had a jacuzzi whirlpool bath and shower. The living room had two plush sofas which could easily be used as additional beds. There were two flat screen TVs, one in the bedroom and the other in the living room. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided. A small terrace looks out onto one of the seven swimming pools. It was furnished simply with a metal table and two chairs to provide a somewhat private outdoor space.

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Style and Character
8/10

Family Life Tropical is an all inclusive hotel that comprises of modern suites. The resort is secluded and low key. It was surrounded by beautiful palm trees and greenery, which I loved. It was immaculately clean, which I also loved. I stayed there without feeling the need to leave the property as the shops were sufficient for all the things that I needed.

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Food And Drinks
7/10

I liked the healthy aspect of the foods. The majority was grilled or stews. There’s a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from. There were delicious cakes and ice cream for those with sweet tooth. I recommend the melon ice cream. It was very refreshing and different.

Breakfast was a bit repetitive so I only had it twice. I can see this becoming an issue if you’re there longer than a week.

Lunch was mostly grilled as well as burgers and hot dogs for those who like fast food.

Dinner was very good. It was my favourite meal of the day and I looked forward to the different themes each night.

The drinks offered were all local brands and took a bit of getting used to. I would have preferred the choice of other branded drinks.

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Value For Money
7/10

It was good value for money. Guests are well looked after and almost nothing is too much with one exception that was my personal experience…My flight was delayed so I woke up late and missed breakfast and lunch and they refused to make me something to eat. They told me to order room service which I refused as my holiday was all inclusive and I didn’t wish to pay twice for my meals as that would have defeated the whole purpose of an all inclusive. They then said I would have to wait for dinner, which was over an hour and I was feeling faint, which I expressed to them. I think they should take each situation on an individual basis and be more accommodating. Other than that mishap, the rest of my holiday was a good experience.

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Services and facilities
8/10

Service was warm and welcoming. Everyone had a smile and was eager to help but not overly intrusive.

There was a gym for those who like to work out while on holiday. There’s also a spa when you needed some relaxation. The beach was private with beautiful white sand at the rear of the hotel, accessed by a stunning archway within 5 minutes. This was a huge plus for me.

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Entertainment
6/10

Entertainment on the first two nights was good but on Saturday it was non-existent, which was a huge disappointment.

Family Friendly
8/10

The resort is aimed specifically at families as the name suggests. It’s a wonderful place for family breaks and relaxation.

I recommend Family Life Tropical Resort. It’s great for summer evenings and I did enjoy the majority of my stay.

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Address

Sarigerme, Turkey.

Say It With Flowers

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Appleyard London

I absolutely love this gorgeous bouquet from Appleyard London! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate flowers. Flowers always lift my mood and make me happy.

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Appleyard London are UK’s premier luxury online flower delivery and gifting retailer, born out of a passion for boutique floral designs. It came beautifully and lovingly packaged. I have to say this was the highlight of my weekend.

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Sitting proudly on my home office desk and cheering the place up. Beauty is all around us.

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Make sure you check out Appleyard London website below and show that special someone in your life that they are the flower that fragrance your world.


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My Perfect Occasion Wear

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UKBA

The UK Blog Awards is almost upon us, how exciting! It gave me inspiration to put together my dream outfit for the occasion from Debenhams. If money was no object I would be bursting with fabulosity. (Inserts laugh emoji)

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Dress

I decided to go with a royal blue and gold theme in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. I adorbs this stunning Quiz royal blue ribbed asymmetrical skater dress. It’s contemporary and directional and makes you stand out from the crowd while still looking stylish and feminine. Perfect for the milder evenings.

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You can find it on Debenhams website where it retails for an affordable £59.99…Wahey!

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Sandals

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I paired it with these Kurt Geiger gold Horatio high heel sandals because gold compliments royal blue beautifully. These beauts retails at £140.

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Clutch

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No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories so I teamed it with the Dune metallic gold fold over clutch. Retail price £140. A great little investment piece that will transcend the season.

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Ring

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This Mood gold reversible statement ring was so chic, I simply couldn’t resist! It retails for a pocket friendly £8.00.

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Earrings

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I then chose these great looking pair of earrings in 9 carat gold which were made in Italy as I love everything Italian. It elongates the face and came in at £320. What can I say, I have exquisite tastes.

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All items featured can be found on Debenhams website.

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Cheers To The Rise

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Venue: O2 Academy Brixton

Website: http://www.o2academybrixton.co.uk/

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It was a great evening at the O2 Academy in Brixton on Friday night. O2 Academy, Brixton, is one of London’s leading music venues. Situated in Brixton, South London, it has hosted a range of leading acts since becoming a music venue in 1983. The maximum capacity is 4,921 with 3,760 standing downstairs and 1,083 seated and 78 standing in the circle. I chose stall standing as I can’t see the point of going to a gig to sit down. I have to be right where the action is and get into the groove. The show was completely sold out so the venue was packed to capacity.

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Andra Day

Andra Day, a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, was opening for Leon Bridges who was the main act. With the spring weather setting in nicely, it was perfect for a night out. I was really looking forward to the incredibly talented Andra Day’s performance.

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Her outfit was a relaxed trouser suit that closely resembled a pair of comfortable pyjamas. This was accompanied by a fur coat thrown casually over her shoulders when she started along with her signature head wrap. I’m not a fan of real fur but for the majority of the gig, it stayed on the sound box behind her until the end of her set. Click the link below to check out her amazing rendition of “Rise Up”.

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She didn’t disappoint as she belted out a string of hits and engaged with the audience. Vocally, she represented herself well. I’m a huge fan of hers and was ecstatic to get the opportunity to see her live. Her debut album “Cheers To The Fall” with her hit single “Rise Up” is one of my favourite so far this year. Stream it on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/CTTFAppleMusic

Make sure you go and support her and check out her website here:

http://www.andraday.com/

Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges was like an old soul. He was energetic and upbeat and has the smoothest moves I’ve ever seen. He delivered a number of songs that transported me to days gone by. It’s like a completely different genre of music. His dance moves matched the mood of his songs and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him as he entertained the crowd. I must admit, however, that I knew none of his music before this event but after his performance, I’m now a convert. I love his energy. Click below to check out Leon’s unique dance moves.

Leon Bridges in his element

Get a copy of his album “Going Home” and show him your full support. He’s legendary. http://smarturl.it/ComingHomeiT

Check out his website here:

http://leonbridges.com/

I highly recommend the O2 Academy in Brixton to everyone that’s looking for a great night out and who enjoys live music as much as I do. Cheers to the rise!

Keep up to date with upcoming shows on their website: http://www.o2academybrixton.co.uk/

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The Ocado Life

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Website: http://www.ocado.com/

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I had my first Ocado shopping delivered and I was extremely pleased that I decided to give them a try. It was my daughter’s birthday and I liked that it was convenient and I could get everything in one place. The beetroot and white chocolate cake was divine and the decorations and card put a huge smile on her face. The food items were fresh and had a use by date that ranged from 3 days to well over a week. They have a wide range of products on offer and deliver your order for free once you spend £40 or more. You get £20 off your first shop with a minimum spend of £80. Ocado also pays 5p for each carrier bags once you give it back to them. Ocado’s products include groceries from Waitrose supermarket chain as well as their own Ocado brand, but also a selection of name brand groceries and other items, including flowers, world wines, household essentials, toys and magazine.

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Smart Pass

Ocado is a food delivery giant frequented and loved by the middle classes. They usually hold a smart pass. Smart passes are annual or monthly subscription ranging from £6.99 to £109.99 which enable customers to save 10 per cent on groceries and get priority deliveries. For my first shop, I didn’t have a smart pass as I’m not middle class. It wasn’t a problem. Their driver Jerome was extremely polite.

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Where they excel is when you order a product and it’s not in stock, they immediately suggest suitable alternatives which I find helpful and efficient. I’ve shopped with another online supermarket before and the invoice would simply say out of stock or I get a text message informing me that the products were unavailable after placing the order which I found quite frustrating. Sometimes there’s no invoice or text and I have to email to query the missing items. With Ocado, however, you know from the get go.

History

Ocado is a British online supermarket. In contrast to its competitors, it has no chain of stores and does all home deliveries from its warehouses. Ocado was launched in January 2000 as a concept and started trading as a business in partnership with Waitrose in January 2002. Ocado has been voted the best online supermarket in the UK by Which? readers every year since 2010 and with good reason. Their customer service is exemplary. You can get everything you need delivered straight to your door at a time convenient to you. If you’ve never tried shopping online for your groceries, give them a go. You may fall for the Ocado life.

Follow them on Twitter @Ocado.

Visit their website here:

http://www.ocado.com/

Anna Thursdays

Featured: Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs

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http://www.codorniu.com/en/

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Arbina was the place to be last night, for the launch of Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs Cava in a night dubbed “Anna Thursdays.” Anna Thursdays means that on select Thursdays from March 10th onwards, the first ten ladies along with one of their friends, will be treated to a complimentary glass of Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs at participating restaurants and bars nationwide.

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It was an intimate setting with a rustic charm. Colourful tulips decorated the walls adding to its ambience alongside an amazing host Ellie, who made us feel very welcome with a glass of Cava upon arrival and her charming personality.

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Anna was smooth and unimposing, very easy on the palette. It was elegant and stylish with notes of tropical fruit and citrus, and aromas of toast and brioche. Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs has fine, delicate bubbles perfect for sipping with friends. It reminds us that every day is indeed a cause for celebration. It is the perfect sparkling choice for any occasion, whether on its own, at a meeting, girls’ night out or an elegant soirée. Javier, the Spanish waiter kept our glasses topped up. I had two glasses which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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An ibérico ham hung between the ceiling of this quaint Spanish gem. Cava and Spanish nibbles were available throughout the night. The canapés were delightful. There was a lot of finger food including mini burgers, cheese, olives, croquettes, divine desserts and much more.

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There was a nice atmosphere and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I met Nikki, from Singapore and we all mingled and made it a good night.

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We were each given a goody bag on our way out containing mini bottles of this delicious and beautifully bottled Cava.

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Don’t forget to check out their website!

Oh What A Night!

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London nights

 
This weekend my friends and I were so excited to attend Candy Shop launch at Love and Liquor club in West London. It was raining and very cold and I almost changed my mind from going as I had slipped and fell and ruined my entire outfit and had to go back home to change. But because Candy Shop so generously offered to put me and four of my friends on the guest list, once I tweeted them, I decided to go regardless of the bad weather. 

I should have stayed home in the warmth, tucked up under my duvet with a cup of Earl Grey instead as it all went downhill from there. I knew something would go wrong, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Two people cancelled then I had to get two more to replace them. That was one sign. There were so many signs along the way and I completely ignored my gut feeling. Don’t ever do that. It’s an inbuilt indicator.

My two friends had got there earlier and told me they gave both mine and their names but was told I wasn’t there so they still had to pay £20 each to get in. They paid and went in and I told them once I got there I’ll clarify the situation. 

Bottle Spend

 

£120 for a £44.95 bubbly

 
Upon my arrival with my date, I was asked if I was on the guest list. I replied that I was and gave my name. I was then told to wait by one of the burly security guards who then went and got the woman with the clipboard. She identified my name and told me I was late so it’s £20 each to get in. How am I late for a club after midnight when it closes at 3:30? Did I say I wanted to spend 5 whole hours there? It’s hardly like I was heading to an important meeting. A couple of hours is more than enough for me. She told me to wait while she went and got another female from inside the club who could make the decision of allowing my date and I into the club. 

They stood in the corner for what seemed like an eternity, whispering, then the woman with the clipboard came back and asked if I was doing a bottle spend because that’s the only way we could get in. She told me I was down for two bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne and they were £120 each. Blimey! Do I look like I was a relative of Richard Bronson? I don’t think so.

My date offered to pay the £120 for the champagne as the hostess kept insisting we would not get in unless we did a bottle spend. So as he reached for the money, I told him its bullshit, I didn’t feel welcome and didn’t want to go in at that point, as a matter of principle. We left, got into his car and before he drove off, I rang my friends and told them to come out of the club because we were leaving and we would drop them home. They decided to stay since they had already paid their money to get in. My date and I left. They rang me an hour later saying they were leaving but we were in Brixton by then so they made their way home. The following weekend, I reimbursed my friends the £40 that they paid to get in Love & Liquor. I was left out of pocket. 

The Night That Never Was

It was a terrible experience for my first (and last) time attending Candy Shop at Love and Liquor club. Very pretentious and overpriced club. Very snobbish attitude of the staff. It is clearly a club for the rich and glamorous. Maybe you’ll have a much better experience than I did.  

Shard View

Featured: Shard View

Website: http://theviewfromtheshard.com

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Enchanting

I’ve recently visited The Shard, which is the tallest building in Europe. I’ve been meaning to for some time now but kept putting it off. It was quite the experience. My family and friends knows how petrified I am of heights but I decided to take the plunge and faced my fears. After all, how bad can it be? As long as I didn’t look down too much or go to the edge and bring my parachute, I should be fine. 

Upon entering The Shard, videos were on display telling me all about it. I relished the experience. I loved that I was being informed. The staff were exceptional and extremely helpful and polite which helped to put me at ease. 

A true marvel

It was absolutely beautiful! I was escorted to the queue with my plus one. I almost felt important. Almost, not quite…Haha:) I had to go into the lift then transfer to a second lift to get to the viewing gallery. They were so quiet and quick. A high speed elevator takes you to the best view of London, 68 stories above the hustle and bustle of one of Europe’s busiest cities. The best views of London are from the viewing platforms with an unrivalled 360 degree view of the city.

Unrivalled view

The 95 story Shard is an architectural marvel and the tallest building in the European Union, which makes it the 87th tallest building in the world. Designed by world renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, The Shard’s distinctive shape has redefined the London skyline. It felt like I was on top of the world. I was amazed at the level of security at The Shard. I basically had to strip, well not in every sense of the word. I had to take off my jacket, belt and handed in my bag, all of which were passed through the metal detectors. I had on a bracelet so I had to put my hand up in the air while going through. I felt really safe and secure. 
  

Tried to capture the essence in the loo as you do

There were queues which we had to join. Really odd, due to it being a weekday. We were given a handheld device with a lanyard attached to it that guide you through the history of The Shard. I simply held it in my hand, then passed it off to my friend. The views were breathtakingly beautiful! London is such a magnificent city. You don’t really appreciate its true beauty until you’re half way up in the sky looking down on its creation. 
 

This was a small queue but the ones inside were packed

 

Of course I had to cheer the event with a glass of champagne. I went into the loo (as you do) and did a quick video because it had the best lighting. Inside The Shard was dark because that’s how you get to see London in all its splendour. 
I was surprised at how many babies were there. One of them took a shine to me and proceeded to pull my hair while smiling sweetly. I struck up a conversation with his mum and grandparents and found out they were Americans living in London but not a fan of the weather. I understand. You don’t move to London for the weather.      
Photographers were on hand offering to take pics with the city as the backdrop. You can buy these on your way out. They cost £30 each and £40 if you wanted to take a few on a memory stick. 
 
 

Gift shop

 
 
Everyone should go there at least once! It’s truly remarkable. I have no hesitation in recommending The Shard. Entry costs £25.95 for an adult E-gift card and £19.95 for a child. Champagne is extra at £10 and £12 per glass. The booklets are £9.99 each. There are other momentums such as cups for your tea that you can also purchase. 

  

It’s interesting to see how the colour changes as I was leaving.  It went from white to fuschia to red. 

  

So very pretty.  

  
 
Really enchanting experience. Make sure you put it on your “must do” list. You can’t visit London and not check out The Shard! You will love it! 

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