Weekly round-up: trying to run, tourist boat trip, and Hamilton

It’s the weekend again, so of course that means it’s time for another round-up! This weekend I’ve headed back up to the Midlands for a relaxing weekend at home. I’ll be doing lots of cuddling my dog, watching rubbish TV and spending time with family. Blissful.

This week I’ve done lots of touristy London things. I’ve got some fun recommendations for when you next have some free time in the city.

When I haven’t been exploring, I’ve been running. If you see a girl in a bright pink running top huffing and puffing around Hyde Park, there’s a high chance that it’s me. I’m in training for a 10k run and it’s killing me slowly.

Read on to find out about all this fun stuff and more…


I’ve been sitting here staring at a white screen for a solid five minutes instead of writing this post. I can’t stop singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack for long enough to type. If you have no idea what I’m on about, prepare to be amazed.

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s get down to business (to defeat the huns).

While I haven’t quite been doing the training montage in Mulan, I have been taking my running pretty seriously this week. I’m running 10k to raise money for Housing for Women alongside my work colleagues on 7 May. Unfortunately for me, they’re all very good runners while I am pretty rubbish. They have been pushing me to run longer and faster than I would on my own, though.

Housing for Women is a very awesome charity. They help so many vulnerable women, whether they are homeless or on the verge of becoming so. They help women get out of abusive relationships, support women who have been trafficked, and even help female offenders find their place in the community. It’s pretty incredible work. If you’d like to make a donation to encourage me to run faster, please visit my JustGiving page.
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Sometimes being a tourist in your own city can be the most rewarding thing. I recently discovered that a cute boat ride down the River Thames from Westminster to Greenwich for under £7 if you have a student card and a travelcard. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a hilarious cockney skipper to point out all the landmarks. Even though the weather wasn’t great, we still had a fun little trip and braved the outside seats for most of the hour-long journey.

We also went exploring Notting Hill and to Portobello Road. Rather than going for their famous market along with half of the city, we went on a day without the market. While this did mean there was less shopping to do, it also meant there were barely any crowds. All the permanent shops still open their doors and pour their stock out of their shops and onto the pavements. There was a lovely atmosphere as we wandered passed the colourful buildings in the sunshine. It’s a great place to have a stroll, grab a coffee, and find somewhere to have a cooked breakfast.


Lady Writes – I may not need any more motivation to save for my dream trip, but Lady Writes decided to make me even more determined to afford to go travelling very soon. Her tips are realistic and very motivating.

Stephanie Dreams –  This lady not only hosted in incredibly successful #disneybloggerschat on Thursday at 8pm this week, but she’s written some fun posts as well. There was no way I could write this post without mentioning her dog fashion shoot photos. They’re such posers!

How was your week? What do you like to do where you live to feel like a tourist? 

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  1. April 18, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Thank you for including me on your round up – glad you liked the post and I look forward to seeing where your saving takes you! x

  2. April 19, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    I love reading round ups! Thanks for sharing x

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee