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May 31, 2017

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Buying for brothers is never easy. They keep their ever changing interests close to their chest and are difficult to pin down to any one hobby. So today we are sharing our top list of the perfect gifts for brothers who have a birthday coming up.

Sporty Boys

For brothers who are into sports there is always ample opportunities to buy the perfect gift. Soccer fans love nothing more than a ticket to an important match, or even better, a season ticket to watch their favourite team.

Baseball fans also love to attend as many games as possible so game tickets, again could be a great idea. For something a little bit different, why not make your brother smile with a custom baseball bobblehead of their favourite player, or even of themselves with their favourite player.

F1 and car racing fans can be treated to tickets to much anticipated races, or if the ticket is too expensive as they can sometimes be, why not research the pubs that will be showing it and surprise your brother by taking him there to watch the race with a slap up lunch and a couple of beers thrown in.

For brothers who actively participate in a sport it’s always a good idea to buy them an item of sports clothing that they can wear in their chosen sport. Whether it is skateboarding, swimming or soccer, the sport is neither here nor there, what is important is that you think about the specific equipment surrounding the sport they are interested in and you treat them to something that you know they will get good use out of and enjoy.

Working Boys

For brothers with high paced and busy jobs think of ways that you can treat them to a little light relaxation and downtime. Perhaps you can organise a boys trip away camping to enjoy the great outdoors, do a spot of fishing and enjoy a couple of night cooking dinner around a bonfire. Or perhaps your brother has been complaining that he never has enough time to get involved in a certain activity, so perhaps it’s time that you pushed him in the right direction. Perhaps a free month at that new boxing gym could be just the gift that your brother needs to finally get him involved in that area of interest he’s been wanting to try for a while.

Maybe your brother takes a great pride in his appearance and enjoys looking smart and sharp in his daily working life. Therefore buying him an item or two of new smart work threads could be a great idea to add to your brothers beloved shirt and tie closet. Or perhaps he secretly likes a good pampering, in which case why not book him in for a good strong massage or even a revitalising facial. Spas, massages and facials aren’t just for women, you know!

Coffee table books area also a great idea for brothers who work in a very specialised industry. Finding a really awesome hard-back coffee table book in their area of work could really show your brother that you’ve put a lot of thought into the perfect gift for him.

May 26, 2017

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It can be hard to know where the focus should be on your big day. There’s so much to plan, and the afterparty often seems as important as the wedding ceremony. But, let’s strip things back for a moment. What is a wedding, in essence? It’s a ceremony in which you, and the person you love, declare that love for all to see. With that in mind, the party, and all that other stuff come second. What matters most is the vows, right? So, how can you ensure they’re as special as they can be?

WRITE YOUR OWN

Writing your vows may be a frightening concept. But, it’s the best way to ensure you pay them the mind they deserve. It’s also a sure way to make your day your own. If you blow everyone present out of the water with your romantic declarations, they won’t forget it in a hurry. It’ll set your wedding apart from any others. And, most importantly, it’ll ensure you and your partner cement your love from the heart. The good news is, there are many guides out there that should help you get this right. So, don’t worry if you don’t know where to start! For the most part, you don’t have to be amazing with words to write great vows. All you need to do is look into your heart and speak the truth. Easier said than done, perhaps, but it may not be as hard as you think.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

Wedding photography is big business. We spend a lot of money trying to capture our special day. When it comes down to it, though, one special moment is often missing from our albums; our vows. There are many reasons for this. For one, it’s not always practical to have a photographer snapping while you’re up there for everyone to see. And, depending on where you get married, they may request the photographer doesn’t take pictures during the ceremony. But, this is the moment you should most want to capture! You could encourage guests to take photos. Or, you could get a photographer like Vittore Buzzi, to stand to the side and take some snaps. If your venue forbids it, you could always reenact the moment afterward. It may seem strange, but it’s worth doing.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

As a testament to how important the vows are, they’re often the part we get most nervous about. It makes sense; this is your moment in the spotlight. But, with nerves can come a complete blank of the mind. Whether you’re writing your vows or not, you may lose your place, stumble over your words, or forget them altogether. All a worst nightmare, we’re sure you’ll agree. It’s true that writing your vows means you can have them there in front of you if you want. But, you could still lose track of where you are. The best thing you can do is practice. That way, you’ll be more prepared when the time comes.

May 24, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf course restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

 

May 23, 2017

Not all of us want a perfect white wedding complete with meringue dress and the same old readings that it feels as though half the world goes for. If you’re tired of going to the same wedding every other weekend, and you’d like to make yours a little different, here are some tips to help.

Your Theme

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Not every wedding has to have a theme but if you want yours to be a little out of the ordinary, it’s sure to be a day that everyone there will remember forever. Think about things that really represent you and your partner – maybe you both love Harry Potter so you want to call all the tables after Hogwarts houses and provide Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans as a wedding favour. Maybe you’re both big literature fans so you’re planning to make decorations out of second hand books and give second hand books to each of your guests. Maybe you both love to travel so the decorations are made up of maps and globes and your cake is in the shape of a suitcase. No matter what you do, focus on the ways that your theme represents you as a couple.

Your Style

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A lot of people think that the top rule of weddings is that they have to wear a white dress. But if that doesn’t seem like you, or you don’t like the cultural connotations of virginity and innocence and purity attached to white dresses, then you could always go for something completely different. The only thing that you need to focus on is that you feel special and beautiful – if you love turquoise or purple a lot more than you love white, go for that instead! You don’t have to do what society tells you to do. Go for jewellery that looks good with your dress – you could even talk to a diamond wholesalers and get a bespoke piece that you’ll love for the rest of your life. Finally, make sure that you wear plenty of setting spray over your makeup and hairspray on your hair so they can handle a night of vigorous dancing!

Your Music

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Finally, make sure that your music is both absolutely perfect for you as a couple and suitable for your guests to dance for the whole night – let’s face it, you might love heavy metal, but your grandma might be a little baffled by it. Play some older music for the older generation like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and then later in the evening you can bring out some Rihanna and Beyonce to get everyone onto the dancefloor for a great party. Depending on when you met, you can play songs that remind you of the first days of your relationship – maybe pop punk had its heyday then so you’re going to add a little Blink 182 to your playlist. Remember that you don’t need a DJ to have a great night of music, you can organise your own playlist yourself so you can make it absolutely perfect and full of songs that you love.

May 23, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf club restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

May 22, 2017

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Everyone loves a killer party. And when you throw your own, you always want it to be the best of the best. Even though not everybody loves the pressure, party planning can be just as fun and the final gathering itself. From music choices to the guest list, sweet treats and, of course, the endless flow of alcohol, there are a lot of important decisions to be made. And if you really want your bash to be booming, you’re going to need to make them count.

Whether you’re throwing a big birthday party, or even planning your wedding reception, you can often let the pressure get to you. When it all gets too much, just step back. Don’t let every detail cloud your judgment, just focus on some of the most important factors, consider only the very best options and choose each piece of the party planning puzzle based on you overall goal – kicking off a killer party in style!

Hire A Party Planner

First things first, if the idea of planning a party makes you freak out, then maybe you need to think about hiring the perfect party planner to help you? Although planning everything yourself can be a lot of fun, if you’re time poor then a specialist party planner could be a good idea for you. Not only will they have a wealth of ideas and infinite connections, but you might also even get a different, more exciting perspective on all of your ideas. In the long run, you may even save money due to the discounts they can often get on everything from venues to waiting staff.

Get Creative With Cocktails

With or without the party planner, you’re then going to want to turn your attention to the drinks selection. As with any kind of party or milestone celebration, you’re going to want to have a good selection to keep all of your guests happy. From beers and wines to spirits and shorts, you’re going to want to make sure your bar is stocked up. But, you don’t have to be completely boring and basic. Instead, why not think about creating your own custom cocktail list? There are lots of different cocktails that you can whizz up for lots of people to give you inspiration, or you can completely design your own.

Mix Up The Music

After the alcohol always comes to the music – because what would a good party be without the hottest tunes? You might have your favorite local DJ in mind, but have you thought about mixing up the music selection throughout the day or night? Why not start of with a sweet little orchestra while people are arriving and mingling (this is particularly good for weddings or the dinner portion of any party), then move on to a live band to get everybody in the mood, before finally switching over to a DJ to take you into the wee hours of the morning?

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Decadent Decorations

Every party needs to look good. Whether you’re trying to keep everything in line for your dream wedding or make the perfect impression at a special birthday bonanza, the decor can set everything off right. If you’re looking for the best luxury party decor idea, you’re going to want to start with one set them first. Whether it’s vintage glamor or modern luxury, pick a base them and build your way up with everything from the cake to the lighting and even the serving staff uniforms.

Capturing Memories

When you’ve managed to throw the most insane party, you’re going to want to make sure you have some way of remembering it. Aside from the memories, you make at the time (well, the ones you remember anyway), it’s always nice to have photographic evidence to look back on. At a wedding, you’re going to have a photographer there for most of the day, but if you’re not booking one for your birthday, or you want to add in some candid shots, a photo booth from somewhere cool and creative like Booth Boy lets you make super fun memories all night long.

Foodie Level Food

And now, it’s time to talk food. Because every insane party has to have the food to match. Whether you’re offering a sit-down dinner, killer canapés or just nibbles throughout the night, you need to make sure your choices are fit for even the most well-fed foodie. A formal meal with Michelin star dishes or mini burgers that melt in your mouth, whatever you choose, make sure it counts. You could have the best music and incredible cocktails, but if the food isn’t up to scratch, it could take you for party princess to party pooper.

May 22, 2017

Kitchens are often the heart of the home; however, not everyone has the luxury of a vast space to create their culinary delights and feed their friends and family. For many, especially apartment dwellers, the kitchen is a small space, yet still an important part of the home and an integral part of everyday life. The following are some tips and tricks to make the most of your kitchen capacity and help it reach its full potential.

Foldable Furniture

A lot of kitchens have to double-up as dining areas, meaning that furniture like tables and chairs have to reside in there. Therefore; having enough room to move around and cook your meals can be made awkward when there are large pieces of furniture blocking the way, so finding ways to maximize the space is important. Furniture that can be partially, or fully folded and put away is the perfect solution for those who don’t own a banqueting hall, and fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Table tops can be partially folded down when they’re not in use, so you can skim past with ease when baking something tasty. Pieces that are perfect for folding or stacking away are stools and chairs; they can even be made a feature on the wall, and familiar guests will know to come in and grab their seat off the wall when it’s time to eat. For inspiration on foldable furniture ideas, have a look here.

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Counter Space

If your kitchen countertops are cluttered; it’s going to make your small space seem even smaller, so it’s time to see how you can free up some room. Shelves and drawers are successful ways to organize smaller items; like food, utensils, and jars. Your shelves can become decorative areas where you display your favorite cookbooks and tableware; they will also become more accessible when out on display, making activities in your kitchen straightforward and easy.

Cupboard space can be essential for storing larger electrical items that you don’t reach for every day, like mixers (unless you bake cakes for a living); meaning there’ll be room for the toaster that you use every breakfast time. There are always alternatives for everyday appliances to live; so maybe it’s time to start thinking about the best over range microwave for your kitchen, or asking yourself if you still really need that fancy espresso machine you bought because it was on sale, but have only ever used twice (it could make a great housewarming gift for someone).

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Color Scheme

Deep, dark colors are beautiful; however, they can often draw a space inwards, making it seem smaller; so maybe black walls and cupboards aren’t the best choice for your home. Bright colors are a great way to create a feature wall or draw the eye to a particular area of the room, but again, be wary; as too much can be overpowering and create a bit of claustrophobia within a room.

Light shades and neutral hues are a dependable way to open up your kitchen space and do not have to be a predictable or boring choice. A neutral palette will allow features like those shelves and fold-away chairs, discussed earlier, to shine through, without taking anything away from your limited cooking zone.

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A smaller space is simply the chance for you to be creative with your interior choices, and might just end up in a design feature that you and your visitors will love.

May 19, 2017

Having someone that is in your life as a partner is a really wonderful thing. But relationships aren’t always easy. Especially when you have a jam-packed life full other responsibilities and stresses. That is why it important from time to time to do some thing that helps you rekindle the romance. Read on to find out more.

Weekend away

A popular way of rekindling the romance is to arrange a weekend away for you and your loved one. This could be to somewhere local, or at one of the larger cities near where your live. If you are really pushing the boat out you could go to a further flung location like Paris, Venice, or New York.

But whichever you pick, ensure that when you get there, everything is about your partner. Book the accommodation with them in mind. Choose things to do and places to eat that you know what they will love, and make sure that you set aside some time to just be in each other’s company while you’re there.

Dinner

If going away for a weekend sounds a bit much right now, as you are too busy, or don’t have the funds, all is not lost. Instead, why not plan a romantic dinner for two? You could pick a new and glamorous restaurants and get all dressed up.

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Or you may impress your other half more by making them their favorite home cooked meal, just they way they like it.

Dance classes

Another great activity for rekindling the romance in a partnership is to enroll in the many dance classes that are available. There is nothing more romantic than moving your bodies together after all. But it’s not all about that. It also gives you a regular time to spend together each week and dedicate to one another.

In addition, learning something new as a couple can help you improve your communication skills as well. So it really is a worthwhile thing to do.

Surprise dates

Something that can really work like a charm if your relationship is missing that spark is planning a surprise date for your other half. It doesn’t even have to be something traditionally thought of as romantic.

For example, you might choose to go clay pigeon shooting because you know that is something that they have always wanted to try. Or wine tasting, or cheese making? The lists of thing you can do in endless!

But the real keys to choose something that you know will be meaningful and enjoyable for them and then experience it with them. This then brings the two of your closer together through this positive experience.

Small gestures

Lastly, you can also help rekindle the spark by making small gestures. This could be by doing something as simple as leaving a note for your other half on the bathroom mirror. Or if could be sending them a care package if they are away for a long time.

What this does is show them that you are thinking about them and that you are important to them. So they will feel valued, and this feeling will help to fuel the relationship.

 

May 19, 2017

Africa is a beautiful continent with long stretches of wilderness, unique cultures and plenty of experiences. That’s one of the main draws to Africa: the untouched landscape that is full of opportunity to discover new things and learn about the world. Whether you want to visit for a holiday break or go backpacking to Africa, here are a couple of things to do and reasons why you should visit this majestic continent this year.

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Beautiful Beaches

Cape Town in South Africa has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. You’ll find amazing beaches that stretch for miles down the coast, all lined with golden sand and crystal clear waters that are pleasing to the eye and full of tourist attractions. If you love to party and relax, then South Africa will have you covered with its unique cultures, delicious food and vibrant nightlife. Some of the best beaches to visit are Camps Bay, Santos Beach and Nahoon. Camps Bay is currently the most popular beach by a landslide and there are many reasons why it’s become the most popular South African beach. There are plenty of spots to eat, sports to play and many enthusiastic locals to party with. Just make sure you’re dressed for summer!

Animal Conservation

If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer in Africa, then look no further than conservation projects all across the continent. If you take a stop down at South Africa, then you can work with rhinos in various wildlife reserves. Although the creatures are strong and rugged, they’re vulnerable due to poachers who harvest them for their ivory horns. As a result of this, black rhinos are actually considered an endangered species and they need all the help they can get to survive with small numbers. Whether you’re an experienced veterinarian or just someone that just wants to help out, you can volunteer for these animal conservation projects and have a hand in preserving one of the world’s most precious and wonderful creatures.

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Culture and Tradition

African culture is diverse, unique and there are plenty of ways to expose yourself to it all. There are several different languages across the continent, exciting traditions that you could even take part in, and plenty of people who are more than willing to interact with you. One of the most rewarding experiences in Africa is simply meeting the locals and trading conversations—even if you can’t completely understand them. There are thousands of different tribes that live in Africa so make sure you’re prepared to visit a tribe so you don’t anger, upset or offend them!

Wonderful Food

If you’re a foodie, then Africa is a continent that you shouldn’t miss if you want to get your fix for unique cuisine. If barbequed meat is something that you adore, then don’t miss Pap en vleis, a combination of meat and maize porridge that is popular in South Africa. There are plenty of restaurants in Cape Town that will feed you till you’re full, and it’s a dish that is best eaten with a group of friends or locals. Piri Piri chicken in Mozambique is delicious and packed full of flavour that you won’t get at your local chicken restaurant. And let’s not forget Jollof rice from Nigeria, a dish that you shouldn’t leave the continent without trying at least once.

May 19, 2017

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Cities are known for being romantic. There’s something strangely intriguing about them, huge and bustling, they have captivated the hearts of many and been the places where millions of people have fallen in love. Think about some of the most romantic destinations on the planet- chances are cities like New York, Paris and Venice all spring to mind. However, London is a beautiful city that shouldn’t be overlooked. Sure you don’t get great weather all year round, but it can make such a fantastic break.

Looking to impress the girl of your dreams? As this article states, there are 3 steps to make her fall in love, and the first one is to win her over. What better way to do that than with a romantic mini break to the Big Smoke. Here are some of the things you can get up to in London that’s sure to blow her mind!

Go on a River Cruise

London’s skyline looks gorgeous when it’s lit up at night, and the view from the Thames is spectacular. There are many cruises and tours which run from the river, it’s a perfect way to spend and evening and is sure to create an air of romance. Have a look online and check out the kinds of things that are on offer, and be sure to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Treat Them To a Fancy Dinner

London is home to almost seventy Michelin star restaurants so you won’t be short on choice if you want to wine and dine. Have a think about the kind of cuisine you want to eat, and have a look online at menus and reviews before you go. That way to ensure you’re making the very best choice for you.

Go For a Walk in the Park

London is a busy city, but there are spaces where you can get away from the hustle and bustle. There are a number of quieter green spaces and parks where you can enjoy a stroll hand in hand and enjoy a calm and relaxed evening. If the weather is nice, you could even take a picnic lunch or hire bikes.

Take In The Sights

While you’re in a city like London, you have to take advantage of the views. You could watch the sun go down from a cool rooftop bar, or go on the London Eye for epic views of the city from above, They do a champagne experience which would be ideal for a romantic break. If you really wanted to push the boat out, you could book a hot air balloon experience over the city. It’s a once in a lifetime, incredible experience that will surely have a positive impact on your significant other!

Have you ever been on a romantic break to London? What kind of activities do you recommend?