London Lovin’: Old Bailey

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Chanced upon the Central Criminal Court, commonly known as Old Bailey, in West End London. In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is the courthouse where Charles Darnay is put on trial for treason. In the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Joshamee Gibbs is tried in the Old Bailey where Jack Sparrow disguises himself as Justice Smith!

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London Lovin’: Oxford Circus

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Stepping out from London Underground is like entering a different realm, and it did feel that way to me, exiting Oxford Circus Station. Topshop, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, HMV, Debenhams have their flagship stores on this street.

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Each year, Oxford Street is decorated with festive lights. Each Christmas, a celebrity turns on the lights in late-November and these remain lit until the twelfth night (Emma Watson did 2004, and last year it was Robbie Williams).

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This year, Jessie J flipped the switch, with James Arthur and Conor Maynard! Inspired by falling snowflakes (well it did feel all White Christmassy without the snow!), the lights feature three quarters of a million LED bulbs. That’s beautiful, but insane!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[THAILAND] oo2.Island Lovin’

Headed for Thailand’s Koh Samui with my favourite travel pals in exactly 3 days’!! ❤
So stoked about scuba-diving, and living the island life in my friends’ resort. Also can’t wait to start partying at the local hotspots on Chaweng Beach.

Koh Samet Thailand

On our last trip to Koh Samet, another offshore party island in the Gulf of Thailand, we spent our afternoons snorkelling, swimming, speed-boating, tanning, scuba-diving, Thai-massaging, getting our asses bruised from bumpy rides on the island lorry and eating the freshest seafood the island has to offer.

Though we won’t be in time for Koh Samui’s famous full-moon parties, my local Thai friends insist that the island’s year round nightlife is insane. I’ll believe when I see it!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: Covent Garden

What exactly is in Jamie Oliver’s Secret Basement?
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Found this green door whilst exploring the outskirts of Covent Garden!!
When the celebrity chef bought an old bank building in Manchester, his workers uncovered old Joy Division and New Order master tapes, as well as a million dollars worth of treasures (including gold, jewelry and a gun) in the basement!!

I had a helluva good time uncovering the hidden treasures of Covent Garden on 2 separate occasions:
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The first was Jubilee Market at Covent Garden! Was sourcing out the vintage craft stores and cafès. The perimeter is also surrounded by pretty cafès and patisseries such as Patisserie Valerie and Ladureè, as well as a myriad of indie cafès.
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Within Jubilee Market, a dizzying selection of accessories, cosmetics and items of fashion were dazzlingly on sale, flea-market style.
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The second occasion involved the outskirts of Covent Garden, covering The Lyceum Theatre, Neal Street’s Dr Martens, and further out! Was on the hunt for Dr Martens’ designer store, obviously.
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Found: Charles Dickens Coffee House!
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After this shot was taken, the man in the brown shirt kinda tried all means and ways to communicate while I was hurrying away. Kudos to him, he could say ‘HELLO’ in about Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, English and Italian.

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There’s just too much to do!! No matter how many times I’m gonna return to London it’s never gonna get old. I love this district.

London Lovin’: Wild & Coffee Company

Sniffing out the best brews on my London cafè-hunt, I stumbled upon Wild & Coffee Company along Oxford Street.  photo DSCN3977_zps2785a179.jpg

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Dying for a mid-day coffee fix, I was so glad to see that it’s been labelled ‘London’s best coffee’.
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Though small and subtle, the interior decor is amazingly cosy. A really awesome place to sit and read while sharing a bench-table with strangers.

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Every cup of coffee is freshly brewed by the baristas! (whom I couldn’t figure out were Spanish or Italian)
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After a short wait, I was served my coffee.
I almost shed tears of joy while gulping down this piping hot latte.
It was so good, I can’t begin to describe how good it is. I have no words.
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I loved their latte!!
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There’s a separate corner for more people to fill in, but it’s pretty dark and private. The room was so quiet I felt intrusive so I asked the barista for permission to snap these!
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Wild and Wood Coffee is mad famous for their cronuts and they’ve won a number of awards for both their coffee and cronuts, apparently.
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So, are they worthy of being in the running for ‘London’s best coffee’?
HELL YES!
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Before I left, the barista asked if I’d be here the next day and I said, sadly no.
Firstly I can’t remember the way.
Secondly I will be sniffing out cafès along Notting Hill in the ‘moro!

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New Century of Perfume Snobbery

Attended an event for Silver Lining by Atkinsons London at the Bacchanalia this afternoon.

My mom adores their emblematic fragrance, the 24 Old Bond Street; I’m pretty glad she will keep it because it’s a little too smoky (oak-casked whisky, as described) for my daily use.
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However I do like their tagline:
Drawing on 200 years of English eccentricity, style and impeccable manners, Atkinsons is now ushering in a new century of perfume snobbery

I was more taken by Fashion Decree, a lighter fragrance of silk tree blossom and patchouli.
Image and video hosting by TinyPicThere was this intriguing book in the gift bag which capture my attention for an hour on the ride home…
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From asparagus to zebra crossings, via email, formal dinners, political correctness and sneezing – a complete guide to behaving.
What a book! I salute the British pride in upholding fine mannerisms.

[THAILAND] oo1. ISLAND AND THE CITY (Bangkok – Ko Samet)

The minute our home-bound aircraft took off, I missed Bangkok already.
Even with my infected tummy hurting so badly from seafood poisoning,
the land of a thousand smiles can’t shake me off.
Thailand, I will be back!!

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The amount of insane things we did on this trip was kept to a minimal
We capped it at scuba-diving, really.
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