Dear Diary

Dear Diary: The Weekend #43

Woo I actually spent last weekend in London, how ace is that ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also spent an entire day in my pyjamas which was even better. (And sorely needed.)

Saturday was of course Taylor Swift Take Two day which was exciting but before that I headed to Fitzrovia for the latest Google Local Guide event. We met at the first ever Google Shop within the Currys PC World store on Tottenham Court Road (there are three total now) which sells the company’s range of Android phones and tablets, Chromebook laptops, and Chromecast TV services. As well as hosting tutorials on how to use the devices and demonstrations showing off key Google apps. Google+ tutorial please guys, I still don’t understand it!

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From there we were split into teams of four and sent off to explore four different local locations within a two hour timeframe. Unlike the last Google event where we were separated and only got to discover one local business this time we round we got to experience all four and what fab locations they chose! First up we headed to Pollock’s Toy Museum, two old townhouses merged into one which house both a museum and small toy shop. Winding your way up and down rickety stairs while exclaiming as you notice something that you had as a child tucked away in some cabinet or other is great.

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Next up was The Attendant which weirdly enough I’d just been reading about on Immy’s blog the day before. It’s an old urinal that’s been refurbished into a small cafe and sells the most divine cakes and brownies I have ever tasted. Honestly, I’m pretty sure that salted caramel brownie was responsible for ensuring that I made it to the end of the Taylor Swift gig later that day. Ironically though the place doesn’t have any toilets!

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Heading back towards the Google shop we swept in past the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery to see the latest interactive exhibition Please Touch by Pablo Bruera, which if you hadn’t guessed yet we were invited to play around with. This is such a wonderful little space in particular the cosy little book nook on the top floor and the utterly divine balcony that I can only just imagine is simply wonderful for brunch on sunny days.

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The saying saving the best for last was totally right when it came to Ben’s House. Everything in Ben’s little store-cum-cafe comes from a London postcode (well except the magazines which were just always part of the dream he envisioned) and Ben couldn’t be prouder of this fact. In fact Ben has something that is created in almost every area of London so we played a short game of what in this shop’s from my ‘hood? He was so welcoming and thoughtful greeting us all with a big smile, cups of hot coffee and gin! Yes, barely lunchtime and it was gin o’clock at Ben’s House! I didn’t want to leave but alas we had to. One things for sure I will definitely be returning!

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I really love the new format of the Google Local Guide events They’re really harnessing their power for the good of the local business and this, to me, is what Local Guides should be about. Once back at the Google Shop there was just time for a quick group selfie and a go at creating my own London Pride inspired Google Doodle before heading off to Marble Arch to meet some fellow Swifties for a quick bite to eat before the gig. If you are interested in finding out more about Google Local Guides then head over to their Google+ Page to find out what itโ€™s all about.

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Having seen the 1989 tour the week previously in Amsterdam I was curious to see how it was going to be adapted for an outdoor event. Surely there wouldn’t be wristbands given that it was gloriously sunny and wouldn’t get dark til late? Would the stage be a different setup? And how many of her besties are going to be there? Will we see them on stage? Now when tickets originally went on sale I was massively disappointed that the only London date was Hyde Park. I’m not a festival fan, I’m too old to be standing for hours crammed into a muddy field with thousands of other people all vying for that perfect spot so I knew that this wasn’t going to be the experience I wanted and promptly decided screw it let’s go see her in Amsterdam as well. I considered selling my London ticket, I really did but there were a bunch of other people going that I wanted to hang out with and I figured it would be worth it.

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Unfortunately while I of course enjoyed the music and the fact that I was there, I was disappointed by the event as a whole. We were given wristbands and as predicted they were pretty much useless for most of the concert. The show was exactly the same – literally word for word. She didn’t even make reference to the momentous SCOTUS ruling or the fact that it was London Pride even when the crowd went absolutely wild over the lines “and you can want who you want, boys and boys and girls and girls”. But the worst part for me was the fact that despite winding our way pretty close to the front of the cheap tickets section I wasn’t able to see a bloody thing! That crowd was full of young girls much shorter than I am who were there to see their idol and apart from a quick glance of her on one of the screens they weren’t able to which just breaks my heart. Mixed feelings.

It was late by the time we got back and all I wanted to do was sleep and so I did. And then I vegged on the sofa for the entirety of Sunday only leaving the house to nip to the corner shop and buy food and drink to nibble on while I caught up on reading the lovely blogs that grace my Feedly!

How was your weekend? Any exciting plans for this one?

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