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A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

On a trip to Paris in mid-2012, we had stayed at the Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, a mid-range hotel that we enjoyed. On this occasion for new year, we wanted something a little more comfortable.

We were staying for a slightly longer duration of five days over the new year, so sought accommodation with a pool and gym, yet still in a good location near to the metro. Oh, and we didn’t want to break the bank, particularly difficult with it being the holiday season…. in Paris. Luckily,  the Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles made this very easy. Continue reading A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

DreamBags JaguarShoes” – It’s anything that you want it to be!

Is it a bar, cafe, exhibition space… well, it’s actually all of those things and more. The location of “DreamBags JaguarShoes” couldn’t be any more perfect – Shoreditch in East London is a constant buzz of activity, a fashionable and trendy place to socialise with good friends in excellent surroundings – which was exactly my purpose for being there.

As I settled into the lively atmosphere, it was undeniable that this was a very funky place to be. The name alone – “DreamBags JaguarShoes” – makes the most indifferent of visitors just a little bit curious. As it happens, the name was originally from the 1980’s bag and shoe wholesalers that once occupied the building. The original signage still adorns the front which probably adds to the speculation of what takes place behind its doors. The unique bar regularly hosts DJ events and displays of artwork. Continue reading DreamBags JaguarShoes” – It’s anything that you want it to be!

The Old School Yard, Borough, London

Old School Yard Bar cocktail
‘Liquid Libido’

I debated whether to post this simply because, well, I like my little hideaways. But here goes 😉

It’s a Thursday evening in London, the hunt is on for a place to eat, drink and catch up with a friend. We considered a few options before settling upon The Old School Yard, on Long Lane close to London Bridge and Borough underground stations.

First impressions… It’s a little off the beaten track and I did wonder whether we had the right place however the brightly coloured signage left no trace of doubt. This place is true hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of crowded London bar’s, particularly during happy hour with a good sized bar and plenty of seating including an outdoor area.

The school yard theme throughout the bar is impressive. A mix of 1990’s icons such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and graffiti-covered school lockers gave it the authentic touch along with a range of old school music to really take you back a few years. We were in our element to say the least! Continue reading The Old School Yard, Borough, London