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Noelle and Mikaela’s day of fun!

17/05/2017

If you didn’t get the Friends reference we’re not friends.

As previous post stated, we had the best weekend! After checking in to our hotel room and eating marshmallows dipped in chocolate we got ready and decided to explore Canary Wharf. I live in the area but Mikaela is still a newbie so I took her to Crossrail Place to grab lunch.

   

Ramen soup at Ippudo, nom nom

Super delicious!
We then popped upstairs to one of my favourite spots in CW, the rooftop garden.

After wandering around we walked back to the hotel, changed and took the lift to lower ground floor where they have..

Such a beautiful pool! They also have a jet so you can swim against a stream.. super cool.


(bikini from Asos)

At 6pm we were invited to Bokan to enjoy a lovely 3 course dinner.

Very happy ladies!

After our meal we walked upstairs with our newfound friends Nik and Phellipe. You’ll see them in a picture soon.

We got bored so went outside for a little walk!



And sat down in a nearby park to take selfies.

And caught the sunset..

We rushed back to see the last bit of the sunset from the rooftop

 

We soon got hungry again so we finished our wine and went back outside!

This time to Sticks and Sushi in Crossrail Place

I liked this guys tshirt

The food was absolutely amazing!

After our meal we walked back, very full, and spent yet another hour or so on the rooftop chatting away!

The next morning we had the most delicious breakfast at Bokan and oh boy, we went nuts.
Cocoa puffs, sandwiches, eggs, bacon, potato, fruit and (not pictured) pancakes. YUM!

We still had some time before check out so we went back to the pool and sauna for a bit before doing a face mask in the room

This was hands down one of the best weekends of this year (that was in London..)!
We actually filmed a lot during the weekend as well and I can’t wait to share the video once I’ve managed to edit all the footage 🙂

Thanks again Novotel for a wonderful weekend!

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Bokan View

03/04/2017

I’ve mentioned my new neighbour Bokan a handful of times now, but get used to it. Yesterday I was invited to “Bokan View”, an afternoon of artisanal food and drinks, cooking demonstration and live music at the rooftop (39th floor).
My plus one for the evening was my good friend Nam, who owns Love Fresh Vietnamese.
The stunning rooftop!
 Live music! The band was so so good.
 Welcome drinks.
 Spices for the cooking demonstration by Head Chef Aurélie Altemaire

 Look at this beauty?! Next up, cocktails! And dessert.. mmmh.  After the lovely demonstration we got to try it all – and some more!Nom nom nombokan view, bokan londonTwo very satisfied friends! Both mentally (good conversations) and physically (food…).
It got a little bit chilly outside so I showed Nam the inside of Bokan (since I’m a regular, haha!)
A massive thank you to Bokan for the invite! We had a lovely time and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy the stunning views again.

Bokan (Novotel Canary Wharf)
40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs
London E14 9TP

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Sunday lunch at Bokan in Novotel Canary Wharf

28/03/2017

On Sunday we finally visited the restaurant Bokan for lunch. It is newly opened and located on the 37th floor of Novotel Hotel in Canary Wharf with the most stunning panoramic views over London.

First of all.. Excuse the random mix of camera and phone pictures. My camera decided to quit so I kind of forced G to bring his one!The interior is rustic but modern and warm. We discussed the restaurants furniture at length since G is an architect. He was impressed too, so that is a good sign!Stunning view!We were given fresh bread with salted butter to start with.We decided to skip starters and jump straight to mains as we were starving. It’s rare that I have this at fancy restaurants but as I said, I was starving. Whilst waiting for our food I was given a lovely pink rose because it was mother’s day (all women in the restaurant got one). Brownie points to Bokan!My main was a burger with bacon, cheddar, ginger glaze and triple cooked fries. It was very well cooked and dare I say the best burger I’ve ever had?! G on the other hand went for a vegetarian dish (rarely happens!). Fresh spaghetti with bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and pistou.The spaghetti was absolutely delicious and I will definitely order it next time.
Even though we both slowly started to feel the food coma we couldn’t resist having a little peak at the dessert menu. We ordered the tropical meringue (coconut, mango sorbet and cashew) but were given this.. Yuzu and lime tart (fromage blanc ice cream). We mentioned this was a wrong order and the staff kindly said that we could try it and that the meringue was on its way – very good save!G wanted to pop the meringue in the bowl but not before I had a bite holding it as a sandwich.. 🙂
After dinner I wanted to show G the rooftop, so we took the stairs upstairs.I really want those chairs and tables! Even the rug!Rooftop vibes. Will be such a good spot in the summer 🙂Lastly.. Let’s have a little peak at the female bathroom. I rarely take pictures of interior in bathrooms but this is pretty incredible.And this is the view?!We had such a wonderful time and I can’t believe I have such a good place near where I live. Carlos (our waiter) also explained that they have started with live music on fridays – will definitely have to check that one out 🙂

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My weekend in pictures including newly opened Bokan at Novotel

13/03/2017

Happy monday everyone!
Hope you’ve all had a great start to the week. My day was so so but I’m meeting Gabriel later to see Moonlight which I’m excited about 🙂

My weekend was yet another productive one! I woke up stupidly early on Saturday and met G at Pure Gym in Greenwich. I worked on hamstrings, back and abs. For two hours. Ugh.After gym I went home to shower and made myself a late breakfast. Avocado, salmon and eggs.During the day I did laundry, cleaned my room and waited for G to arrive with Emelie and her things! I’ve got a new flatmate, yaaaaayyy! Super excited to live with her! And to talk more Swedish! So many good things 🙂
To celebrate her arrival we ordered takeaway from Kin Kao (not the one in Shoreditch, there’s another Kin Kao near us!) and opened a bottle of fine South African wine.After dinner we poured some more of that wine and got ready!
We decided to visit our new neighbours at Novotel, the bar and restaurant Bokan.
Bokan is on the 37-39th floor of the hotel with the most insane views.We sat at the bar and Emelie, who works in the hotel industry, gave me her thoughts haha!my weekend in pictures, bokan londonLook at this pretty drink I ordered.. with a huge amount of ice! They had a machine which melts ice into balls.. I kind of want one myself.
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After two cocktails each we met my friend Kay at a bar in Liverpool street and continued there.my weekend in pictures, bokan london
We’re very typical swedes. We ended up wearing skinny black jeans, black top with high neck, heeled boots, long black coat and scarf, haha.
The next day I woke up with a headache but I had an exciting meeting back at Novotel so I forced myself up and got ready.
Bokan looked totally different in daylight and I almost prefered being able to see all the stunning interior.
my weekend in pictures, bokan londonThose brown arm chairs are goals.Beautiful marble coffee table.my weekend in pictures, bokan londonGrey views over the riverAfter my meeting I met up with Emelie and we had brunch at Tom’s Kitchen, a local favourite.
I spent the rest of the day on the sofa watching Collateral Beauty (with Will Smith and Keira Knightley) and on Pinterest. Late at night (10pm, I’m a granny guys) I get a call from G and he says he’s 10 minutes away. He brought me apple pie from Mcdonald’s!!!! Ahhhh love him love him love him.
Great ending to my weekend.

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