4 tips for dog owners in London

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It was never really a question if I would bring Lumos to London with me. He has been with me since he was 8 weeks old and he definitely is part of my family. A month after I moved here I brought him over. It all worked out , however I wish I knew a few things before I moved here.

1. Public transport is free for your furry friend

As long as you are able to carry your dog on the escalators you are allowed to bring them to the tube. They have to be on a lead, but there are no rules besides that. I was really worried that Lumos would be scared of riding the tube, but he is totally relaxed and usually sleeps during the ride. One thing you should be aware of is that while some people will love your dog and will ask to pet it, others might be scared of dogs.

2. You can let them run off lead in most parks

Unless a park specifically says to keep your dog on a lead, they are allowed to run around. London has many big parks and most of them are super dog friendly.

Here are Lumos’ favorite parks and green spaces:

  • Hampstead Heath
  • Battersea Park
  • Wimbledon Common

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3. Areas like Chelsea, Shoreditch and Hampstead are really dog friendly

I originally got a dog because I always wanted one and living in Berlin at the time I saw all these dogs in coffee shops, restaurants and parks and it really made me jealous. Berlin is one of the most dog friendly cities.

When I first moved to London I found it very hard to bring my dog with me as many places don’t allow dogs. Now that I’ve been here for 9 months I know which areas are more likely to be dog friendly and which aren’t.

Shoreditch is by far the most dog friendly area. All the pop-up stores, vintage stores and coffee shops allow you to bring your dog. People there are really excited to have dogs in their venues and always give Lumos cuddles (and sometimes even treats).

Hampstead is located in the North of London and I’d say most people there own a dog. It’s very nice to grab a coffee or a bite there after a long walk through the Heath.

Chelsea is one of the “poshest” areas in London and many people there have a dog (though most dogs there are “handbag dogs”). You can bring your dog to most shops, including Zara, and most coffee shops too.

I will write a separate blog post on my favorite dog friendly coffee shops soon.

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4. Get insurance for your dog

Where I’m from vet costs are really low compared to other countries, that’s why I never really thought about getting health insurance for Lumos. But when I moved to the UK and Lumos had his first visit to the vet I knew why people would get insurance for their pets.

Vet bills here can be REALLY high! I recently paid over  £120 for antibiotics and a check up. So do yourself a favor and get insurance for your pet, even though this might seem expensive too, it’s worth it. I’ve heard about several dogs who needed emergency treatment and the bill was more than  £2000, luckily their insurance covered the whole bill.

 

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Restaurant Review: Bill’s Westfield

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Bill's Westfield interior

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[ Advertisement – I was not paid to write this post and review the place, however I received complimentary food and drinks]

I got offered the opportunity to review the Bill’s at Westfield shopping center. I’ve never been to any Bill’s restaurant before so I was very excited. The first thing I noticed was the interior which had this cute retro, exotic holiday style. We were offered a table right next to a big window and with the current weather here (30 degree Celsius) it felt like I was in some restaurant on an exotic vacation.

We ordered drinks and it took us quite a while to choose since they had so many nice options. In the end I went for a watermelon, raspberry and peach juice and my friend had a apple, carrot and ginger juice.

We didn’t order any starters since it was 12:30am and we already had breakfast.

I choose the Ancient grain bowl with additional halloumi and she chose the carrot, mushroom and cashew nut Wellington.

The grain bowl was great as I am the kind of person who doesn’t get full by only eating a salad, so the mix of rice, buckwheat and millet was perfect for me. I was surprised by their big variety of vegetarian dishes, as normally you will only find one or two vegetarian dishes.

When we entered we were asked for allergies and when I ordered the ancient grain bowl and asked to exclude the red pepper they were happy to change this right away.

For dessert I had the melting banoffee sundae which tasted like heaven ( !!! ) the caramel wasn’t too sweet and the cookies and the fresh banana really tasted amazing. My friend had the lemon meringue roulade which was topped with passion fruit and it looked so yummy.

Overall I had a great experience at Bill’s Westfield and I can only recommend it.

I know I will be back there soon ( I’m still dreaming about that banoffee sundae! )

 

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3 white mini dresses I loved this summer

White summer dresses

Summer is peaking and I might be a bit late but I definitely wanted to show my favorite summer trend with you. Short, shorter, the dresses this summer! Which is kinda nice for me since at my height EVERY dress looks suuuuper short.

I went to Portugal last week (blog post will be up soon) and it was the perfect time to wear all my favorite summer outfits. Besides jumpsuits dresses were my favorite pieces of clothing this summer.

The three outfits below are of my three favorite white mini dresses. I found two of them on sale at Asos and the other one at Zara. I love to pair them with either some cute sandals or either biker or some suede boots. On the last outfit I wore flip flops because I hurt my foot while in Portugal.

You don’t need to wear much else as I think they look the best if styled really simple. Maybe out your hair up in a ponytail and add a scarf, wear some jewelry and that’s it – Your summer look is ready!

Here’s a little life hack from me: Always wear some running shorts underneath so you don’t have to worry about sitting down or getting out of a car. No-one will ever know!

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Dress: Crescent (dress is sold out but here is a different colored version)

Shoes: Sold out but here is a similar pair 

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Dress: Zara (sold out but here are two similar dresses) 1 and 2

Shoes: Same as in the first outfit

Necklace: Bagatiba (sold out but here is a similar one) 

Sunglasses: Miu Miu

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Dress: Asos

Shoes: Hawaianas

Sunglasses and long necklace: same as in previous

Short necklace: Malaika Raiss

Spring in Primrose Hill

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Spring has finally arrived (and so have my Asos orders). We had quite a few warm days here in the past month and last Sunday I finally got to wear one of my new summer dresses. So me and my friend Alexa went on a walk around Primrose Hill.

Primrose Hill is a cute, little area near Camden, with lots of beautiful houses, nice cafés and great restaurants. It’s a big crowded on weekends as everybody tries to grab a coffee or beer while sitting in the sun.

We walked around, took some pictures and even got stopped by some paparazzi who were hunting for some (real) celebs. London is always good for surprises, let me tell you that.

Before we went home we had coffee at “Cowshed” which is also a Spa, I will definitely book a beauty treatment there at some point.

 

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Outfit of the day 18/03/2018

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It’s snowing in London! Again! Just when we thought winter was over the cold came back. But this didn’t stop us from going out and taking some pictures. Gotta do what you gotta do, right?

I went out with a colleague to shoot and to teach her how to use Lightroom. She lives near Tower Bridge and she knew the perfect spot to take pictures. I never even knew that you could get the Shard and Tower Bridge into one frame. Most people go to Tower Hill to take photos of the Tower Bridge, but as the Shard is on the same side as Tower Hill you wouldn’t be able to take a photo of both of them.

I really want to share my favourite London Photo spots with you. There are so many cool neighbourhoods, corners, shops and houses that are perfect for IG or blog photos.

Do you have any favourite spots in London?

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Welcome to London

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I’m sorry for not being active in the last weeks. As you might know, I left Berlin for good and moved to London. Something that’s always been a dream of mine.

  • December 22nd: I sent out my job application
  • January 19th: Got accepted for the job
  • January 21st: Flew to London
  • January 21st: Viewed an apartment
  • January 24th: Signed my apartment contract
  • January 25th: First day at work
  • February 5th: Moved into the apartment

It all went by pretty fast and I was super lucky that everything turned out the way it did. It is really hard to find a landlord who allows you to bring a pet. Luckily my landlord was really understanding and allowed me to take my dog with me.

Which is also super complicated! You can’t fly to the UK with a pet and you can’t take the Eurostar. The only way to bring your pet to the UK is by car. Which brings me to my next problem. I am 23 and I have a German driving license. However, most car rental companies want you to be 25+ years or expect you to pay a huge amount of money.

But don’t worry – Lumos is coming here by the end of the month.

I will definitely be more active now. I will provide you guys with the whole “Welcome to London” package including:

  • An apartment tour
  • Things I wish I knew before moving here
  • My favourite places in London
  • What and where to eat in London
  • How to bring your dog to the UK

 

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48 Hours in London

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I was really excited to go on this trip, I had planned it for months. I’ve been to London before, this time was going to be my 10th time in that wonderful city. But this trip was something that I was especially excited about. I’m a huge NFL fan, I’ve been watching games for years, stayed up all night to see my team win and bought a ton of merchandise over the years. So planning my trip to London was something really special. My first American football game. 



We decided in February to go and see the Rams play the Cardinals in Twickenham stadium at the end of October. A good friend, as well as my cousin were gonna join me.

Since I live in Berlin and the airports there are really bad – sorry to say it, but it’s true – I went to Hamburg to catch my flight to London Heathrow there on Saturday morning. My flight was delayed by an hour due to the heavy wind in the London area. I normally would’ve taken the underground but because of the delay, I decided to take the Heathrow Express, which only takes 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington, which is right in the centre of London.

At Paddington, I met my friend, who shared the Airbnb with me. We stayed near Kings cross, which was perfect since it’s so close to the centre.

We spend the rest of the day shopping at Oxford Street, which is always really nice since there are so many shops that we don’t have in Germany. I got myself a sweater, as well as some Rosie for Autograph make up. I only travelled with carry-on so I didn’t have much space left in my suitcase.

The day after we went to get breakfast at a coffee shop before heading (yet again) to Oxford Street, this time I bought nothing and we ended up at a sports bar, where we stayed to watch premier league. In the afternoon we went to the Twickenham stadium to see the game. Sadly I wasn’t allowed to bring my camera and since it was dark I didn’t take good iPhone shots either.

The game was a lot of fun, even though the game wasn’t as thrilling as we expected it to be (the Rams won 33 – 00). It was freezing and I really wished I would’ve brought a scarf and gloves.

My flight back to Hamburg was at 3:30pm the next day, so I still had some time left to stroll around a little more. I went back to Oxford and Bond Street, bought some stuff at VS, had a snack and then went to the airport.

Even though it was a really short trip I still had lots of fun and I already miss this radiant city.

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