Vrooom Vrooom!

I am the Go Karting Champion,even got a gold trophy to prove it! Whooop!
Now that I got news out-of-the-way,I can actually concentrate on telling you all how I became crowned as the fastest Go Karter (ahem) ever. I’m a bit of a car maniac,love to drive. This is mostly because I have been lucky enough to experience what it is like to drive luxury cars on daily basis. I’ve even learned to control my road rage in rush hour traffic. However, recently we decided that it was time to hang up the driving gloves and our uber cool Mini Cooper went to live on a farm in Oxford. You can imagine my excitement when I heard that a new Go Karting venue, Team Sports had opened near Tower Bridge. I have never been before as really didn’t want to travel miles away to go spin on the tracks.  However this venue is on the way home. Booked!

When you first arrive you get given gloves, racing overalls and a helmet hat thing. There are very slick changing rooms for you to get into the attire. (I looked hot). The changing rooms look like a high-end gym,wasn’t expecting that kind of facilities. Next up,briefing. They tell you how to work the cars,some safety tips and what you are not supposed to do on the track. Seems fairly simple,I thought. Most of the rules went out the window as I sat down in my kart. Oops. Well, I say most, but I mean some. The big news is that they have a brand new karts on the go at Tower Bridge (first in the world I might add), Electric Eco Karts from Biz and they are amazing! As I have never been before I of course didn’t know the difference, but driving these bad boys is a treat! They are light, super fast and best of all, they have ZERO emissions being electric and all. Seriously impressed! I could go on and on about the karts, but you are better off reading from the site as I really just want to tell you how much fun we had.
There is actually two tracks at Tower Bridge, that can be joined to form one longer one that is on two levels. We were lucky enough to have the two level option. You first have a little practise run, just to see how you handle the kart, test the speed and turns. Get used to working the pedals and get a good feel of the track. After that’s “out the way”, you are “let loose”. We had eight drivers on our race and being an only child I was determined to win and be crowned as the champion. I went heavy on the accelerator and ignored the break (obvious), I very nearly turned the kart around few times, burned some rubber and did not get taken off the track at all, which surprised me. I thought I was breaking all the rules in the book! Go me!

OMG! It is brilliant. As soon as you sit down in your kart, your adrenalin levels start rising. I was breathing so heavy, my visor got steamy! If like me you are a secret adrenalin junkie, this is the place to go “feed the need”. I loved it. After the race as we were sitting down in the bar area, drinking beer and eating pizza, I dawned to me: this place could really be a great destination to all sorts of occasions, just go for a fun night with few friends, have a stag party or a hen do with a difference or even a team day with work. Seriously, the options are endless. I would strongly advice you all to go have a spin, just be careful not to get taken off the track for bad behaviour!

Msalonen – The Champion 



four o nine

Loves it

Last week myself and Husbear were invited a very dear friends birthday dinner. As we live in the fabulous East London,right across the street from Victoria Park,we hardly ever venture out to SW London.Shame on us! Means that we are missing out on hidden gems like four o nine. It has been making a name for itself for years now as a classic neighborhood restaurant and I can certainly see why. I always get excited about restaurants behind closed doors. You have to ring a bell to get in! Call me easily pleased, I don’t care. It’s fabulous. It’s almost like you are in someone’s very nice loft apartment once you step in and get up the stairs. Interiors are lush,very nice indeed. You feel totally ay ease and ready for a chilled dinner. We were booked into an upstairs private room,but I of course had a look at the rest of the place. It is perfect for romantic dinners for two or a catch up with friends. Very chilled. I am amazed.

The upstairs private room is truly a private piece of the restaurant. Cosy and stylish room with access to the roof terrace,MAJOR bonus. We all sat down,had few bubbles, a negroni and settled down for dinner. The menu contains great “honest” food with a twist. We were all struggling to make choices between the courses. Good news is that four o nine isn’t ridiculously expensive,two courses for £25 and three for £30. Bargain to be honest.

The evening was a total success and not only because the company of 10 interesting people. The service is impeccable,can’t fault anything. Wine seemed to be on tab and food arrived promptly. We were spoiled rotten. The four o nine is truly a hidden gem of Southwest London. I urge you all to make a booking,ring the bell and enter the Bliss – world in the loft.

Cecconi’s for breakfast

Oh my. This weekend I had set up a date with one of my dearest friends. I have known her for almost 10 years and we have been through a lot together. Friday last week we were trying to figure out a spot for breakkie and she suggested Cecconi’s on Burlington Street. As I had never been I agreed.

Come Saturday morning I got dressed and headed to town. Short walk from Oxford Circus (which isn’t too bad at 9.30 on a Saturday morning) and I started to get close. I knew I was going to the right direction as I could smell A&F miles away.

Cecconi’s gives a great first impression,friendly staff at the door,coat goes in the cloak room and you are seated quickly. The place has an old worldly (with an Italian twist funnily enough) feel. Gorgeous setting,emerald-green chairs,low tables,white table cloths and silver service. As it wasn’t busy when we arrived there was a more staff than customers. Breakfast at Cecconi’s is quite something. Great selection of fresh juices,coffee is served quickly and it heats you up very quickly. My bacon s/w was lush and it all gets served with a smile and great Italian hospitality.I adore the place,there I said it.

If you want something little special for breakfast I would strongly recommend Cecconi’s. Fabulous and after you are ready to take on the day and drop 800quid on a pair of boots. (Her,not me sadly).