Friday, 28 December 2018

Winter Wonderland Preview Night 2018

I hate winter. I hate when it gets so cold that your entire body tenses for so long that it aches. And although I don't hate it, I dread Christmas, too - yay, working in retail! The only place that can make me feel even slightly festive is Winter Wonderland, an annual event in London's Hyde Park that is usually open from mid-November to 6th January. I first visited last year and had the best time, although it was so busy that I remember being disappointed that we didn't get to see or do everything.

This year I was lucky enough to attend the preview on the night before it opened to the public, which meant that the numbers were much, much lower and the queues were shorter. Entry is always free, but there are pre-bookable attractions that cost such as the ice rink, the immersive cinema, the Magical Ice Kingdom, ice sculpting workshops, and more. For that evening only, though, attractions and rides were free!
Sunday, 23 December 2018

Are London's New Year's Eve Fireworks Worth It?

New Year's Eve 2017 for me was spent in London, eagerly awaiting the fireworks display that I had only ever seen on TV. I was so excited to see them in real life, and at £10 a ticket it wasn't too steep, even though I can remember when it was free to attend. I mean, it's London; I'm surprised they don't charge the average price for a sandwich which seems to be about £30...

The display was awesome (click here to watch it) but I wouldn't go again.


For a start, it was recommended that we got there at 8pm due to the massive crowds... even though the actual display (obviously) wasn't for another four hours. There was music and food, but you couldn't really enjoy these unless you wanted to immediately lose your spot. Plus, you know, it was freezing cold.

The atmosphere was great, and it was an incredible place to welcome in 2018 with the London Eye lit up right in front of us, nostalgic music from the past year playing and that iconic 'mind the gap' part of the annual mash-up, but I simply don't feel the need to do it again. Once the display was over, it took us two hours to walk the very short distance to the nearest tube station, and by the time we got back to our hotel, we'd basically brought in the new year not by celebrating but by walking incredibly slowly and getting shoved about.

I'd say it is worth it. If you haven't done it before and you're thinking about it, go for it - but it's not something I feel the need to do again. I reckon this year I'll watch it snuggled up in front of the TV with a bunch of snacks. Can't go wrong with that, can you?

Have you been to London's NYE fireworks? What did you think?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Blowing Away The Cobwebs

Hey, it's been a while.

'New phone, who dis?' you reply.

Oh shit, yeah. Um, it's me, Amber. Formerly The Mile Long Bookshelf, that book blog I kept going for like a million years and then neglected.

...It was red? And grey? No? Cool, awkward.

Anyhoo, I'm back, and as you can see I've made a lot of changes - or perhaps 'completely overhauled the entire thing' would be better wording.