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Monthly Round Up: November, The Birthday Month and win a Christmas hamper from Fortnum and Mason and £100 voucher from Amazon!

I can’t believe it’s less than a month to go until Christmas! Scroll to the end for a competition to win a £250 Christmas hamper from Fortnum and Mason and £100 voucher from Amazon!


Life Lately: It was amazing how many people agreed that birthdays shouldn’t be just one day, but they should last a week or even a month. Celebrations kicked off the week before my birthday with a relaxing stay at Soho Farmhouse. Regular readers are probably fed up with me banging on about this rustic countryside retreat that is so much more than a hotel. To me it’s a little bubble of happiness and somewhere I can truly switch off and enjoy time with friends and family.  
The actual day of my birthday saw me enjoying lunch at Aquavit with my family and dinner at three-Michelin starred the Araki with Mr S.
The celebration week was rounded off on Sunday with a birthday party that included lots of champagne, sushi and an epic cake!! Many thanks to everyone who came and to those who gave me their best wishes!

Restaurants: Aside from Aquavit and the Araki I also sampled the stunning Go Zen boxes from aqua kyoto before heading to sister restaurant aqua shard for dessert and to see the Christmas tree.

I got festive at The Vintage London Winter Terrace at The Churchill Bar in the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill  and enjoyed autumnal drinks at Il Tetto, the rooftop restaurant at Selfridges.

I also tried something rather different for me as I went vegan at new plant-based restaurant, Wulf & Lamb
So it’s not exactly a new restaurant, but I’d recommend heading to Harrods to see the changes that are afoot in the foodhall. The new Roastery & Bakehall has a gorgeous bakers, a tea tailor and specialist coffee roasters. They also sell beautiful artisan products that are hard to get hold of in other places. I definitely recommend heading down to take a look.

Travel: I kept my feet in the UK this month with my Soho Farmhouse staycation plus a trip to Bristol for my friend’s birthday. But in a couple of weeks Mr S and I are off to Budapest for a cosy trip to visit the Christmas markets and the sights of the city. I’m super excited as I’ve always wanted to go. Also for the first time, Mr S is doing all the planning!!!

Cheers to @trixieliks 30th birthday, perfectly planned by @hummingbirdeventsbristol !

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In other travel news, I can officially announce that I’ve planned my next big trip and Argentina and Chile are next to be ticked off the bucket list. I’ve pretty much got the itinerary locked down for our April trip and so I’ll be sharing it on here early next year!

Also don’t forget to join our travel link up!! Festivities. Do you love them, hate them, put up with the season, find yourself doing something unusual, adhere to traditions so strictly that no-one dares suggest something new?… anything goes.
How to link up your post

Just pop your post up over the first week of the month (the 1st – 7th December 2017), add it to the link up widget found on Adventures of a London KiwiSilverSpoon LondonFollow Your Sunshine or on the blog of our lovely guest host Zoe from The ZRW from the 1st.

COMPETITION TIME!!!!

A parcel of joy from Fortnum & Mason. The Burlington Hamper is worth £250 and an absolute feast of festive treats including artisan teas and coffees, luxurious chocolates, biscuits preserves, nuts and fruit cake. Along with the hamper I’m including £100 gift voucher from Amazon to treat your loved ones!

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  • Rebecca Hills

    Two perfect prizes! You just can’t beat a F&M hamper at Christmas time. Thank you so much for the chance to win these. I love following your adventures. – Rebecca

  • Wow what an amazing month! That hamper looks amazing – I would be fighting my Mum for the salted caramel Florentines for sure. Yum!

  • You’ve had a wonderful month! x

  • The best birthday month – and a very exciting lead up to Christmas, too!!!

  • I definitely agree that a birthday celebration should last at least a week! Mine always does, anyway – I like to make a spectacle of it, haha! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Aceso84

    What a wonderful time you have had, the most perfect birthday celebrations. Both my daughter and myself have December birthdays so the hamper would be a lovely treat to add to the celebrations.

  • Pat Stubbs

    Love to give this to a friend who is a brilliant cook and often hosts us for dinner. My 70th birthday celebration lasted many weeks!! Love your foodie photos

  • Sophie Lily

    Would love to win as it’s my sons first Christmas so I really want it to be special but it’s really tight x I’m very jealous of your week btw Food at the party looks awesome

  • What a Christmas surprise this would be for my nearest and dearest!

  • madmike2

    What a great treat it would be for my family.

  • Argentina and Chile will be amazing, I can’t wait to see your itinerary 🙂 Happy birthday month also xx

  • Gill Wood

    Brilliant competition

  • Your birthday celebrations looked so lovely Angie!! Glad you had a lovely month xxx

  • emma walters

    looks like you had a fabulous birthday!!! I would love to treat my parents and children with this amazing prize this xmas x

  • Nicole Iacovides

    That food and the cake look amazing. Brilliant comp x

  • because I love hampers, they’re so lovely x

  • Caroline McCabe

    I would love to win to enjoy all these luxurious treats at Christmas

  • Ruth Wollerton

    I would love to win to spoil my family this Christmas

  • Georgette Karpel

    This would make a great addition to our family Christmas.

  • Margaret Jones

    I’ve never had a Christmas Hamper so I’d really love to win this Fortnum & Mason fabulous hamper

  • Christina Curtis

    I would love to win, this would absolutely sort Christmas for the Family!

    The Hamper looks Amazing!

  • Barbara Webster

    I would like to win this amazing prize because I would like to gift it to my daughter Julie, as she is expecting her first baby in February 2018, and it’s going to be a girl!

  • Rebecca Sharp

    It would be fantastic to win! My mum could do with a good treat! 🙂

  • Suzie Wilder

    Because that hamper looks amazing!

  • Mrs Broomfield

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted a Fortnum & Mason hamper but can’t justify treating us to something quite that expensive so this would definitely be amazing! Plus we have a big list of presents for the children so the Amazon voucher would be very, very helpful!

  • amelia avossa

    Id love it for Criggy! it would be for the Xmas table… mainly for adults as its to posh!

  • Jai Fontaine Stokes

    All looks amazing! Cant justify it just for myself, but i could if i won it! Thanks for the chance!

  • We drag our birthday for 6 weeks as ours are a month apart. I know no other way 🥂

  • The photos in this post are gorgeous, love the one of you and Mr S at your birthday (still gutted I couldn’t make it) and your nephew is looking adorable! Can’t wait to hear all about your Argentina and Chile plans xx

  • Cathrine Mitchell

    Sounds wonderful and lovely pics! Would love to win the hamper – it would be something so luxurious for my husband and I that we wouldn’t normally splurge on! Happy belated birthday too X

  • Another fantastic month for you!

  • jean ward

    Would love this for christmas – I’ve never had a hamper before, my family would be so happy!!

  • Chantelle Wilkinson

    This would be great to take to my first Christmas at the in-laws!

  • Jo m Welsh

    I would love to win because it sounds fantastic there are treats for all of us and I could buy a little something for everyone as well

  • Suze

    What a superb birthday month you have had! Wulf & Lamb looks very nice and healthy

  • Andrea

    I would love to win as this would be such a special treat to share

  • Maria P

    Your cake looked fantastic! I know you would love Budapest, my kind of home town 🙂 There are really nice places and traditional patisseries.

  • Jet

    Looks like a very fun month, can’t wait to hear about Argentina – I’ve never been to s.America.

    Please. So. I’d like to win because I’m greedy (do you get points for being honest? 😂)

    http://www.jettravels.co.uk
    J.E.T
    X

  • Nikki

    With it being my birthday and Xmas in December, I’ve always asked for a F&M Hamper, but never received one. Also, I’d use the Amazon voucher to put towards some nice warm winter coats 🎄 Thank you xx

  • Nat Newham

    Lovely prize! Would be a real treat to win 🙂

  • Lee B

    I would love to treat my family

  • Nicola

    Love your photos x I would love to win the hamper as I would really like to share it with my mum. I want to treat her because she doesn’t get to look after herself as much as she should! x

  • Jane Willis

    I love food. I love books. So Fortnums and Amazon are a perfect combination.
    I do envy all the wonderful meals you get to eat, even though you share them with us we still can’t taste them. I’m constantly amazed at how you manage to stay so slim, you must have a crazy workout schedule to balance all the food and drink.

  • Tracey Peach

    I would love to win the hamper because my family & me could enjoy it over the Christmas period. Christmas is all about sharing good food & spending time with the people you love most

  • Imogen

    This looks amazing! I would love to win this as it’s my first Christmas in the UK (I’m hoping for snow) and I have heard great things about Fortnum and Mason hampers!

  • Sara Goodman

    Incredible prizes, thank you so much. Who wouldn’t want to win 😉
    xx

  • Ailsa Sheldon

    Beyond amazing prize would make our Christmas very special

  • CGORST

    Ooh what I lovely prize – and my cats would love sitting in that basket! 🙂

  • hele

    What a yummy hamper… loads to share…

  • Elaine Packer

    Looks like you had a wonderful birthday! Belated birthday wishes.

    I would love to win the Hamper to treat my family this Christmas. We are hosting this year and it would make a very special treat.

  • frankie alcock

    Love this blog! The food sounds amazing, winning the hamper would give me a mini b day!

  • ninegrandstudent

    This is the problem with having a December birthday – Christmas always stops you from celebrating for the entire month! A hamper would obviously make me feel a lot better about that…

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Foodie Blog

  • debsj50

    This year will be the first year, in around 10 years, that my grown up children, their other half’s and my 6 grandchildren will be spending Christmas together. I can’t wait until we are all together again, watching the grandchildren playing and their happy faces when they open their gifts, this amazing hamper would make Christmas all that much extra special

  • Gillian G

    Just found this blog. really enjoyed reading it. Happy Birthday Angie. Christmas is all about getting together with family an friends and enjoying good food and company. Winning this hamper would make that all the more special.

  • Sandra Bald

    The hamper would be a real festive treat for me & my hubby & then we could treat ourselves to something from Amazon in the New Year

  • Jules Smith Eley

    Its been a crappy year this would be amazing to treat family and friends and have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  • Laraine Mallalieu

    Would be a great end to the year to win

  • Lindsey Martin

    Love F&M, but very rarely get to sample their products. Would be amazing to share this at Christmas with family.

  • sonya ritchie

    Omg this would be amazing….xx

  • Angie, it was so nice to catch up with everything you’ve been up to this month since I wasn’t able to read all the posts due to constant travel. Looks like you had an amazing birthday month – I am swooning over your elegant outfits and your cake looked like a dream! So so happy for you lovely, xx

  • Laura Harrison

    I would love to win this to share with my boyfriend. Thank you for the chance xx

  • Hester

    I would just love to share tasting all the amazing products with my partner and our families. it would ensure Christmas was even more amazing.

  • Solange

    I’ve always wanted to buy a F&M Hamper but couldn’t justify the cost. I love their products and it would be wonderful to share this hamper with my family over Christmas. And I’d love to do some shopping in the January sales with the Amazon voucher.

  • Gemma Campbell

    What a fantastic prize especially with Christmas right around the corner I have a large family but my mum is amazing and this would make Christmas that little bit easier for her thanks for the chance to win. Goodluck everyone<3

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    What an amazing prize!! November was such a special month xx

  • essexgirlSE

    I would like to win because we had a difficult few months after a big flood so we deserve a treat

  • Kirsten Melville

    I would love to win this fabulous Fortnum & Mason hamper for my family!! We’ve had a tough year and a hamper full of exquisite treats would be a dream come true 🙂 thank you

  • Denise

    I would love to win this amazing giveaway for my family

  • Jan Beal

    What a fabulous birthday party – Happy belated greetings! I’m sure Mr S will have some lovely surprises for you in Budapest. I’d love to win this hamper because my son is coming home from Vietnam for Christmas and bring his family who have never had a proper English Christmas – this hamper would show them the delights and tastes of a traditional Christmas!

  • Corinna jennings

    I’m definately going to try the vegan restaurant you mentioned. My sister is vegan & struggles massively to find vegan meals in restaurants. Loved your pictures Hun & how you had an AMAZING birthday!!! 🎉🎉 🎉

  • GeorginaN

    I’d love to win as my birthday, wedding anniversary and Christmas are all at the end of December, such a busy and expensive time of month so this would make such a lovely treat for my loved ones! Loving all your pictures and your dresses are gorgeous x

  • Margaret Gallagher

    Spoiling those whose LOVE SUPPORT and sense of humour has helped me through 2017

    Don’t know what I’d have done without them

  • Abigail Cullen

    I would love to win a selection from Fortnum & Mason as I have never tried their goods before and an Amazon gift card is also very handy.

  • Kirsty Connor

    I would love to win because Ive only been working part time this year along with being a busy mummy and money is tight this Christmas! Would love to spoil my family!

  • karen hutchinson

    I would love to win a posh Christmas hamper to share with the family

  • sunshine

    What an amazing prize! This would make our Christmas! Very nice!

  • Heather Moore

    Whoop, this would make my Xmas!

  • Karen Mitchell

    This be luxury for Christmas

  • Christine Hall

    A hamper full og goodies sounds perfect

  • marie carr

    Happy Birthday. I absolutely love the cake 🎂 I would love to win so I can treat my gorgeous hubby and kids this Xmas 💝

  • Nicky Jones

    I’d love to win to treat my partner!

  • Catherine Joyce

    I would love to win to treat my parents who are both 70 in the New Year

  • Gillian York

    merry Christmas to you

  • Harpreet Acharya

    I agree – birthdays should be a month long thing, haha! Super envious about your upcoming trip to Argentina and Chile – South America has been on my bucket list for ever and ever and is such an elusive continent for me! Sigh. One day, fingers crossed! But I will be staying tuned to live vicariously through you!

  • Natasha Pain

    This would be the perfect final touches to Christmas

  • Jo Hutchinson

    I would love to win this because it would be an amazing treat for Christmas.

  • Nadine Dawes

    Great blog!

  • Elaine Clark

    I’d love to win this fabulous hamper to treat my lovely family as we’ve all had a tough year. Thanks for the chance Angie 🎅🌲 Merry Christmas

  • Kay Solly Eyles

    I would love to win as everyone deserves treats, it would make Christmas extra special as I have been unemployed since August. x

  • Cathy21

    Son and nephew both have a birthday on 28th November.

  • Lucy Braga

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday month! Loved reading all about it! Pics on instagram are fab too! I have entered the competition as I would love to win this fab hamper to share with all my family. As an opera singer, singing teacher and mum of 3, I have a very busy time coming up now, with 7 concerts to sing between now and (including!) Christmas Eve! It would be so wonderful to win this hamper so we could relax on Christmas Day! And I would love to win the amazon voucher towards presents for the children- to get my little ballerina daughter that Fitbit she was so hoping for! Best Wishes for a very Happy Christmas to you and your family, Lucy xxx

  • Tania Atfield

    I would love a delicious hamper to share with my family this ch

  • sandian31

    I have not long joined in your blog and am loving it, to win this price would be the icing on the cake

  • jenny reynolds

    we have 3 family birthdays this month and would love this hamper to help celebrate them xxxx

  • Amanda Tanner

    Always wanted a hamper for christmas for my mum and this one is amazing

  • Deb Bev

    Thanks for the round up. We’re coming down to London next week so I will pop in to see the changes at Harrods Food Hall. I’d love to win the hamper not just for the contents but because I’d love to recycle the hamper basket as hall storage

  • Heather Hodcroft

    This looks absolutely amazing ! I would like to win as I would give it to my mum and dad as a thank you for supporting and looking after me whilst I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ,it’s been horrific but having people there for me helps me get through ,so to be able to give them something so luxurious as a fortnum & mason hamper and an extra £100 Amazon voucher so they can treat themselves would be incredible. I’m now going to read your latest blogs , they look fab ! Xx 😊😊😊❤️❤️❤️🎄🎄🎄

  • Maggie Osborn

    I would love to win because this is a beautiful and generous prize that would truly be appreciated by my family.

  • cyril rowlands

    This beautiful Hamper would be a wonderful gift for our Family to enjoy over the Festive season

  • What a wonderful month and I totally agree – birthdays should be celebrated for as long as want!

  • Pete Cleasby

    because its a great prize and its been interesting following your blog

  • Fi Evans

    Oh.Em.Gee!! Your Cake!! Birthdays are the best! I would love to win to make my daughters birthday special <3

  • what an amazing month

  • Jacqui S

    Just celebrated my own birthday but, as yet, no hampers, would love to have a F&M one!

  • Rach Howard

    What did you eat in Bristol?!
    Far too fab a foodie city to mention without details!

  • Fay Cross

    wow surprised x

  • Mary Hill

    Oh i’d love to win this beautiful hamper such a gorgeous selection and the voucher would be super handy for extra xmas 🎁to spoil my son! Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! PS love your youtube channel. And what amazing pictures you looked fab and had the best birthday thanks lovely xx

  • Natalie

    Great post!

  • Sassie Clarke

    Would so love to sample a F&M Hamper to see if it lives up to my expectations

  • richardeldredhawes

    The hamper feeds me and the voucher lets me buy cookery books for when the hamper runs out

  • What an amazing prize! I would love to win this and share it with my family, it would really make our Christmas special. Happy Holidays!

  • Sam Gray

    I would be very popular if I won such an amazing prize. So good to read about your amazing birthday celebrations and have a very happy Christmas x

  • Lorna Totton

    What an amazing hamper, who wouldn’t want to win it and try all the lovely treats inside. Merry Christmas and thank you for such a fab competition.x

  • Robert Lindsay

    Being a poor old pensioner(not looking for sympathy)this prize is amazing to me!I’ve never sampled a F&T hamper and The Amazon vouchers would come in handy for family presents.TYVM for chance to win

  • gullible1

    all sounds wonderful wish i could afford to celebrate to your standard but is always fun to dream!!

  • Denise Derrick-Jones

    Such a fantastic prize , I would love to win this.

  • Sounds like a you’ve had great month and Happy birthday! I would love to win the hamper, there’s such a nice selection of goodies and it would be perfect for a festive afternoon tea with friends x

  • Kirsten

    How fun! Would love the hamper 🙂

  • marian fievez

    To treat my amazing sister for Christmas x

  • Carrie Wilford

    amazing giveaway would love to win and share the prize with my mum

  • Natalie Osborne Thomason

    This would make mine and my lovely families Christmas the first one without mum. It’s xmas at mine and not much spare for luxuries. I’ve never had a hamper they look so lovely and I would use the basket for granddaughter boo boos toys . Thanks lovely lady .

  • Terry Greer

    I’d love to win this for my lovely wife Susan as she adores F & M and would love this.
    This Christmas I’ve been privileged to have spent 35 wonderful years with her so this would be perfect thank you so much.
    This would be excellent thank you so much

  • gfa01

    Belated Birthday greetings and Merry Christmas.

  • gfa01

    Just actually read what to do, and I would like to win this as I have never, ever, had a hamper like that and it looks great ….plus I always love Amazon vouchers.

  • Lucy H

    I’d like to win because I’ve been laid up ill through November and December and on antibiotics and antifungals and all sorts of jiggery pokery, so haven’t really had a chance to shop yet (and am now panicking from my bed, trying to online shop and hoping stuff arrives on time). Eep! Merry Xmas, lovely one-hope it’s magical! xxx

  • Peter Ck

    My Mum would love this for Christmas- We’d be, like, dead posh 😉

  • Lesley Walsh

    I’d love to win the hamper for my parents who are in their eighties and so difficult to buy for. A Fortnum and Mason hamper is above my touch and so to win would be a dream come true and the Amazon voucher would also come in very handy!

    Merry Christmas.

  • MissLilly

    Happy birthday!!! It was birthday month here too but not such a nice round number like you and much less stylish! Hope you have a great Christmas holiday. Cheers to next year adventures!!

  • Annie Canning

    Sweet prize!!

  • Marion Payne

    Fantastic prize

  • Tracy Baines

    Wow what an amazing prize would love to win, I would share the contents of the hamper with my dad who recently celebrated his 85th birthday and my partner who celebrated his 50th last week, I think I might keep the Amazon voucher for me though!

  • Andrea Goodheart

    The goodies would be fab but the F&M basket – well that would be more than fab! I think it might be used to store Christmas decs 😉

  • haxell

    I would love to win because the hamper would reduce the amount of shopping I would have to do for Christmas and I could give my family and friends such wonderful treats. The Amazon voucher would be used for some family January birthdays. Hope your Christmas is as wonderful as your birthday obviously was.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  • Linda King

    What an amazing prize xx

  • brizy83

    I would love a F&M hamper to give my whole family a VERY merry Christmas and an Amazon voucher to buy extra presents for my wife !

  • tabbaz

    A big Christmas for us this year; the first will ALL the family together so would love to add a fantastic Fortnum and Mason Hamper to the goodies and treat us to some tableware from Amazon

  • Sue Nicholl

    Oh what a fantastic giveaway. I be so so happy if I were lucky enough to win. Merry Christmas to you!

  • Lee9

    Great prize. People love hampers & gift cards.

  • Karen Hill

    Would be a massive help towards Christmas and give us some treats, MERRY CHRISTMAS X

  • Peskey78

    I’d love to share between the family . Heard F&M have great hampers love to try

  • Liz Ferguson

    because I am a huge fan of Fortnum & Mason hampers, and the amazon voucher would be perfect for the boxing day sales xx many thanks for hosting the blog xx

  • mary heald

    Such a lovely prize to share at this time of year

  • Juliet Kavanagh

    Would love to win this – first Christmas without my gran, and would be great to have something to really cheer us up!

  • Matthew Fuller

    A large family so would be timely!

  • Elizabeth Philip

    This would be ideal for my whole family to enjoy, something for everyone x

  • Gillian2307

    What an amazing Birthday month you have had! I would love to win this to share with all the family. Have a very Merry Christmas 💖🎅🎄

  • Sarah Ann

    I’d love to win and treat my mum and sister, plus there’s nothing like an Amazon shopping spree!

  • Don Believeinthem

    I’d love to win this as a treat for Mum ☺

  • Anna Lord

    I would love to win and experience the excitement of receiving a luxurious F&M hamper to share as well as a voucher to treat myself during the Sales!

  • Dominique Lim

    Happy birthday month! I would love to win because it’s a great prize!

  • This would be fab to enjoy with the family this Christmas

  • Melanie Jayne Betteridge

    I would love to win and have a magical Xmas with my family. Wonderful prize, GOOD LUCK to everyone!

  • Ohhh my gosh it all looks so amazing

  • C Leiper

    Looks like you had a lovely time! Thanks for the fab giveaway, entered! Xx

  • Evette Williams

    I’m working all of Christmas and New Year. I would love to win so I can have some extra special treats to share with my family when I’m off work 28th – 31st December.

  • Wendy Tolhurst

    I would love to win as I have a houseful over Christmas & have recently had to take early retirement (not yet 50) due to ill health so our finances have dropped considerably. This gorgeous hamper would ensure that there are treats about for anybody that pops in.

  • Paul Brear

    Great hamper merry Christmas

  • Kittenpal1

    A Fortnum & Mason Hamper and a £100 Amazon voucher? The question really is why wouldnt I want to win – haha! It would be such a boost towards our Festive food as well as a massive hand up for the sofa storage bed Im currently saving up for! Thanks for the chance, its very much appreciated