With my natural preference for food over drinks (the thought of a juice-only diet makes me shudder a little, and I regularly give thanks for London’s tantalising budget food scene), I’m much more likely to be trying new recipes with friends and family than out in a bar on a Friday night. But Spring’s a time for trying something new and I’m always keen to try evening activities that aren’t drinking focused, so when Ladbrokes asked if I fancied a flutter in London’s first floating casino I jumped at the chance to hit the waves!
Bloggers from across the UK came to the #LadbrokesPartyLife event, but I found myself as excited as non-Londoners to enjoy the sights – despite living so close to the river I rarely walk past, let alone cruise along, the Thames. With the forecast April showers holding off, we were treated to stunning views of London in all its glory and took the opportunity to point like starstruck tourists at the famous sights passing by.
Summer trend conversations with Katie (author of a hilariously honest lifestyle blog) about our respective blogging interests soon flowed over a bubbles (in true 80/20 style, I enjoyed a glass whilst admiring London’s twinkling skyline).
Chatter quickly turned to silence with the arrival of the first surprise of the evening: Pete, a magician who changed Thai Baht into Sterling and back before our eyes before astonishing us with his card-reading skills.
As always, it wasn’t long before talk turned to food and I hatched an idea for a series of healthy Chron’s-suitable recipes (imagine a healthy recipe brief with almost all fibre & vegetables excluded!) with Bhavani before swapping London restaurant recommendations with the lovely Karl (from Tartle Blog) and Roxii (a London lifestyle blogger).
With the light beginning to fade and £100 of Ladbrokes “money” still in my purse, I was ready to try my hand at the casino games. As a complete novice, I headed straight to the Blackjack table (the only game I vaguely knew how to play!) and increased my riches a little, before learning the tricks of the trade from Harleigh and the lovely croupiers.
Leaving my remaining chips to the more successful players, I wandered back upstairs to dance the night away in style.
Thank you Ladbrokes for a glamorous change from my usual Friday night routine – take a look at their review of the night here!
Please remember to always gamble responsibly, and visit www.gambleaware.co.uk for more information.