Who You Should Follow on Snapchat

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Without intention, I’ve been something of an unofficial spokesperson for Snapchat over the past year. The second anyone starts asking me about social media (this happens at least daily) I begin to wax lyrical about the 24-hour social network and thus find myself in a ridiculous number of ‘first snaps’.

Unlike other platforms, Snapchat is virtually unedited (barring text and scribbles). This creates an infectiously engaging and authentic view of the world through our favourites’ eyes…so let’s get you some new ones…

Who to Follow on Snapchat

CornettoSnaps: I am currently working with Cornetto to promote their brand new Snapchat – launching with Vine star Ben Phillips this Wednesday! With their digital conversation booming around the subject of ‘breaking the ice’, the nation’s beloved ice cream brand have enlisted Ben to spend the afternoon chatting girls up – as cheekily as he can – at Winterville and Snapping the entire journey.

The fun will start at 2pm and last for 24 hours (as per Snap-usual), so don’t miss out!

LelaLondoB: Nothing like a bit of self-promotion! Though I am long awaiting the day Snapchat lets me change my typoed username, it hasn’t stopped me from vlogging my every move from the app. As well as taking you on my international travels, to fashion shows, around the best of London, and everywhere in between, I tend to show my Snapchat family the most intimate look at my day-to-day. Join in!

JaredLeto: For an Oscar-winning actor and singer, Leto also has an envy-inducing knack for the ol’ Snapchat. Posting more photos than videos, he loves to curate hand-drawn photo edits that bring his epic travels to a new dimension of cool. All very lucid, indeed.

Fashitects: I have found very few male bloggers making much of an effort with Snapchat, but Toni is killing it. As well as being one of the sweetest people around, his mix of high fashion, architect-prone precision and self-deprecation makes for excellent viewing.

Rihanna: Though the account is run by Rihanna’s best friend, Leandra Simone, infrequent Snap marathons showcase a very personal side of the superstar’s life – everything from late-night munchie runs to Thansgiving dance-offs.

Ingrid.Nilsen: The ground-breaking Youtube personality’s Snapchat is like a constant personal stream of positivity. With a creative eye, Ingrid share her beauty, food, and sunshine-filled life in the most beautifully produced way. With lolz, to boot.

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Travel Blog: Christmas in Edinburgh

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I take pinky promises very seriously.

I fell fast and hard on my first trip to Edinburgh. So much so that I returned for the second time (and my second 48-hour stint) only one month later.

This time, I stayed in one of the beautiful suites at the city’s super-central Radisson Blu on the Royal Mile. The hotel is actually in the last stage of a three-part contemporary refurbishment and – bar a few tweaks left to do in the gym and spa – is a shining collaboration of local and luxury.

After checking in, shaking off the surprise downpour and touring the room (which you’ll see in the travel vlog below!), there was nothing on my mind but food so headed straight down to the hotel’s bar and kitchen, Itchycoo, to fuel for the night ahead.

After a few ‘nibbles’ over Christmas-themed cocktails (a feast which included the most incredible haggis bites imaginable), we moved onto a better-with-each-bite encore of scallops, steaks, and Malbec before jetting off to embark on a Hidden & Haunted ‘ghost tour’ with Mercat Tours’.

To Cliff’s Notes the succeeding 24 hours, they entailed a lovely Scottish breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, an impromptu browse of the National Museum of Scotland, whiskey shopping (coughsamplingcough) at The Bon Vivant, an incredible & astoundingly authentic Mexican lunch at El Cartel, a rain-soaked run through the Christmas markets, an entertaining trip to the Spiegeltent to be mesmerized by Circa: Beyond, and a plethora of debaucherous live music adventures (because nowhere does that, my friends, better than Edinburgh).

Going in with extraordinarily high expectations, Edinburgh still managed to charm the pants off me.

Figuratively speaking.

Though it is that kind of city.

The following morning, our sleepy group of travellers spent as much time as possibleย enjoyingย our rooms (I, for one, am not to pass up a dangerous but indulgent ‘work in the bath’ opportunity in a hotel that offers complimentary bath salts) before heading off to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Watch it all come to life in the video blog, below!

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Best of 2015 Playlist


Want to watch me sing an emotional Adele rendition and wiggle like a maniac before presenting you with some of the best music released in 2015? You’re in luck; I’ve created a brand new music playlist on Youtube that does exactly that!

Click the playlist above or here – Best of 2015 Music Playlist – and be sure to leave me your favourite song of 2015 in the comments below my introduction video.

Enjoy!

London: December 2015 (Win tickets to Love Actually at the Underground Film Club with LG!)

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This city is second to none over the holidays. Though we have very few hours of sunlight to play in, we seem to play harder than ever and hold no social prisoners as we enjoy as many festive pop-ups as our free time will allow.

This month, I’m here to highlight the best of them:

Proud Camden‘s Polar Bar
In addition to Solomon’s Yard, Camden is also playing host to Proud’s revamped terrace bar. The “Polar Bar” is a little less North London Cool and a little more Alpine Ski Lodge; a faux-snow-covered adult playground with plenty of places to grab a blanket and snuggle up among the wolves, chandeliers, and polar bear taxidermy.

Winterville
If you’re looking for full-on festive fun, Winterville has got you covered. The alternative Christmas pop-up has taken over Victoria Park and built an expansive microcity of of entertainment. There is a Santa’s Grotto, market stalls to aid your Christmas shopping, pantomime, club nights, ice skating, crazy golf, fairground rides, ‘Sh*t Faced Shakespeare’, and more.

Gaucho Broadgate‘s Winter Terrace
To celebrate the launch of their new late night menu at Broadgate, Gaucho have reopened their super-sparkly Chandon Winter Terrace and added new cocktails and winter warmers, to boot. I advise you to spend an evening snuggled into their lavish sofas with a complimentary hot water bottle with a Bariloche (Gin and lime, topped with Chandon & garnished with cucumber) and braised beef short rib with truffle mac & cheese as soon as your schedule allows. The menu is served from 10.30pmโ€“1.30am, Wednesday to Saturday.

Underground Film Club
Last but certainly not least, The Underground Film Club. This fantastical pop-up has taken over the vaults of Waterloo Station and turned it into an intimate cinema with handpicked food and drink wonders; Smokey Joe’s blues bar and Rockadollar Dogs (the brainchild of Hawksmoor Knightsbridge’s head chef, Richard Sandford), respectively!

Their Christmas-heavy catalogue extends until the 23rd of December but is selling out quickly. Thankfully, I have two tickets to the sold-out showing on Love Actually next Tuesday (the 15th) for one of you to win!

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Win tickets to Underground Film Club Experience With Lela London and LG

The prize:
Two tickets to the Underground Film Club screening of Love Actually, on the 15th of December at 8pm!

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter (@lelalondon) and re-tweet my pinned tweet (about the giveaway!). The winners will be announced via Twitter on the 14th.

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In Review: The Breakfast Club, London

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The Breakfast Club has become a real foodie institution and the average Londoner’s go-to for Instagramable brunch indulgences. Year after year, their Soho branch – the O.G. – still manages to draw crowds of tourists and Londoners into their hour-long queues. Come rain or shine.

I love my pancakes…but I don’t love my pancakes enough to wait in a downpour for them.

When trawling through citizenM’s food reviews, I came across a new Breakfast Club outpost – near London Bridge – situated so close to citizenM Bankside and so far from typical tourist hotspots that I had to make an appearance.

The London Bridge location is a goldmine. It has all the consistent Americana charm of their other locations, sans queues. On this particular visit, our waitress delighted us with renditions of Christmas classics while we forked our way through the ‘All American‘ (pancakes, eggs, sausage, homestyle fried potatoes, streaky bacon and maple syrup) and ‘Huevos Al Benny‘ (poached eggs, chorizo, roast peppers, avocado, fresh chillies and hollandaise).

Thoroughly delighted with our selections and impromptu cabaret, we chose to order dessert in the healthiest possible fashion. For myself, the ‘Green in Good’ smoothie (spinach, mint, mango, & apple – they donate ยฃ1.50 from every sale of this smoothie to charitable projects) and a ‘Tropical Gangster‘ smoothie (pineapple, lemongrass, lychee & apple) for my accomplice.

Brunch goals.

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