Actually, three parts, if we want to get technical.
On the Saturday before, I had all these great plans, which were systematically ruined by the British weather. I had planned to go to a brand-new crazy golf course not far from my east London flat – it’s Moby Dick themed and looks amazing. Sadly, it poured all morning, so I cancelled.
The next plan was to go bowling! Woo hoo! Who doesn’t love bowling? Sadly, All Star Lanes was fully booked. Sad trombone.
So instead, I gathered the last stragglers of the group who were originally coming to play crazy golf (if there’s one thing guaranteed to curse attendance of birthday plans, it’s changing said plans. Apart from the weather, obvs), and we instead went for food (everyone) and a beer (me) at All Star Lanes and a mooch around Beyond Retro. Oh, and a hard milkshake (also me)!
These are all candids from phones as sometimes it’s more important to enjoy your birthday than have the specific goal to turn it into a blog post!
We then went to Beyond Retro where I bought some cowboy boots for £12 before decamping to the awesome (or dare I say ace) Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street. It’s like a mid-century-ish dream in there, the food and drinks are nice, even if not cheap… and when the waitress overheard that it was my birthday, she brought me this! So nice!
That night, I met up with Bethan and a few others and headed to Last Resort, always just the best night out ever. Well, this side of 2004, anyway.
On the day of my actual birth, last Monday, I did something I have not done in nearly two decades… I went to a theme park!
Thorpe Park used to be the crapper version of Chessington World of Adventures – smaller and with no good rides. Then, they started getting all the good rollercoasters! Sadly, in the meantime I got myself a boyfriend who hates both heights and rollercoasters.
He had no problem with the more sedate, ‘family friendly’ rides, like Rhumba Rapids, pictured above. I did manage to persuade him to go on Colossus though. An excellent difference in facial expressions can be clearly seen! Hehe.
For the rest of the big ones, I was on my own! I queued for Swarm for the longest.
Last, but definitely not least, stop on my birthday adventure was the Ace Cafe – home of the famous Ton Up Boys (and girls) and Rockers in the 50s and 60s!
The food was as could be expected but still nice and no rockers were in evidence… a DeLorean was, however! Perfect end to the day.
And that was my birthday. Who’s up for a road trip to Alton Towers next year? I’ll leave Sean at home. 😉