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What To Wear For City Exploring: Casual & Colourful

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The world is just so vast and so beautiful, I am leaving pieces of my heart all over the place and Toronto was no exception, especially when we happened upon Ontario Place on the map, not quite sure what to expect, and wondered into one of the most picturesque places I’ve seen in the flesh.

A public area with greenery, lakefront access and an events space, Ontario Place is the perfect destination for a lovely walk or bike ride and ideal to stop along the way for a picnic sat on the water’s edge.

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What to wear for city exploring
It can be hard to choose what to wear for city exploring as you’re on your feet all day in busy surroundings, not knowing what you’ll happen upon next. I absolutely love packing my favourite clothing for travelling with, so these clogs by Lotta from Stockholm had to come with me.

They are surprisingly comfortable for a heeled shoe, but if you’ve never worn clogs before I recommend a shorter wear at first – the soles are not flexible so walking in them can take some getting used to. I also always try to pack a small pair of flats in my backpack, too, just in case we end up on a much longer trek than expected and my feet need a fresh sole half way through!

Swedish Hasbeens Lotta From Stockholm Clogs

Casual & Colourful What To Wear For City Exploring Outfit

Another top tip for what to wear for city exploring is layers! Even on a really cold day, you can work up quite a sweat marching from one end of a city to the other and despite going to Toronto in October, they were experiencing quite an unexpected heatwave! I like to wear a vest, top, lightweight cardigan and scarf for city days and pack a raincoat in my back pack if there’s a chance of rain. Thin layers still trap enough heat to keep you warm and are easier to pack away in your bag than a chunky jumper or padded coat.

If you’re going somewhere breezy, always tie up your hair! Anywhere high up (like the CN Tower) or along the water’s edge like Ontario Place will cause havoc with your hair and no one wants to enjoy these amazing views with hair blowing into their eyes and sticking to their lip balm!

Best Views Of CN Tower - Ontario Place

If I spent some extended time in Toronto I would sit on those grass banks and read a book or doodle in my sketchbook while breathing in that fresh lakeside air. What an incredible place to wander around to gather some inspiration and get one of the best views of the CN tower in all of Toronto!

Outfit Details
Silk Blouse | Orla Kiely  //  Heart Necklace & Earrings | Onetenzeroseven  //  Mustard Cardigan | Forever 21  //  Jeans | Dorothy Perkins  //  Vegan Pink Clogs | Lotta From Stockholm

Loves x xx

Best Views Of CN Tower - Ontario Place

Ontario Place is located on Lake Shore Boulevard West in Toronto and is free and open to the public. 

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Where To Stay In London – Clink78 Hostel

Where to stay in London - Clink78 Hostel

Whenever I stay at a Clink hostel, I feel like I’m having a sleepover with friends and I was excited to try out the Clink78 hostel in London after a couple of amazing stays at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam. Clink Hostels invited me down to London for their huge birthday celebration, a day exploring the hidden gems of King’s Cross and a couple of nights bunking down in one of their mixed dorm rooms. If you’re looking for where to stay in London – Clink78 Hostel is an absolute bargain, starting at £13 per night.

Clerkenwell Magistrates Court

Where to stay in London Kings Cross

Soaked in history, the Clink78 hostel inhabits the former Clerkenwell Magistrates Court, where Charles Dickens is said to have worked as a scribe. The original courthouses are still in tact, but with a modern upgrade – you can now snuggle down and watch TV in one of them or plead guilty while catching up on your emails in the other. Clink have taken the historical foundations and added colour and fun with huge painted quotes running around the room and mesmerising neon lights.

There are a whole bunch of room options available for 1-14 people, including the opportunity to stay in one of the original jail cells that have merely had a colourful upgrade and a few home comforts added. There’s also the Bird’s Nest – a girls only floor with a beautifully painted mural and full length mirrors.

Colourful Hostel in London

We stayed in a 10-bed mixed dorm, one of the less colourful spaces in Clink. Bunk beds are set out side by side to make the most of the space in the room, with privacy screens at either side. The dark brown wall colour wasn’t the most inviting, but the gorgeous wooden floors gave me proper floor envy and the two old style radiators make the whole space feel cosy. There are lockers underneath each bunk, with just enough space to fit a cabin sized bag, and a small personal items locker above the pillow on each bed – don’t forget to bring a padlock or two*! The reading lights are very dim, though, which is good not to wake your sleeping neighbour, but not great for reading under.

Backpacker Hostel London Kings Cross

Breakfast is down in the basement in their huge kitchen and hang out space, with tonnes of chunky wooden benches to spread out on. There is no hot food available like there is at ClinkNOORD, but there’s toast, cereal and fruit with coffee, tea and fruit juice.

During our visit, Clink celebrated 20 years of their Clink261 hostel and 10 years of Clink78 with a huge 90s inspired bash in the basement ClashBar, named after the band who were charged in one of the courtrooms for shooting at pigeons with an air rifle. The space is huge with a fully stocked bar full of spirits, bottled beer and draught. The decor is awesome, with mismatched lamps growing out of the wooden cladded wall that towers over the seating area, so soft you sink into the cushions. The booze is also super cheap!

Clink 78 Hostel Kings Cross

Unusual Places to Stay in London

If you’re looking for where to stay in London that’s budget friendly, Clink78 is a no brainer, especially with the new regeneration of King’s Cross sprouting from the back of the train station. With private rooms starting from £56 a night for two people, a romantic getaway isn’t out of the question either, especially if you like a little fun and colour with your overnight stay.

Clink78 is on King’s Cross Road, a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station with beds starting from £13 a night.

Loves x xx

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