Why Hello there, 2013

Happy New Year to each and every one of you! Hope you’ve all recovered from last night’s shenanigans and are ready to go back to reality tomorrow.

Well…one step at a time, maybe!

We headed to the Queen of Hoxton on Curtain Road in Shoreditch for Mat Horne’s (Gavin from Gavin & Stacey) NYE SESSION event. The actor/DJ hosts this Clubnight on a regular basis, featuring the best of indie, electronic and dance classics from the likes of Metronomy, Two Door Cinema Club, SBTRKT etc.

The Wigwam on QOH's rooftop

The Wigwam on QOH’s rooftop

Having wanted to have a night out at the QOH for ages, we were so excited to be spending NYE there, especially with the amazing views from the Wigwam on the rooftop. We also had a casual chat with the man himself, Mat Horne before he went on to deliver a cracking set in time for the chimes.

With the man of the night himself, Mat Horne

With the man of the night himself, Mat Horne

What I loved about QOH the most was the mixture and the variety of the music played throughout the night; Ibiza memories came flooding back to us with Bingo Players’ ‘Rattle,’ we headed down into the basement after midnight to see The Milk play an awesome set reminiscent of a sixties soul and blues band (they also hail from Essex, seriously, check them out!) and of course, danced to some old school RnB.

The Milk in the basement

The Milk in the basement

Prior to our night out, I had been slightly dubious about the club itself, whether it would be a tad too-cool-for-school with a ‘scenesters-only’ vibe. I was also concerned about spending NYE in London, having heard countless numbers of times that it would be overcrowded, busy and expensive. Having headed the organisation of the evening, I was also worried that I’d be slightly to blame if the night turned out to be a dud.

Thankfully, the interior was cool (without trying too hard) with nods to that of an old movie theatre and what I would call a student-pad; foozball tables, plastic bar stools, hanging lightbulbs without shades, fairy-lights and balloons decorating the ceiling in their thousands and cozy log chimineas on the rooftop. Okay, maybe not what a student pad is like in reality but I think if all we had infinite money, it’d probably be the ideal. In short, it was like being at a house party with everyone dancing and hugging each other at midnight like you’d known each other for years. Either that or everyone had had far too much Tequila!

NYE Outfit: Lace body- Miss Selfridge and Gold Brocade skirt- Forever 21

NYE Outfit: Lace body- Miss Selfridge and Gold Brocade skirt- Forever 21

The added bonus of spending NYE in the Capital, was also the free public transport- cheers Boris! We took full advantage of this and made our way home on Boris bikes, the underground and a bus…had to milk it while we could!

Travelling around the first hours of 2013 in style!

Travelling around the first hours of 2013 in style!

So all in all, it was a pretty amazing start to 2013 and the sun shining through the window when I awoke this morning without as much of a headache was even more of a bonus.

As sad as I am to be going back to reality tomorrow (*sob*) my first year of not working over the festive period has been a treat and as I’ve said before- every year has its highs and lows, forget the lows, remember the highs and look forward to making more memories for yourselves in 2013.

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