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Cocktails, Cakes and Lego Robots? Exploring Drink Shop Do!

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Cocktails, Cakes and Lego Robots? Exploring Drink Shop Do!

I have been dying to finally visit Drink Shop Do so I rounded up some of my favourite arty-farty people and headed over to King cross for some Lego sillyness!

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All the good things I had heard about Drink Shop Do hadn’t been wrong! For a former Victorian bathhouse a 2 min trot from King’s Cross station and the downstairs bar being a former sex shop, the whole place just felt like home to me! The small entrance from the street is deceptive: stairs at the back lead to a giant, columned room, lit by a large skylight window surrounded by huge paper cranes (some with top hats!!!). That leads to the “dome-room” – in which you can imagine a semi-circle of Victorian gentlemen encased, neck down, in steam baths- now with a giant disco ball and fairy lights. As soon as you walk in there is so much to look at and they have a huge list of arty activities to keep you entertained! Ranging from Tea Cosy Knitting to Play With Clay David Bowie Style… after many a email voting for our fav we decided to hit up the Lego Robots evening as we are basically big kids!
The cakes all looked yummy, the cocktail list was full of gin goodness, fun arty things to look at everywhere!

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They have a resident designer and everything is up for sale – from the art on the wall to the chairs and table we were sat at! It keeps the decor constantly changing so each time you visit it’s a different experience! Our table was particularly cute…
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Ms Frank and Ro got down to business ordering tea for two and I had a cocktail and brownie whilst we waited for the Lego!

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Then we got down to the serious business…. building our robot. As we worked out that we had about a decade of years spent doing art degrees between us the pressure was on!

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I was little to no help as I kept breaking/knocking/moving/playing with our robot (and the adorable salt and pepper set!) but we still managed to produce a robot the likes of which will never be seen again!

Let me introduce you to Terrance the time travelling techno-bot…
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We loved it so much we’ve got a plan to come back to do the Paper Mache Monster Mash… I get the feeling it may get messy!

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Our NYE trip to Edinburgh

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Our NYE trip to Edinburgh

The Boy and I decided to have a bit of an adventure for NYE last year and hop of the train to Edinburgh! Neither of us had been before and as we are so close the Kings Cross it was a doddle to get up there… a couple of DVDs and the Walking Dead game on the ipad and we where there!

We had lucked out with an amazing new hotel based in Haymarket so the location couldn’t have been better. We did our usual thing of exploring and finding some amazing bars and restaurants…

The Red Squirrel Bar was our first stop of the trip. It had some amazing guest ales and some very yummy haggis burgers which made The Boy very happy!

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We also had an amazing meal at Maison Bleue down a really cute little street. A great mix of french and Scottish food… nom nom nom

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On the same street we found a fab art gallery called The Red Door Gallery buried between loads of amazing tweed shops! Loads of local artist and fantastic prints… so tempting to buy the whole shop!!

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We also did the touristy thing and explored the castle … It was SO windy and wet but The Boy still managed to take lots of beautiful photos!

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But of course the main reason we came to Edinburgh was for the amazing Hogmanay Street Party…