In collaboration with Aquascutum.

‘Oh, you live in London. Does it really rain all the time?’

You can’t imagine how often I’m asked this or a similar version of this question. Especially from Germans. And I also grew up thinking that the only weather available in the UK is rain. Even my great granny once told me (when I was around 6 years old and met an 8 year old British boy on a family holiday):

‘Nadine, you don’t want to live in England, it always rains.’

So I guess that, at least in Germany, it’s common knowledge that it rains in the UK. All. The. Time.

But how bad is the weather in the UK, really? And more specifically, in London? 

Well, for the last few weeks it has been hot. And I mean really hot. It has been so hot actually that I can’t sleep in the bedroom under the roof without setting the ventilator on full speed. This still means though that I can’t sleep as the sound is much too loud to have a peaceful night.

And even outside of the usual 2 weeks of summer that we get in London (ok, recently it has been getting better..), it does not really rain all the time. In fact, it rather drizzles. And yes, it drizzles relatively frequently. But a good thunderstorm with heavy rain.. no, this is something that doesn’t happen too often in London. Unfortunately (I LOVE thunderstorms).

I’m so happy that we finally have a garden. For the 10 years that I have been living in London, I mostly stayed in places without a garden. But since last summer I have had the pleasure to set up my little workspace in the patio – that is as long as it’s warm enough. A couple of months ago I enjoyed this year’s first day of summer in the garden. And it’s still nice and warm.

Thank you, London – 2018 has been great so far!

But sometimes you might have gone swimming on a Saturday, relaxed in the park on a Sunday and then a few days later .. BAM! .. back to cooler temperatures and the umbrella will become your new best friend again. In fact, or maybe this is just my biased opinion, a hot summer of more than 28 degrees is the exception. If you travel to London in summer you will have a high chance of encountering temperatures from 18 degrees to 25. So, the below photo is a more ‘typical’ photo of what I generally wore in London in summer.

London Summer North

Jeans, t-shirt… and don’t you forget your cardigan.

This way you are very well prepared for most of what London will show you weather-wise :) And no worries, the outfit below you can leave hidden in your wardrobe until October… just take the umbrella with you :)

I collaborated with Aquascutum for this post. Aquascutum is a British brand that was established in Mayfair more than 150 years ago when it was one of the first to create waterproof textiles. Nowadays, they still create stunning fashion that protects you from the rain. Check out Aquascutum’s fancy rainwear for men

Ok ladies, the link for the men’s section was meant to prevent you from checking out Aquascutum’s outlet section… Do not click over there. Don’t. Fashion on sale will do funny things to your brain..

 

 

Already the interior in the lobby of St Martins Lane Hotel looks quite cool and quirky. I mean, who has giant chess figures as decoration? I love chess so I immediately liked the place! Afternoon tea takes place in the Den which is located just off the lobby and is a perfect spot for cosy afternoon tea, playing a board game or even to just curl up with a book. We went for afternoon tea with some bubbles – of course :)

The food and the tea were amazing. I never manage to finish all the sweets when I go for afternoon tea. Same this time: we took half of the desserts home with us. It’s always great for a little treat the next day!

Can I get some sweets, please?

Love that door handle!

Doesn’t the interior of the hotel look super quirky? I loved it and of course we had to take some pictures!

The Look

What do you think about my top? I really like it as it’s super versatile from sporty to elegant. I especially like the back of it :) I collaborated with TOBI for this post and was super excited to find this one among their hundreds of cute tops! See for yourself here.

 

After a long weekend in Hvar we took the ferry back to Split and rented a car to drive up to Istria, the largest (and a super beautiful!) peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. We decided to break up the 6h way from Split to Pula by visiting the waterfalls in the Krka National Park that is located approx. 70 mins from Split.

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Bring your bikini…

The Krka National Park offers a range of sights from beautiful waterfalls to a tiny island (Visovac) in the Krka river that was settled by Franciscan monks in 1445. If the weather is hot you can also swim in some parts of the waterfalls :) We didn’t have enough time to visit the island as we had to continue our drive up to Pula so there are no photos of it in this post. The Visovac island is supposed to be very pretty and quaint though, so if you have a bit more time in the Krka National Park, make sure to check it out.

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

.. and comfy shoes!

It takes around 20-30 mins to walk from the visitor centre to the waterfalls. It’s a hiking path though, so you’d need some comfy shoes. There is also a shuttle bus that takes you from the visitor centre to the waterfalls and back. We decided to hike to the waterfalls and take the bus back :)

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

There is a pathway that leads through all the different little and bigger waterfalls in this part of the Krka National Park. It took us around one hour for the whole way but we stopped a lot of times and we also had a break for swimming.

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips
Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Krka National Park - Waterfalls | Croatia Travel Tips

Aren’t the Krka waterfalls super stunning? The entire area looks like an enchanted forest from a fairytale! To see for yourself, book your trip to Croatia! It’s such a beautiful country with extremely friendly people. I will post more about my Croatia trip soon! X