2 January 2014

My New Year's Eve at Boisdale

This is my first post of 2014 - hurrah! You'll note that there aren't many changes to the format. Well, no changes at all to be specific. I thought I'd continue as I was; pictures of me posing and eating, enjoying cocktails, baking and then my ramblings. Most of the posts will take place in London but I have some exciting travel in the pipeline too....should be good, this 2014 business.

So this New Year, Alex and I decided we wanted to go out but with just ourselves. A bit of a romantic one.
(although as this blog doesn't feature Alex, it will appear that it's just me!).

Boisdale is a lively two-floor jazz bar and restaurant in Canary Wharf serving traditional Scottish cuisine and known for its wine, whisky and cigar tasting nights. Jools Holland is the Boisdale Patron of Music and there are regular jazz, soul and blues bands playing. A couple of months back, my Dad showed me an advert for a Vegas themed New Year's Eve party they were holding, complete with an Elvis. Two of my very favourite things in one evening?

We booked our tickets. 

The evening began with a champagne reception downstairs. We were given Boisdale bank notes which we could use in their casino tables. We headed over to have a flutter at roulette, deciding to put the whole lot on one number - go on lucky number 17!!

Of course we didn't win so we sipped our champagne at the bar. The evening was very 'well-to-do'. Most of the men were in smart dinner suits with dickie bow ties, the women in glamorous gowns. There were a few kilts too. I was wearing a red pencil dress I'd found in the Asos sale but I think I got away with it! Motown music was played in the background, already getting me in the mood for the dancefloor!

Upstairs in the main restaurant, we were treated to a gorgeous three-course meal which was initially presented to us on probably the largest menu I've ever seen

As it was a one-off menu, I won't show you pictures of all the courses but I have to mention these incredible Isle of Mull scallops. They were served in-shell which was sealed in delicious shortcrust pasty. You had to break off (and devour!) the pastry before you could open up the shell to get to the wonderful and perfectly cooked scallop inside. Delightful.

About halfway through our meal, on came Elvis. 

Now I've been an Elvis Presley fan since I was 8 years old and I tend to be pretty critical when it comes to these impersonators; I have no time for the rubbish ones who just hire a suit, throw on a pair of big sunglasses and think they're The King. Luckily for me, Suspiciously Elvis was very good indeed and sounded enough like the real thing to warrant my approval!

Three or four songs into his set and the dancefloor was already full! Everyone seemed relaxed and out to enjoy themselves - that's one of the things that made it such a lovely atmosphere and so much fun. Of course it was the company that was the highlight. Alex and I danced until the clock struck midnight and it was a whole new year.

And then we danced a bit more!

However you decided to celebrate, I hope you all had a fantastic New Year's Eve! xx

Cabot Place
Canary Wharf
E14 4QT

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  1. Those scallops just look delicious!

  2. Caroline, you look incredible!!
    Seems like a very lovely night, and a romantic date to start the new year sounds so romantic =)

    {Teffy's Perks} X

    1. Thank you hun, it was so nice spending it together :) x

  3. Beautiful dress, you look so stylish and sophisticated! Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  4. What a great blog, dress and photos! Now that I am a Londoner I will have to try out some of your recommendations!

    Joy Michelle
    The Joyous Living

  5. Looks like a great way to bring in the new year! You looked fabulous!

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful New Years Eve! And in such a stunning dress, definitely can't tell it was a sale item, win! Do you think you would go to one of these organized events again for New Years? I was considering it this year but thought it might be a little bit forced or I'd want to leave and then have no plans. Alas I ended up spending it at home in the midst of a luxurious pamper session instead so not complaining, haha. Happy new year! :)

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

    1. Yes I would definitely do something like this again but it'd have to be a professional venue like Boisdale. Like you said, it can feel forced if not done well. Spending NYE at home has a lot going for it though, we'll probably do that next year! x

  7. Stunning dress Caroline! Food looks delicious and love the Elvis act!! Hope you had a good New Year :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  8. Gorgeous dress! Glad you're not changing your blog up too much because I love it as it is! Happy new year and hope 2014 is brilliant for you, look forward to hearing about it xxx

    The perks of being a hipster

  9. It looks like you had a beautiful evening - happy new year!


  10. You look a million dollars! Your definitely one of the lucky ones that doesn't have the remnants of Christmas sitting on your hips!


  11. What an incredible way to ring in the New Year! Your dress is utterly stunning - I would never be able to look so good in it after all that gorgeous food :)

    Hannah's Haven

  12. this sounds like such a lovely and unique celebration! the food looks so good, i love jazz so much and you looked stunning. i would love to have a peek at this venue x

  13. This place looks amazing! You look gorgeous too!
    Jenna x

  14. Sounds like you had a great NYE! Your red dress is fabulous too Happy New Year :)

  15. I used to work in Canary Wharf so have been to Boisdale a few times now, such a nice place. I love your red dress, you looked gorgeous!

  16. Was a great evening, or was that night, or perhaps early morning!!!


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