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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Ultimate Local Travel Guide to Windsor!




WINDSOR: SLEEP, EAT, DO!

As locals to Windsor, and with all eyes on Windsor at the moment due to the upcoming Royal Wedding, we thought we'd share some of our tips on our guide to Windsor! This blog post will be updated frequently with more content so please do bookmark to revisit before your trip.

STAY

Being locals, we haven't had the pleasure (or need) to stay in a hotel, but we hope to soon so that we can offer you advice! If you want to be right opposite the castle, then Harte & Garter is the closest hotel to the castle. They also do Afternoon Tea's here!





We also recommend you check out Macdonald Hotel (we often go here for a drink or hold meetings in the bar, and it always has a great smell when you walk in) and Christopher Wren (which overlooks the River Thames).



EAT:

You of course will have to eat during your time in Windsor and we have some great local restaurant suggestions. Whilst Windsor has predominantly chain restaurants (especially opposite the Castle), we want to focus on the local ones to enhance your experience and to support local business. As the UK is incredibly diverse, this leads to an eclectic range of cuisines from all over the world. 


Located in the heart of the town centre, Sebastian's is serving up authentic and delicious Italian food, with their very own open wood fire kitchen. It's our favourite restaurant in Windsor, not only for the food, but the ambiance is great with friendly service.


Nam Kang Korean Restaurant:

If you fancy Korean food, then we highly recommend Nam Kang which is located on the high street through Kokoro and down the alley way next to it.  The food is fresh, authentic and very flavourful as well as friendly service.


This is definitely also one of our favourite restaurants in Windsor. If you love flavour and Turkish/Greek style food, then this is a 'must eat.' The food is very authentic, vegetarian friendly and also the staff are so lovely and friendly. We recommend the vegetarian platter, so tasty!









Located just a couple miles outside of the town centre, GoGo's definitely has one of the most beautiful views as it's situated on a water marina and provides a beautiful scenic backdrop. We recommend GoGo's for drinks as they have a fantastic range of unique cocktails and a very great gin selection (2nd biggest in Windsor). They also have free parking on site, a rare thing in Windsor!

We recommend going here for the cocktails, and if it's a sunny / hot day, then you're in for a treat if you manage to grab a table outside! If you opt for the food, we recommend brunch or their mezzo sharing platter. Personally we think that their vegetarian food needs improving but we hear the ribs are great!










Gilbey's Eton: 

Situated on the High Street of Eton, close to the River Thames and between the historic buildings of Eton College and Windsor Castle, Gilbey’s is open from 12 noon for lunch (excluding Mondays) and 6.00 pm for dinner every day.


Originally an old butcher’s shop, they created one of the first wine bars outside London in 1975 – The Eton Wine Bar.  After 25 years of success, they changed the name in 2000 to Gilbey’s, recognising that their food had outgrown the original wine bar concept. Fun Fact: We celebrated our first Civil Partnership anniversary here!

We love Windsor Grill and have been several times for different occasions. It's very quaint and is only short stroll from Windsor castle. 


A much loved local cafe that's mission is to bring great quality coffee to Windsor. 



Located inside Daniel's (see 'DO' section) is Heidi Cafe, offering lots of delicious pastries that are made on sight. You can even get a mini Harry & Meghan's Wedding Cake! We recommend the nuteella filled donut, yum!





UPDATE:

Heidi's Bakery now iw selling #Megharryccinos ... We kid you not! & yes, we are obsessed. They will be selling them all week long so hurry!




Quintessentially British and one of the oldest pubs in Windsor, the two brewers offers a very British experience with their beer selection and their good eats. Plus a super cosy atmosphere and right by the entrance to the Long Walk (great place for photo's of the Castle).



DO

Well, of course the number one thing to do is to take a tour around the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world! Keep an eye on their website to find out about exhibitions. (Please note that the castle will be closed 17 - 19 May 2018, but how exciting you can go round the very next day on 20th!) We also recommend taking a walk down the Long Walk, that leads from the castle to the Copper Horse statue. 

Changing of the guard happens at 11:00am on Tuesdays, Thursday & Saturdays. Keep an eye of their website to double check. (Please note that there will be no music or ceremony on Saturday 19 May).

Shopping! There's a few great places to do some retail therapy. Opened in 1901, Daniel's department store has over 40 departments (& you'll find lots of fascinators as you walk in on the left). 


Windsor Royal Shopping offers a unique dining and shopping experience since 1997. You'll find the likes of Jo Malone, Links London, Molton Brown & Space NK. Full list can be found on the website.  You'll also find Windsor & Eton Central train at the end, which takes 6 minutes to Slough & then you can catch a fast train (19 minutes) straight to London Paddington. 


There is also a modern part, known as Windsor Yards, where you'll find Waitrose, Zara, H&M, Topshop & New Look. 


Windsor & Eton Brewery is just a few minutes walk out from the centre of town, where it has a bar onsite and you can take a tour of the brewery. & yes, it's where we brewed our collab beer, BABE IPA! You can also get your hands on their limited edition beer, Windsor knot, brewed especially for the Royal Wedding!

Eton is located just a few minutes walk over a bridge that connects Windsor & Eton (it can only be accessed via foot). 


It's most famous for the iconic and prestigious Eton College (where both Prince William and Prince Harry attended).  On the high street, you will find an array of different shops, pubs and restaurants. Also, don't forget to look out for the gold phone box. Fun fact: telephone boxes are traditionally red & Eton College painted it gold to honour ex-pupil Constantine Louloudis, who won gold at the olympics. 


ROYAL WEDDING:
If you're attending Windsor for the Royal Wedding, then you'll definitely find your fair share of Royal memorabilia, from champagne at Daniel's, to a specially brewed beer at Windsor & Eton Brewery and places to pose with the couple themselves (such as Paperchase as pictured below). We are looking forward to attending & capturing it for you the best that we can! 


We hope this guide helps you plan your stay in Windsor, and if you spot us, please say hi!
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Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Assumption of Heterosexuality When You’re a Feminine Lesbian Ft. What Megan Wore

Following on from my article 'Tackling Femme Invisibility', I delved deeper into the is struggles that come with being a feminine presenting lesbian. You can tell that this is from 2012, as I refer to Whitney as my 'girlfriend'! Seems so weird to see that now. However sadly, other than becoming wives, all of the article still remains true.


The assumption of heterosexuality is twofold when you’re a feminine lesbian: it comes from both the straight and the gay communities. And you know what they say when you assume: you make an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” Gay men often proclaim, “But you’re too pretty to be gay!” Lesbians look at you like you do not belong. Straight men try their very best to convince you that if you sleep with them, they’ll open your eyes to what you’ve been missing. And straight women aren’t sure whether they should behave the same way with you as they do with their other friends. They assume you’re the same as them, so they talk about their boyfriends, husbands, and which Hollywood men they fancy. Informing them that despite your love for heels, makeup, and fashion, you actually fancy the main actress instead of the actor can create a divide. And if, like me, you are a femme who likes femmes, the assumption of heterosexuality can also affect your love life. If you cannot tell whether a girl you like is gay, what’s to say she can tell that you are also a lady lover? You are forever stuck in a dilemma involving a lot of (perhaps Dutch) courage and a high chance of ruining a perfectly good friendship in the name of love.



Even when you find your other half, like I have, the assumption of heterosexuality continues to have an impact on your daily life. When my fiancée and I first met, we headed to a lesbian bar in London. The bouncer asked us if we were aware of what kind of bar we were entering, as if to brace us against shock of our lives. Men often see it as their right to try to come between the two of you. If, for argument’s sake, a straight couple were on a date, or a couple comprising a femme woman and a butch woman, there is no way that a man would try to chat up one of them. For example, we were out for dinner in Paris to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The waiter took a liking to me, and as I left the restaurant, he tried to have a bit of a grope and demanded my number. My partner got very annoyed and informed him that she was my fiancée. His reply was mocking: no, he told us, he was in fact my fiancé. This went on for a little while, until it finally clocked him that we are actually a couple. He then made the joke that he is very feminine, so making love to him would be no different. This is just one of several such situations we have endured as a couple. Men swagger over to our table and linger even when we give them the obvious cue to leave: “I am gay, this is my girlfriend, and we are on a date.” In fact, some take that as an invitation to sit down and join us, because they clearly see us as a challenge. No, boys, you will not turn us, you cannot join in, and you most certainly cannot watch. There is often a blurred line where the initial assumption of heterosexuality slips into thinking they have a right to intrude on your sex life. If they tried this with any other couple, they’d be guaranteed a black eye.



Although those who look more stereotypically gay do not have the choice of when and where they come out, that’s not to say that having this choice is very appealing, either. When I’m starting a new job, for instance, the fact that I’m feminine should not be taken to mean that I want to hide the fact that I’m gay, or the fact that I’m engaged to a beautiful lady. I of course do not want to introduce myself by saying, “Hi, I’m Megan, and ‘lesbian’ is my middle name.” It does, however, get to the point where it’s awkward to randomly mention it, and yet the assumption of heterosexuality lingers for so long that it almost feels like I’m living a lie. Whilst wanting to remain true to my feminine self, I sometimes wish there were a visible way to show that I’m gay. Even holding hands with my partner doesn’t always portray that we are a couple. We often get asked if we’re sisters, cousins, or best friends.



Being feminine has its disadvantages in not being recognised for who you are, even if you are very out and proud. Obviously, there are also advantages to this, as more butch-looking lesbians cannot always avoid discrimination and hate crimes. This, however, comes down to tightening laws and eliminating prejudice, two things that I am very passionate about. Just because I haven’t experienced it myself does not mean I will stand in silence and let others suffer and be victimised.



I will not try to pretend that I can imagine what it is like to live the life of a more visible lesbian, and short of tattooing “lesbian” on my forehead, there isn’t really much I can do to make it obvious. However, the point is that we should not have to change our physical appearance to be viewed as gay. After all, “feminine” is not a synonym for “heterosexual,” and this connotation needs to be broken down and reviewed. I want femme lesbians to be recognised for who we are, to be acknowledged, accepted, and respected. I do not want to be seen as my partner’s sister, and I do not want to be viewed as not truly belonging to the lesbian community. I do not want to be assumed as something I’m not; we deserve to be treated as legitimate by both the straight and gay communities. I am proud to love women, and I do not want other femmes to wonder if they belong. I want them to know that they do.


In highlighting the issues that femmes encounter due to our appearance, I am not trying to create a divide within the lesbian community. I recognise that there isn’t a strict binary between feminine and butch lesbians, and that the majority of lesbians lie somewhere in the middle. All lesbians deserve visibility and to be able to feel that they belong.


Original article posted on The Huff Post, 05/04/2012. 

What Wegan Wore:

Megan:

Tee: River Island
Jeans: River Island
Jacket: River Island
Belt: River Island
Bag: YSL
Shoes: Steve Madden

Whitney:

Jumper: Zara
Leggings: River Island
Jacket: New Look
Bag: YSL
Shoes: Coach


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