It has been a while since I've last treated myself to something other than a Deliveroo on a Sunday night. So I think it was overdue and about time that I took a break from work and got to experience one of London's top tourist attractions.
London has such amazing history, arts, architecture and events and being a Londoner I have this all on my doorstep. Despite this, as with many other Londoners, it is easy to overlook what our great city has to offer. So with the help of Burton Menswear and Virgin Experience Days, I was able to head up to The View of The Shard, drink champagne and enjoy to view until sunset.
A special occasion warrants a new outfit so when choosing what to wear from Burtons Menswear, I wanted something smart yet summer inspired. When wearing a blazer in summer you should choose lighter colours, finer weaves and light-weight fabrics such as linen or a fine cotton. This light pastel blue single-breasted blazer was perfect for the occasion. I've teamed this blazer with a pair of stone grey chino trousers, although I was toying with the idea of wearing mid-wash jeans...both would work extremely well.
The light blue blazer is currently on sale down from £70 to £40, so I would hurry up because this is a serious bargain and will not be around for long. What I love most is the small fashionable touches that come included with the blazer such as the lapel pin and pocket square.
I wouldn't normally wear a short sleeved shirt underneath a blazer, however on hot days where you are wearing the same outfit day-to-night, sartorial rules some times have to be broken in favour of comfort! The white shirt with micro-print details works well in smart attire as above but I'm also going to wear this shirt every week throughout the next few months - simply with jeans, or un-tucked worn with shorts.
Ears popping as we headed up to what I think was the 72nd floor of The Shard, greeted by some seriously friendly staff - we grabbed some champagne and walked around the 360 degrees viewing area pointing out some of London's most well known landmarks.
As a bit of a date-a-holic this Virgin Experience is certainly one for the romantics out there, I would recommended getting there early evening whilst its still light outside to enjoy the sprawling metropolis then have a few drinks. Then stay until after sunset to get some (unless its raining!) epic sunset views and night-time lit up views of our city.
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Photography by Rebecca Spencer