BREAKFAST AT BILLS

Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Bills. Once a relatively unheard of restaurant I discovered in Hoxton Square over 3 years ago, now a pretty huge chain spanning all over London and the UK. And I think if I'm honest that's probably why a review of Bills hasn't gone up sooner as - without sounding like an obnoxious, pretentious tit - I tend to stick to the more independent eateries for reviews in the hope that you may discover a new favourite rather than hear me waffle on about somewhere that's plastered all over your Instagram feed on a regular basis anyway.

Today however I'm being a massive contradictory twat I'm going right back on that as despite Bills being a chain that you've probably heard of if you're UK based, it's pretty bloody amazing. With the quirky design and atmosphere of an independant shop but with the popularity of a chain, it is easily one of my favourite breakfast spots and one that I very much enjoyed starting my Bank holiday with last friday.

Which if you follow me on Instagram or snapchat - username theellenextdoor - this is something that you will definitely be aware of #avocadowhore. After all, if you don't photograph it it never happened, right?
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfastBills restaurant
So I headed down to Bills at Borough - a stone's throw from Borough market so you obvs have to go and treat yourselves to brownies and cheese after - which is luckily close to where I live, and I have to say that it was such a beautiful morning. The weather - oh jesus christ I've gone back to being on a first date discussing weather - was absolutely stunning (and nothing like the hurricane we're experiencing as I write this post) and it just made for the best start to the day, and bank holiday weekend [insert party popper/"how the hell did it go so quickly" emoji here].
Bills breakfast
I touched upon the decor of Bills before but it really is exactly my thing. The exposed brick - which thanks to my fiance knocking the whole house down away all of our plaster, now features heavily in our new house - and rustic features (oh hey chillies hanging everywhere) just creates such a country, homely, chilled out, laid back vibe which I adore! 

... Now to earn enough money to be able to justify hanging out at Bills all day for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner #lifegoals
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
The Bills breakfast menu is pretty much everything you could ever ask for in a breakfast. My only criticism for Bills is that they don't list a huge amount of gluten free information other than that they have gluten free bread (which is surprisingly tasty FYI) But apart from that, there is so much option for us coeliacs, just ask your waiter and they'll happily modify it to make sure it's gluten free.

Whilst I was deciding between avocado on toast or avocado on toast - LOLS at being a cliche blogger for life - I chugged down a latte whilst Dan went for the pot of tea which is such good value considering you could quite easily have a good 5 cups of tea (Omg I'm telling you how good value the tea was, when did I get so f**king old?).
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Drinks demolished, it was time for food. Dan opted for the Bills breakfast - because he's a man, enough said - and I have to say, I was slightly jealous when perving on his sausage (sorry, couldn't help myself), bacon and mushrooms on toast. As always, Dan's reaction to his breakfast was "Omg, this is amazing" and whilst I can't add to that whatsoever, I think his empty plate just reinforced how good it was.
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Bills breakfast
Any jealousy was demolished when my breakfast turned up because we all know Avo on toast is everything - BRB whilst I just shoot myself in the face for using the term "avo" - but in all seriousness, I probably do have it at least 3 times per week at breakfast meetings, so my standards are pretty high... I can happily say that Bills did not disappoint. The gluten free bread was surprisingly good and not too sawdust/brick wall-like and there was a good amount of avocado too (you do not want to see me when I feel like I've been done out of avocado [insert cry laughter/"no, but seriously"] emoji here). The poached egg - are you ready for my fake food critic line? - was cooked to perfection (LOL) and generally, the whole thing was a delight. I really really enjoyed this and true story, I was actually considering ordering another (before you judge, I have an appetite 3 x larger than the average person) but thankfully thought better of it!
Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Bills Avocado on toast gluten free
Now that I've fangirled over avocado and eggs more than you thought was humanly possibly, it's time for the part of Bills that gives it that extra little somethin somethin and that's the shop aspect. From their very own jams and chutneys, to sweets and drinks. Oh, and teapots (I've been eyeing these up for years) you can tick the box and take away your own bit of Bills with you. Genius!

So that brings me to the end of my little Bills fangirl. I genuinely do think it's one of the best chain restaurants around right now and one of my absolute breakfast faves. So much so that I'm considering renting a seat for Saturday breakfast every week (and eating baked beans for the rest of my life) ;)

Have you been to Bills before? Where's your favourite breakfast spot in London? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

THE LITTLE THINGS

There is something about getting older - BRB while I cry into my lavender spritzed pillow because I'm pretty much a pensioner - that makes you appreciate the little things in life. I have never been one for big gestures anyway, I don't do nights out or being whisked away (although if you fancy taking me to New York tomorrow, I'm yours) and I generally would take a curry and Harry Potter night over pretty much everything in existence. And it's only as I've got older and started to feel a bit more comfortable in myself that I've realised that that's absolutely OK

As much as I'm in the mood for a little personal word vomit - maybe that'll come pretty soon - I think I'll save that for another time as despite me starting off this post impersonating a hippie, tree hugging girl that belongs in LA - no offence to any LA residents, love ya really - it's actually just a post to tell you about the little things I've been loving; River Walks, Sage green shirts softer than a babies bum (only me that feels like a slight perve using that phrase?) and beautiful pieces of jewellery which are both stunning and delicate but also very wearable.

So how about we take a little stroll to tower bridge and I bore you to death talk you through a few of my favourite things*? Sounds like a plan, you say? OK, let's do it...

*P.S if you can say favourite things without singing the sound of music soundtrack, you're a better person than I am. Just saying!
London blogger
London blogger
London blogger
So before I start fangirling over my new favourite jewellery brand, I would like to put out a disclaimer over the fact that it was absolutely freezing cold when I shot this, so if we could pretend the goosebumps are an additional accessory, that would be fabulous...

So, said new favourite Jewellery brand is called Jewellery box. You may or may not have heard about them before - I was originally introduced to them a while back now through an event - but they are a brand that I was immediately impressed by. From the stunning packaging (which unfortunately I didn't bring on my scenic walk but think brown wrapping paper, cute string and pinterest worthy mini pegs) to the extremely delicate but very wearable pieces that I personally find always receive a compliment, I just genuinely couldn't be more impressed and may or may not* be on the website eyeing up my next piece right now. Oh and did I mention that they are ridiculously affordable with some of these pieces being just £6? Yep, pretty incredible. And to top it all off, the lovely guys from Jewellery box have given you lovely lot 20% of with the code Ellie20. Go get spendy, you're welcome ;)

*Let's be real, there's no may or may not about it, I definitely am! [insert sassy hand/"sorrynotsorry" emoji here].
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Jewellery Box
Starting off with my personal favourite, the Abella Bee Beautiful bangle which is too.damn.cute.for.words! I absolutely love how stunningly delicate this bangle is with the gorgeous Gold bee charm - which I just think is so unique and special - and with the addition of the "Bee Beautiful" engraving, this really is the perfect pretty but empowering gift that I couldn't recommend enough (and when I say gift, I obviously mean for yourself. You know, treat yo'self and all that). 

Then we have the infinity love ring and bracelet. I have always been a huge fan of anything infinity love-based (don't pretend you didn't see Lauren Conrad's infinity love ring on the hills and immediately need one in your life. Ohhh 2006, the good old days) so I had to have the ring and bracelet in my life. Both are incredibly dainty and are those kinda pieces that are so wearable and pretty but they won't distract from any other statement pieces you're wearing. I personally haven't taken either off since receiving them and don't plan on doing so any time soon.

Same goes for the plain adjustable ring, a piece that's so simple but actually adds that little somethin' somethin' to my stacking ring wardrobe. Another piece that's really well made, looks beautiful and is an easy way to add a little bling without looking like Ali G.

Finally we have the Arrow Necklace which is *insert Cheryl Cole from the early days of X-Factor vibes* Right up my street! I love the arrow design and I adore the length of this necklace too. The chain is extremely delicate - which I love the look of but of course, does mean you have to be slightly more careful - and I just generally love it as much as I love every other piece.

Which you can probably tell by now, is a hell of a lot.

Sorrynotsorry.
So now I've fangirled over my jewellery, it's time to go a little crazy for a shirt that I am absolutely obsessed with. It's from a brand called Splendid, stocked on Net a porter, and quite frankly it is the softest, most beautifully well made shirt I own. Cut from lightweight voile, I can only describe how soft this is as buttery smooth because it really is so gorgeous. I adore the colour too, a "not quite khaki" sage green makes it perfect for all seasons as it's a little softer and goes with absolutely everything. The love is real guys, as will be the lack of my bank balance after I go on a spend up for all of the splendid pieces immediately after finishing this post.
Jewellery Box
Shirt - Splendid / Shoes - Flattered / Bangle, rings and necklace - Jewellery Box / Faux leather trouser - Dorothy Perkins (old, similar here)

Now that my jewellery/shirt raves are over, my final little thing was just the walk itself. When you work for yourself, it is so incredibly easy to spend every second of every day working because surely there's always more that you can be doing. And there is. But there's also a lot of living you can be doing too and I think this year has - thankfully - been the year that I've finally practiced what I preached and learnt that taking an hour or two out to walk, get inspired (and grab a coffee and cake, obvs) is much more productive to your wellbeing and ultimately, everything you do in life. So expect more instagram posts from my London river walks, and hopefully *insert fingers crossed emoji here* a more chilled out Elle.

I would love to know what you make of my gorgeous Jewellery Box pieces? Have you ever heard of/purchased anything from the brand before? What are your favourite pieces? I always love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

This post was created in collaboration with Jewellery Box. All photographs, thoughts and extreme love of dainty jewellery that reminds me of Lauren Conrad, my own.
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