Yeah, you’ve probably already guessed it. Here is my #BlogConLDN post!
As explained in my YouTube video (yes, I’ve done a video), this blog post is about the event itself, and you can see my haul of all the goodies I managed to collect on my video which I will post.
I cannot even remember how I came across #BlogConLDN, but I booked my ticket in October. I was pretty keen! I knew I wanted to go to a blogger event,
but a lot of them are in London, which is hard for me to get to, and if I was going to go to one, it needed to be worth it.
London’s first ever blogging convention with over 400 bloggers and workshops and brand stalls was definitely worth it!
In terms of travelling, it did not seem that bad. On Friday, I went from Leeds to Leicester, which is about a 2 hour trip. On Saturday, we drove to Rugby station and got the train to London Euston. I don’t know why we have never done this before. With my railcard, a return ticket to London was £16 for me as an individual. Far better than £50 or £60 from Leeds or Leicester!
The location of BlogCon was unbelievable. It was held in the QEII Conference Centre, which is next door to Westminster Abbey. You can’t get better than that!
As it was so central, there was also a bit of time before and after the event to have a stroll around London, which is always fascinating.
There was not really time to stop for food at #BlogConLDN, so I had brunch in the Embankment Cafe, a great little place over looking the Thames, with lots of outdoor seating in Victoria Embankment Gardens. We also walked into St James’ Park, which was looking lovely and we even saw a heron!
After the event had finished, we popped into Southbank Centre, which we had discovered on our trip in November to see Les Mis for a cup of tea and some much needed food for me. The dulce de leche brownie certainly hit the spot!
We also walked through Somerset House on our way back, which we had never seen before, but definitely a place for a proper visit! I can see why the open air cinema events in the summer are such an appeal.
Anyway, enough of the little extra ramblings and onto #BlogConLDN itself.
I was a few minutes early, so had to wait in the lobby. The bloggers who were already there seemed to be in groups, which was daunting as I was alone. Luckily, I was not the only blogger who felt the same way. I met Emma from The Amateur’s Guide to Fashion, and she was so nice. If you haven’t come across her amazing blog, go and check it out! Our first port of call when we got there was Chi Chi London, who were giving away some fantastic gift bags. Emma and I also used their fun photo mirror.
From there, it was really just a chance to explore and discover some amazing new brands, most of which I mention in my haul video. Love Inc., STM Goods, Johnny Loves Rosie and Forever were also some brands which stood out though!
Just see how beautiful the stalls were!
I could not visit all the beauty stalls, without getting pampered a little bit. I had some super hair braiding from Natural World, nail painting from Glam App and lipstick done by Lipivir.
Last, but certainly not least, I went to a couple of the blogging talks that were on. There were three tables, and all had bloggers talking on different subjects for half an hour each.
The talks I wanted to go to stretched the whole of the last hour from 3-4. First of all was a photography talk, and then how to stay true to your brand and not copy others.
These were both really useful!
I guess the final thing to say about #BlogConLDN is a huge thank you to Scarlett London and her events company for organising this! It was such a success and I thoroughly enjoyed my first proper blogging event!