choccywoccydoodah shop LondonLadies and gentlemen you are in for a massive sugar rush as I wax lyrical about chocolate.

You all know how much I love the stuff and how I will never give it up for good. So when I saw Mummy Barrow was organising a meet up in the London Secret Room of the Choccywoccydoodah shop I got straight in there.

I heard of Choccywoccy a few years back when I saw one of their magnificent wedding cakes in a magazine, with a name like theirs it’s not one you forget in a hurry. In fact on entering the shop I was gob smacked by all the fabulous cakes on show. This is one shop that doesn’t hold back on decadence and indulgence. It is decorated in sexy red and black and everywhere you look you are invited to chocolate,  you can imagine it can’t you? I Was In My Element.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

Choccywoccydoodah have recently turned their third floor into an Alice in Wonderland playroom which is available to rent for ‘tea parties’ or should we call that a chocolate feast? £250 for a minimum of 10 people and each extra person thereafter an extra £25.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

You enter into a magical dimension leaving the outside world behind you and are embraced with a table of sweets, cake, popcorn coated in chocolate and a zillion other sweet delights. We were wined on champagne and dined on ice cream, to finish off the most fabulous hot chocolate ever, you could choose between white choc, milk choc or dark. I went for dark and didn’t regret my choice one tiny bit.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

choccywoccydoodah shop London

The bloggers had come from as far as Southport – Cakes Photos Life to join in the fun and I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Tamsyn Wood who is constantly busy raising money for her husband Alex, their story is VERY touching and can be found on Making Waves for Alex in a nut shell…

Imagine your man going to play a game of rugby, he gets a knock to the head in a scrum. Imagine that from that knock a rush to A&E; scans on the brain, clots, a massive brain bleed. Imagine two life saving operations and 10 weeks in a coma. Alex is battling hard to defy doctors’ initial devastating prognoses of, among other things, irreversible paralysis and dumbness, and making very encouraging progress.

Tamsyn is raising money via a ball amongst other initiatives for the ongoing care of her husband and their four children, the NHS cannot cover all of the care he desperately needs to make sure his recovery is as complete as possible. ALL donations are gratefully accepted so please head over.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

Back to Choccywoccydoodah, the London Secret Room has infinite secrets to discover, green bunnies, secret doors, pink flamingoes and bowls and bowls of your favourite sweets, go discover, if you have a special event coming up and you’d like to treat yourself I would thoroughly recommend  an afternoon London Secret Room party, it will be a party you will never forget.

This isn’t a sponsored post, a group of bloggers who like chocolate and exciting venues got together and decided to meet up. We each paid £25 and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and ate + drank Choccywoccydoodah out of house and home. Look at Becky from Mummy Adventure how she ended up! (Only joking there’s a little boy in there due in about a month’s time)

choccywoccydoodah shop London


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It seems a lifetime ago now that we were all talking about Brit Mums Live and what a fabulous time we all had and this is a post I have been meaning to write since then but life just went a little bit wild on me and I haven’t got round to it.

As you know I was at Brit Mums Live in a working role rather than a delegate one which was fine as I love being part of the Brit Mums team but I didn’t get to see all of the sessions I’d set my heart on or speak to all the people I’d have liked to.

However, Brit Mums very kindly put me up over night in the Hoxton Hotel in London and boy, it was worth all my hard work just for a night there.

Admittedly we arrived tired from our hard day on Friday plus the socialising with the Expat mums at the local All Bar One (it’s got to be done!) so in all honesty I walked through the buzzing reception area to collect my key and go to bed but let me tell you it was heaving. Music, trendy people and life. If I hadn’t have had a 7.30am wake up call and/or more energy in me I could have quite easily slipped into the crowd for another hour or two.

But no, I decided to get some beauty sleep so as to be ready for the next day and on arriving at my door – I saw this

Hoxton take away breakfast

Yep that is a little brown bag hanging outside my room in which they will put my breakfast once I’ve ticked my boxes – wow! Yes I did wonder if someone would nick my breakfast outside the door but I suppose in posh places it simply doesn’t happen.

The entire hotel is decked out in a comfortable urban leisure style and is breathtaking. I could live there. In their own words ‘The award winning Hoxton hotel is very much at home in its Shoreditch manor. With 205 Bedrooms, The Hoxton Grill Restaurant and 6 Meeting and Event Rooms, the Hoxton Hotel redefines the urban hotel experience.

With roaring fires, polished concrete, exposed brick and an eclectic mix of leather sofas it’s the insiders hang out away from hustle and bustle of Hoxton.’

On entering the room my fist glance went to the bed and I saw this

Hoxton scissor, paper, stone cushions

Stone. Paper. Scissors!!! How cool is that?

Could I fit them in my suitcase – no, I’ll settle for a photo then. In fact the room was just fabulous every where I looked there were gorgeous or interesting things to look at, all the cupboards were touch open so they look concealed (thank God they left the TV open otherwise I’d have never found it but on my snooping around I discovered this

hoxton safe

Head of Security Mr A L Ock – that made me laugh, I know it doesn’t take much but I thought it was cute and funny. so I filled in my breakfast bag and hung it on the door

Hoxton breakfast bag

and then before jumping on it, I hid all my trash out of view and took you this photo of the bed

Hoxton bedroom
…a whole double bed just for me! I didn’t take photos of the bathroom as all I could think about was sleeping by then but I did take one last photo because if I could have got it in my bag I would have done

Hoxton hotel wall etching

Isn’t it magnificent? Instead of pictures on the wall an etched wall painting of the Tower of London. Of course I was joking about getting it in my suitcase – I only had a trolley with me! But I found my stay at the Hoxton very inspiring, very comfortable and very luxurious. So if you’re in the area I would thoroughly recommend it.

Tell them Mari’s World sent you ;)