The UK Blog Awards 2016 

On 29 April, the big day arrived – the UK Blog Awards 2016. Third year in its running, and this year it was at the Park Plaza Westminster, facing Big Ben and in the heart of the city.

I took the day off work, and spent most of the morning steaming with vicks as I had the start of the flu – perfect timing! In the afternoon, I headed to HOB hair salon in Stanmore, where the lovely Janki styled my hair in romantic curls, and did my make up for me.

I whole-heartedly trust Janki with all my big events, and she was by my side during my wedding week as well as the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.

Photo credit: Janki
My lovely friend Anne met me at HOB Stanmore, after a trip from Bristol, and we both headed to mine to continue getting ready.

BMW UK kindly sent over this amazing complimentary car to pick us up and drop us home at the end of the evening- the swanky new 7 series with a very charming driver called Vasos Papanicolaou.

Photo credit: Aditi
 A big thank you to him for taking our photos and explaining all the cool things the BMW could do. We had a massage function on our individual seats and we could change the colours of the lights in the car. He did offer us champagne but we thought it would be better to behave.

We picked up Aditi from Aditi’s Pen and after a lovely drive through London, arrived at the Park Plaza, Westminster, where we met Michelle from Petite Tea Lover, Seetal from Savla Faire and Mandy.

After a bit of mingling, drinks and canapés, we sat down for the award ceremony, and took a couple of selfies.

And some decent pics….

The screen then lit up and it all commenced!

The hilarious Kate Russell was a fantastic host and she was last year’s winner for best individual digital and technology blog.

The lovely Gemma Newton, founder of the UK Blog Awards gave a fantastic welcome speech to set the scene for the evening an officially opened the awards.

As you know I was a finalist in the Food & Drink category, as well as the Lifestyle category. I didn’t win but am so pleased my friends in the blogging world did. Chris from Tiki Chris  and Kiran from The Swindon got Highly Commended. The lovely husband wife duo Eulanda  and Omo from Hey! Dip your toes in won and I am so happy for them as I absolutely love them.

After the award ceremony, it was mingling and fun. Odeon cinemas had set up a mini cinema area, complete with couches, bean bags and pop corn where they actually had short films on.

In addition, what I looked forward to the whole night, was getting into a bubble by the very talented bubble man from Bubble Inc. It was so much fun!

I had a really good night, it was lovely to glam up and be pampered for the evening and I am so proud and happy to have made it as a finalist for 2 categories. Since I started my blog its been a wonderful experience, have made so many new friends and tried so many different things. Here’s to more fun and new adventures in the future xx


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. You looked amazing! It has been such a pleasure and honour to get to know you! Can’t wait for St. Malo!

    Posted 5.3.16 Reply
    • Binny wrote:

      Can’t wait too 🙂 xxx

      Posted 5.3.16 Reply
  2. You look amazing. It looked, and sounded, like such a remarkable evening. Hopefully one day I will be at the blog awards! Keep doing what you’re doing, chick! X

    Posted 5.3.16 Reply
    • Binny wrote:

      Aww thank you so much and yes you will definitely be there! Hope to see you there next year 🙂 xx

      Posted 5.3.16 Reply
  3. akaushiva wrote:

    It was lovely meeting you Binny, and what a small world isn’t it given our other common connections. So so proud that you made it as finalists in two categories! Hurray! Keep blogging! 🙂

    Posted 5.3.16 Reply
    • Binny wrote:

      Lovely to meet u too!! And keep in touch 🙂

      Posted 5.3.16 Reply
  4. Tanja wrote:

    what a great evening!:)

    Posted 5.6.16 Reply
    • Binny wrote:

      It was! Hope you have sunshine plans for the weekend?xx

      Posted 5.6.16 Reply
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