Here’s New Year’s Eve 2009 Recap – it was a blast!


Welcome to a new decade!


I had an absolute blast last night at an awesome underground club called Bloomsbury Lanes, which was an imitation 1950s American diner and bowling alley.  It felt funny to be at a club that was trying to be ‘American’ when I was in London! 


Before we left, I made a wonderful, healthy dinner using the flat’s kitchen.  I think the Husband and I were both really excited to cook!  He hovered in the kitchen the entire time.


Dinner featured bulgur with soy sauce, roasted carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms, baked potato, and two little slices of sharp cheddar cheese.


I LOVED the veggies!  They tasted so delicious and fresh.  This was my first time trying bulgur… it was basically pumped-up cous cous.  Yum!


We got dressed and headed over to the Husband’s friend’s (Chris) flat, where we met Chris’ roommates.


Bloomsbury Bowling was the most interesting, but laid-back club I’ve been in.


There was a fire-eater at the door to kept the people in line occupied….


Pool tables


A hot tub (yes, really! But no one was in there)…




It was very crowded, but people were pretty relaxed and would just let strangers in on their teams to bowl a few times.  It was fun!  I bowled in my heels.  🙂


There was also a movie theatre, karaoke rooms, and a stand-up comedy room.  And there was dancing.  LOTS and LOTS of dancing!


I tried to keep the booze to a minimum… well, an appropriate minimum for a wild night out in London.  🙂


I remembered to switch to club soda for a few drinks around 11 PM, which I really appreciated this morning!


The Husband’s British friends almost took a piss when they saw me drinking water.  🙂  I can’t hang like I used to!


We left the club around 2 AM, walked around the streets of London for about an hour, finally hailed a cab, and made it back to our flat.  And guess what? Right as we came up to the door, IT STARTED TO SNOW!  It was magical!  I cried a little bit.  🙂  Snow is a big deal for a Florida girl!


Late-night munchies included grilled cheese and crisps:


And chocolate:


Then, I crashed… and hard!  I didn’t wake up until 12:30.  It felt SOOOO good to sleep, and now I feel as refreshed and revived as you’d expect after a wild night out on the town.  🙂


Breakfast was delightful:


Cereal, a banana, and Greek yogurt.  Plus, a coffee!


My plans for today include going for a run, and then we’re meeting Chris up for a late lunch.


Are you a party girl (or guy) who likes to hit the night clubs?  Or do you prefer quiet local pubs?  Or just a nice night in?  I have to admit that I’ve become such a homebody, but I really do like a good local bar.  It’s still fun to go “out out” every now and then!


Happy 2010 from Healthy Tipping Point!  May 2010 be “your” year!



  • The Hot and Fit January 1, 2010, 9:00 am

    Happy New Year!!!

  • Jocelyn January 1, 2010, 9:04 am

    Sounds like a great night out…glad you got to experience some snow :):)
    I loooove those flake bars btw mmm… you should also try walkers cheese and onion good 😉

    I like my nights in as long as im with my man and family! 🙂
    Happy new year!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 1, 2010, 9:07 am

    lol…a hot tub AND bowling? That’s a fun club! 🙂

    Happy new year, Caitlin!!

  • Maria January 1, 2010, 9:12 am

    Aw, I wanna spend new year in London one year. Maybe when I move down there 🙂
    Happy New Year!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010, 9:18 am

    haha we’re getting old Caitlin! I used to be known for being a party girl, but these days I can barely do a few drinks. I still have my wild nights here and there but they are far and few between. I used to always go out to clubs, bars, pubs, etc and I love to dance. These days I prefer having people over to our place..its cheaper and more intimate!

    Glad you are having such a great trip. Its snowing here too…I cry at the sight of it, but not in a good way, haha.

  • Evan Thomas January 1, 2010, 9:30 am

    I definitely enjoy the night in
    Looks like you guys had a blast finishing 2009!

  • Kailey January 1, 2010, 9:37 am

    happy new years 🙂 sounds like you had a magical new years eve with the snow 😀

  • Jenna January 1, 2010, 9:39 am

    Happy new year!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 1, 2010, 9:45 am

    I am a huge homebody, but like to go to a nice place every now and then. Happy Nea Year Caitlin!

  • emily January 1, 2010, 9:47 am

    My husband’s in med school so there isn’t much “going out” around here, but I much prefer a low-key bar to clubs.

  • Kelly January 1, 2010, 9:50 am

    I agree with you that I’d rather be home most nights, but occasionally a big night out or a local pub is fun 🙂

  • Kristina January 1, 2010, 9:52 am

    I prefer quiet pubs and dive bars 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Lee January 1, 2010, 9:53 am

    Happy New Year!

    I definitely prefer a quiet, local pub. We actually left this bar last night at 11 because it got too loud! We moved next door where it was quieter for the New Year.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 1, 2010, 9:55 am

    I’m not much into the “nite out” thing. I use too. I like staying home or just having friends over.

    Happy New Year!

  • caronae January 1, 2010, 10:01 am

    I had a great nigh in with my mom and her sisters last night. I almost hate to admit this, but it was quite fun and relaxing. I might go out next year, but I really do prefer low-key stuff on New Year’s! Happy 2010 to you!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 1, 2010, 10:04 am

    Please tell me you’ve tried their Cadbury with honeycomb. It’s so so amazing. Hot tub + club = creepy.

  • Jenny January 1, 2010, 10:09 am

    Fun night! I think that pub looks just like my kind of scene, glad y’all had a good time, AND got to see SNOW!

    Like you, I’ve become a big homebody, but I LOVE local bars/pubs with relaxed atmospheres. But I think that drinking wine and cooking dinner at home with friends beats all!

    Happy New Year to you and the husband!

  • Erin January 1, 2010, 10:09 am

    I like quiet pubs or cafes where you can really talk to people — crowded club and grinding dance floors don’t appeal to me at all. Not exactly the “typical” 23-year-old, I guess.

  • Cyclist Kate January 1, 2010, 10:17 am

    Ha! I totally prefer quiet nights in…I used to feel pressure to “be cool” and go out or go to more parties, but now I own my homebody-ness! I do like a pub just for hanging out, and I do like to have a few friends over for drinks and conversation, but I think my favorite is to just snuggle up on the couch with my man and watch a movie, then be in bed by 10:00. There’s just something about waking up not hung over and with a good night’s sleep under my belt.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 1, 2010, 10:23 am

    I prefer small little pubs . . . which is what I did last night and had a great time . . . actually the way I feel right a little too good of a time.

  • julia January 1, 2010, 10:33 am

    happy new year!

  • Maggie January 1, 2010, 10:45 am

    Happy New Year, Caitlin! I like small, local pubs, especially where you know the bartenders and/or waiters.

    Have a great during the rest of your trip!

  • Christy January 1, 2010, 10:54 am

    I like the local bars, nothing too crazy. I’m usually not into the wall-to-wall people. But every once in a while, I’m down for going “out out” 😆

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 1, 2010, 11:00 am

    I’m a homebody most of the time, too, but I really enjoy going to fun local places when we “go out”. What a great place y’all went to last night! Very exciting 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 1, 2010, 11:03 am

    I’m definitely a homebody…not too interested in going out to drink at bars. I don’t mind having a few glasses of wine at a small house get together though.

  • Melissa S. January 1, 2010, 11:08 am

    happy new year!!! what a fun night!

  • Marissa January 1, 2010, 11:18 am

    I think I would much rather stay at home. I do agree that going out can be fun too!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 1, 2010, 11:21 am

    I love flake!

    I was never a big club girl. I prefered to hang out at small places with a few friends. Now that I don’t drink I prefer to hang out at a restaurant or bowling alley with friends.

  • Kalli January 1, 2010, 11:26 am

    Oh my god! Flake is the BEST chocolate bar ever! YUM

  • Susan January 1, 2010, 11:34 am

    Looks like you guys had an awesome New Years Eve – you’re making me want to go to London so badly!
    As for your question, I’m a homebody/local pub gal. Clubs are like sensory overload for me. Plus my dance moves are majorly awk.

  • Danielle January 1, 2010, 12:01 pm

    What a great way to ring in the new year! While I was in college I liked to go out to the clubs but as I’ve gotten older I really do enjoy a nice quiet evening in. We don’t really have any local bar-type places, but I think I’d like them.

  • diana(mymarblerye) January 1, 2010, 12:05 pm

    I use to go out thurs, fri, sat in austin for college. now I can’t even have two sips of liquor without passing out!

  • Kelly January 1, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Sounds like a fun night! I am so jealous that you spent New Year’s Eve abroad!!

  • Victoria January 1, 2010, 12:08 pm

    I am such a homebody. Although I do love having people over, which is what we did for last night.

  • skinnyrunner January 1, 2010, 12:13 pm

    happy new years! what a crazy club with a hot tub?!?!

  • Lara (Thinspired) January 1, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Happy New Year, Caitlin! Looks like you are having such a wonderful time! I hope 2010 is a wonderful year for you and your hubby 🙂

  • Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar January 1, 2010, 1:00 pm

    I’m a homebody when I’m in a relationship & a going out on the weekends girl when I’m single.

  • Penny January 1, 2010, 1:09 pm

    The club looks awesome. And your outfit is really great!

    And here is a sad bit of knowledge about me….
    I am 27 years old and I have never been in a bar. Ever. But I went out last night and there was a bar where I was and everyone was drinking. I felt very out of place. 🙂

    I am a hermit in the worst way.

  • Bronwyn January 1, 2010, 1:20 pm

    I do enjoy a good local pub. I live on campus at my university, and I like going to our “club”. But I don’t go out too much. A night out is so expensive!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal January 1, 2010, 1:27 pm

    What a cool bar! I am such a homebody anymore, too. In fact, last night we didn’t want to deal with the crowds, so we had a couple couples come over and we had our own party!
    Glad you had a good time and don’t feel too shabby today:)

  • maggie January 1, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Good morning! I love your eats from yesterday!


  • rungirlrunn January 1, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I prefer local pubs to big crowded clubs, and I’m always up for a nice night in too 🙂

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) January 1, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Happy New Year, Caitlin! Hope you have an amazing 2010 — with the marathon, the move AND your first book getting published, you’re sure to have an unbelievable year! 😀

    I thought I was a party girl my first semester of college, but I realized I’m really a homebody 🙂

  • Betty January 1, 2010, 1:44 pm

    It can get so crowded at clubs and I don’t like having to worry about the drive home. I don’t even really like to drink. I much rather just have something at home. I feel so old sometimes.

  • Jessica January 1, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Aw that belt looks cute on you!! And your NYE dinner sounds amazing! I love that you’re calling chips “crisps” 🙂

    But I think at this age–i’m either into relaxing/movie nights or being in some really fun atmosphere (too young for the clubs OR bars, hahaha) where I can DANCE !! It’s my favorite thing to do, ever.

  • Julie January 1, 2010, 1:50 pm

    What a weird, yet fun, little club!! I love your use of British slang, too cute.
    I used to love going out, back in my wilder days. The bar scene was my thang. Now I’m a homebody, but I still like going to a good local bar every once in a while. And once in a great while going balls to the wall is actually pretty fun 🙂 yet also sad because the next morning makes me realize how old I’m getting.

  • Julie January 1, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Oh, Happy New year by the by 🙂 may 2010 bring you lots of good things 🙂

  • La January 1, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Flake bars are awesome! I spent NYE in London a few years ago….good memories.
    For most of college, I was a pretty big party girl…bars, clubs, house parties (sorority life does that). Now I still love a good dance club or bar from time to time but I much prefer low key relaxed fun with my loves.
    Happy new year!

  • amanda@thegrainsofparadise January 1, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I watched the fireworks in London on TV last night before I headed to the beach with my man with Champagne for NYE in Hawaii. You lucky girl! Too fun! BTW-I am all too familiar with “Flakes” yum yum! Hou’oli makahiki hou! Aloha, A

  • Saima January 1, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Happy New Year!! 😀 it’s been such a long time since i’ve eaten flake….love the texture!mmmm

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) January 1, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I’m more into local bars now, especially as we can just walk into town. I had my fun in college while in New Orleans though.

  • Foy @ Foy Update January 1, 2010, 3:22 pm

    We threw a dinner party for New Year’s Eve and I have to say that’s the way to go. We used an authentic Italian theme. Five courses of amazing food we worked three days to prepare and it only ran $150 for 15 guests. Plus there was a ton of food leftover. I will be eating lentils for days and days. And I’ve got some new dishes to add to the collection.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 1, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Definitely into the local pubs and staying in. It’s so much more personal and you really feel like there was quality time involved. I like conversations and good food and drinks.

    Maybe I’m just a home body since I married my best friend:) hehe

  • Heather January 1, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Happy New Year! I like to out for beers at a local bar, not into the club scene. That grilled cheese looks great!

  • Leah @ L4L January 1, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I’m a small local pub kinda gal or a stay at home with friends kind.

  • Jolene ( January 6, 2010, 9:02 pm

    I can party it up when the night is right 🙂

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