For the first time in a very long time, I had a weekend all to myself.

No plans, no parties, nobody coming to visit or trips to London and I decided to make the most of it. Yes, it was cold and gloomy and it was pouring it down but I sure wasn’t going to let that stop me.

With the Chinese New Year coming up, Manchester is engulfed in beautiful red lanterns and I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures.

Chinese New Year

After walking around Manchester city centre like a tourist and embarrassing  Seb, we met Matt and Emma for brunch. We decided to go to The Alchemist on New York Street who do some of the best cocktails in Manchester. I definitely wasn’t going to say no to some cocktails was I?

Matt was clearly starving – I have never seen anybody get so excited about hoummous!

Matt and Houmous

Our waitress suggested that we try the Cereal Killer, a drink that is part cocktail and part breakfast – perfect for brunch! Seb definitely didn’t expect to be using a spoon to scoop up honey cheerios from his cocktails. But oh well, it was well worth it according to Seb!

MilkShake and Seb

I couldn’t resist one last cocktail before we decided to call it quits – so worth it! You can read my full review of The Alchemist here.

Rahul - Drink

We stopped by the Manchester Art Gallery after to take in some art and burn off some of that brunch. If you have never been to the Manchester Art Gallery, I would seriously consider visiting this little gem hidden in the city centre. It’s beautiful and even better it’s FREE!


I love art. I don’t understand art all the time though, this piece albeit beautiful is beyond me! Oh well…


After an hour at the art gallery, we decided to call it a day. We were tired and had soaked up enough art to last us a while.

Manchester Art Gallery

It was so nice to have an easy and relaxed day spent with some good company. Even the gloomy weather couldn’t take away from it. We couldn’t resist taking one last picture for the road though.

Chinese New Year 3

Happy Chinese New Year!