About Me

Britpakgirl Sharmeen Ziauddin

Assalaam-alaikum and hello to you!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Who am I?

My name is Sharmeen, and I am a journalist & blogger. (To see some of my writing portfolio, click here.)

What do I blog about?

On my blog you will find reviews of Muslim-friendly activities & days out in London, Surrey and beyond. I love to travel, I will blog about this and tell you all about it from a Muslim-friendly (halal) perspective.

I have three children aged 12, 10 and 6 years of age, (Alhamdolillah) so lots of the things I get up to will be family-friendly. However we all need a break so sometimes I like to sneak off without them too! Ssshhhhh.

As a Muslim, when I go out for the day, I want to know if there will be halal food to eat and if there will be somewhere for me to pray. Even to this day, given all the apps we have at our disposal, it can still be really tricky to find a prayer space or mosque nearby. If only there was that information at hand with every activity we book. That’s what I endeavour to do — provide you with that information at the bottom of every post, so you don’t have to worry about it.

As a big foodie, there will be a few restaurant related posts but only where it’s something unique which I feel you guys will be interested in. As a female, there are sometimes things I want to talk about and I might throw in a post about a certain skincare brand or a beauty-related service.

What does Britpakgirl mean?

I’m British, born and bred, I love sandwiches and complaining about the weather.  I also love being a Muslim and combining the two is the most awesome thing. When I was thinking of a name for my blog, somehow Britpakgirl came up and it stuck. Love it or hate it but the name is here to stay. For now anyway!

Here are a few of my definitions for Britpakgirl:

Brit – Someone from Britain

Pak  – A homophone of ‘pack’ i.e. to pack a suitcase 🙂

Pak – An abbreviation of the word Pakistani.

Pak – Pak (pronounced paak) means pure in Urdu.


My readers, predominantly Muslims living or visiting the UK, (aged 25-45) are looking for new and exciting things to do and experience. Muslims have more disposable income than ever before , the Muslim pound is real and growing (see below for more info). If you would like me to review something then let’s talk! I focus mainly on activities/trips/days out/experiences/shows in the U.K. As well as this I also review experiences abroad, when I travel.


Global Muslim travel is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. You can read my ‘Guide to Halal Tourism’ here. I provide advice and consultancy to PRs, hotels, airlines, attractions and restaurants who are struggling to attract the Muslim pound. Please contact me for further details.


If I work on a campaign with a company, then I will state in the post that it is a collaborative post. My blog posts will always be my own, truthful opinions.

You can see my social media channels below:

Instagram: @britpakgirl

Twitter: @britpakgirl

Facebook: www.facebook.com/britpakgirl

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