Last Friday the boy and I found ourselves acting like giddy school children in a first class carriage on our way to London town (anyone for free tea and biscuits?) I’m not sure whether it was the thought of actually visiting the big smoke- I’ve not been down south since May, helping ourselves to free macaroons or the thought of spending all weekend hanging out together with no work or general life stresses to worry about…who doesn’t love a good mini break?
As I mentioned in London Calling the purpose of our trip was to visit the BBC Good Food Show which was a couples gift experience we received last Christmas but where would the fun be in staying in our cultural and vibrant capital for just one night? If there’s something you don’t know about me it’s this, if I’m going to do something then I commit to it whole heartedly and do whatever it may be instyle- cue me hopping on the MacBook and showing the boy a short list from Mr & Mrs Smith. We finally decided on The Kensington Hotel– a beautiful townhouse in swanky South Kensington which was in the perfect location to hit the Good Food Show and all the shops (thank God for the Piccadilly line).
We were warmly greeted by the reception team at the Kensington and were promptly checked in before being directed to our room. Situated on the first floor room 108 had a beautiful chintzy charm- throw in sumptuous fabrics, pearly lamps and even a green pottery horse and you begin to feel right at home. I wonder how many people had tried to take that beauty home? The huge marble bathroom must have been designed with beauty bloggers in mind with stacks of storage…I really should have taken more pictures but all I can say is Muji eat your heart out.
After a super quick freshen up we jumped on the tube and headed to Carnaby Street for a little window shopping (hey I only bought a hat and two beauty products the WHOLE weekend). I made a beeline for Monki after hearing so many of my favourite bloggers rave about it but I must admit disappointment. The clothes were gorgeous as expected but the customer service was lacking, I was practically shoved into a fitting room by a very miserable looking lady….what a shame! After a long and leisurely perusal of the shops we headed across to Covent Garden where we met one of my dearest friends who now lives in the big smoke and her boyf for nibbles and a goold ol’ catch up at Wahaca.
The lovely Tanya Burr recently raved about Wahaca and I can see why, it serves scrummy Mexican street food in a funky and modern setting with a real laid back and relaxed environment- great for a quick lunch or a long, mojito filled catch up (three guesses for what our evening became?) I do wish I’d of been a little more snap happy in Wahaca, or taken just one picture for that matter but I was far too busy chatting away and chowing down on delish guacamole.
The problem with having a good time is that time flies like it never has before and Saturday morning was soon upon us. After stumbling out of bed and getting ourselves into suitable South Ken attire we decided to spend the day in the surrounding area (hello Chelsea!) Finding ourselves on the Kings Road we dived into all day brunch spot Beaufort House, a rather divine brasserie and general hot spot for the fashionable and wealthy- I spotted some serious blow drys. Imagine my amazement when catching up on Made in Chelsea last night to see Spenny, Louise and Millie sat in the very same Beaufort House. Worth a visit if only for the old school Hollywood pictures and people spotting so grab yourself a Eggs Royale (or a full English in the case of the boy) and watch the world go by in the relaxing yet charming surroundings.
After a satisfactory amount of people watching and a rather substantial serving of Eggs Royale the boy and I wandered down the Kings Road popping in and out of the most beautiful shops- Anthropologie and Rococo Chocolates were two of my personal favourites. Meandering down the Kings Road we found ourselves in the Duke of York square food market (after a quick sweep of the Harvey Nichols Beauty Mart). The Duke of York food market is a foodies dream with everything from locally produced goats cheese with a hint of lavender to roti wraps and steak sandwiches made by the Queens supermarket of preference, Partridges. I’d lie and say we just enjoyed the wonderful aroma and ate absolutely nothing but hey we were only there for the weekend- I chose a falafel wrap whilst the boy chose a huge steak burger…both were delish.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Saturday night adventures- we took a trip east.
What are your favourite places to visit in London town? Have you ever ventured into SW London?
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