I just spent a darling weekend in London. It’s always such a treat to spend time away with my boyfriend but to also have great friends thrown in the mix and it’s always going to be delightful! We landed in London on Thursday night and found our way to our hotel, the Sofitel Saint James on Waterloo Place. It is such a beautiful, French inspired hotel where the staff greet you with Bonjour, Bonsoir… A little bit of Paris in London! We had a cocktail at the St James Bar at the Hotel. It was incredible! The bar is dark and romantic with plush velvet antique chairs. They serve the drinks in a variety of impressive glasses. I particularly loved how my “1921″ cocktail was presented, in a little glass bottle. So perfect!
We also ate dinner at a very interesting and trendy Asian-fusion restaurant called Inamo St James on Regent Street. It has an interactive ordering service where you order your own meal & drinks, place your order, ask for your bill and even order a taxi on your own touch screen which is projected from above the table. It is really cool! The food was really tasty but perhaps the portions could be a little bigger for what you pay for them. However, the overall experience was great fun and the restaurant is worth visiting.
We spent Friday eating brunch at a lovely little restaurant called Foxcroft and Ginger in Soho, browsing through Alfies Antiques Market on Church Street in Marylebone. It’s a maze of antique and vintage dealers, selling everything you could ever need or want. I bought a really beautiful, delicate lace vintage dress there. Next we made our way to Portobello to browse through the market stalls and cute boutiques along the way, where I purchased a pale pink furry jacket. It was pretty chilly and I love crazy pieces so the furry jacket was a Lust Have. I could not visit Portobello without making a trip to the Hummingbird Cafe for one of my favourite red velvet cupcakes. Delish!!!! We ate some more tasty treats at a quirky Mexican restaurant in Soho, El Camion Mexicano with our friends. It was such an authentic Mexican experience which was great as I adore Mexican food.
I am not a fan of visiting Oxford Street when I visit London. I prefer hunting down original, independent boutiques down small side streets but no trip to London would be complete without a quick trip to Topshop Oxford Street. It’s so big it actually stresses me out in there but I always go straight downstairs to the independent labels and designers where you can find gorgeous bits and pieces. It was jam packed as always so following a superfast spree, we fell out the front door gasping for air! (Perhaps a slight exaggeration but you get the gist right!?)
Sunday was spent relaxing and recovering after a pretty late Saturday night and as St James Park was right next to our hotel, we took a walk through the sunny park. Despite London being super busy for the whole weekend, we had such a relaxing weekend. I love travelling and discovering new places and London has everything in a city you could want or need.
Quote of the weekend: ” Dahling, are you ready to Paarty, Paarty?!” (As heard in Topshop in the poshest English accent you can imagine… Brilliant!)
Here’s a few pics but more to follow!
Oh and you can get my yellow blazer here!