Sometimes I get super impulsive. That was definitely the case last Friday evening. Well, I have been thinking about going away for a weekend for a little while, but I was either caught up in work or had made plans with friends so I never found the perfect time to get away. This Friday I couldn’t stop thinking about leaving the snow for a little while. So I ordered one of the last available hotel rooms in South Kensington, ordered my seat on British Airways and left with no return ticket, I figured I could deal with that over the weekend.
I rushed to the airport and two hours later I sat safely in my seat.
I arrived at my hotel about four hours later. I stayed in a club room at the Millenium hotel in Kensington. I actually wanted to stay closer to Shoreditch or more central in the city, but since I booked my room so close to my arrival, the hotel options were very minimal. The Kensington version of the Millenium hotel is very close to one of my favourite museums, V&A, so it was a win-win anyways.
Saturday morning I met up with my favourite Australian Jason for a chill morning in Shoreditch with food and drinks. He showed me around his favourite streets and then we went for brunch (with wayyyy too much white wine), and I had to try the local Dalston Cola (really good, very spicy) before we popped by Rough Trade Records. As a musiclover, this was a must see for me. They also had a photo booth, which for those of you who knows me, I had to try out.
After brunch, I went shopping at my all-time favourite department store in London, Liberty’s. This is a must-see if you go to London. This historic store was founded in 1875 and is filled with eclectic quality goods, both from big and independent brands.
I the evening I took Jason to the Oblix bar at The Shard. Great food, great drinks, amazing views. I’ve been to this place a few times before and it has definitely become my favourite viewing platform in London.
On Sunday I had a late breakfast at the V&A after enjoying their standard collection of contemporary and historic art and design (the temporary exhibitions didn’t interest me this time). V&A also house one my favourite place to have lunch in London. Their food court is absolutely beautiful as you can see in this picture. If you go on a weekend, come early, there will be huge ques.
I continued with a long walk in Hyde Park where spring was in full bloom.
Then I went for dinner in China Town where the celebration of the Chinese New Year was still happening. This year is the year of the monkey! 🐒
I started my Monday morning in my favourite neighbourhood in West London, Notting Hill and fell in love with this wall painting.
Continued with lunch at one of my favourite restaurants, Granger & Co. The last time I was here we was sat next Lily Allen, this time I did not vitness any A-list celebrity, but what I did witness was this truly amazing chia seed yoghurt with mango, a glass of freshly pressed apple juice and of course a glass of white wine (when on holiday, ey?)
Went for a long walk through my favourite streets. This part of town is truly picturesque.
In the evening I met up with René Allison in Shoreditch for a few drinks at Cafe 1001 before she took me to City Social. Located on the 24th floor, this place welcomes you with an amazing 360* view of the gherkin, the Shard and basically most of London.
It’s always hard to take photos with your iphone in the dark with reflections, but here’s my try. London, I’ll be back soon!