London again... I know... But bear with me. :) The above are some of my favorite snapshots from my latest trip. This was my first time visiting the city during the holiday season and it was spectacular. If anyone loves the opulence of Christmas it's Londoners as they sure know how to celebrate the season in style. I have included links in all the photos (all taken with iPhone) above, but for more detailed recommendations you can refer to my last London post here.
Since my first visit to the city, I have been enchanted with London. I love its diversity, architecture, parks, art, shopping, and most of all its food scene. There is so much variety of life to choose from. In a few days my sister will be moving to the city so to commemorate I wanted to share some of my favorite photos and a few recommendations (mostly food & drink based) from my most recent visit... Enjoy!
La Petite Maison 53/54 Brooks Mews W1K 4EG +44 (0) 20 7495 4774
Because I love this restaurant so much I have managed to dine here three times on various occasions. It's just so good. Simple, yet elegant, and far from fussy. The hors d'oeuvres are all outstanding and I particularly love the desserts. Service is spot on and I always feel like I'm just as important of a guest as one of the celebrities who just may be dining there too.
Moro 34-36 Exmouth Market +44 (0) 20 7833 8336
I have made reservations here every time I have had time in London but unfortunately have had to cancel on each occasion. Next visit for sure. I am a fan of the cookbooks and think the eclectic menu with North African and Spanish dishes sounds divine.
Ottolenghi Various Locations -
Another great London staple, you must try Ottolenghi. I visited both their Notting Hill and Belgravia location. Perfect picnic food, or find a seat inside.
Nopi 21-22 Warwick St. W1B 5NE +44 20 7494 9584
Super cute little restaurant from Ottolenghi. Go enjoy some shakshuka for breakfast or a black rice, coconut milk, banana & mango porridge. For dinner how about start with burrata with peach, coriander seeds and plum wine then perhaps the confit duck with coconut and kaffir lime? My kind of cooking. Yum!
The Natural Kitchen 77/78 Marylebone High Street +44 20 3696 6910
Multiple locations, but Marylebone is the one I have frequented the most. Just a great place to get a snack or pick up some groceries or picnic items. Easy going vibe. Lots to choose from.
Borough Market 8 Southwark Street SE1 1TL - Right next to London Bridge Station
Touted London's most renowned food market for good reason. I love a good market and this one did not disappoint, especially after picking up a glass of prosecco at Bedales prior to shopping... Picked up a beautiful charentais melon, deeply coloured figs, cheese, and some amazing olives for a little apero snack. The best.
Monocle Cafe 18 Chiltern Street Marylebone, W1U 7QA +44 20 7135 2040
Strolling around in Marylebone one afternoon I came across this café, having recognized its facade from an image I had pinned a few months earlier on Pinterest. Oh social media... I enjoy reading Monocle Magazine so was overly excited and told my friend that we needed to make a pitstop. The coffee was excellent and the snacks looked delicious too.
Modern Pantry 47-48 St John's Square Clerkenwell EC1V 4JJ +44 (0) 20 7553 9210
Although I haven't managed to eat here yet, a friend of mine who lived in the area for awhile loved stopping in here for a casual bite to eat and glass of wine. The menu is very enticing with its unconventional and creative dishes using far flung ingredients, and I look forward to giving it a go next visit. Chef Anna Hansem has also just opened up a second restaurant complete with tapas bar in Finsbury Square. Yes please.
Albion 2-4 Boundary St. E2 7DD +44 20 7729 1051
Cafe/food store and restaurant in the bottom of the Boundary building. Great place to stop in for a light bite or morning coffee.
Boundary 2-4 Boundary St. E2 7DD +44 20 7729 1051
Boundary Restaurant, Rooms & Rooftop was high on my list to visit, if just for the chic rooftop terrace. It proved to be a very seen and be seen type of place in London's hip Shoreditch neighborhood and having to wait 45 minutes to get up there for a pimm's was not really my idea of fun but overall good experience. Outdoor heaters and comfy couches make it a great casual place to gather with friends or get some work done on your laptop with a cold beer in hand.
St. John Bread & Wine 26 St. John Street EC1M 4AY +44 020 7251 0848
There are a few locations now for St. John but the Smithfield Bar and Restaurant is the original. Quoted as the best bread in town. Why not have a classic Welsh Rarebit or a traditional Eccles cake. Ok, thanks I will. ;)
OXO Tower Bar OXO Tower Wharf Barge House St. SE1 9PH +44 20 7803 3888
Sip on a Pimm's or chilled glass of rosé while taking in the city scape over the Thames.
The Wolseley 160 Piccadilly W1J 9EB +44 20 7499 6996
Can't go to London without a visit to this iconic European café restaurant in Mayfair. Come in for Sunday brunch or afternoon Champagne tea.
Polpo 41 Beak St. W1F 9SB +44 20 7734 4479
Italian small plates. Very it place to go. Polpo has been very successful and has multiple locations. I might need another visit to think it deserves the hype, but overall fun place to go.
Dehesa Kingly Court, 25 Ganton St. W1F 9BP +44 20 7494 4170
Really enjoyed Dehesa. Excellent Spanish tapas bar with a relaxed yet happening vibe. Fairly priced and great service too.
Tapas Brindisa 46 Broadwick St. W1F 7AF +46 Broadwick St. W1F 7AF
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon 13-15 West St. WC2H 9NE +44 20 7010 8600
Was happy I got to experience this restaurant, but won't be rushing back... Try it out for yourself and see what you think.
Diner by Heston Blumenthal 66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA +44 20 7201 3833
Have only peeked inside this highly acclaimed restaurant which has accumulated 2 Michelin stars, but I have heard rave reviews from friends who have dined here. Many will be familiar with Heston from the food network and with his first restaurant, The Fat Duck.
Daylesford Organic Farm Various Locations - 208-212 Westbourne Grove Notting Hill 020 7313 8050
Notting Hill Location. Beautiful place to get a coffee and a croissant, or enjoy their café. Gourmet food shop selling a variety of goods from their Farm in Gloucestershire.
Monmouth Coffee 27 Monmouth St. WC2H 9EU +44 20 7232 3010
EXCELLENT coffee. Enjoy their shop in Covent Garden where it all began in 1978.
La Fromagerie 2-6 Moxon St. W1U 4EW +44 20 7935 0341 and original location in Highbury Park.
I am pretty obsessed with this cheese shop and was so pleased when my friend moved into a new flat just down the street. Accordingly, on my last visit I made it to the shop three times. It's a perfect place to get your morning coffee and a baked good while picking up a few fromages and other gourmet goods for your evening. Or, if you have time take a seat and enjoy a snack from their delicious daily changing cafe menu.
Hedonism Wines 3-7 Davies St, London W1K 3LD +44 20 7290 7870
Even if you don't buy any wine, this beautiful wine shop is a must if you are strolling through Mayfair. An amazing selection of Champagne and vintages of Chateay d'Yquem. Excellent and friendly service too.
Cire Trudon 36 Chiltern St. W1U 7QJ +44 20 7486 7590
Stumbled in here with my candleaholic friend after our coffee at Monocle. Definitely worth the visit as I learned of the iconic candle company dating back to the 18th century. Beautiful shop and great experience talking to the shopkeeper who was very passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the brand.
Diptyque 68 Marylebone High Street W1U 5JH +44 20 7224 4948
Luxury candle boutique from another old (but not as old) French candle company. This was more exciting to me a few years back when the Diptyque line was less accessible, but still a good shop to visit if you are a fan of the brand or looking for some great host/ess gifts.
Daunt Books 83 Marylebone High Street W1U 4QW +44 202 7224 2295
I could spend hours in a good book store. This one is a gem. Five additional locations.
Selfridges 400 Oxford St. W1A 1AB
Can't go wrong here. If you need some new threads, this is a great place for one stop shopping. I was particularly impressed with their denim department and the customer service I received. It was almost worth the conversion sticker shock posted on my visa statement the next day. Almost. Selfridges also makes it easy to get your duties back on all your purchases if you are not a UK resident.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Inner Cir, NW1 4NU +44 844 826 4242
If you visit in the summer, make sure to get tickets to see a show at this beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Magical.
Psycle 76 Mortimer St. W1W 7SD +44 20 3728 6990
With all the eating and drinking you'll be doing in London, you may want a chance to sweat it out. Psycle opened after my last visit to the city so haven't tried it yet but if you are a fan of spin classes choreographed to music then I'm sure a class at this spin studio would be just the thing for you.
Regent's Park Chester Rd. NW1 4NR +44 300 061 2300
Have spent many enjoyable hours running in this park. So beautiful on a nice day, and the top of Primrose hill offers great views of the city. It is also a very lovely place to relax with friends and a picnic.
A collection of images from some of my time spent in Brittany, France. An incredibly stunning region with a rich cultural heritage and a favourite holiday spot for les parisiennes. The above photos were all taken in the Côtes d'Armor region, focusing on Île Grande, Pleumeur-Bodou and the beautiful Île de Bréhat. Culinary highlights are vast but the buckwheat galettes and l'hommard bleu (blue lobster) pictured above are most definitely top of the list. For more on Brittany, see my earlier post here.