What would be your perfect weekend in London? Each time I come back from London, I am more certain about how I would like to spend a weekend getaway in Paris’ anglo neighbor. And now that I’ve finished my dissertation, I’m hoping for more opportunities to hop on the Eurostar and dart across the Channel. When I returned from my trip last month, I returned with an updated list of London favorites. Here are my Top 6 things-to-do for a weekend in London. And if you’re looking for a bit about my Passion for Paris, check out my guest post at Misadventures with Andi.
A Little for Dining
Afternoon Tea at Berkeley’s
Fashion? London? The two go hand-in-hand and no one accentuates this better than the Fashionista Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley London. Our tea classics were transformed into such decadent dessert items as the Marc Jacobs double breasted chocolate biscuit blazer in a sparkly pink icing and a Fendi maple and ginger ankle boot biscuit with yellow and black icing. My favorite was the Burberry Prorsum layered praline, dulcey cream and chocolate mousse ‘trench coat’ topped with stylish violet umbrella. Delicious and unimaginable creations by pastry chef Mourad Khiat and his talented team.
Jamie’s Recipease in Notting Hill
With the chance of another rainy day in London, there is no place I would rather be than at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease. It’s a fun hybrid of cooking school, delicious picnic-style take-away (in case of a sunny afternoon) and cooking supply shop. The cooking school looks like a lot of fun and is not just for the girls; when I was there, it was all men donning mustaches and aprons mixing away! What more could you ask for?
A Little for Shopping
How could anyone not love what was once Princess Di’s favorite department store in London? I loved chatting up the employees at the Smython counter about ordering personally designed stationary (who said writing is a lost art?) and must of tried on a hundred pairs of designer sunglasses before heading up to the top floor to check out their gourmet foods and restaurants. When deciding which restaurant for lunch, it came down to the squash: Did I want Pumpkin Gnocchi or Butternut Squash Risotto? Of course, the winner was the Pumpkin Korroke from Yo! Sushi. Next time I return, I hope to eat at Season overlooking the bustling streets at Knightsbridge.
Burberry Flagship Store
Three floors of red and tan tartan heaven amid a state-of-the-art digital arena, what more could you want? Imagine shopping for your Burburry raincoat at the center of surround-sound rainfall, large drops falling in the background. Then move onto the handbags and check out the unique items designed mainly for the runway. It’s a beautiful space on the corner Regent Street.
A Little for Fun
Coronet Cinema at Notting Hill
With James Bond’s latest film, Skyfall in theaters, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening out on the town than at the historic theater-turned-cinema at Notting Hill Gate. The Sitting in the original decor at the Coronet with a few glasses of Bollinger champagne from the theater’s bar was a wonderful “British-style” treat! Even more so while sitting in a velvety burgundy seat on the balcony listening to Adele’s suave voice singing 007’s theme song.
After all the city fun, a girl needs a little green. I fell in love for Hyde Park my first morning in London when I woke up early and walked through the Italian Garden on my way to Chelsea. My favorite area looks more like an open meadow than a park in the heart of London. I picked a bench beneath the golden leaves of Autumn and just enjoyed the quiet of the moment, the people passing, the little wiener dog named Puddly that came to say hello before “running” off after the wind. On a nice day it’s the perfect place for a picnic from Recipease! But I’ll have to do that next time I’m in London…
It doesn’t get much better than that! What are your favorite places in London?