I just spent a busy week in London and thought I would share some of the fun, as I visited some new places as well as old London favorites.
I tried out the new restaurant Aurelia from the folks behind La Petite Maison. A few kinks to work out, but all of the food we had was very good and we will definitely be back. Plus, they are in a great location on Cork Street and they serve breakfast too!
A really fun dinner with friends at Roti Chai where they accommodated our large group with cheerful service and yummy Indian street food.
And a few old favorites…Breakfast at Cecconi’s is always tasty! Dinner at Locanda Locatelli was perfect as always – quiet and cocoon-like, a relaxing end to a busy day. Le Boudin Blanc may be in Shepherds Market, but step through the doors and you’re suddenly in Paris. It never fails to charm me.
Then I scored a cozy pair of boots in the Liberty sale and did not miss a chance to rummage through the fabric collection! So many pretty patterns, but I managed to restrain myself since I still have several pieces from the AW2011 season that I haven’t used yet. Did you notice Liberty’s SS2012 fabrics have been released? It was inspired by “archives, antiques and costumes.” Here’s one of my favorites, “Kerry’s Flock C,” designed by Central St. Martins student Shermeen Tabit, who was inspired by the costumes worn by Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express.” Click here to check out the rest of the collection.
Dinner with friends at vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black. Calm and soothing decor with plenty of space between tables (such a treat in London!). Lovely service and tasty innovative food. I was spoilt for choice on the menu and wanted to try every dish! And the carnivores in our group enjoyed it as well. Two thumbs up!
A dear friend and I saw the Iron Lady at Curzon Mayfair. It was an excellent film and I really enjoyed it, though I spent most of it marveling at how well Meryl Streep captured the mannerisms of Margaret Thatcher. I am convinced that Meryl Streep really can do anything. By the way, the Curzon is one of my favorite places to see a film – along with the Electric Cinema and the Everyman on Baker Street – all three places that have character and charm and a wine list).
I discovered Shepherds, a gorgeous bookbinding and stationery shop in Mayfair. What a special treat to have a favorite classic bound in beautiful leather, lined with chiyogami paper and a matching chiyogami case. A beautiful selection of journals, albums, cards, and of course, chiyogami paper. I bought a few little books and a sheet of the paper. Pretty paper is like pretty fabric to me – I cannot resist it. And the Japanese make such beautiful papers. Yet another reason I’m looking forward to my trip to Japan later this year!
And a couple of sweet friends took me out to dinner at the Delaunay, which is from those geniuses behind the Wolseley. The Delaunay is another gorgeous grand European cafe, and while not yet as polished as its big sister, I thought it was great. The food was all very good, especially the Salzburg soufflé for dessert. So light and airy and worth ordering even if you think there’s no room for dessert. It was the perfect end to a wonderful week in London.
What about you? Have you tried any new places in London recently? Or have any recommendations for your own old London favorites? Please do share!