After years and years of booking clients’ flights, hotels and dining reservations in London, it was finally time rfor me to take advantage of an invitation to visit. I fit in as much as I possibly could in 5 days, driven by a desire to experience the foreign city that I’d only ever seen in pictures.
SUNDAY ROAST: THE GARRISON HOUSE
99 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB, United Kingdom
Sunday Roast is a traditional meal spent with loved ones on Sundays. Typically you roast chicken, beef or lamb and drink copious amounts of red wine. Our Sunday Roast at South London’s Garrison House was absolute perfection. Food, family, love and travel came together to make this a magical evening.
DRINKS DINNER: SHOREDITCH HOUSE
Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6AW, United Kingdom
**Shoreditch House is a private establishment, to gain entry you must either be a member or be invited by a member. **
A sleek, chic member of the creative genius hospitality collective that is SOHO HOUSE. A beautiful, eclectic crowd chatting, drinking and eating in a dreamlike setting. And the food is to-die-for. The menu should you care to peruse.
Top left image: Rooftop vantage at Shoreditch House.
COCKTAILS: CALLOOH CALLAY
65 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY, United Kingdom
A debaucherous cocktail den in Shoreditch. Loud crowd, fun music, ridiculous drink menu. We ate at a lovely restaurant across the street beforehand called The Rivington Grill.
DOVER STREET MARKET
17-18 Dover St, London W1S 4LT, United Kingdom
Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garcon’s collection of some of the most beautiful fashion and accessories in the world. Margiela, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Lanvin, YSL to name a few. Even if you don’t speak that language, it's amazing to see these exquisite creatures carefully arranged in a beautifully curated space.
Take the Tube everywhere! It is clean, easy to navigate, well-operated and so much less expensive than taking cabs. But if you need a car + driver, hotels typically have “house cars”, just ask your concierge. Buy Berocca for people you love and yourself. So much cheaper in the UK! I swear that it’s delicious vitamins have kept me flu-less, even common cold-less for 5+ years! (Thank you Samantha Edwards for putting me on.)
Check out the Old Vic Tunnels. We were invited to attend one of the most special events I have ever been to at these incredible underground tunnels that have been taken over by the Old Vic Theatre, cleaned out and turned into a performance space. The event we went to was called Minotaur . We purchased a limited print called "The Mating Dance" by an artist named Sage Vaughn. This was my favorite night of our trip and my favorite take-away, "The Mating Dance."
STAY: COVENT GARDEN HOTEL
10 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9LF, United Kingdom
A gorgeous boutique property, part of the Firmdale and sister property of New York's beautiful Crosby Street Hotel. Also in Covent Garden, and being the Morgans Hotel groupie that I am (Mondrian, Clift, Hudson, Royalton, Morgans, Sanderson), this is where we stayed. We had the coziest, all-white room with delicious MALIN + GOETZ products, complimentary candles and an enormous soaking tub. And guess who else was staying at St. Martins Lane while we were there?! Steve Van Zandt AND SNOOOOP DOGG! How awesome!?
I set out with a huge list of what I intended on doing and did probably 20 of the 80 things, leaving 60 reasons to book my return visit as soon as possible. London felt romantic and vibrant. The fashion, the art, the obvious preservation of history in everything from food to architecture. And the skies we saw each day were truly incredible!
STILL TO DO:
Breakfast at The Wolseley
St. James’s Park
Studios Ronnie Scotts for Jazz
Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London
London, I shall see you soon, I promise.