how are all of you doing?
I am so happy to finally publish my visual diary of London during Fashion Week in collaboration with Accor Hotels.
I hope you were following my other accounts on social medias to get an idea of what we were doing while around the city and at the Pullman London St Pancras Hotel (if not you can quickly do it here instagram- snapchat (@moustachicsnaps)- facebook)
I lived in London for one year during my fashion college years but most of all the places I am going to suggest you visit while in LDN are a new entry for me too- I tested them just for you! ;)
As a matter of fact these are all places I actually visited while I was there in order to give you the most realistic reviews of them.
Starting with the Hotel, I was staying at Pullman London St. Pancras with Lavinia and again (did you read my BXL post?) the one thing I loved the most was the convenient position of the structure, as it was at King's cross it's close to the metro, bus stops and train station that gets you directly to Gatwick Airport- or any other airport really. Especially during fashion week, one thing that I find really important is to be able to move around the city as fast as possible to get to the various events as well as being able to go back to your room and change outfit to be ready to go out again. It was perfect! just like the breakfast buffet in the morning- I think I have never seen such a rich display of fruit and croissants/donuts all at once and you could order hot plates such as pancakes and omelette as a chef was ready at your disposal. We obviously felt very spoiled.
The structure of the hotel was impeccable and our room was very comfortable, my favourite part though was the little lobby between the elevator and the rooms with a breathtaking view over the city from the 10th floor.
Now let’s talk about places where you can have a bite that it’s worth the money in London!
sketch has been for sure one of my favorites. I had seen soo many pictures of these beautiful pink chairs and marble tiles on instagram and the internet in general that I had to go visit when I planned on going to London (full post about sketch will be online soon!). We were invited for the afternoon tea, and we made the terrible mistake to have breakfast in the morning because my oh my they will serve you sooo much food and tea as much as you want! you literally can try all of the different teas they have in the menu, and as soon as you finish something on the tray and might want more- they will bring you more. The tray has 3 different levels of sandwiches, pastries and cakes and will bring you on a side two different scones and marmalades.
Farm Girl Cafe is a super pretty place in Notting Hill you can try for pancakes, fresh juices and avocado toasts! (address: 59a Portobello Rd - London W11 3DB)
Honest Burger is perfect to have a healthy burger on a fast dinner out. The place is pretty small and you might have to wait for a table in the weekend but it's so damn worth it. The fries are excellent!
Flat Iron is a nice compromise with eating something more sophisticated and healthy as you can only order steak! the place is really cute and cozy, you can order the steak and the sides you want (I had the parmigiana, while my friends had the fries and the vegetables- all of them tasted really nice.) The price is definitely ok for London, just make sure you check the bill at the end as they put in Optional Charges that don't look optional as first!
Dishoom it’s a retro-stylish indian restaurant that offers exotic morning meals for brunch! Unfortunately we didn't book in time and didn't manage to go eat there, but will do next time for sure!
One more suggestion and I am done, I promise!
I insisted to going back to the area where I used to live back in the college time and that would be Spitalfields - Brick Lane. I adore this place. So chill and laid back. I love walking around there and finding out new cute shops as well as vintage markets. One must spot is Rough Trade and the chocolate place Dark Sugars.
But if it's good weather I would definitely recommend eating around the huge variety of street-food they have in the area: everything looks so delicious! Remember to go visit during the weekend as most of the little markets are open on saturdays and sundays!