At the end of November, I decided it would be fun to go down to London for the weekend to visit my friend, Will, and further experience one of my favourite places in the world. I’ve been to London twice before and it has never disappointed so I was incredibly excited to go down at Christmas time and see all the lights and festiveness that was on offer.
We met Will in a rooftop bar that overlooked the O2 which was surrounded by trees covered in twinkly lights – it was a perfect start to a great weekend.
That night we went for a meal at The Ned, which is a beautifully decorated space with eight different restaurants. We had a table booked for Millie’s Lounge which is primarily British food but there are other restaurants that offer Italian, French and Asian food which I’d also be keen to try sometime. The blush pink sofas and sophisticated armchairs surrounding the dark wood tables and green marble pillars are just some of the amazing decor that you will witness.
I opted for just a main course of Butter Chicken Masala and basmati rice, served with poppadoms and it was delicious. For only having a main course, I was struggling to eat it all, it was such a good portion. The curry was creamy and bursting with flavour. I’m dreaming of it now.
To finish off our evening, we went for drinks in Sky Garden, overlooking the city. Sky Garden is situated over 3 storeys with restaurants and bars at the top of the Walkie Talkie building (20 Fenchurch) that offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. The views are incredible. You can also have a wander around the landscaped gardens. It really is a unique place.
ON Saturday we decided to have a wander to see what Peggy Porschen, that famous blogger bakery spot, was all about. However, as expected it was incredibly busy and we weren’t up for queuing so kept walking and instead stumbled across a cute cafe called L’ETO.
It’s a bright, colourful cafe with a huge selection of hand made cakes and brunch style foods. Everything on the menu sounded fantastic but the Crab and Avocado Eggs Benedict served with a black hollandaise sauce really intrigued me. Was the hollandaise sauce actually black? Yes, yes it was! The eggs Benedict was served on a green coloured bun. It’s such an interesting dish and it was incredible. I throughly enjoyed it and would certainly have it again if I ever go back to London.
After brunch, we headed to London’s extensive Christmas Market in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland – it puts Aberdeen’s to shame. It is definitely a magical place that can get you into the Christmas spirit. We quickly came across a bar that has a carousel bar inside it and tables made from Waltzer seats. I’ve never seen anything like it – it’s such a fun concept for a bar. I, however, get dizzy very easily so we stuck to the regular tables.
The best part of Winter Wonderland was the funhouse that we went on. I’d never been in a funhouse before and it was so much fun. It was such a laugh trying to walk around obstacles and moving floors. Well worth the £6 we paid to get in.
In the evening, we decided to be fancy and go to Sketch for a meal. We had a gorgeous meal in The Gallery which is the pink restaurant with all the framed art around the walls – I’m sure if you’re a blogger or follow bloggers, you’ll know what I mean. Since it was such a special experience I am going to write up my Sketch review in a separate post so keep an eye out for that to see what I thought.
We spent the rest of the night in Soho drinking and being merry. I really cannot complain.
On Sunday, we thankfully woke up hangover free so headed to Carnaby Street to visit some of the quirky shops such as Spectrum, Irregular Choice and Skinnydip which I love, as well as a browse in Liberty where I purchased a stunning bauble for my first Christmas tree in my first home – I wanted something special to remember the trip and the first house.
I wish we had a little longer to browse the shops but we were on a time schedule due to my flight home. We finished in this area by going for a lovely lunch at Dishoom. Dishoom is an Indian restaurant that offers tapas style dishes, which I really love the idea of as sometimes you want to be able to try more than one dish at an Indian. Again, I plan on writing a separate review of this restaurant and give you an in-depth review of the items that we tasted.
To finish off the trip before my journey back to the airport, we made our way to Chelsea to meet some of Will’s friends for another meal at The World’s End Market. We ate so such at Dishoom that we weren’t hungry so we both went for starters of Pan Fried Scallops served with a parsnip puree, parsnip crisps and pomegranate. It was delicious and went down surprisingly easy for how full up I originally was. I would recommend trying that out if you ever go to this restaurant.
And just like that, it was home time and back to reality. I had a wonderful time and I cannot wait to go back down to London again sometime soon.
Where would you recommend I go next time I visit London?