In order to share some of the places I’m loving in London (because although I’m working on a guide, it may take a wee while)- I thought I’d try and start a frequent series of ‘London loves’- be it new restaurants I’m Instagramming (and, of course, eating in- duh ; ), independent shops I’ve discovered, exhibitions I’ve visited- or, even on the rare occasion- places I’ve stayed. For me, the last two weeks have included a mix of Italian food (but let’s be honest, which week doesn’t include that?), some beautiful views over London and a couple of new hide-outs too! So without further a do…
Ivy Chelsea Garden:
I’m constantly seeking out the next new way to indulge in eggs, granola and (if you’re trendy) avocado for breakfast (not all together, of course)- and discovering the Ivy Chelsea Garden this week was the perfect way to see in some sunshine. Although it’s easy (and sensible) to assume the Ivy is typically, y’know, a fancy place to eat (which, don’t get me wrong- it is)- this new little West London hub is gorgeous, and it truly doesn’t cost the earth to eat there- which is blooming brilliant. The breakfast was delicious (and the all day menu looked brilliant too)- and the outdoor garden has now firmly secured it’s position as the place I really want to spend the majority of my summer eating dinner- which can only ever be a good thing.
Ivy Chelsea Garden: 197 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ
Hairdressers are scary places aren’t they? They’re even scarier if they have an ice cool reputation and clientele list including a certain Ms Chung and Huntington-Whiteley too (even though, naturally, that is incredibly reassuring too). So, when I headed to George Northwood last month to get my barnet done I was nervous but massively-omg-I’m-going-to-come-out-a-new-woman excited. Not armed with any pictures (just a clear image…in my head) I (probably badly) described to Amy and Elliot the hair I dreamed of, and with complete professionalism and no questions they did it, and I have never been so happy with a finished look (so much so that I didn’t even touch it afterwards). Although this place is a little pricey, it’s definitely worth investing in a visit if you truly want a haircut you’ll love (plus the tea and milk comes in a cat shaped jug with popcorn. Not that that swayed me).
24 Wells Street, London W1T 3PH
Anyone who knows me well (or you know, past first name terms) knows I am a huge Italian food lover. Give me pasta, pizza, meats and fresh vegetables every day of the week and I will be a happy lady. However, the thing I’m not great at- is finding great little Italian’s in London. So, after scouring Instagram (and making some lists) and receiving an email to pop by Gigi’s in Soho to try their menu- I jumped at the chance. With a menu boasting everything from fresh pastas, fish and meats (as well as a full and delicious vegetarian menu)- I dipped into the truffle spaghetti and crab salad, with Joe opting for the steak- which he said was one of the best he’d had (rich coming from him)! Surprisingly Gigi’s was relatively quiet when we visited- so it’s definitely still a bit of a hidden gem, but being so close to Oxford Street- it makes a welcome treat for some post shopping dinner.
22 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, London
… and then there was another Italian! When you got a good thing going and all that! Saying that, Cucina is a little different to your typical Italian restaurant. Although the decor is suitably shiny and decadent, the menu consists of some truly wonderful street style tapas and small plates- ranging from Arancini, traditional gnocco fritto (basically a savoury fried dough which tastes a little like happiness in food form), pizzas and pasta- most of which can be offered as part of their new gluten free range, which is perfect for the more sensitive tummy too. On top of that, their desserts are exceptional- and the views from the Radio rooftop bar are just as special- so pay a visit there after your tea!
Me London Hotel, 336-337 The Stand, London WC2R 1HA