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How to spend a weekend on Regent Street (no shops included)!


It’s very rare I pay a visit to Regent Street if I’m doing anything other than shopping. Undeniably, it’s one of my favourite streets in London, with it’s grand architecture and stunning curved streets- but unless I’m making an Anthropologie pitstop, I’m usually likely to be back of a bus, and admiring it all as I zoom (or snail) home. Now, after spending the weekend on London’s most special street, I can confirm, that there is far more to this W1 postcode than a selection of brilliant shops (y’know, if that wasn’t already enough), so without further ado…

Staying::






(PJS: Eight Hour Studio)

Hotel Cafe Royal:
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit the beautiful Hotel Cafe Royal. Situated at the Piccadilly end of Regent Street, this iconic hideout is, in short, one of the most beautiful places in London. With a fusion of traditional decadent design, and clean modern interiors- the hotel feels fresh and exciting but still embracing the most special things about it’s broad history. As you’d imagine for five stars, it’s a little bit more of a treat- but even if you fancy heading for a drink (the Oscar Wilde bar is possibly the most decadent room I’ve been in and I’ve heard very good things about the Green Bar too), or even a cake at their signature cafe (yup, they do macarons), there’s plenty of means of experiencing this stunning London hideout. Additionally, they also have a beautiful spa, which boasts everything from a yoga room, meditation room and unique water relaxation treatments- definitely need to get me a visit!

68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY

Eating::




sketch:
If there’s one place in London I would happily eat breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or even have cocktails- it would be Sketch. To be totally honest, I’d gladly even sit in there without food just to admire the amazing interiors, but don’t get me wrong, Sketch is far more than just some amazing egg shaped toilets. Without a doubt, Sketch is one of my top places for afternoon tea. Unlike most hotels or restaurants, there’s a really unique feel to the main pink parlour, and whether you’re dressed in a ball gown or jeans and a t-shirt- you’d indefinitely feel more than at home. As well as oozing a complete Wes Anderson movie vibe, the waiters and waitresses are militarily efficient, and the afternoon tea is simply delicious. With bottomless sandwiches, and the option to take anything leftover home in a gorgeous pink paper bag, it’s certainly the perfect afternoon tea package (just get there early so you can while away a whole afternoon)!

9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG




Aqua Nueva:
Aqua is one of those places that you’ve probably walked past an infinite amount of times without even realising. Tucked away on the fifth floor just along Argyll Street, Aqua boasts incredible city views with it’s cocktail and outdoor terrace, as well as an exciting and delicious Spanish menu, that had both Joe and I wishing we had bigger stomachs! With the lunch menu on our agenda (4 small sharing plates for Β£21 each), the menu includes everything from roasted vegetables, fresh fish dishes as well as traditional croquette’s and Spanish tapas dishes, which offer plenty of selection for both tapas novices and experts alike.

5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR




Thomas’s:
If you’re after some truly quintessential British afternoon dining, then I can assure you don’t have to look any further than Thomas’s, in the beautiful Burberry flagship. Whether you’re after lobster, chicken, afternoon tea or alternative treats from the Aga (which include crumpets and toasted tea cakes)- there really isn’t anywhere better to sit and while away a couple of hours. On top of that, they’ve also opened an adorable stationary shop on the same floor, with personalisation available too- so if you’re feeling fancy after some scones, definitely pay that a visit too!

Burberry, 5 Vigo St, London W1B 4TB




tibits:
Now, this is a place I am shocked I didn’t have on my radar until now. A cosy vegetarian restaurant huddled amongst Regent’s Streets side streets, this place offers a fresh buffet (or self service) of healthy, tasty dishes- which really give the buffet cliche a whole new meaning. Think bulgur wheat salads, sweet potato fries and raw, clean (and deliciously indulgent) desserts that’ll have you going up again and again. On top of that, this gorgeous little places does take-away too- so if you’re after a quick and nutritious lunch- this is the place for you.

12-14 Heddon St, London W1B 4DA

Doing::




DryBy:
Now, I’m usually a little bit scared of blow-dry bars. My hair is baby-fine and often it takes more than a good blow dry for it to stay in place and feel good… Well- meet the ladies at DryBy, a new hair and nail bar- designed to recreate the traditional blow dry and salon experience. This place is incredibly chilled, beautifully designed (yup, I got Instagrams a plenty)- and all of the staff are knowledgeable, welcoming and hugely friendly. With a cookbook of five key styles to chose from (which they can obviously adapt based on your preference), as well as manis and pedis readily available for same time service (they also do gel nail art which made me very happy)- this place is one to bookmark and check out.

12-14 Heddon St, London W1B 4DA



The Crazy Coqs:
Have you ever thought about going to a cabaret night in London? I certainly hadn’t until I’d heard about The Crazy Coqs! Quick to assume it ‘wouldn’t be my thing’- Joe and I headed to the Parisian inspired Brasserie Zedel for an evening of intimate stories and songs with singer Stacey Sullivan, and were both blown away by how special the evening was (I may have even shed a tear during her last song). With The Crazy Coqs situated in an art deco inspired underground part of the restaurant, it was an incredibly fun way of doing something different during a night in London.

12-14 Heddon St, London W1B 4DA

Thank you Regent Street for helping organising such a fun weekend!

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