It’s a funny thing- when I travel I’m determined to find the latest cool brunch spots, hip places to eat and new openings (me? Pretentious? Never)- but put me in my own city? I’m always a step behind everyone else, and always a little late to the gastro party- which I definitely need to change. So, after discovering and heading to No 11. Pimlico Road last week, I’m set to never be behind again- how have I never been before?! Situated a stones throw from Victoria station, and doubling up as a lively bar as well as airy restaurant (perfect for after work drinks as well as dinner dates)- it’s the perfect balance of chilled and buzzing with chatter- making it absolutely perfect for summer evenings. Their small plates were absolutely delicious (if you’re a fan of sharing several dishes this place is for you)- and I’ve also heard they do an excellent brunch too- but like I needed an excuse for a second visit…
11 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8NA
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of Bill’s cheerleader (just take a look at my Instagram if you don’t believe me- GOOOO DONUTS!)- but having been a bit of a busy-bee of late, hadn’t gotten round to sampling their new summer menu properly (well, since mine and Joe’s Brighton visit in May)! So, heading over to their Soho branch one evening mid-week, we settled into our window seat (perfect for people watching), and sampled everything from their light bruschetta, Mediterranean skewers and even their gluten free brownie (which I can confirm is just as delicious, if not more tasty, than their normal one). The thing I love most about Bills is that there’s always something new on the menu to try (as well as always offering some classics, read: honey and mustard sausages and my goodness, DEEP FRIED HALLOUMI), so know that next time I’m back I’ll no doubt have another new favourite too.
36-44 Brewer St, London W1F 9TB, but various locations!
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time:
Before I went to see this play, I was certain I was a musical girl through and through. I live for Les Mis and have listened to the Wicked soundtrack more times than I care to admit, so was curious (pardon the pun) to see how such a well loved book would transpire through theatre. Turns out, pretty bloody brilliantly. Having never read the book before (but going with Joe, who loved it)- we thoroughly enjoyed everything from the incredibly clever set, hugely loveable characters to the story and special guest at the end (no spoilers here)! With tickets starting from £15 (!), it’s the perfect way to spend an evening in the capital, and certainly not like anything you’ll have seen before.
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon
An actress, on screen starlet and humanitarian- there’s no wonder Ms Hepburn is such a world renown icon, and how better to celebrate her than an exhibition at one of my favourite galleries in London! A mix of more candid photographs (although perhaps not as many as I’d have liked) and tonnes of beautiful photographs from her on and off screen life (shot by some incredible photographers, including the fabulous Norman Parkinson)- the exhibition is a real insight into Audrey’s life, and a beautiful tribute to some of her amazing projects. On top of that, Mayfair restaurant, La Caprice are offering a special ‘Afternoon with Audrey’ during the exhibitions opening which includes a two course late lunch, champagne, a ticket to the exhibition and a Daniel Sandler goodie bag (all for only £35)- bargain!
National Portrait Gallery: St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE & La Caprice: 20 Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RJ
It surprises me that I’ve never actually spoken about Polpo on my blog before, as I have to say, it’s probably one of my favourite restaurants in London, and without a doubt my favourite Italian. With a menu made up of small sharing plates, ranging from seafood, world’s best meatballs (trust me, they converted me- and were so good I didn’t even get to take a picture), fresh vegetables and palm sized pizzas- there’s something for everyone, meaning it’s the perfect casual dining experience with friends (if you all have different tastes)! On top of that, I’m desperate to try out their Nutella Pizzette, so if anyone can let me know how that is before I get there, comment below…
41 Beak St, London W1F 9SB, but various locations!