‘You’ll find what you want in the Portobello Road!’
So last weekend we ventured to North London to visit Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill – the place most people associate with the 1999 romantic comedy ‘Notting Hill’ film starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
Portobello Road is located in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and is situated just a few minutes walk Ladbroke Grove station or Nottinghill Gate.
A place also famous for it’s Carnival – http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/.
We visited the lovely market stalls along the Portobello Road – stopping to look at things such as cashmere scarves , antique paraphernalia, old worn books with so much history to them, an unique hand crafted jewellery.
There really is something for everyone on Portobello Road!
We stopped off for a quick drink in the ‘Duke of Wellington’ which had a lovely lively atmosphere, probably due to it being extremely busy because of the rain that had descended upon the market goers of Portobello Road!
Once the rain had cleared we made our way outside and further down Portobello Road until we came to Pizza East.
This is now one of my favourite places to eat in London – the decor is lovely and earthy with a large open pizza oven making the room lovely and warm and the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly. Our waiter (an Aussie gentleman) was amazingly helpful, friendly and a real credit to this place!
The food is also amazing – we ordered a pizza topped with Roast Pork and crackling and what more can I say! Delicious!
I recommend this place for a great night either chilling with friends or on a date as the ambience is great and food and staff also top notch.
You can book a table online and view the menu here.
For my birthday brunch myself and some friends decided to visit Indigo in the lovely Indigo restaurant of the One Aldwych hotel.
I found the website online after searching for ‘best brunch Covent Garden’. Although just a little bit away from Covent Garden and closer to Temple this was a great find!
The Indigo brunch menu looked great – two courses for £25, three courses for £30 and you can add unlimited prosecco for an extra £14. All details can be found here.
I booked two tables for our group as the online booking wouldn’t let me book one for 10 people.
A few days later when walking past Indigo, we decided to pop in and check the place out – they were so friendly and helpful once inside and even though the place was closed for service they allowed us upstairs to check out the restaurant. They let us pick where we wanted to sit and organised my bookings in to one so it was easier to manage.
Little did I know that my other half also organised some lovely surprises with them too – he found them really easy to deal with also.
On arrival on my birthday one of the first surprises was revealed! They had printed us special keep sake menus with my name and birthday inside – such a lovely touch for our brunch.
We then all decided to have two courses – a starter and a main – the food was lovely – and also opted for the unlimited prosecco option! Needless to say when they said unlimited they meant it! Great value for money! Our glasses weren’t ever empty before they were topping us back up!
Everyone commented about how great the place was and some friends even then booked for their birthdays!
After our mains we had a little time before they brought out the most beautiful pink cake with my name on! I felt like a princess and that I was being totally spoilt rotten! They even wrapped up what wasn’t eaten for us to take home.
Indigo and One Aldwych (and of course my other half who arranged this!) really made my birthday a truly special day and they now have a special place in my heart – it really was an experience that I will treasure for a lifetime!
So my dream of visiting the OXO Tower finally came true after my beloved other half surprised me on my birthday!
I have to say it was all I had dreamt of and more!
Situated on the eighth floor of Harvey Nichols, South Bank, the OXO Tower has a truly stunning view across the Thames.
On arrival we accepted a seat at the bar where we had pre dinner drinks whilst we took in the amazing views across the City. We went in the evening when it was a little dark outside but we could still make out most of the famous landmarks!
Once seated we had time to explore the menu – which included seasonal ingredients in most dishes – which was a lovely idea.
For mains I chose the Lamb noisette with crown prince pumpkin, trompettes and pearl onions with a mint butter sauce. It was divine to say the least!
The meal was beautifully presented and although it looked slightly small on arrival, the rich food and gorgeous textures filled me up plenty!
We decided to split a dessert after the lovely mains and chose the sorbet selection. The flavours were incredible and I would recommend these as a light way to finish off your meal.
The ambience of the restaurant was great, we felt relaxed whilst dining and we didn’t feel over dressed in our Sunday best – always a bonus!
Overall I would 100% recommend the OXO Tower for a lovely dinner for a special occasion.
To check out the menu or to book at table you can find the details here.
So the festive season is over and Winter Wonderland has closed for another year 🙁
Visiting this amazing attraction situated in the largest park in London – Hyde Park – is a must do during Winter. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to go this year should make sure they add this to their list for next year!
The park itself is transformed in to the most gorgeous wintery experience, with wooden huts selling mulled wine, hot cider and hot chocolate, to rides lit up like beacons to the festive!
The park has a few major attractions – the main one being the enormous ice skating rink. If you want to visit the park to skate make sure you book early here once this years tickets are released.
The best thing about this attraction is that it is family friendly during the day with plenty to keep children occupied and adults a like and then when evening hits, Winter Wonderland fills up with adults enjoying the music, rides, food and drink – it really has something for everyone!
Last weekend I took a lovely trip to London’s Borough Market. I was very excited to be visiting because since moving to London this is somewhere I have always been meaning to visit!
I got there around 12pm and it was super busy but the atmosphere was great and the hustle and bustle was really enjoyable rather than off putting.
I visited many of the stands, all with great selection of choice. The choices included stands for fresh cakes, pastries, cheeses, meats, truffles, oils and much much more.
The fresh street food section is also a must! I sampled falafel and then fresh lamb burgers! Both expertly cooked and thoroughly enjoyed.
I left Borough Market with many treats in my shopping bags including some gorgeous brie, truffle butter, muffins and two beautiful cakes. If you do visit I would make sure to carry plenty of cash / change on you to pay for any goodies that you come across.
I would personally recommend going early if you want to avoid the crowds and then once you are all shopped out there are plenty of places nearby you can stop for a drink afterwards! Borough Market though is a must visit for any Londoner or visitor to the area!
Borough Market is now open 6 days a week and you can plan your journey before hand by taking a look at their website to see which stands you would like to visit 🙂
Peckish whilst shopping? Visit St Christopher’s Place!
Thinking of heading down to Bond Street this weekend for some Christmas shopping? Well if so let me recommend a great place to stop for some pre or post shopping lunch / dinner : St Christopher’s Place.
Last weekend we visited Carluccios in St Christopher’s Place.
If you are not familiar with St Christopher’s Place, this could be because it is a little hidden gem, tucked in behind Bond Street off the main road!
St Christopher’s place is a gorgeous Al Fresco eating area perfect for hungry shoppers! However don’t let the Al Fresco side of dining put you off as there is plenty of room inside the restaurants or tucked under lovely patio warmers!
Now the festive season is upon us St Christopher’s Place is beautifully decorated and if you stop to take a look above the entrance (a small alleyway off Bond Street!) you will spot a beautiful glistening Angel.
We stopped in Carluccios out of all the other restaurants simply because of the gorgeous window display! (We even took home a beautifully boxed panettone!)
We dined on the ‘Menu Fisso’ – the fixed price menu. We chose 2 courses for £10.95 which for central London dining is a bit of a bargain.
The atmosphere was great, the staff were really friendly and the food was simply amazing! We were in Italian heaven! I can recommend both the ‘Penne Alla Luganica’ and the ‘Milanese Di Pollo’.
We decided to split some Gelato for dessert and this was beautiful and full of flavour.
We finished with after dinner coffees and left with our tummy’s full and our shopping bags piled even higher after stopping to look at their festive section.
To take a look at the menu available please click here.
If Italian isn’t for you however there are plenty of other places in St Christopher’s Place that might take your fancy too 🙂
To find this amazing London hidden gem take a look at their ‘visit’ page on the website!
This week I decided to check out Sushi Samba with some friends. As the name implies this is a Sushi restaurant plus bar in the heart of the City.
Located on the 38th and 39th floor of Heron Tower, Sushi Samba boasted amazing views across London which really were breath taking. The outside bar also was simply stunning with the beautifully lit orange tree on the terrace! This really is the perfect bar for after work cocktails!
The cocktails themselves at Sushi Samba were all very different to typical City bars – we sampled quite a few from the extensive menu and our favourites included the Samba Ramble, Yuzu Gimlet and the Sambatini.
The average price for a cocktail was around £13 but worth every penny. The bar staff were friendly and attentive – even making a friend a special non alcoholic cocktail, which wasn’t on the menu!
Aside from the great drinks, stunning views and beautiful decor though – the thing that really made our night complete was the lift that whisked us from the street up to the 38th floor!
We will most certainly be going back to Sushi Samba in the future – this is somewhere I would recommend for a great date or after work drinks!
For more details you can visit their website here.