For our next blog in our Travel Series, we are going across the pond to London, getting the local perspective of our first international blogger, Dorothy Halley-Frame. Dorothy works full-time as an Underwriter but also brings some amazing workwear fashion tips in her blog, She Goes Wear. Though she lives right outside of London, her job brings her into the heart of the city Monday-Friday. Keep reading for places you must go for shopping, dining and sightseeing in beautiful London, you may just find your new favorite place!
For a business lunch:
When it comes to lunching with a client or broker, I’m spoilt for choice and there are always new restaurants popping up. My favourite, at the moment, is The Ivy City Garden, which not only serves delicious food, but also boasts the most beautiful flower displays too, which are perfect for a quick Instagram snap!
I have a client who visits once a year from Hong Kong, and we always take him to Wiltons in Piccadilly as it’s his favourite restaurant in the world. Dating back to 1742, it’s bursting with history and you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. I highly recommend the cheese board here – they don’t hold back on the portions and you won’t be disappointed!
During my lunch break I like to pop to One New Change by St Paul’s cathedral for a bit of shopping and a bite to eat at Burger & Lobster. You can’t beat a good burger to celebrate a new purchase!
Notting Hill is my favourite area in London. I love getting lost in the streets, admiring the rainbow coloured houses and stopping off at one of the many pretty little coffee shops on route. I can never resist a wander around Portobello Road market, the world’s largest antiques market, and leaving with some pretty flowers for my kitchen.
For a good cocktail on a rooftop overlooking Somerset House, go to Radio Rooftop bar at the top of the ME Hotel. It’s perfect on a hot summer’s afternoon lounging on their terrace, or with the girls in the evening dancing to the DJ.
I also recommend Aqua just around the corner from Oxford Street for good cocktails and nibbles.
If flower installations are your thing, London is the best place to find them this Summer! It feels as though each venue is trying to out-do the other, but I’m not complaining because they’re all equally stunning. For a great Instagram photo and jaw dropping sight of pink and red flowers covering the entire front of the building, head to Annabel’s. After taking a few snaps outside, head inside for a cocktail or two!
Selfridges is my happy place! I could wander around for hours on end and never get bored. My Mum and I often visit for a day-out together and start with a coffee on the ground floor café, before making our way to the Physic Sisters shop to pick up some new crystals, slowly make our way around each floor, grab some sushi in the food hall and end up in the book shop on the top floor.
I’ve visited the Natural History Museum countless times and it never gets old. It’s my favourite place in London! The sight of the dinosaur as you enter the front doors gives me goosebumps every time. I was lucky enough to attend a fashion show there during London Fashion Week a couple of years ago and it was an event I will never forget!
If you’re like me and have a slight obsession with the Royal Family (especially after watching the Royal Wedding recently!), head to the Tower of London for a tour around. It’s incredible to think what happened between those walls so many hundreds of years ago.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is also a must when visiting London, as they frequently hold some of the world’s greatest exhibitions. Make sure you check their website to see what’s on, but I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Brunch is ridiculously popular all over the world right now, and London is no exception! One of my favourites is at Piano Works in Farrington. They have a live band playing whilst you eat and you can request songs for them to perform their own spin on. I went for my friend’s 30th last week and we were dancing to Spice Girls one minute and singing at the top of our lungs to Whitney Houston the next!
I also recommend Chiltern Firehouse for a cozy brunch. Try the crab donuts and thank me later, they’re SO addictive! They also welcome dogs too, so of course it went straight to the top of my list of favourite places!
Coffee and Cake:
Peggy Porschen has become the café to be seen at in London over the past year. It was featured so heavily on Instagram they had to hire somebody to manage the doors, which is kind of a shame because you now have to queue at least 15 minutes to be seated, but their cakes are definitely worth it.