Sunday, March 31, 2013

Life's a Feast. London, Part 2

Hello, hello. Since we dealt with shoes in Part 1 of the 'London Series', we can now take a turn to the second necessity of life: Food. And drinks. London is huge, and bursting with amazing restaurants. But instead of giving you a list of the usual hot spots, I want to show you some of my very own favourite places...

So, first things first: Brunch.

A perfect place for brunch, although they serve food till late at night. In this impressive location, that would be worth a visit even if food was not as good as it is, you can feast on the yummiest Eggs Benedict, chicken, bacon and avocado sandwiches, and hot chocolate (made of real chocolate) with cream. (And some odd German/Austrian specialities.) But be sure to make a reservation in advance, and to tell the cabbie to take you to the 'Woooolsy', or else....!

The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, W1 London. +44 20 7499 6996

Then, Lunch:

My all time favourite. I think there is no better. You see, I just cant get over this place. Everything is sooooo yummy. It's all fresh,  it's all home made, it all looks amazing and organic. And tastes even better. Plus it's located in the heart of Notting Hill. On their card it says they have four places all over London, but this is the original one. Do check it out.

Ottolenghi, 63 Ledbury Road,  W11 London. +44 20 7727 1121

After that, Tea:
Peggy Porschen is a super cute, tiny little patisserie on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, which is known for its cupcakes, wedding cakes (they did Stella McCartney's), and cookies. In store they have a little home-made sweets counter, and if you're lucky you can grab one of the three little tables and have a tea. I don't know the exact house number on Elizabeth Street, but it is so pink, you just can't miss it. :)

Peggy Porschen, Elizabeth Street, SW1 London. +44 20 7730 1316

Finally, Dinner:

Scotts is superb. The Bellinis are just yumm, the fish is heavenly. Oysters, Ceviche, Salmon tartare, Lobster, Sole... And the Vanilla ice cream with crispy honey and hot chocolate sauce, to die for. Ask for a table outside in the summer, and definitely have a drink at the seafood bar before dinner. Don't forget to book!

Scotts, 20 Mount Street, W1 London. +44 20 7495 7309

Still up? Drinks!

The Connaught is a fine hotel. Service is impeccable. Everyone is just so friendly. And their twenties- style 'Coburg bar' positively rocks. It is all subtle elegance, warm crackling fires, twenties music (some of which you can find on my London playlist), and the drinks are gulp-them-down-good. People are smart, it is bustling yet intimate. A perfect way to round up the evening with a Brandy Alexander, or two. Or three. 

The Connaught, Carlos Place Mayfair, W1 London. +44 20 7499 7070

BTW: Here's the recipe. It's my new favourite drink, and it's fairly simple, yet impressive. And it tastes like the Aston Martin version of a Baileys. So if this year the Easter eggs don't contain enough Eggnog (knock), you know what to do.

Pour into a cocktail glass, and...
PS: Writing this post I realized just how many pics I took, and that I can't possibly mix food with interiors. So, up on Tuesday: My Interior Inspirations from London, plus the London Playlist. At last.

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