As it approaches my first year in London, I decided to piece together all the weekends, and build a guide for your next trip.
It’s only now that London is starting to feel like ‘home’. I’ve adopted new traditions and kept old. I still make sure to go to a Farmer’s market every weekend which I always did in Sydney as I love fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables in the house for the new week. Having had the clean early Saturday morning, the rest of my day now revolves around late brunches with friends, which more often than not turns into drinks and dinner before Sunday appears and the hardest decision of the day is where to have your famous Pub roast.
Brit’s seem to really unwind over the weekend’s and Sunday’s are quiet everywhere, which I love. New temptations are around – yes, you guessed it, shopping. The shopping in London is unbelievably tempting, from high street to department stores and everything in between. My favourite part of living in London is the international vibe and the opportunity to constantly see new areas and exhibitions, try new restaurant’s and meet new people.
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The Electric Cinema (Notting Hill)
Pimlico Farmers Markets – the very best roses you ever will see, as well as fresh produce from the country (kale, kale and more kale!)- my favourite way to start the weekend.
Portobello Road Markets – can’t get more touristy than this.. if you feel to fight the crowds and have the Notting Hill experience.
Columbia Road Flower Markets – A great way to explore the East on a Sunday.
Matches (Notting Hill)
Westbourne Grove – Joseph, Maje, IRO, Diptique, Smythson.
Bond Street – Victoria Beckham, Hermes, Dior.
High Street Stores – Topshop, Zara, Uniqlo.
The Tate Modern
Granger & Co. (Notting Hill)- good old slice of home. Everyone raves about the hotcakes, I’ve never had them.. I always have boiled eggs!
New Tom’s (Notting Hill) – delicious, delicious, delicious. Thoughtful juices without the queues at Granger.
Good Life Eatery (Kensington)- for the amazing breakfast kale bowl, smoothies and cold pressed juices.
China Tang at The Dorchester – Uber expensive and worth every penny. A restaurant for a VERY special occasion. Amazing service and the dumplings…!
Cecconi’s (Mayfair) – dark green leather furniture, a buzzy vibe, cool mixed crowd and luxe yet semi-affordable (for London) prices.
C London (Mayfair) – Authentic Italian, surrounded by Art.
Hakkasan (Mayfair) – for the dark atmosphere over Asian fusion dishes and Lychee Martini’s.
Zuma (Kensington)- one of my favourite restaurant’s in the world, offering contemporary Japanese Cuisine.
Dean Street Townhouse (Soho) – cool, younger, hip crowd.
The Pantechnicon – arguably a better roast than the TC, and I prefer it for a Sunday roast in winter.
The Thomas Cubitt – my go-to for Sunday roasts, particularly in Summer – get there at 12PM sharp for a table outside.
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