If I thought up a list of the things that I like the most, pretty high up would be brunch, Champagne, shopping, London…so to wrap them all up into one big Christmassy weekend was just perfect!
As per usual with any trip that I take to London with the girls, there was much walking. For some reason, I decided to only take one pair of shoes with me and they were far from appropriate for marching around the shops and the sights all day, but still I persevered as I was determined to not only pick up a couple of nice outfits, but to take my camera out and grab some nice shots while the rain held off.
While the rain poured on Saturday, the most appealing option was to shelter in the shops. On a Saturday in December, Oxford Street was inevitably gridlocked with thousands of people trying to get their Christmas shopping done. Just a short walk away, the streets of less frequently visited shops were far quieter making it easier to stop and window shop.
The hidden alleys of smaller shops were beautifully decked with festive lighting and wreathes, making a stroll down one or two to gaze at the clothes even more tempting. It was a struggle not to put aside all responsibility and buy one of the beautiful garments in the windows – but I’m relieved to say, I behaved!
Sunday brunch was the most decadent of treats. With a starter of wonderfully creamy Eggs Florentine, the main course was the most delicious Roast Beef dinner I have ever tasted (sorry Mum)! With Champagne cocktails helping us along, the chic and rather extravagant Mews of Mayfair was the ideal mood-setter for any girls’ celebration weekend. The girls on the table next to us even had a little Bichon Frise with them who enjoyed his own mini brunch while wrapped up in his Barbour jacket.
Tucked away on Lancashire Court off New Bond Street, you could be forgiven for forgetting that you’re just metres away from one of London’s most popular shopping streets. With a full restaurant and bar by midday on a Sunday, it seems Mews of Mayfair is one of the city’s worst kept secrets. I can’t wait to return, if not just for the bottomless cocktails on offer!
In true Sunday style, a post-lunch stroll was of course on the cards. Where better to explore on a Sunday than some of London’s most picturesque green spaces. Wandering through Green Park and down to Buckingham Palace and finally through St James’s Park, we weren’t quite burning off the mountain of food and drink just consumed, but it was a moment of refreshing peacefulness before stepping out onto the pavement again.
Buckingham Palace never fails to take my breath away. One of my parents’ favourite stories to tell me is how my first outing as a baby was to see Buckingham Palace and that our first ever walk as a family was down The Mall. I’m sure that now, twenty one years later, I’m much more in awe of the Palace than I was back then!
We decided this time to step away from the hotel which we normally stay at and find ourselves an AirBnB for the weekend. Having only used AirBnb once before when in France (and ending up living there for 10 months!) I was still a bit nervous about the process of staying in somebody else’s personal property. However, the second we arrived, I fell in love with the apartment. Overlooking Drury Lane and just a three minute walk from Covent Garden, we could not have asked for a better location. Negating any need to take the Tube, we could walk to everywhere we needed to go, without a second thought.
Our welcoming and hospitable host was full of information about where to head for some food or to have a drink and a dance. It was such a perfect apartment in an ideal location – we well and truly landed on our feet!
Legs and bank balance suitably exhausted, it’s good bye once again to London! With two trips back already planned for early in the New Year, I have a sneaking suspicion that I won’t be able to stay away for too long…