London, England

Just over a week ago, I took a quick trip across the pond to spend quality time with some of my closest girlfriends….all of whom I have not seen in over a year. Although it has been a while since I have been to the city of the royal family, now that I have recently returned, I am having a difficult time not booking a one way flight back.  I have been fortunate to have visited London a few times prior, therefore, I decided during this most recent trip, to skip the tourist attractions (although I do highly recommend) and instead try to experience London like a local….or my interpretation of a local at least!

Below are my top 4 highlights from my recent trip to London, England. I do hope to return in the New Year, and if I do, I am going to make sure to visit each of these special gems once again! Without further ado…..

CAFE MONICO

When I book a trip to a new city, one of the first things I do (other than scope out the potential shopping district) is search to see if the city has a Soho House.  This members only club originated in London, UK back in 1995 (aimed for individuals in the creative industry) and is now located in many large cities. I first became familiar with the Soho House brand when I stayed at their Miami location a few years prior. I was immediately hooked! Although I am not currently a member (yet!), some of the public restaurants affiliated with their brand are open to non-members. When I was given the opportunity by the Soho House in London to dine at their restaurant, Cafe MonicoI knew I could not pass up on this opportunity.

When my friend and I arrived at Cafe Monico in Soho, London, we were greeted by their staff and taken to their upper level dinning area. To say that the service and the food at Cafe Monico was outstanding would be an understatement. As I looked at the endless brunch options, I decided to order my classic choice of avocado toast with a poached egg (I truly can’t resist). My friend and I enjoyed our meals along with cappuccinos and freshly squeezed orange juice. In addition to the delicious food and impeccable service, the people watching both in the restaurant and the street below truly made the entire dining experience complete. I am not sure if it is the English style or the fact that I thought everyone passing by was potentially Prince Harry….regardless of the reason, I was entertained….and all with a satisfied palate!

THE BERKELEY HOTEL:PRET-A-PORTEA

Although Canadians drink tea regularly, the culture of high tea is not something that surrounds us on a daily basis. In search for the full English experience, incorporating afternoon tea following a day of shopping felt like most British thing I could possibly do…..right?! With endless options and locations serving afternoon tea, the experience at The Berkeley Hotel is known to be unique and like no other! What makes The Berkeley Hotel’s experience different than the rest is that they offer Pret-a-Portea. This special take on afternoon tea is inspired by the themes and colors of the fashion world.

We enjoyed peppermint tea, a wide selection tea sandwiches, savoury skewers, taster spoons and a large colourful selection of delicacies. This season, Pret-a-Portea was inspired by Burberry’s classic trench, Lanvin’s soft color palate and Moschino’s playful designs. Although eating the adorable Burberry trench biscuit felt too cute to eat…I can say nothing was too cute after the first bite!

THE KENSINGTON HOTEL

When searching for a place to call my home away from home for the few days I was in London, I jumped at the opportunity to stay at the charming  boutique hotel, The Kensington Hotel. This classic Victorian townhouse hotel is located in the heart of Kensington and has a timeless elegance to it that caught my eye and had be hooked even prior to booking. The service at this hotel was incredible…..with a basket of fruit, sparking water and a hand written welcome note on my arrival….and the food was absolutely delicious. If you are looking for a elegant and luxury stay but are also looking for a boutique-like experience….then The Kensington Hotel is for you!

THE IVY: CHELSEA GARDEN

If you follow any influencer from London or follow the travels of bloggers whom have visited London prior…..then you likely know that The Ivy is a very popular place to dine in London! Due to my friends all arriving to London at different times, we decided our first place to meet with the entire group was brunch at The Ivy: Chelsea Gardens. I am not sure how long we actually stayed, but with the continuous flow of morning mimosas and freshly brewed coffee…..we lost track of time quite quickly. Of course, I ordered the avocado toast again (seriously…I can’t resist) while enjoying hour length catch ups with my besties!

Sincerely,
Blare June xx

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