There are many reasons to go to London: shopping, sightseeing, culture, nightlife, visiting friends that migrated towards the city that is a world of its own… the only problem is trying to do all these things in 3 days!
London is fascinating in so many ways, containing 32 Boroughs, 12 of them alone being ‘inner’ London. Each Borough has its own reputation and specialities and since I had to start somewhere, I chose Chelsea. The small and picturesque row houses mostly being under protection in Chelsea, you easily find yourself in a neighbourhood that reminds you of the quaint English countryside just to turn into a major street overrun by tourists stumbling from sight to sight.
Of course I had to have my typical English tea time, and what would be a better place for that than the lovely Ritz tea room?! The never ending flow of sandwiches, scones, tea and pastries left us feeling guilty and slightly overweight but happy nevertheless.
Of course I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to visit some art galleries: there are still a few walls in our new home that are empty, and wouldn’t it be exciting to bring home a Craig Alan as a souvenir!? It was inspiring to see the Clarendon showroom in general as well. But not only the showrooms and boutiques blew my mind: every little corner and the many creative people living there gave me so much inspiration that I had to sit down and capture my ideas as soon as I got home. London is a hub for all those seeking inspiration and those wanting to share the products of their beautiful minds.
One of the many goals on my to-see-list was visiting the new Victoria Beckham store on Dover street – conveniently close to the members club Arts Club – where I found a few must haves and a few I really wanna haves. The shop is beautifully done and spacious enough to get lost, but my favourite part was definitely the giant foxglove she had installed in collaboration with the acclaimed set designer Andy Hillman. If that doesn’t summon spring, what will!?
In-between all the inevitable shopping, dinners and sightseeing we also found the time to visit the Foleys bookstore for a philosophical reading and I have found some books I would love to share with you.
After all, there is a time to nurture the mind as well as the body!