London - The City of Endless Possibilities
As many of you know we have just returned from an incredible weekend in vibrant London! No matter how far or wide we travel, we always find ourselves missing this incredible city. And we aren't the only ones with a keen interest in the island capital! My inbox has long been flooded with requests on where to eat, drink and live in the city and so I thought I would finally share a few of the hidden gems that keep us returning and feeling right at home, time and time again.
Where to Stay
The first and most important step when planning any weekend break is deciding where to set up base. This can be a daunting experience, with thousands of options at your fingertips. A key considerations to keep in mind with so many options is which part of London you are planning on exploring. Luckily, the tube network (fun fact: the London underground railway is actually the world's oldest) will quickly and conveniently zip you around to all parts of the city. It's worth noting that you can now tap in and out with contactless cards, and so its now more convenient to use than ever before.
Personally, we love staying in the vibrant Shoreditch area. Being host to an eclectic dining scene featuring everything from trendy restaurants to smart gastropubs and artisan coffee shops it really has something for everyone! It has also long been an up and coming area in the London scene and thus full of life and laughter on any weekend. Lastly, it offers excellent transport links and so getting to any other part of the city is always a breeze. If you find yourself in the area then we would highly recommend staying at the M by Montcalm. Dominating the Shoreditch skyline this beautifully designed hotel is as unique when viewed from the outside as it is when experienced from the inside. The cutting-edge architectural touches are coupled with a down to earth and welcoming atmosphere you seldom see elsewhere. From first class service to views overlooking the majestic London skyline and a mixologist that will concoct whatever your heart desires, this hotel truly has everything we need to feel at home.
No wonder we find ourselves returning here time and time again. Their state of the art spa is also pretty hard to beat when it comes to unwinding after a long day exploring the many nooks and crannies of the capital. Make sure to say hi to Adrian on the guest experience team when passing by the lobby and he will probably offer you a tasty refresher to take the edge off the journey as you check in!
Secret tip: Guests and non guests alike are welcome to indulge in the all you can eat Ribs & Wings fiesta that's on offer in the hotel restaurant on Thursdays and Fridays!
You can find more information on both the restaurant and hotel right here
Where to Dine
London features one of the most exciting and varied culinary scenes in the world. We won't lie, this is probably one of the main reasons for our eternal love of this city. New and exciting spots pop up faster than you could possibly hope to discover them. The city also hosts one of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet and so you're guaranteed to fine a taste to satisfy every palette. That being said, there are a few locations that remain at the top of our list no matter how often we return. Kicking off the list we have the one and only Clos Maggiore.
Often described as "an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden", Clos Maggiore remains one of the most romantic and atmospheric restaurants in the capital. Chef Marcellin Marc's love of Provencal cuisine reverberates through each and every dish and the accompanying wine list is one of the most extensive in the city, boasting a selection of over 2,500 items. What continues to surprise us year upon year is the relatively humble price list when compared to similar eateries. With a price point that satisfies a date-night budget, your only worry will be trying to secure a seat in the much sought after conservatory. Our advice: Book as far in advance as you possible can and ask to be seated in the conservatory the minute you do so. If you have a special occasion which you are looking to celebrate then make sure you mention it and the staff will take especially good care of you! It is not without reason that we have been here a good 10 times by now!
Another staple visit is the Darwin Brasserie in Sky Garden. Few other places can rival the unique combination of stunning food theatre and unobstructed views of the London skyline both day and night! Overlooking the Thames on the 36st floor (London's highest rooftop brasserie) you will find this lively, all-day brasserie inspired by the very best of British. Unwind with one of many exquisite cocktails as you walk through the surrounding gardens before making your way to the restaurant in which seasonal and delicious ingredients take centre stage. We recommend booking as early as possible as this is another incredibly popular stop for visitors and locals alike. Make sure you ask for a table by the window to ensure unrivaled views and visit their website for guidance on how to time your dinner with the sunset as your backdrop.
Secret tip: You can enjoy the views over London from Skygarden completely for free! Just make sure to book your time slot in advance (their website opens up slots 2 weeks in advance) as this is hugely popular!
Clos Maggiore: http://www.closmaggiore.com/
Sky Garden: https://skygarden.london/
If you are on the lookout for things to do in the capital then we have so many recommendations for you guys that it only felt right to dedicate a separate post to that! Stay tuned and we will make sure to have it out shortly! <3
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