Last weekend took me to London. Mum and I love going to the Spirit of Christmas at Olympia so thought we’d take the opportunity to have the weekend away together, so we hopped on the train to Paddington Friday evening! We chose to stay at Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt as it was a good location for where we wanted to go! Situated just along from the National History Museum. A warm welcome from the staff and a bar/restaurant (Scoff & Banter) attached we were shown to our room, unfortunately we did have to ask to move room as the original room was rather pokey and old… The second room was small but much better and looked over the road, which was nice to watch the world go by!
Saturday morning we woke, slowly got ready and decided where we wanted to go that day! Mum hoped to visit Liberty London, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods. So first stop Liberty London.. The store is just beautiful and the Christmas VM was just stunning! I couldn’t help myself but take pics all the way round finding myself constantly inspired! We took a cuppa and brekky break late morning in Café Liberty by that time we were starving and so ready for a sit down!!! A light snack eaten we continued browsing and entered the Christmas world of Libertys!!! Just amazing and so magical I managed to refrain and not purchase any more decorations as we definitely have enough!!! I did however purchase one of their floral candles my favourite was Phoebe and smells divine!
Once we had completed the obvious task of photographing the gorgeous flowers we made our way to Fortnum and Mason via Regent Street, where the cutest vintage car show was being held! Obviously I had to have a quick re-route into Kate Spade and Anthropologie, oh & Zara Home!
But we did eventually make it to Fortnum and Mason. Oh I do love traditional England! There was a magical buzz with all the Christmas decorations up! Truly special! Naturally we stopped for another re-fuel and chose The Parlour situated on the 2nd floor of Fortnum and mason. Here the theme is ice cream, but we chose something more savoury, I devoured mushrooms on toast, mum had avocado on toast and we shared a piece of Victoria sponge to finish it off, All delish! A lovely atmosphere and I would love to try a sundae next time I’m there!!
Last stop Harrods, which is always so so busy, that it puts me off every time! We wondered round the food halls (mum bought the most delicious baked doughnuts the almond & pistachio was amaze!), the Christmas department (which I must say wasn’t as impressive as previous years)! And had another pit stop in the Tom Dixon Coffee shop located just outside the toy department ( I do love the huge cuddly toys!) by this point we were tired and had supper booked at The Ivy Chelsea Garden so headed back to the hotel to freshen up for our evening meal! We’re lucky in Bristol to have The Ivy Clifton Brasserie but I had never been to any in London! As expected the Chelsea Garden was lovely, super busy, yet the staff are still so attentive! A lovely day finished off with a walk back to the hotel past all the gorgeous houses!
Sunday we made the most of The Spirit of Christmas and got there for opening at 10am! We meandered round the stands and were both really impressed with what was there! Lots of new company’s found that we’ve fallen in love with! In particular Ros Shiers & Rogues. Both rather different but I’ve fallen for them both! Ros Shiers is an illustrator who designs hand drawn art prints, greeting cards and stationery. Ros works alongside her husband Mike running the family business from their design studio at their East London home in Walthamstow, with their beloved Puggle Bailey by their side. I purchased a few at the show and couldn’t believe it when I heard that I had won their competition and have won a further 4 prints!!! I am gong to have quite a collection!
Rogues were the other brand that took my eye and WOW they’re amazing! Super stylish footwear that really catch you’re eye! Designer and founder Katie Harland entered into the shoe business following years of frustration at the inability to find the perfect flat shoe: pumps were un supportive, heels uncomfortable, trainers unprofessional and traditional brogues unflattering. Rogues provided a well-made, supportive alternative to all this. With added swag. And as you can see they’re all stunning! I couldn’t decided which pair to buy so will have to make a decision soon!
All in all we had a lovely festive weekend in London, lots of yummy food and lots of shopping, what could be better? We have a busy one this weekend but all local, however next weekend we’re packing up and off to Norfolk for a long weekend! I really can’t wait… Lots of photograph opportunities 🙂