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March 24, 2017

Off to London Town

Don’t get me wrong, I love San Francisco and the view from our condo is breathtaking, but after sitting in SF for a month I was really missing Europe.

So my fiancé surprised me by booking a very last minute ticket. And when I say last minute ticket, I mean we only had 4 hours to walk Priscilla, pack our bags, and get to the airport.

Walking Priscilla
I must say I packed well for being in a rush – “OCD”
Off to the airport

Sometimes we are able to book last minute 1st class flights to Europe, but this time everything was sold out except an airline we had never flown, La Compagnie Airline. Beggars can’t be choosers so we booked a one-way flight to London and it turns out La Compagnie was a great airline and is actually a pretty genius idea! The whole plane was business class, so everyone was able to lay down and sleep comfortably.

As you can see the whole flight was business

The overnight bags even had good skin care products by Caudalie.

As soon as we landed, we went straight to dinner at one of our favorite places, the La Chapelle. Just off of London’s famous Bishopsgate is the fabulous dining spot that we love oh so much!  It’s the work of celebrated Chef brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin.

They have worked wonders creating truly special dishes that are just as beautiful as the restaurant – cosmopolitan, continental, and elegant in every way. With their creative but familiar flavors, special but unpretentious presentation – Le Chapelle has been on my favorites list since 2010.

Menu
Dinner
Dessert

After dinner I was exhausted and ready to sleep, so off to bed we went.

The next morning, I woke up early to visit one of the best little cafes, Arco Knightsbridge. I’m pretty sure everything they serve is good, but to be honest I have always ordered the scrambled eggs on their just-out of -the-oven croissants with either a freshly squeezed juice or a cappuccino because they do it so well! When I find something I like I stick with it.

With a full belly I went off to my favorite WeWork location in London where I meet with We Are Arthur, my branding team for AuBox to help me design some swag.

We are Arthur designed our brand book and helped clean up our Logo, so obviously when it came to designing a tee shirt for AuBox I knew they would be the ones to give us what we want.

After getting some work done I decided to take an antigravity arial yoga class at My Gravity Fit just to get my blood flowing. We usually stay near Hyde Park so my class was quite a drive, but well worth it.

My version of the splits
Bat Girl

By the time I was done with that great workout and the hour drive home, I had worked up an appetite. I had not been to Nobu London in years so I had an itch to hit up my old stomping grounds.  It was the last night of warm weather before a cold front was expected to come in the morning, so I took advantage of shorts weather and got ready for Nobu!

To be honest with you, I was not impressed with the sushi at this Nobu. I used to be a regular, but I guess over the years it has not been able to keep up with the newer restaurants? But overall the atmosphere was cozy, dessert was delicious, my friends were amazing company, and the weather was perfect!

Well, the cold front I read about actually came. I woke up and it was not warm enough for shorts anymore. Fortunately, I knew London’s weather and I was prepared with some warmer clothes. My Fiance and I decided to get some hot chocolate and take a stroll in the park and feed the swans.

After a nice morning in the park we decided to head home and right then I got a message from one of my favorite bloggers, CannaCuriousClub, saying she was in London as well and had time to meet up so I kissed my handsome fiancé goodbye and had some girl time at Chiltern Firehouse.

Meeting up with this little gem really melted my heart. Now I know why the CannaCuriousClub IG and Blog are so elegant and well put together, she is a spitting image of the work that she puts out 100% with class.  After chatting for at least 5 hours my other half was calling me home for dinner and a night out.

But before dinner we decided to work on our British accents.

We had  dinner at Novikov, an Asian Restaurant that specializes in Chinese and Pan Asian cuisine, with a delicious menu designed by highly skilled and experienced Japanese-trained Head Chef Jeff Tyler. The atmosphere at Novikov is welcoming and relaxing, with cool granite walls and a striking lacquered ebony bar-counter decorated with jade and bamboo chandeliers. One of my favorite feature of the Asian Restaurant is its open kitchen fronted by an amazing display of seafood and vegetables – it evokes the atmosphere of an authentic Asian food market.

After dinner we went to MNKY HSE – a late-night restaurant and bar in the heart of Mayfair, where we danced the night away! Whether you go for dinner or drinks at the bar, sooner or later you will be up on your feet dancing. With guest DJs and live acts, the Latin American spirit will last long into the night so bring your dancing shoes.

When we got home at 3am we came up with a game plan. That plan was to sleep in the next day, go to our park and feed the ducks, then hop on a train to Paris for a day or two.

The next morning we stuck to our plan and slept in because jet lag usually hits us the hardest on day three.

Waking up on our time left us rejuvenated and ready for the day, so we went to the park and fed the swans.

Hopping on a train did not happen because Burger and Lobster reached out to me on Instagram and invited us to join them for dinner. How could I pass up an invite to Burger and Lobster?

Menu

I ordered the Lobster Roll – the lobster chucks were fresh, tender, and sweet, mixed with mayo (I asked for no mayo) and chives served on a perfectly toasted buttery bun.

The Original

My fiance ordered The Pounder – it was fresh and perfectly cooked.

The Pounder

After dinner we went home and realized we had not paid a visit to Big Ben, so we decided to stay yet another day. Starting the day off with this big boy was a great idea! I mean no matter how many times I’ve been to London it’s just beautiful.

Big Ben London
Big Ben

Changing of the guards

After walking all of London, a visit to Harrods Ice cream parlour was well deserved. Harrods Ice Cream Parlour is like this hidden gem, situated on the second floor. The decor is so bright and fun, the service really is exceptional – we are always greeted by lovely, and obviously the ice-cream is out of the world. Menu.

image from treatyourselftolondon

With bellies full of ice-cream, we headed home and on the way home we made a game plan for tomorrow –  wake up without an alarm, pack our bags, and take the train to Paris.

Sometimes planning the trip as you go is the easiest because it allows you the freedom to explore when you want and to rest when you want.

Made it to the train this time.

Off to Paris we go.

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