What will you be up to this Weekend? Nevertheless I hope you make the most of it before the new season starts and we begin to see autumn again. I don’t think I’ve ever planned that far ahead even though its already just around the corner and we see a shift again in our wardrobe from spring/summer to autumn/winter styles our go to closet staples get their chance to take centre stage. Lucky for me I know this city at the back of my hand having been based here a few years I won’t ever find myself bored getting dressed up to head out. Even more so, there is so much to see and explore in London which boast the best cocktail bars, restaurants to luxury hotels serving the most exquisite drinks with imagination catering to the ever more discerning drinkers. If you’re open to finding you’re new favourite tipple for a change, here are just a couple of places I’ve suggested that tick my boxes in London’s West End as my go to hang-out spots in town.
Situated a stone’s throw away from China town just 3 minutes walk – The Dive Bar located on the lower ground floor of The Hamyard Hotel.
This hidden gem is named in honour of a 3 ft neon lady diver which hangs on the wall with a lit bar area event space for intimate gatherings. The bar is kitted out with cascading signature Kit Kemp designed Rick Rack Wall fabric by De Gournay for a personal touch. Gain access to secluded private rooms adjacent to a theatre screening room including an array of eclectic artwork and furnished with eccentricity of wanderlust appeal.
Perhaps take a moment on a lazy rainy afternoon to explore the hotels most treasured rooms to unwind? Let your imagination run wild by burying your nose in a good book. Head on upstairs in the guest areas of the hotels library and discover literature to piqué your interest from other-worldly subjects and cultural affairs to satisfy book worms selected by literary expert Philip Blackwell.
But, what about the cocktails? Let’s say the drinks speak for themselves. The clever twist on classic to contemporary favourites are re-invented with tailor made martini’s using gin or vodka to homemade ingredients such as the homemade tonics in the signature Hamyard Gin & Tonic blended with Campari, St Germain, Portobello Road Gin and grapefruit bitters – you can be sure to find your new tipple that will impress gin and martini fans alike.
Today I took a walk from Trafalgar Square and while I was there visited the National Portrait Gallery for a moment of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the west end just slightly after lunch time. It’s always good to walk on foot if you have the time to spare as well as spontaneously find new places to check out. I’d say unique Hotels with a quiet bar as well as a luxury dining room with exquisite ambiance is my sanctuary. After a busy morning you’d want to find somewhere to relax and unwind to spend the rest of your lazy afternoon. I’d just arrived at this Hotel on the corner of Suffolk Place on Haymarket where a friend and I decided to pop in for quick drink in The Brumus Bar and Restaurant located inside the Haymarket Hotel before heading over to The Hamyard Hotel Bar in Soho later in the evening. The hotel interiors were very elegant and quirky as I noticed the Canine Doggies upholstered onto the back of the bar stools and restaurant in a regal purple and pink fuchsia appealed to me. For all you pet lovers at home as they say ‘a man’s best friend is also his dog’ so immediately I felt very at home here. I thought it had a personal touch as well as being distinctly sophisticated which stood out as a style statement. I’m really impressed from what I’ve seen so far even though it was just a brief visit I definitely would pop in again for the foreseeable future.
Renowned for its exquisite elegance where you’ll experience a traditional afternoon tea in style at the newly refurbished and spacious Brumus Bar & Restaurant situated in the heart of London’s Theatre district..
Expect plush interiors nonetheless, unique art installations reflects the passion of its founder and Creative Director Kit Kemp is present within the interior design of the hotel. Experience the homely and inviting ambience of the hotel restaurants or drawing rooms were afternoon tea is served all day with quintessential flair. Definitely make this your pit stop after a day of shopping or pre-theatre dinning before a West-End show. But the most enticing thing about this place is most definitely the sumptuous hotel cocktail and bar menu with carefully curated wine list and spirits to deliciously mixed cocktails to complimenting menu of continental taste from main dishes to sharing platters.
When it comes to taking the utmost Instagram worthy photos to share on your social media feed it always comes down to capture those moments of awe which spark our imagination. I often find that when I travel to a new city I feel inspired to take photographs during my travels whether it’s a short weekend break, staycation or travelling abroad to treasure memorable experiences. The fascination with hotel interiors often gets me excited when I arrive at a new destination to take in my surroundings and a bit of culture too. Every city is different in its own unique way and London is no exception known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle as one of the world’s most stylish cities
A 5 Star hotel and members club in The City of London. Experience the 10 distinguished restaurants, indoor and rooftop pools,gym and private event spaces.
Take a seat it’s almost time for dinner – The Ned London oozes Art Deco glamour on the ground floor with an alluring selection of ten restaurants, bars and live jazz band playing is pretty impressive for a new Hotel and Private Members Club. For anyone that’s familiar with a bit of History about The Ned it’s very distinctive in its own unique way converted from a former Bank Vault back in the day. In the heart of London’s financial city district it’s one of the newest additions to the Luxury Hotel scene. Since its launch The Ned has garnered a reputation as one of London’s leading hotels transporting you to the atmospheric decadence of the 1920’s era.
Fancy indulging in a Japanese style brunch well look no further and try out Kaia. I recommend that you book a table in advance as the turnaround is very high at times. You can guarantee the food is absolutely divine and the inviting interior sets the scene for the ideal Sunday Brunch destination to wind down the week with a Kaia Negroni.
Experience culinary delights of Asian pacific inspired restaurant Kaia – ‘poke bowl heaven’ the best in London are deliciously served healthy as authentic dishes from tuna, salmon and mango combinations just too pretty to be eaten. Expect sushi, beautifully presented poke bowls and mains from the grill served fresh over the counter for a taste of culture from South East Asia and the Pacific.
When it comes to luxury Hotels I feel so privileged to have London within easy reach on my doorstep to explore and discover new experiences I encounter. If you adore luxury hotels as much as I do then you will be very curious to discover the best that London has to offer and making sure you’re stay is a forever unforgettable one. Here are two of my favourite Hotel’s to pop in for a social visit for Sunday lunch, Celebratory Birthday or Evening Drinks as a great atmosphere to entertain and relax in my favourite go to smart casual staples for such occasions.
A leading luxury hotel group that combines English heritage and Contemporary is quintessentially charming at every turn. Escape to the Scottish Countryside without leaving the City, within minutes on the doorstep of Covent Garden.
Brunch or a signature G & T. Stop by the Holborn Dining Room for traditional British Cuisine and try the extensive Gin menu. If you’re looking for a home away from home feel then be sure to check out The Rosewood Hotel for one of the grandest British Brassieres in central London – take cues from sumptuous Sunday Roast inspiration by Head Chef Mark Drummond. You can certainly find your inner Zen here to relax in their variety of restaurants and bars found inside the Rosewood’s most iconic spaces.
Just before the entrance to Scarfes Bar is the infamous Rose Bronze Gallery designed by the acclaimed Tony Chi Studio. Get prepared to be dazzled by cinematic chic as the corridor has become one of Rosewood London’s most instagrammable spots. The gallery connects the lobby to the hotel’s public spaces, setting the tone for a luxurious and refined stay.
Feel forever enchanted by the warmth of the pie room restaurant. A one stop destination dedicated to one of Britain’s most famous dishes, The Pie Room is home to famous pies and delicious savoury creations by Chef Calum. Dine in to experience the exquisite pie tasting menu, or pop by to enjoy a pie to go.
Usher in the beginning of Cocktail week. Why not pull up a pew and explore London’s largest selection of gin palaces with over 500 gins and 30 tonics to choose from or perhaps let Scarfes Bar shake up one of their beloved bespoke cocktails on your next visit – which cocktail strikes your fancy? Rest-assured an exceptional evening awaits you at the timeless interiors of the instagrammable Holborn Dining Room.
A few postcards from my Las Vegas Trip. Nothing compares to being poolside for the weekend – pool party vibes.
Wearing my favourite Topman swimwear and a statement sunnies: such as my favourite Sunglasses from Marc Jacobs.
Scroll down into the layed back mood while summer day dreaming.
WEEKEND DAY TRIP
// I have arrived in Vegas just for the weekend! The car journey was quite an adventure on the road trip from Los Angeles! Sin City was epic, I have never seen the city at night before! The unforgettable light shows at the Bellagio ! All dressed for a day poolside in resort wear, I made my way to the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The day ended with a fantastic pool party at MGM Grand Bare Pool Lounge //
Swim shorts: Topman London / Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
I hope you liked my Resort Wear Style and enjoyed the Pool Party!
Disclaimer: All guest Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to enter Bare Pool Lounge at MGM Grand Las Vegas. As always all opinions will be my own if I choose to review a lifestyle brand is based upon my personal preference so I can give my honest opinion.
Discover Culture in the Souks of the Medina when visiting Morocco.
Ciao, it’s me again. I just wanted to let you know I’m very excited and returned from my recent trip to Marrakech to attend a friend’s wedding. It’s my first time visiting Morocco and just could not wait to find out more about the countries rich cultural history and local customs. And, so my experience begins as I pack for a long weekend to escape the cold weather and heavy rain in London.
Let’s explore the city’s streets together and get lost in the souk dens of the Medina’s Main Square, to sampling the local cuisine, a spot of Moroccan Mint Tea and favourite sun bathing spots on the roof tops to take in the city’s breathtaking scenery in a short few days. Here’s my guide of what I consider are the best places to visit that Marrakech has to offer.
The luxury resort Dar JL is certainly a hidden gem for those fortunate to enjoy their stay and experience the best Marrakech has to offer. Dar JL is spread over an organic garden with picturesque landscape and the perfect wedding venue as experienced during my long weekend visit to escape the cold weather in rainy London town. It was worth it. The luxury Villa and Wedding Venue is centrally located in Marrakech with 4 villas, three swimming pools which boast an impressive 12 acre garden. Total privacy and high security assured.
The hotel even has a resident tortoise and Leopard Gecko Lizard lurking about on the ground floor.
I managed to stumble across another hidden gem to discover The Riad El Fenn a luxury hotel and spa retreat owned by Vanessa Branson the sister of Sir Richard Branson discreetly hidden and tucked away in a small alley. I highly recommend making your way up to the roof terrace and enjoy all its splendour.
Treat yourself to a luxury city break, stay in the hotel, eat, drink in the bar & restaurant or shop in the boutique. My friends hotel was centrally located amidst the hustle and bustle of the Souk Markets Marrakech is well renowned for. Smaller boutique hotels known as Raid’s are all charming which have converted courtyards with plunge pools are perfect for relaxing in the evenings. Enchanting illuminated lamps sets the scene for intrigue.
A spot of Moroccan Mint Tea in morning is just the perfect wake up call to start your day. If you like things sweet then this is the best sugar rush you will find. Morrocan Mint Tea at the Riad Alida where my friend stayed was a splendid ordeal with fresh fruit and olives during Breakfast followed by sun lounging on the rooftop terrace to take in the rays of sunshine.
A spot of Moroccan Mint Tea in morning is just the perfect wake up call to start your day. If you like things sweet then this is the best sugar rush you will find. Morrocan Mint Tea at the Riad Alida where my friend stayed was a splendid ordeal with fresh fruit and olives during Breakfast followed by sun lounging on the rooftop terrace to take in the rays of sunshine. On days like today it’s important to Keep it cool in a crisp white by the plunge pool in Marrakech, Shorts, Sunglasses are the essentials and suncreen
Enjoy a spot of Moroccan Mint Tea
My wonder through the Souk’s in the Medina brought me to an exquisite Moroccan lanterns market stall as there was lots to see inspired me to look deeper into the world of high fashion as Vogue once did before me visited Marrakech for Fashion Editorial shoots. It was my chance to see for myself and wow it was a wonderful experience.
Take in the breath taking views of the city from any of the hotel Riad Rooftops is highly recommended.
This suburb Moroccan restaurant is conveniently located next to The Riad Alida Hotel. The Dar Marjana restaurant boast an impressive gourmet set menu which enables you to sample the local cuisine beef tagine in the opulent surroundings of majestic souk den for a magical experience. Its discreetly hidden away in an alley away from the busy streets but once you enter you are transformed into an Oasis bliss and tranquillity the perfect way to end your evening.
Lastly, be prepared to haggle and bartar for the best price of authentic antiques, handmade products such as jewellery produced by the finest local artisans to the most exotic food and spices can all be found here. Take in the culture of the city and immerse yourself in the wonders and intrigue of the city in all its beauty.
Thanks for reading and look forward to taking you on my next trip.
Disclaimer: This article was inspired by my own personal experience of being on vacation in Marrakesh. As always all opinions are my own
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