This past October, Matty and I celebrated our three year anniversary. With the traditional gift being leather, I surprised him with a leather weekender – and a weekend across the pond!
When: October 2015
Where: London, England
Stayed: The Hoxton Holborn
We stayed at the Hoxton based on a recommendation from my friend, Amelia, and we loved everything about it. Lovely service, wonderful bar (and restaurant and coffee shop!), a wallpapered room and breakfast delivered each morning. Even better, Holborn Grind, Chicken Shop and Cheeky are all next door. (If you are closer to Chicago than London, Soho House has a Chicken Shop as well – so, so good)!
In terms of “touristy” stops, we were sure to visit the Tate and the National Gallery. If I am being honest, the Tate is my least favorite museum – I find the lighting extremely dim and depressing, and the galleries clogged with screaming children and no parents in sight. Matty loved it, though, so all personal opinion. We also spent a bit of time at The Wallace Gallery, where I hadn’t been before – it was beautiful!
Another stop was to the Churchill War Rooms. It is so neat seeing the bunker and living quarters, as well as reading about how Churchill started the romper trend. Way to go, Winston!
Walking to the Tate, we passed through Clerkenwell, ogled some cute storefronts, and grabbed coffee and muffins from Workshop.
We then spent the afternoon exploring Shoreditch, chock full of small shops and pretty spots. We ate lunch at Hoi Polloi in the Ace, and I bought some copal incense from Tokyo Bike. My favorite discovery was The Rug Trade pop-up at In House, where they had the most perfect mud cloth throws.
Post-museum, we wandered back along the Thames during magic hour, sipping on spiked slushies. Dinner that evening was at Portland, which I highly recommend.
We started Saturday in Soho, and slowly made our way over to Notting Hill. (Cue all of the Hugh Grant quotes). Once there, we grabbed brunch at Granger & Co., stopped to smell the Wild at Heart roses, and of course made it to the market.
We also spent some time appreciating the perfect facades in St. Lukes Mews.
We spent the rest of the day in my favorite area, Marylebone. Everything about the neighborhood is just perfect, and I recommend Chiltern Firehouse for sit-down dining, and Souli for coffee or casual food.
A highlight of the weekend was afternoon tea at Sketch. I think the decor speaks for itself – it was such a fun experience!
Until next time, London!