There comes a time when you just need to get away. This is a good recipe for all – a different environment to explore. Navigate. Cultural. Look left instead of right. London calling.
My best friend lives in London. I’m not sure if I’ve shared this on my blog before, but thanks to FaceTime and text messaging, we keep up with each other weekly. He travels to New York for business it seems quarterly, and this time I get to see him on his turf.
I’m very fortunate to be able to say that I’ve visited London a handful of times, so this visit was about spending time with him; eat where the locals eat, shop where they shop, visit a humble pub and enjoy a pint, and to subtly people watch. And too, get lost in thought about anything and everything pressing on my mind and in my heart. Reflection is key, right?…
Friday, I had the day to myself and I walked and explored all day long. I loved it. I did my best to blend in, though I know I stuck out like a sore thumb, especially when I would cross a street. My head, undoubtedly looked like I was watching a ferocious tennis match. Left, right, left, right, then again for good measure and to double check I could indeed cross. And although the coast was clear, I scurried across looking every bit of silly. Whatevs. I’m a visitor.
I’ve enjoyed slow walks and looking at the architecture alone, grabbing inspiration even for the 1820. I’ve hit many home decor stores and could only wish I was in the position to buy one of everything. Stunning things and ideas; thank goodness for my iPhone as those pictures will be reference for replication at home. Substitutions brought to you by Brooke, that you my friends, can incorporate in your home thanks to London. My take, forthcoming.
I’ve eaten well. Beyond well. Like – O M G that was good eats! So with all of this home decor / architecture / good eats talk, here are some of my London recommendations for your reference for when or if you get the chance to visit this beautiful city. Remember though, look left.
India Jane – luxury home furnishings and home interiors: 130 Kensington High Street, Kensington
Daylesford – Organic Farm and Farmshops; 208-212 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
Portobello Market – street market open on Saturdays; Portobello Road, Notting Hill
For brunch, Notting Hill has so many great places to eat; definitely worth the amble
Devonshire Arms – local pub with good food and brew; 37 Marloes Road, Kensington