By Marie Weidlich @londonfashiontoday
Walking around London in winter is a pleasant adventure! The entire city transforms itself to welcome the cold season, trees get naked, days get shorter, charming lights guide our paths into the city!
As we say thanks for another year passing by, admire and embrace the beauty around us, why not delight ourselves with London’s indefectible surprises! It’s time to enjoy, with JOY!
Here are a few things to do and places to go in London during the winter!
Cereal Killer Cafe is a hip 80’s and 90’s-inspired cafe tucked away in Camden Stables Market, which will blow your mind. You can actually have a bowl of cereal, while seated comfortably in a bed but I highly recommend you to make your own hot chocolate choosing from a range of cereal and toppings. I asked for a Dairy-free hot chocolate with Choco Pops, Nutella, Soya Cream and Marshmallows! Yum!
Holiday Partying Over, Detox with Healthy, Yummy Food
If being more healthy is part of your New Year’s resolutions spoil yourself without spoiling yourself at Redemption! You don’t need to be a sworn vegetarian to appreciate Redemption’s incredible tasty vegetarian dishes or non-alcoholic cocktails! Try the “Raw Stack” made with marinated beetroot, basil, pesto and cashew nut cheese served on a sun-dried tomato seed base, basil oil and micro herbs. For drinks, order an “Apple Mojito” made with pressed apple, fresh mint and lime served with crushed ice and topped with soda water, feels like heaven!
Enjoy a cocktail evening at Home House
Home House is one of London’s most traditional members only clubs rooted in the 18th century. It is the perfect hide out to enjoy a cocktail evening in Marylebone. Begin at the stunning refurbished Bison bar, with cutting-edge design by Zaha Hadid. There’s a vast number of drinks on the menu, ranging from bourbon whiskies, wines, bubbles and vodka. My top recommendation is the girly “Flower Power” a creation to celebrate Elizabeth Countess of Home combining Ketel Vodka, Creme de Violette, Elderflower Cordial, lemon juice and egg whites.
Pop in for an Aussie Brekky
Daisy Green is a charming little cafe located in Marylebone, lovely place to hang out anytime of the week. Get yourself a nice seat by the window and start with a delicious Cappuccino, and apricot and almond chocolate ball and don’t forget to try their famous Award Winning banana bread sandwich loaded with mascarpone, fresh berries, flaked almonds and honey.
Try a Marvelous Floating Goddess
The well known Hakkasan is a must go in Mayfair for their extensive Cantonese cuisine menu which includes tasty dumplings, dim sum platters, and special dishes prepared with fine ingredients and excellent fish and duck. Besides being the perfect spot for glorious food the restaurant also hosts a tempting bar offering such an amazing menu of cocktails! When there make sure you try their “Floating Goddess” a mix of Belvedere Vodka, pomelo, blueberries, elderflower, pink grapefruit and Burlesque bitters.
Treat Yourself to a Day Spa
This women’s only members club is a top destination in the heart of Belgravia
Start the day treating yourself to delicious buckwheat vegan protein powder, poppy and chia seed pancakes grilled with banana, coconut yoghurt, maple syrup and blueberries at “The Grace Restaurant and Bar”. You’re definitely going to find yourself surrounded by a very pleasant and feminine environment which focuses on health and wellbeing. You can also choose from a range of therapies to get pampered and relaxed with natural ingredients, thermal mineral water, essential oils and herbs to improve emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.
Try the Best Beef Brisket in East London
The recently launched Smokestak is a food sensation to explore in East London. Expect industrial interiors, concrete, wood, smoke, fire and absolutely delicious barbecue. I highly recommend that you try the brisket bun paired with a red wine choice! A perfect winter hide out!
Nibbles, Fantastic wine, and Cheeeeeeeese
Woody and dimly-lit interiors will make you feel somewhere in between Tuscany and Bordeaux. Expect a variety of cheese, meatballs, and a special selection of wines. The Larder‘s“Miam Miam” Cabernet Franc is one of my favourites, with hints of crunchy red fruit and a touch of herbal character. Pair it with a delicious Brie de Meaux and the absolutely delightful Godmister oak smoked vintage cheddar, simply awesome!
Dinner for Two with Dim Lights & Art Deco Interiors
Extending the tradition to NW8; top-notch food, service and interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki, The Ivy Cafe located in St John’s Wood offers a sophisticated dining experience and great ambience in familiar surroundings. I’m thrilled to have such a lovely hide away just around the corner of my place. I’m a big fan of Parisian style and art deco, so for me, it’s a special restaurant that pleases all senses. On the menu is the irresistible “Aromatic Duck Curry”, a combination of fragrant duck curry, lemongrass, lime, chili, roasted cashews and steamed jasmine rice, a great option to warm up the cold winter days, pair it with an Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon!
Enjoy the Winter Mood with the Best Mocha in Town!
Comfy and attractive, The London Edition’s lobby is a must go during the winter. It’s a great spot for working on your laptop or for a business meeting. Expect amazing service spoiling you all the time and make sure you order their incredible mocha, the best in town in my opinion!
Enjoy a Pre-Theatre Dinner at Chopshop!
Perfect place for burger and steak addicts! Chopshop is a cosy little gem just off Regent Street, a great winter hide out. You would be delighted by their extremely succulent and tasty “Barnsley Lamb Chop” and the massive “Chili chicken”, a hot combination of fried chicken thigh and chilly sauce, great pre-theatre dining experience!
Visit the Tate and Take a Stroll Along the Millbank
The epitome of British art since 1500! Always a good idea during winter days. Check out the contemporary art exhibition by Rachel Maclean, Art Now Wot u 🙂 About? And make sure you pop in for a coffee in the members only area upstairs!
Eat Seafood at Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle
Located in the heart of Broadgate Circle, The Crab Tavern seafood and bar is the perfect choice if you’ve just left work or are only looking for good food. The diversity of the menu is huge and you can be sure you’re going to have a great experience with their delicious Mediterranean inspired dishes! My top choices are the classic “Pan fried Cod”, curly kale, mussels, chorizo & orange mayo and the “Wild Mushroom Vol-Au-Vent, crispy hen’s egg, asparagus & wild mushroom veloute. Amazing service with very attentive staff adds to the experience.
Spend a Night at The Gore
I’m pretty sure if you follow all my recommendations you’re going to be running out of energy because there’s so much going on this season! Spend a night at The Gore in Chelsea to recharge your batteries! The 5-star hotel built in 1892 is close to the Royal Albert Hall and echoes an atmosphere of luxurious and traditions that can only be found in grand hotels.
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