Kew Gardens

The reason for the stay in Richmond was, of course, to see the Kew gardens. The attraction was new to me and I was stoked to see the Chihuly installations that blew me away. Here’s a pictorial look into a mostly sunny afternoon of art, many steps, and the need for a pic-nic.

Coach & Horses Kew

When I found out that Chihuly was exhibiting in The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens for the first time in some 30 years, I instantly knew what I’d be doing for Memorial Day. The problem was Memorial Day is also a bank holiday in the UK, so every hotel was a fortune. That’s how I found…

Violet Bakery

On Sunday morning, I took a leisurely stroll through the charming Columbia Road Flower Market. The wares were absolutely gorgeous and made me wished I lived in London among a house full of flowers, refreshed on the weekly. The only less-than-charming attribute were the merchants warning tourists they may be mugged at any moment and…

The Cocktail Trading Co. Brick Lane

One balmy evening, full of jetlag and in dire need to wake up for a Pharcyde concert, I strolled around Shoreditch in search of a cure. I found it pretty instantly at The Cocktail Trading Co. in Shoreditch. The window open to the street featured a dino head AND peacock feathers, so I knew it…

Cecconi’s Shoreditch

Tucked off of the lobby of Redchurch Townhouse in Shoreditch is London’s second outpost of Cecconi’s. I’d visited the Miami outpost once and wasn’t wowed by it, but the prospect of room service Neapolitan pizza was very intriguing. I’d actually made a reservation for their “Sunday Feast” where they turn the bar into a buffet…

Redchurch Townhouse

Last weekend I was lucky enough to stay at the charming Redchurch Townhouse in the Shoreditch neighborhood of London. This was my first time staying at a Soho House property so I wasn’t sure if it would totally be my vibe or not, but after reading about the property opening and snagging a killer deal,…

Andaz London

A few weeks ago, mum and I commenced the London portion of our European tour with a stay at the Andaz London- Liverpool Street. We left Paris a day early feeling uncomfortable by about everything going on in that city at the moment. I called Andaz to add a night to the room and they…

Macaron & Mayhem Guide: London

MACARONS Aux Merveilleux de Fred:  Cramique and meringues straight from Paris. Harrod’s:  Snacks on snacks on snacks…. Lauderee:  For when you can’t travel to Paris. MAYHEM American Bar at The Savoy:  Classic. Posh. Old school cocktails ($5000 Sazerac, anyone). I visit this spot every time I’m in London to feel like I’m in London. Calloo…