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Without a doubt, it’s my favourite London hotel
From the moment you walk into the courtyard, you feel like you’ve stepped into a world of pure luxury and tranquility. Scarfes Bar serves up the finest cocktails in a beautiful environment, where you are surrounded by bookcases and serenaded by the dynamic jazz duo of Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland. If you are looking for some comfort, or perhaps a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea, then look no further than the Rosewood’s very own Mirror Room, which offers up an array of teas and a wonderfully adorned patisserie counter (which I must admit, have visited far too often lately). With Holborn Dining Room (the hotel’s restaurant) set to open imminently and its own in-house spa getting ready to unlock its doors soon, this hotel is poised to become London’s latest hot-spot and rightly so. I love the ambience, the staff are extremely welcoming and if that wasn’t enough, it’s right around the corner from Covent Garden’s Seven Dials and it’s just a short walk from The British Museum. Simply put, ROSEWOOD London is the hotel.
Last night was fuuuun. I’ve always enjoyed going out on a Thursday (or a Wednesday…Tuesday, Friday, any day for that matter). A little bit of midweek madness goes a long way. Yesterday I caught up with some good friends over dinner and drinks and then danced the night away to some hard beats over at BASEMENT, which is tucked within one my latest London hotel haunts, The Edition.
Jacket by William Hunt Savile Row, Waistcoat by H&M and Top by Zara.
This month is going to be very…telling.
Interesting. Time to experiment artistically. I can feel that Summer is on its way. So let’s get this party started. It has been beautiful being back in London for the week. Blue skies and starry nights. Now I’m ready to head on out again, fresh and focused.
Vintage waistcoat and boots
Tom Ford fragrance
Good to go.
Covent Garden Market
Byron Brownie anyone?
It was nice to be home this Week.
October was orange.
Caravan. Dirty burgers and walks down the canal.
Reading. History books and eating the dinosaur.
Wallflower and buying flowers in Covent Garden.
London Cocktail Week shenanigans and classes with laughter.
Drinking hot chocolate at the W and stuffing my face with Thai food.
Old school friends. Disco dancing and two bottles of wine.
A tour of Liverpool. A lot of rain.
It’s getting colder.
I feel older.
Photo by my friend Z. Iqbal
One would think that I would have reached my burger limit when I was out in LA, but little over a week after being back in London, where do I find myself? DIRTY BURGER. The burger shack, born from the Soho House collective, boasts a small, pop-up-shop vibe and a very simple menu. There’s one burger and two options for the sides. However, the menu does not need to be extensive because this burger is delicious. It’s juicy, it’s messy, it’s DIRTY. The onion fries are crispy (but perhaps slightly too peppery to eat a whole portion) and the crinkle cut fries compliment the burger wonderfully, soaking up all of the meat’s juices. The shakes are a good shout for something sweet and in general it’s definitely an experience as you sit perched on the stools and cram round the one table standing in the middle of the room. It becomes clear as I sit staring around at the furnishings that this burger joint does not need to be stylish, fancy or even well, furnished. The rich, flavoursome food does all the talking. Oh and it’s extremely affordable!
79 Highgate Road, NW5 1TL
It’s Johnny Knoxville meets Jamie Oliver.
Friday night was a laugh. Ended up going to four parties. It was fuuuun.
These next few days are going to be insane (partly because there’s still so much dessert leftover in the house from yesterday’s epic feast *see below*), but mostly because of all the madness I have lined up! WHOOP!
So seeing as Summer has hit the capital, I think it’s necessary that we all soak up the rays before they return back to their hiding place behind the clouds and the grey that we’ve come to know all to well. To best do this, it’s pretty much essential that everyone gets to jam, hang, eat, chill…on a rooftop/terrace in London. Here are two of my favourites (where you do not need to be a member/part of some secret club/in the know):
1. FIFTH FLOOR TERRACE, HARVEY NICHOLS
If you’re a shop-a-holic and you fancy a trip down to Knightsbridge, then the Harvey Nichols roof terrace is the perfect spot for you. After a long day of trying on clothes, piling up the price tags and no doubt adding to your already well-stocked wardrobe, you need look no further than the fifth floor terrace. It’s conveniently located at the top of the department store which boasts eight floors of fashion, beauty & lifestyle. Many forget that Harvey Nics also serves up a splendid array of dishes and drinks on the fifth floor. There’s a restaurant, cafe and terrace. Chill outside underneath the parasols or appreciate the sun beaming down on your face. The in-house burger is a beaut…in line with the Queen’s Jubilee and their celebration of a truly British Summer, the Fifth Floor Café is offering their (abovementioned) beaut British burger and beer or cider of your choice for £15. The offer is available until Friday 31 August, Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 10.30pm. They also do a delightful afternoon tea for those who prefer something sweet.
2. QUEEN OF HOXTON ROOFTOP
If West isn’t for you then another great spot is located on top of Curtain Road’s Queen of Hoxton. Expect it to be very busy full of barbecue-lovers, cool kids and generally fly folk. It’s a lovely spot and I’ve spent many an hour here (cramped in a corner) with a cider in my hand, absorbing the atmosphere. One of the best things about QOH is that they have a rooftop cinema club which offers up a selection of evening screenings. Although most films, that are showing in the next few weeks, are sold-out, be sure to check out their site to see if you can get your hands on any tickets - rooftopfilmclub.com. June will see them screen classics such as ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Goonies’ as well as more recent films such as ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Shame’.
So what are you waiting for?
Get involved and enjoy the sun while it’s shining!