The vibrant city of London is always worth a visit. La bonne vivante aims to travel to London once a year for a fresh breath of the cosmopolitan air of this dynamic, ever-changing metropolis. This time around and given my advanced pregnancy the trip’s essential focus was to Shop Eat & Repeat. And so we did.
Theatre shows: We opted for an all time classic: “ The importance of being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde which was hilariously funny and well played by a great cast. Not to be missed.
Restaurants: Arriving late on Friday night we chose a small, family owned Italian restaurant called Da Corradi, conveniently located at Shephard’s market which – hands down – served the best Pasta All’ Arrabiata I have eaten in a very long time followed by a delectable, creamy Tiramisu. Whilst the combination of pasta and Tiramisu will have the foodies amongst you yawn we believe there is an art to creating a simplistic yet delightful plate of pasta and this restaurant definitely has the hang of it.
The Ivy is an institution and we reserved at this sophisticated restaurant after our theatre show.
The ambiance and interior is simply stunning with an art deco, 30ths style to it. The bar is centered in the middle of the dining room and serves a variety of classic cocktails. The crowd is a mix of tourists and locals who head here for a late after show dinner. In terms of the food, the restaurant failed to enthuse our taste buds however prices are within reason and the interior makes up for it.
For a lazy late lunch head to Roka Mayfair, a refined Japanese restaurant which serves an all day menu of beautifully crafted Sushi and Japanese delicacies. Take a seat at the counter, indulge in the serene atmosphere and try the Dumplings which are simply delightful. Our favourites also included the Tempura shrimps.
No London trip is complete without a stint at one of its many museums. This time around we went to visit to the iconic British Museum with its vast selection of historic artefacts.
Where to stay:
We picked the Chesterfield at Mayfair as it is perfectly located for some Oxford Circus shopping – a mere 10 minute walk will get you there. Shephard’s Market with its offering of cute little restaurants is a 2 minute walk. It is the service that makes this charming 4 star hotel a great option for a weekend stay. Typical for London the rooms are relatively small with little storage room making it a good option for luggage minimalists or those planning for a brief weekend trip.
The Chesterfield also boasts an excellent concierge service full of valuable tips on dining and wining options. The breakfast too is great and we loved the crunched avocados with poached eggs. If you are in for a treat try the pancakes which are also delicious.