To round out our Christmas holidays, and time off work, we spent a few days in London over the new year. One of our favourite cities, its hard to argue with London’s food & drink pedigree which makes it a perfect city break for us. We love to walk, and on a holiday like this, will happily wander and stroll for hours, with little pitstops now and again, so much of our time in London was just that.
We arrived late New Years Eve and stayed at the Sofitel in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. We picked up a bottle of Champagne on our way through and arrived in time to ring in the new year! Next morning we headed into London town… On this visit we stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton London Hyde Park on Bayswater Road, nice location for where we like to be around.
We walked through Kensington Gardens, leading through to Hyde Park on a bleak, cold and misty January 1st…
Through the parks and into Winter Wonderland, kind of a cross between a huge German Christmas market and Funderland…
A couple of hours had passed at this stage and we were hungry so walked towards our 1st stop of the day, Burger & Lobster for some lunch. Happily full of lobster and vinho verde we walked on around the roads and mews at the back of Knightsbridge and Kensington areas. We love to look at the garages in the mews and the houses, and imagine living in some of the most spectacular ones… warning: lots of pictures of garages and cars ahead!
There was also some cool car spotting – easy to do in London with Ferraris and Lamborghinis to see in abundance… However these two were super cool…love!
After ALL that walking, a little nap pre-dinner was in order. We had originally booked dinner in a restaurant in the Mayfair area but feeling a little lazy we had decided earlier to cancel that booking and instead stay more local that evening, around the Notting Hill area and happened upon Granger & Co. The place was buzzing, full of people and atmosphere and was we thought it would be a nice spot for a casual dinner that evening.
The next morning, breakfast at Electric Diner! We wandered along Portobello Road as the people were setting up their stalls, window shopped in the antiques and trinket stores and short time later reached 191 Portobello Road and Electric Diner. I will write about Electric Diner in a separate post but suffice to say, it was a good breakfast!
A little shopping was in order for Friday late morning and for me that means Selfridges so we headed there for just an hour or two, and then tubed back to Kensington for lunch – sometimes you need a good burger and the place to do that is Byron. AMAZING burgers!
After lunch, and needing to walk off the burger we strolled around the area again and on up Kensington Church Street to another place we love, The Kensington Wine Rooms. Holidays are made for glasses of wine in the afternoon and we obliged…happily. A beautiful place, all twinkly lights for Christmas and so many wines by the glass to try.
On our travels the previous day around Walton St in Knighsbridge (one of our favourite streets) we happened upon this restaurant just off the street on Lennox Gardens Mews, Toto’s Restaurant. Deciding it was fate, an Italian restaurant in our favourite place, we booked a table for dinner on Friday evening.
Toto’s deserves its own blog post which I will do… I loved and adored Toto’s – the food, the restaurant, the staff, everything was exceptional.
And then it was home time the next morning, sad to leave London but a wonderful few days doing exactly what we like to do when in London – walk, eat and drink!