Norwich is my home and I love living here but there is something about London that will always keep me going back for a visit. From the moment you step off the train, your pace quickens and you get caught up in the buzz that only a big city has.
It has been two years since we have been able to visit due to covid restrictions so as soon as we were able we headed to the smoke to celebrate my husbands birthday.
Booking into one of our favourite hotels near to Covent Garden – The Hoxton at Holburn to begin our adventure.
Once we checked in we headed out to explore, wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere.
One thing I love about London is the window displays and gems that you find unexpectedly around every corner.
We had an early dinner booked as we wanted to eat on one of our favourite restaurants but could only get a booking for 5.15 pm so we headed back to the hotel to change for the evening.
After dinner where we were totally spoilt by the waiting staff and had the most wonderful food we walked a few paces within the same hotel for drinks in the fabulous Art Deco The Coral Room
After a great nights sleep – the Hoxton beds are so comfy we walked up to Selfridges where I haven’t been for ages due to always hitting my old stomping ground of Chelsea when we visit but I wanted to check out their new sustainable policy. Alongside the normal brands they have a wide range of independent echo friendly labels as well as vintage from Beyond Retro and Hurr – where you can hire the most amazing pieces rather than buying for a special occasion.
I had to take a little look at Gucci of course and had a little tour of the Chanel VIP room thanks to the wonderful assistant who let me have a sneak peek and snap some photos. The room is based on Chanel’s apartment in Rue Cambon.
I just love that Beyond Retro and Hurr had a place in such a big department store and just LOVE Selfridges for making sustainability part of their policy. I may have made a little vintage purchase that which I am sure will feature on Instagram in due course.
In need of refuelling after the fabulous fashion we had booked lunch in one of the many restaurants that the store has to offer, we opted for Art Deco opulence of The Brasserie of Light which features a huge statue of Pegasus designed by Damien Hurst overlooks the bar. Owned by the same company that runs The Ivy we new we were in for some delicious food and it did not disappoint with deserts to die for that just had to be shared on the Gram!!
And just had to take a selfie in the fabulous ladies loo!!
Taking a slow walk back to the hotel and stopping for a drink in the Hoxton bar we left for home.
I was a much needed break away after the year that the world has been through, I know many have suffered much more than we have and we have had it pretty easy but life is short and if this has taught me one thing is that you have to make the most of everyday and do the things you love as often as you can because you never know what is around the corner?