With budget airlines ruling the skies flying is as common as catching a bus. Weekend breaks to Europe are something of the norm. Sometimes we brush aside the attractions which are right under our nose. No where more so than the mainlands capital, London. This Summer is a little different with the celebration of the Jubilee and the greatly anticipated Olympic Games. All eyes truly are on London.
Last week I travelled to the capital and here are a few of my highlights.
The Design Museum which also has great views of the Tower Bridge showcased Christian Louboutins exhibition which is a must visit for any shoe lover. Get close and personal to some of his most beautiful designs while learning about the shoe making process and the history of Christian and his philosophy for design. A celebration of 20 years of designs and inspirations from his iconic stiletto to studded pumps.
No shopping trip to London is complete without a visit to this store. It oozes rich British character and stocks unusual, hard to find designs and brands which have been carefully selected for the style savvy customer. It is for this reason this enchanting department store stands out from the others and is a real treasure just off Regent Street.
One of London's most photographed sights but not so many are lucky enough to pass through the doors of this Royal Residence. The Palace is only open during the Summer season where you have an inside view of the home and workplace of Her Majesty the Queen. The artwork, furniture and history is exquisite. Unfortunately cameras where prohibited from the visit so I have no imagery to share with you. The 11 foot chandeliers, the secret door and a small collection of the Queens jewels were my highlights. The tour is self guided with commentary on your own personal earphones allowing you to take the tour at your own pace. The visit ends in the garden where there is a cafe which serves cakes and pastries in a cute garden party style. If you are travelling to London this Summer the Palace is well worth a visit. Book in advance to secure your place.
The National Geographic Society is the venue for this travel photography exhibition. As a lover of Photography and travel this exhibition was on the top of my list. The exhibition spills out into the garden where you catch a glimpse of The Royal Albert Hall.
Before visiting any city I always do my research for great places to eat and drink so I am not left disappointed. I pre booked the restaurant in the very slick and trendy St Martins Lane hotel, Asia de Cuba for Friday night. We started with pre dinner cocktails in the bar before hand and then made our way to the fashion forward restaurant. The unique fusion of flavours are far from subtle, portions are large and guests are encouraged to share dishes. We opted for Coconut Chilean Sea Bass and Cuban BBQ Chicken. Served with coconut sticky rice, avocada fruit salsa and tamarind sauce. Fabulous food but if you don't have similar tastes with your company it may result in a very expensive meal.
The dessert menu was as equally irresistable. Again the portions are large and we shared between 3 delicious carrot cake with pineapple icing and served with raisin and lemongrass ice cream. Simply divine.