Sunday, 31 May 2015

The London Series Part Three: Kensington, The V & A and The Berkeley...

Hello lovelies!

I hope you've been enjoying reading all about what we got up to on our recent trip to London. If you missed them, you can read part one here and part two here. We crammed a LOT into our second day so this post is going to be a bit of an overview of what we did, but I plan to do more detailed posts on Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty and our amazing Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley, in case you might want to visit and try them out for yourselves.

So let's start our early Sunday morning rise with some OOTD's shall we? Why not!

 I went for my trusty Topshop swing dress and Natalie's black Westwood flats...
...Natalie chose her stunning Primark dress and my navy Vivienne Westwood flats (shoe swap special!)

We'd booked for McQueen at 1030, so we decided to head to South Kensington bright and early to treat ourselves to a delicious breakfast. When I visit London I always try to eat at places that I wouldn't normally get the chance to go to at home, so we left with high hopes of eggs Benedict or pancakes or a nice continental breakfast to fill us until our afternoon tea later in the day. Our amazing find of Le Pain Quotidien did not disappoint! Situated on Exhibition Road in Kensington, this little Belgian beauty meaning 'the daily bread' was just what the doctor ordered.  A converted library, the interior is both rustic and quirky and the food is absolutely unbelievable.  We both went for dippy eggs and soldiers AND almond croissants because that's how we roll in London!  I had a coffee whereas my VBF opted for the cutest hot chocolate in a bowl-shaped mug!  The weather was pretty rubbish so the hot drinks helped to warm our souls and get us ready for the rest of the day ahead!











After settling our bill, we headed to the beautiful V & A for the Savage Beauty exhibition.  As I said before, I'm going to dedicate a whole post to the exhibition as I love to wax lyrical about fashion (and it was one of the best things I've ever seen in my life!) but the V & A itself has the most beautiful architecture so I thought it was definitely worth a mention here.  Walking into the entrance, I was blown away by the breathtaking structure and the blown glass 'All of this belongs to you' abstract art hanging from the ceiling in honour of our recent general election.  Even the tiled floor was eye-catching and we couldn't resist taking some #fromwhereistand shots!  After we visited Savage Beauty (and the gift shop!) we also poked our noses into the cafe (note the beautiful globe like chandeliers) and headed in to the stunning courtyard just to admire more of the building's beauty.














Wandering around Kensington before heading to Knightsbridge, we couldn't help but notice the beautiful houses of Cromwell Gardens and Thurloe Square, secretly wishing we could own one or at least live there for a month whilst living the London life...best friend life goals just got serious! A girl can dream right? If you're reading this and you live there, I applaud you :)





Heading into Knightsbridge after our spot of daydreaming, we wandered around Harvey Nichols taking in Chanel, Victoria Beckham and the like.  There's nothing I love more than admiring high end fashion, and it's always amazing to be sharing the same breathing space as Chanel!

Finally it was time for our Pret-a-Portea, the highlight of day and the moment we'd been planning for months, and it was worth every mouthful! It was such a wonderful experience that I'm going to dedicate a whole post to it, but here's a sneaky preview of the cakes...


Sadly after our tea, we had to head back to King's Cross to catch our train home to finish what I'll always remember as one of the most fun and fancy weekends I've ever had.  I'm so lucky to have such an amazing best friend to make these memories with, so if you're reading, love you bestie!


I'll be back later in the week with a detailed post of both Savage Beauty and The Berkeley...ooh and to show you what I bought, but until then, thanks for reading!

Xxx

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6 comments

  1. That afternoon tea! I need to convince Ray to go there (maybe I won't mention the handbag shaped cakes)! You managed to cram so much into your weekend, I could do with you planning mine haha!! Love the blig design by the way!!! :) xxx

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    1. Thanks lovely! The afternoon tea is perfect for a man because you get so much food ha! Not just the cakes! I'd def plan a London trip for you, the only problem is Id want to come ha! Xx

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  2. I love the V&A and Savage Beauty was out of this world. Haven't been to the Pret a Portea tea but it's top of my list to try

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. It was so amazing wasn't it? Yes, you must try, let me know what you think!! Xx

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  3. Love that you shoe swap! I don't think my delicate feet would cope with that, I'm rubbish at walking in different shoes at the best of times.

    More places should serve dippy eggs!

    Looking forward to the afternoon tea post!

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    1. We swap everything ha! Perks of being the same size!! Promise it'll be up soon!! Xx

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