Northern Delights

Plum & Spilt Milk restaurant 

With all the travelling I've done over the past year, including staying in beyond your average accommodation (I've become rather spoilt), I'd like to think I'm a pretty good judge of hotels. Hell I could easily be a professional a reviewer - now there's a thought! 

As a frequent traveller on the Eurostar (read: I practically live on it), the Great Northern Hotel is the most conveniently located, beautifully designed and affordable place around! Sat just opposite Kings Cross St Pancras station, it couldn't be better situated - I barely stumbled out of the train, before stepping to the hotel - maybe 20 steps? Next time I'll count. 

I stayed in the Cubitt room, which like all the rooms was tastefully furbished in a minimal, calming palette of creams and green. And in the evening I dined at the hotel's restaurant Plum & Spilt Milk (named after the livery worn by the dining cars the Flying Scotsman first pulled out of King's Cross), which even if you're not staying in the hotel I urge you to book a table. With a menu concocted by acclaimed chef and served in the plush surroundings of cream leather, wood panelling, polished black table tops, brass detailing and hand blown lamps, you could easily wile away hours there. I opted for the crab starter and scallops for main - both equally as delicious.  

You can book it here

I stayed in the Cubitt room.  

I stayed in the Cubitt room.  

View of St Pancras from one of the rooms & the cosy bar. 

View of St Pancras from one of the rooms & the cosy bar. 

London Lately

I'm wearing: Monki cream coat // Monki denim dress // Adidas Stans // Iris & Ink navy leather bucket bag, similar here // Tom Ford lipstick 

I travel to London every month, and I'm often asked for recommendations, so thought I'd put together a quick guide of my favourite places to eat, drink and sleep. Do you have any favourites? 

Eat: 

  • Beast - for giant Norwegian crab and beef 
  • Otto's  - lobster 
  • Padella - amazing pasta 
  • Shoryu Ramen
  • Granger & Co
  • Bao London - go for lunch and try to get there before 12 as there's always a queue 
  • Shotgun - great ribs 
  • Paradise Garage 
  • Lyle's 
  • Clove Club - also good for cocktails 
  • Wright Brothers - great oysters 
  • Barrafina 
  • Dishoom - great Indian 
  • Santo Remedio - great Mexican, some of the best I've had! 
  • The Pressery - fresh juice 
  • Honey & Co - good breakfast 
  • Duck & Waffle - for breakfast with a view 
  • Yam Cha - dim sum 
  • The Riding House Cafe - breakfast / lunch (great eggs & avocado)
  • Ceviche - Peruvian 
  • Berners Tavern 
  • Hawksmoor (go Sunday and have the roast)

Coffee: 

  • TAP
  • Allpress Coffee 
  • Monmouth Coffee
  • Prufrock Coffee
  • Kaffeine 
  • Workshop Coffee Co
  • Look Mum No Hands 

Drink: 

  • Hix
  • Blind Pig - try their Mexican Mexican't cocktail 
  • The Gun (East London) 
  • Ruby's Bar & Lounge 
  • Ridley Road Market Bar 
  • The Punch Room at Berners Tavern 

Stay: 

  • Ace Hotel (also place to work from and they do good coffee) 
  • Town Hall Hotel (also good cocktails and the Corner Room restaurant) 
  • Zetter Townhouse (also good cocktails)
  • Culpepper 
  • London Edition (same venue as Berners Tavern + The Punch Room)

If you freelance like I do, Hubbard & Bell in the Hoxton Hotel is a great place to work from, as is the Ace Hotel. 

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London Fashion Week

I'll admit, I was little apprehensive about attending London Fashion Week this season, as it was the first time going registered under my own blog. I used to cover the shows for a website I edited back when I lived in London, so having Rue Rodier on my badge was a big deal. According to the late, great Eleanor Roosevelt you should do one thing every day that scares you. I think I averaged five a day, which included wearing blue sandals over tights in the winter, hoping that it didn't rain, photographing shows and generally trying to own my presence there. To me, fashion week is (apart from the circus that surrounds it) about the art, the creativity and inspiration that has gone into each collection. I've always viewed watching a show as rather like watching a live art exhibition. It's not just about clothes and trends, but the experience of seeing them walk by live - in other words I was pretty happy (but a little overwhelmed) to be there. Anyway here are some shots from a few of my favourite presentations and shows. 

London Calling

I lived in London for a long time before I moved to Paris (I used to be an East London girl and spent 4 years in Dalston & Hackney), so it's quite refreshing coming back as a tourist and staying in a different area to my old stomping ground. I didn't have much time to explore this trip and seek out new places, so I snapped a few shots near where I was staying, at a friend's in West London. I literally hot-footed it to Portobello Road in Notting Hill yesterday morning, to capture a few of the cute buildings and vintage teapots - apologies for the lack, but I'll be back next month (and quickly next weekend for said friend's engagement party), and will actually plan my stay properly next time. 

For more London, check out

Park & Cube

,

Liberty London Girl

 and 

What Katie Does

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Cheeky new purchase - grey jumper from & Other Stories and previous blue clutch from COS