Family time in London

Never being one to turn down a trip to my favourite city, when Mum asked if James and I wanted to join them down in London last weekend, of course I jumped at the opportunity.

A quick train down got us into St Pancras for 10am and we headed to check into our hotel. It’s a fairly new hotel and not one that I’d ever heard of before. So new in fact, that not one single London cab driver even knew where it was. It’s called The Mandrake, just off Oxford street, a beautifully trendy and contemporary hotel. It features dark, moody lighting and modern interiors with deep purple, black and dusky pink hues. My style completely. It houses a gorgeous bar and exquisitely designed bedrooms.

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After a speedy check in, we got a cab over to Mayfair to meet mum and dad at their hotel, for some lovely lunch. I had a gorgeous Buratta and a gin and tonic to wash it down with.  We then spent the afternoon wondering around the shops in Mayfair. I hardly ever go to this area of London to shop, and it’s now my favourite. The beautiful New Bond Street that features every shop you could ever wish for, as well as gorgeous places for food and drinks. I highly recommend staying in this area of London, it’s so beautiful and just a 10 minute walk from the famous Oxford Street too.

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My auntie and uncle and 2 cousins were staying at the Rosewood hotel, so we set off across London to go meet them in the amazing Scarfes bar, for an evening drink. This is a very elegant bar, with velvet sofas and fireplaces galore. A very cosy and comfortable place to have a drink if you’re in the area, especially in the colder months.

A few drinks later, we hop tailed it to Harrods, to pick up a belt I’d been lusting after and me and James headed to dinner at Restaurant Ours. A place I’ve never eaten at before and to be quite honest, I really wanted to go because of the Instagram opportunity I could get in the entrance. Don’t judge. I’d heard the food was very good too!

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The restaurant is in a very industrial style building, with large indoor trees and twinkly lights everywhere. It’s a stunning room with a very cool central bar. The only thing that let the place down was the service, we were waiting for an hour before we were sat down. The food though was gorgeous though. It’s European food, but served tapas style to share. A great idea and it all tasted lovely.

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The next day we had a gorgeous breakfast in our hotel and then checked out. We walked to Oxford Street, which is just down the road and met up with the whole family for a coffee at the Duke’s Street Cafe. A favourite place of Dad’s, he likes to sit in there while us girls are shopping in Selfridges. I nipped into Selfridges to pick up James’s birthday present and then we headed for lunch. The Dean Street Townhouse was Mum’s Sunday lunch spot of choice and it lived up to expectations. Lovely food for a Sunday roast.

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After lunch we wondered down Regent Street to visit the likes of Zara and H&M’s new sister shop, Arket, before going back to pick up our bags and leaving for St Pancras to catch our train back to good old Sheffield. It was a fabulous weekend and it was lovely to see all the family.

Liss x

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