The London Diaries | A festive Weekend in Chelsea

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that London feels extra magical at Christmas. Whenever I go by myself for work at this time of year, I always spend half my time wishing the other two were with me to enjoy the twinkle and cheer.

Last Saturday we all got to spend time together in the big smoke and enjoyed a festive weekend in Chelsea, staying with one of my favourites, Cheval Residences.

We often go for the self-catering option when it comes to going away with Holly – it just affords a little more freedom in decisions and timings. Basing ourselves at Cheval Phoenix House just off Sloane Square was perfect for the kind of weekend we were after.

There was nothing more on the agenda than food, a little sightseeing and maybe a tiny amount of shopping. The older she gets, the more H likes to shop but has a limit that’s quickly reached and woe betide you if you attempt to stretch that!

A White Christmas At Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Imagine the frosty countryside bathed in winter sunshine, a beautiful manor house hotel with festive food from the kitchens of Raymond Blanc and a Christmas scene dressed by The White Company… all served up in front of a roaring log fire. All at once. Yep – my Holiday Season excitement levels went through the roof last week!

At least that would be my excuse for all the festive spam via Instagram Stories on Tuesday when I spent an amazing day at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons hosted by The White Company.

My fellow bloggers and I hopped aboard a train at London Marylebone and were spirited away to Oxfordshire for a truly stylish white Christmas. Upon arrival we were treated to a warm welcome from hotel staff and The White Company team with coffee and pastries by the fire, before heading out to explore the gardens and orchards in the grounds of Le Manoir.

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fight off those back to reality blues with a few post vacation treats

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Hello! It feels amazing to be back at the desk and delving into blog land again – absence really did make my heart grow fonder – I missed you!

After a week spent basking in the warm Majorcan sun, I feel more than ready to get back to the business of blogging – albeit at a pace dictated by the summer school holiday.

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At the point of prepping this post, summer is still mid-stutter, the skies are looking grey, albeit a very attractive shade of my favourite hue and I’m actually contemplating socks. Socks I tell you!

Thankfully July, August and September still stretch ahead and in true optimistic mindset, I’m hoping for time spent at the beach on UK shores, a spot of al fresco dining and evenings spent in the garden. I’m also pinning all my…