December 16, 2016

The London Diaries | A festive Weekend in Chelsea

a festive weekend in Chelsea


a family festive weekend trip to London


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!

Having dropped off our bags, we caught the 137 bus on Sloane Street and bagged a seat at the front on the top deck much to our excitement. We stayed on until Oxford Circus (I know – on a Saturday – must be bonkers!) but H was busy gawping at the lights and I was gawping at Chanel, Prada, Gucci et al.

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We headed straight to Regent Street for me to gaze up at the angel lights once more and H wanted to worship at the temple of the Apple store. I wisely decided to save a COS pilgrimage for another day when I was by myself and there would be no pained expressions and cries of “WHEN can we go??”.

Aubaine in the Heddon Street Food Quarter was great for a late family brunch stop with enough kid and adult friendly menu choices plus the obligatory Bellini for me and a Bloody Mary for him.

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Then we crowd-dodged all the way down to Covent Garden where I introduced H to the magical stationery delights of Kikki K. I managed to get Patrick to distract her long enough for me to shop for a couple of final stocking fillers for her. Its safe to say from her expression that there may be a junior Kikki K fan in the making there.

Having never been to Harrods before, she was keen to go and pay homage to the world’s must luxurious department store, so despite my trepidation (Harrods on a Saturday in December?), we caught the tube to Knightsbridge.

Despite only covering the Candy Store and Toy Kingdom, the Food Halls, an ascent on the Egyptian escalator and a trip to the luxury washrooms, H declared it “Awesome!” I declared it too busy but we still managed to snaffle a couple more Christmas gifts before calling time and heading back to hunker down at our apartment.

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Post-meander up the Kings Road, takeaway flute of Moet from the food market in hand, we unpacked and settled in for a night of takeout food and the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final. Rock ‘n’ Roll all the way Baby!

The loft apartment setting was perfect – H took over the lounge, sofa bed and TV remote downstairs and we got the enormous double bed upstairs. This arrangement meant we had a Sunday morning lie in until 8.30 (bliss!) followed by tea, coffee and magazines in bed.

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After hitting up the apartment’s resident Nespresso machine, we headed out to breakfast to find that London had put on it’s best crisp sunny Sunday morning garb for us.

Having stocked up on plenty of coffee, eggs and bacon Italian style at Poco, we took a final wander around the gardens and Duke Of York Square.

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WEARING: Sunglasses – these RayBan frames with prescription lenses | Coat – Topshopsimilar | Sweatshirt – hush | Trousers – Jaeger | Bag – Hogan | Trainers – Nike | Camera – Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk II with strap by Sail England


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If you’re staying in or around sloane square…


If you’re self catering and are in the mood for foodie treats, Partridges is great for stocking up on tasty luxe snacks. Aptly named for the festive season, I wondered how I’d missed this amazing place before. It reminded Mr & I a little of Dean & Delucca in Soho, NYC. Happy memories!

Make the most of Duke Of York Square on a Sunday morning before the shops open – its so peaceful in the gardens opposite the Saatchi Gallery and there are plenty of breakfast options.

When the shops do open, there’s plenty of choice close by including J.Crew, COSEileen Fisher, & Other Stories and Jaeger among my favourites.

And one last general tip for London. Even if your child insists on heading towards Covent Garden on a Saturday afternoon in December, try and wait for another time when its less busy. I think H found the crowds a little overwhelming and jostling this time. Likewise Covent Garden tube station.

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Fulfilled by twinkle, coffee and seasonal cheer we headed back home to the quiet calm of the New Forest.

Until next year London…


We stayed at Cheval Phoenix House as happy guests of Cheval Residences and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Take a look here for more information on their excellent 5 Star serviced London apartments.


If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a little luxury as you kiss goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, take a look at the Cheval Three Quays New Year Penthouse Extravaganza. Now that’s how to do London on New Years Eve!

2 comments on “The London Diaries | A festive Weekend in Chelsea”

  1. What a wonderful, inspiring post! Our H (who is Harriet) loves a hotel but we’ve not done a London overnight stay yet. I am now thinking of adding it onto our list for next year, in fact I’ve just discussed it with he who is working from home today! The apartment is a great idea.
    How your H has grown up! She is actually starting to look different from our H now (although they still have the same glasses )
    And Dean and Deluca – what a wonderful blast from the past. There was one in the lobby of our hotel in NYC and they provided breakfast in bed every morning!
    Glad you had a good trip – sounds like bliss X

    1. Thanks so much Sharon! I hope you, your other half and Harriet get to enjoy a London break very soon – lots of fun! Time flies when it comes to them growing and changing doesn’t it? Quite scary how fast it goes too!
      Now a Dean and Deluca breakfast in bed sounds just amazing – especially on this first return to routine morning!
      I hope 2017 holds plenty of good things for you and yours!
      Amanda xx

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