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