When I watched My Fair Lady the first time, all I wanted to do was buy myself a dress like Eliza’s at the ball and sing I could have danced all night. Everything from the ball, the high society of Edwardian London, the glitter, the glamour and of course the British allure, it was magical in my eyes. There’s something about rags to riches stories that feels inspiring and dreamy. Who doesn’t want to be whisked away at a ball and sing, dance and dream all night? When I was in London the last time, it was 27 degrees and sunny all day, which is when you get to experience London at its best. The sunny weather is perfect for afternoon strolls in South Kensington. Start with an éclair at Maître Choux, head up to Hyde Park for a picnic or a sit-down in the shade, go on a photography hunt in Notting Hill and take the tube to Soho for dinner and end the night with some (window) shopping on Savile Row.
You may have noticed a slightly different set up on the main page. From now on, articles will appear every Monday in a magazine format, with a bi-weekly special on Thursdays. The reason for this change is because I have slightly more time on my hands now (more on that later).
This week’s focus is all about London. I’ve summed up some of my favorite places to eat (Sketch, Oliver Maki) and for all of you looking for London films for inspiration, there’s an article about London in film as well. I hope you enjoy this new format. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for me to work with an editorial calendar – I’m quite used to just publishing whatever is on my mind, randomly. But with this new direction, I hope I can grow as a blogger and do something new again (more on that soon too!).
For now, enjoy!
INSTAGRAMMABLE FOOD IN LONDON…
(…because if it isn’t instagrammable, it isn’t worth it)
1. Maître Choux – if there’s one thing I love more than ice cream (and I do love my ice creams), it’s choux pastries. And better yet, choux pastries filled with Tahitian vanilla or chocolate cream. The last time I was in London I walked out of the store with a whole box of éclairs, choux and chouquettes (my latest discovery and love. Once you’ve had them, there’s no stopping really.
2. Sketch – I have a bit of a sweet tooth, can you tell? At Sketch, you can enjoy lunch and dinner but what you really need to try is their afternoon tea. Their sandwiches and petit gateaus are finger licking good (trust me, I’m a lawyer – well, used to be).
3. The Breakfast Club – where you can have breakfast all day (I kid you not – it exists). Try their fluffy pancakes, avocado & poached egg, huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict, fried chicken & waffles (because why not) but definitely order the full monty at least once!
4. Monmouth Coffee – because they were the first to introduce me to flat whites, even before they ever came to the Netherlands. Service is always good and the flat whites are the best!
5. Yauatcha Patisserie – always stunning and absolutely delicious.