snapshots from london: the last two days

Waking up late from the previous night’s merry dancing, we skipped breakfast and asked our hotel concierge to book us a table for lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant. We didn’t get a table at the always-full dining institution the previous night so we took the next best thing, a lunch of the lightest potato gnocchi and rib-eye. Both dishes were well-presented and playful in taste. If you’re in the city and would like a dining experience at Fifteen, call well ahead in advance.

   

All stuffed and ready to burn some calories, Neil and I headed to the St. Pancras Station in my search for the store Rituals, which I first discovered in Amsterdam. I love their products for the body and the home and so I took home an array of cosmetics. Afterwards, we headed to the nucleus of London. We went straight to Piccadilly Circus where huge video displays and neon signs surround the statue of Eros. We walked along Regent Street, found a spot in Starbucks, and Neil bought a belt to match his slip-ons from Burberry. We dropped by the Louis Vuitton store in Bond Street where I was attended to by a snotty SA. Not liking her attitude at all, I took my business elsewhere. We just explored more of the shopping districts (but I didn’t get anything) before we headed back to the hotel to change for the evening.

    

At 7 pm, we headed to the London Eye for a champagne flight. The champagne flight allows you to check in just 15 minutes before the scheduled departure and avoid the crazy queue. Each flight has a host which will serve a flute of bubbly while you take in the amazing views from one of the London Eye’s capsules. The journey lasts for 30 minutes and that’s just enough to take in a sweeping view of the city and its landmarks, capture photos and enjoy a glass of champagne with a frame.

  

Dinner was at the nearby Skylon Restaurant located within the Royal Festival Hall. We had a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames. I had a terrine of foie gras with English rhubarb, pistachios and toasted brioche for starters paired with a glass of white, a rack of new season lamb with wild rice, merguez, and sauce choron for the main dish paired with a glass of red, and almond fondant with fresh mango, banana ice cream and caramel foam for dessert. Everything was good!

 

After checking out the following morning, we headed to the Buckingham Palace only to be greeted by a huge gathering of Brits at The Mall where a concert was held for the transfer of the Olympic flag from Beijing to London. We just walked around St. James Park and we spotted cute little things running everywhere – squirrels! Here’s one enjoying the day’s pick.

 

Before heading back to the hotel to pick up our luggages and go to Heathrow Airport, we dropped by Louis Vuitton stores in Sloane Street where I got my Graphite Petit Damier Scarf and the one at Harrod’s where Neil bought a matching one in brown. 

 

Thank you for joining me in my little travelogue of London. I love this city and would definitely come back in the future!

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14 Responses to “snapshots from london: the last two days”


  1. 1 Karinna September 12, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Hi there!

    Such beautiful pictures!!! And looking good with your LV’s!

  2. 2 supercow September 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Your writing especially your photos never fail to amaze. I wish you have more travel anecdotes to share in the not so distant future. :)

  3. 3 Eric September 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Hello!
    First: i like ur blog a lot. I found it while i was checking news in the blog of louisvuittonlover, and now u’re in my favorites links.

    Second: U’re just too cute, trendy, and i like ur style. U’re just in the middle: not fat, not skinny, not muscled, just perfect with an angel face.

    Third: Ur pics of London are beautiful and it seems like i was beside u.

    Have a good week end.

    Bye

  4. 4 freshmess September 13, 2008 at 12:02 am

    @ Karinna – thanks! glad you liked ’em.

    @ supercow – thanks! i’ll write one again soon.

    @ Eric – wow, that made me blush :p glad you liked what i do here in my blog, please do drop by for more.

    have a great weekend guys!

  5. 5 Kevin September 13, 2008 at 3:49 am

    nice travelogue. Love reading these. I may be heading down to London soon. So watch out, I may be bugging you for travel tips! hehe

    enjoy the weekend:-P

    Kevin

  6. 6 ofaj September 13, 2008 at 10:17 am

    wow, you have a fans. lol

    “Second: U’re just too cute, trendy, and i like ur style. U’re just in the middle: not fat, not skinny, not muscled, just perfect with an angel face.”

    I have one word for you: dyosa.

    Ikaw na ang maalindog. Hahahaha

    I love your grey jacket.

  7. 7 freshmess September 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

    @ Kevin – glad you liked this; i’m no expert in london but by all means, shoot away with your questions. :p have a great weekend!

    @ ofaj – haba ng hair ko. bagong rebond pa. :p how’s the weather there in DK? happy weekend!

  8. 8 ofaj September 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    maaraw ngayon. magshashopping akes.

    totoo, ang haba ng hair mo lang don. hahaha

    happy weekend den!

  9. 9 Ryeness September 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    one of my bestest friends ever is in london. his name is julius. sweet guy — very kind, accommodating and endearing. not to mention, uber sexy! would’ve been nice to have you two meet each other — one of my bestest friends, and my favorite blogger. next time siguro.

  10. 10 jason September 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    wow! Great travelogue entry. Your photos are amazing! what camera do you use?

  11. 11 freshmess September 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Shopping ka ng shopping ha, ofaj! Sushal! :p

    Did you say uber sexy, rye? Hahaha! Why did you say this only now? Kidding! Mind sharing his blog link?

    Hey jason, thanks! I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 digicam. :)

  12. 12 00o00 September 17, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    ahhh the V&R jacket!
    i like!

  13. 13 freshmess September 19, 2008 at 12:25 am

    ah yes, 00o00. :p i think it fits london well. hehehe.

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