Francophile or anglophile? I’m not certain which but I love both Paris and London and jump at any chance to visit. This month I met a dear friend in London on our way to a girls weekend in Ireland (more to come on Ireland in a later post). While she was finishing up work, I had 24 hours to play in London.
Normally, I opt for the Sofitel. It is near Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square making it perfect for a short walk to museums and galleries. This time it was Mayfair and the Beaumont. What a treat! A small boutique hotel in fashionable Mayfair where they cater to your every need. It was perfect.
I was taken to my room immediately upon arrival after an overnight flight arriving at Heathrow. I’d had an unfortunate accident with a neighboring passenger’s glass of champagne which ended up all over me for the flight. Beware passengers attempting to get to their seats with more than two carryon items. All I wanted was a shower and fresh clothes. The first thing I noticed was the decadent bath with the heated floor. My jet lag was an immediate afterthought.
Refreshed with a shower and clean clothes, I was off to the V&A. It is my favorite museum! If you love the Tudors it is a must see stop for you. In prior visits I’ve spent hours wondering the Tudor galleries. This time I was headed for the Dior and Quant exhibitions I’d seen the Dior exhibit in Paris but wanted to see the British modifications I was not disappointed. Princess Margaret’s gown is to die for as are the Dior London parts of the exhibit Absolutely fascinating
From there it was to the Mary Quant exhibition. I’m not certain which was my favorite. Would that the Met take their lead for their next fashion exhibition . . . . The Mary Quant clothes looked so wearable and comfortable. I loved the jersey dresses and the rain slickers. I’d wear them today!
From there I walked the two short blocks to Harrods and the food hall for a bite to tide me over. The food hall is a sight not to be missed anything you can think of to eat is there.
Back to Mayfair then to explore. Hyde Park is there if the weather holds. Mayfair is perfect for people and car watching with every conceivable car dealership there. It’s also shoppers nirvana.
After exploring Mayfair, I was off to the Ritz. Someday I’m going to book tea there as it always looks incredible. As it was after 4, I opted for the Rivoli Bar and a French 75, or as they call it a Rivoli 75. A wonderfully refreshing mix of champagne, gin, lemon, and simple syrup it is a favorite of mine. I opted for an early dinner with my second. They have a lovely Caesar salad with grilled chicken – hold the anchovies. From there, I walked back to the Beaumont enjoying more of Mayfair.
The time difference was beginning to catch up with me but I was still slightly hungry. I opted for dessert at the bar in the hotel – doughnuts with a raspberry sauce. They were delicious.
I returned to my room and crashed waking up the next morning for my flight to Dublin. The Beaumont once again rose to the occasion. They have a wonderful breakfast set out with pain as chocolate, juice, tea, or for me coke complete with travel cups and boxes