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London Calling

by habituallychic

10 . 22 . 13
In the midst of trying to finish nine million projects, I’m also finalizing trip to London and Paris in November. I haven’t been to London in an embarrassingly long time so I’m looking forward to drinking lots of tea and visiting as many museums and stores as time allows.  I plan to stop by by designer Rose Uniackes shop on Pimlico Road too. London design seems to fall into two categories lately, country house chaos or minimalist chic. Rose seems to fall into the latter wither her own chic home and the headquarters she designed for Jo Malone. If anyone has any other London recommendations, please feel free to pass them on.  Cheers! 

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  1. ArchitectDesign™ October 22, 2013 | 10:03 pm

    Oh lucky -I’ve never been to London! I look forward to all of your posts afterwards.
    The main Asprey store of course!

  2. The Famous Home October 23, 2013 | 2:08 am

    Loving the simplicity of this home.

  3. Karena Albert October 23, 2013 | 2:14 am

    Oh I do miss London, I could go many more times! Look forward to your posts after always!

    2013 Designer Series

  4. Gabriela Pallares October 23, 2013 | 2:56 am

    hi heather! Congrats x your blog I follow it always. I´ve been in London recently and there are so many new and amazing places! I loved the rooftop bar ar “me” hotel London by Richard Rogers I posted on my blog w many photos, may I suggest it: http://design-insider.blogspot.com/2013/04/uno-de-los-lugares-mas-increibles-para.html
    Also: Canary Wharf area: http://design-insider.blogspot.com/2013/04/canary-wharf-londres.html
    and in Trafalgar square dont miss St martin in the fields crypt cafe for lunch in an amazin environment:
    And also: King Cross area full of new areas

  5. mybluechina October 23, 2013 | 8:41 am

    Hello Heather and thanks for your beautiful & inspiring blog!

    Lovely London and talented Rose Uniacke! I’ll be going myself this weekend and staying at my old favourite Blakes Hotel http://www.blakeshotels.com/ for the stunning interiors.

    Don’t miss the newly opened exhibition with renaissance portraits “Elisabeth & Her People” at National Portrait Gallery, a lunch at Cecconi’s http://www.cecconis.co.uk/ or dinner at China Tang at The Dorchester. I think you will love it. http://www.chinatanglondon.co.uk/

    Hope you’ll have a lovely trip!

    /Emma (a devoted Swedish fan)

  6. Coulda shoulda woulda October 23, 2013 | 8:47 am

    you will love Alfie’s Antique Market, Ian Schrager just opened a new hotel called the edition and has the best cornicing and an amazing gallery wall with a lobby with the best Christian Liagre olive green sofas. Wolseley for any meal of the day. I hope you end up loving London as much as Paris!

  7. blackfoxmanor October 23, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Good morning, Heather,

    I own an inn and most travelers overbook activities. I hope you’ll enjoy letting your time flow naturally. London allows one to drink in easily.

    Recommendation. The New Tate. Start there. If you only do one thing, it’s at the top. It offers inspiration which will last forever. Bonus, the best views of London from the banks of the Thames.

    Have a blast.

    Black Fox Manor
    Prince Edward Island

  8. Lynn Ogburn October 23, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    Please, a packing post?? I love those and envy your upcoming trip! Safe travels.

  9. Lily L-M October 23, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    London is my favorite city! Check out the Young Vic Theatre while you’re there — it’s the chicest in town!

    xo Lily

  10. Michael October 23, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    Loads of great exhibitions on in London this autumn of which top of my own hit list are:

    Viennese Portraits at the National Gallery
    Beyond El Dorado and Shunga at the British Museum
    Whistler and the Thames at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
    Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore at Somerset House – although that doesn’t open till 20th November alas.

    As for shops Pentreath & Hall and Darkroom are both worth a look on Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury.




  11. BRASWELL October 23, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    soo many good suggestions in London(my favorite city)if you can get to Petersham nursery make a lunch or dinner reservation + you will never be sorry. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  12. Hilary October 23, 2013 | 4:45 pm

    Hi, here are some favorite places…have a wonderful trip!

    A walk up elegant, over-the-top NEW BOND STREET and check out Belstaff’s new flagship store. LIBERTY OF LONDON is decked out for the holidays w/nicely edited assortment of accessories/gifts/fashion. ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS on Picadilly (manageable size gallery. current exhibits: “Daumier: Visions of Paris” and “Australia” survey of Australian art. Lunch/dinner: LA PETITE MAISON on Brooks Mews for provencale small plates in airy, buzzy atmosphere. THE WOLSELEY for brasserie lunch set in 1920’s motor showroom on Picadilly next to Ritz. SCOTT”S for seafood in a chic setting.

    Nice way to start the day – a run/walk in the manicured park around The Serpentine Lake and a bowl of cafe au lait and farm-to-table food overlooking the lake at Serpentine Kitchen and Bar at the end of the lake – large glass-windowed building – casual, airy, comfortable. Or rest your feet later in the day here with cup of tea or glass of wine and cheeses.

    Early Saturday morning at Portobello Road Antique market for vintage finds. Get there early and leave around 10:30am to avoid the crowds. Brunch/lunch around the corner on Westbourne Grove. DAYLESFORD FARM SHOP (www.daylesford.com) is organic market/cafe…fresh, beautifully presented food menu w/ingredients from their organic farm. They also have a cafe/market at 448 Pimlico Road. Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road are great for browsing boutiques – fashion/home.

    TRAMSHED – fun restaurant in trendy Shoreditch opened by restauranteur Mark Hix. Renovated tram station with soaring ceilings and Damien Hirst commissioned piece in the dining room – gallery below. Simple, DELICIOUS!!, food – meat/chicken. http://www.chickenandsteak.co.uk

    WILLIAM YEOWARD – showroom on Kings Road. Always inspiring.

    COLBERT: cafe on corner of Sloane Square, opened by Wolseley owners. Brasserie a la Deux Magots open breakfast thru dinner. Outdoor tables.

    AMAYA: Unique, gourmet Indian food in dramatic setting in Belgravia. Sooo good!

    RICCARDO’S: Casual, neighborhood Tuscan restaurant. Delicious. Usually ask to sit in front covered cafe area. Fulham Road in South Kensington location. http://www.riccardos-italian-restaurant.co.uk

    BIBENDUM OYSTER BAR: Located at base of historic Michelin Building by fresh flower market and entrance to Conran Shop – casual stop in spot for lunch/dinner. On Fulham Road.

    Fulham Road/Walton Street wanderings..


  13. Unknown October 24, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    I see that Pentreath and Hall has already been recommended. I recommend Ben Pentreath’s delightful weekly blog. Have a great visit, and I look forward to your insights.