My friend and I decided to have a weekend in the city and exploit the phrase – A Tourist In Your Own City. This would be my first time staying at a hotel in London. My friend booked a room at the Grange Strathmore Hotel near Gloucester Road tube. The hotel has a very British feel with dark wood, chandeliers, and paintings; the continental breakfast, which was very good, included an assortment of cheeses, fresh fruit, yoghurts, coffee and teas. Although the room was small, it was clean and had a kettle which is essential as we can’t be without our cup of tea in the morning and after a busy day shopping!

On Friday night, we went to Blanchette, a French tapas restaurant in Soho. This was my second visit to Blanchette – we had the vegetarian tapas menu which included, a Green Bean Salad with Aged Compté Cheese, Shallots and Wallnut dressing. To drink I had a Raspberry Gin Blush and my friend a Bellini. After Blanchette we finished the night with mocktails at Ham Yard. Ham Yard Hotel is part of the Firmdale group designed by Kit Kemp, it ticks all the boxes in terms of style, service and quality.

After a good night’s sleep we decided to spend Saturday in South Kensington and the Kings Road exploring the food markets. South Kensington has an exciting street market with an array of interesting vegetables, sauces, nuts, cakes, jams and French produce not to mention a mouth-watering variety of French pastries. Moving on to Kings Road – Partridges Food Market really is something to behold with fresh coconuts, non-alcoholic fizz, alcoholic fizz, vegan delights, meaty delights, fresh coffees, fancy cakes and all things yummy. After some delicious vegan take-out, we decided to go for a glass of French sparkling wine at Côte Brasserie on Sloane Square.

Back to the hotel for a relaxing cuppa, then time to get ready for Saturday evening which was spent at Jak’s on the Kings Road where they serve Mediterranean style mezze, pizzas, juices and various alcoholic beverages. The venue is in a large basement where they project films and play Deep House. On Saturday night, it is crowded with a vibrant, lively atmosphere. Be prepared to book if you want a table on Saturday evening.

Although I live in greater London staying in the centre was fun and definitely gave me a different perspective on my home city! I will certainly do this again soon 🙂

A thank you to Natasha for photos

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