Wearing white tee from Acne Studios, black high waisted pants from some random local Bangkok designer (they’ve cracked open twice but I insist on making my tailor fix them), pink sneakers Acne Studios
We make very specific food plans while traveling. I’m a very spontaneous person, and feel sort of claustrophobic when my day gets too boxed in with plans and commitments, but when it comes to food I’ve learned to trust Saif’s decision making.
Yesterday, we kicked off the day with breakfast at Shoreditch House, where we’re staying. Saif had his favourite – eggs Benedict – and I had an avocado toast. Soho House in London makes banging breakfast, both in Notting Hill (at Electric Diner, where you can go even if you’re not a member/staying at the hotel) and here in Shoreditch. The membership-only club doesn’t allow photography inside, so except the meal-shot, I wasn’t able to capture the vibe for you. Its an excellent place to work, eat and catch up though.
After breakfast we walked around Shoreditch. I had an afternoon meeting scheduled at 4pm, so we grabbed a quick lunch at Bleeckers Burgers in Spitafields Market – the one burger place I follow on Instagram. So good! If you love burgers, this one is a must-try.
After lunch and a 2.5 hour meeting/catch up with an old friend, Saif and I met up and made our way to Soho. We walked around exploring the area for a while, before getting in line at our favourite restaurant – Barrafina. We come here once every time we are in London. It’s the world’s only walk-in/no reservations Michelin star restaurant. I’m really NOT a Michelin star restaurant kind of person, but the Spanish tapas + incredible wine + relaxed vibe + wonderful staff makes it…to die for. The wine in the photo is one of the best wines I’ve ever had–we drink it every time we come here. If you’re into heavy, full-bodied wines, this wine is going to become your best friend.
Yesterday was a Friday night, and packed – we waited in line for two hours before we got to sit down at the bar and enjoy another incredible meal. So worth it!
So today – another day, another meal then. Today we have The Breakfast Club, Palomar, and some local Italian place on the menu. Might sound slightly crazy, but life is food and food is life I guess. Blessed!
Friday in London! We woke up around 6am today – a standard habit for me while I’m traveling to Europe. I don’t know whether its the time difference, or the sunlight, or the pure excitement of being here, but I can’t sleep in until a decent hour no matter how late I go to sleep at night. Either way it works well for me, because I have time to work out and check off some work before the day starts.
Our hotel is as beautiful as last time we stayed here. Shoreditch House is perfectly located in the centre of Shoreditch. I can’t wait to go check out some of the stores in this area, and I’m also dying to go back to Notting Hill. One of my favourite stores is located there – Raey. We’ve not figured out when it makes sense to go that side, but we will. I will!
What else? We need to start thinking about some sort of engagement celebration when we’re back, and of course, when and where to have our wedding. I wouldn’t consider myself very stereotypically ‘girly’, but when it comes to my wedding, I’ve dreamed, fantasised and planned every shape and form of it for like…ever. Right now we’re looking at getting married as soon as November, but we may also wait for another year. So many decisions to make, but I promise I will keep you guys in the loop here on the blog throughout all the decision making. It’s important for me to finalise a date and place soon though, so all my close friends and family can have the ability to be there. I ain’t getting married without my girlfriends! (Also I can’t even believe I’m getting married!!)
I have a meeting this afternoon with a Swedish company that’s based here, and tonight Saif and I are going back to one of our favourite restaurants in London – Barrafina.
Have a lovely, sunny Friday afternoon!