Friday, 15 May 2020

10 PLACES IN LONDON THAT I CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT WHEN LOCKDOWN IS OVER


It feels like an eternity since we were allowed to sit on a terrace somewhere enjoying a cocktail, or to head out for dinner with friends. I love nothing more than dining out and getting to enjoy a staycation somewhere which is why I wanted to share with you, a few of the places I'll definitely be heading when all of this is over. Some of these have become regular spots for either date night or a catch up with friends and family, and some I've only been luck enough to visit once, but thy definitely left a lasting impression on me and have made me want to go back! Let me know what you think.


GLASSROOM
Glass Room has to be one of the best places I've visited during my time here in London. This glass boat offers panoramic views of London as you sail along the Thames eating a multi-course meal. As you step aboard the boat, you're immediately welcomed into a lavish and romantic setting and seated for dinner (or a number of other meal options). Complete with a live pianist, this makes for the perfect date night experience, or a unique way to celebrate any special occasion.

TIP: Be sure to book in advance and request a table next to the windows to ensure you get the best possible views.
https://www.bateauxlondon.com/restaurants/glass-room


CAMINO BANKSIDE
Serving some of the best steak I've ever had the pleasure of eating, Camino offers a modern take on traditional Spanish tapas, complete with plenty of sangria and cocktails. With an extensive menu full of classic favourites, the fresh ingredients and creative preparations really transport you to the Mediterranean. The restaurant also serves a bottomless brunch on weekends, with endless sangria and its unique take on classic brunch dishes. Camino's steaks are served by weight, and brought in fresh each day.

TIP: Don't leave without getting the churros.
https://camino.uk.com/menu/bankside/

W LONDON BRUNCH @ THE PERCEPTION
One word: Brunch. The W London hosts one of the best bottomless brunches in London, and regularly changes the theme or menu options depending on the season. Often themed around candy or dessert, The Perception really knows how to put on a show and supply you with plenty of Instagramable dishes. With a DJ, bottomless cocktails, and Prosecco, you're definitely going to have a good time. You receive one entree, bottomless bubbles or cocktails, and bottomless dessert and toppings from their candy bar with your order (previous options have included s'mores and waffles—delicious).

TIP: Get their earlier in the day, and make sure your group arrives on time to fully enjoy the 1.5 hour bottomless slots.
https://www.theperceptionbar.com/brunch-soho


ACQUA DI PARMA - BARBIERE
Whether you're after a clean shave, hair cut, or simple beard trim, this is the spot for you. Building on the same high quality products that have become a go-to favourite for many hair-conscious men, Acqua Di Parma has launched its own barbershop in Selfridges. With a range of traditional Italian treatments, you're guaranteed to walk out of its barber shop feeling and looking amazing.

TIP: You can also purchase the products used in the treatments to take home and use as part of your regular grooming routine. The shaving cream has become a staple of mine.
https://www.acquadiparma.com/en/gb/esperienze-special-pages/barbiere/


12TH KNOT
One of the best cocktail bars in London offering gorgeous views over the River Thames, and looking out onto St Pauls Cathedral. Conveniently located on the South Bank, 12th Knot sits on top of the Sea Containers and its rooftop terrace makes for the perfect after-hours drinks spot year round. Enjoy the weather in the sunnier months, or warm up with a blanket under the outdoor heaters in the winter. Its waiters and mixologists are brilliant, especially if you aren't sure what cocktail you fancy drinking. On occasion, they have been known to mix something completely new depending on my mood and the flavours I like.

TIP: I know you're probably here for the drinks, but the light bites and food offerings are also incredible.
https://www.seacontainerslondon.com/eat-drink/12th-knot/


CITIZEN M - TOWER OF LONDON
With one of the best views in London, citizenM enables guests to look out over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge right from their beds. It's also super budget friendly, which can be quite hard to come by in the city. Guests can control their room features from a tablet, and enjoy plenty of movies and entertainment options while taking in the city. Around happy hour, head up to the rooftop bar to enjoy a drink or two.

TIP: Make sure to ask for a tower view room on a high floor to get the best views of London.
https://www.citizenm.com/hotels/europe/london/tower-of-london-hotel


THE CAULDRON
If you're into magic, the Wizarding World, or anything mystical, then you must visit The Cauldron. Hidden among a number of houses, this magical bar is unique in that it allows visitors to mix cocktails, or should I say potions, in a magical way. With interactive elements controlled by your wands, fire, and plenty of special effects, the potion masters will be sure to help you conjure up some delicious libations to enjoy.

TIP: Make sure to book "Into the Dungeon" for an even better experience and be sure to check out any of their seasonal potions.
https://thecauldron.io


JW GROSVENOR HOUSE - PARK LANE
Located on London's famous Park Lane, the JW Marriott Grosvenor House is one of the best hotels in the city. The 5-star rating is well-deserved: its rooms are luxe and the hotel boasts a range of dining options and lounges that are perfect for grabbing a drink with a friend or catching up with a partner over dinner. Its location next to Hyde Park makes it a great base from which to explore the city. This is a destination for when you need some "me time" away from your daily life. The service is second to none, and the hotel's lauded history is a bonus if you're looking for something different to other hotels: previous distinguished guests include the Obamas, Elizabeth Taylor, and even Walt Disney on his honeymoon back in 1935.

TIP: You must try the hotel's famous cheesecake. Be prepared to be very full, but very happy.
https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/longh-jw-marriott-grosvenor-house-london/


CHICAMA
This quaint restaurant is the perfect place to take a break from shopping on The Kings Road or for a quiet dinner date. With a rustic yet quirky interior, its Peruvian-inspired menu is perfect for people who love seafood (or want to nurse a Pisco Sour). With a number of small and large plates available, there's something for everyone to enjoy no matter your taste in food, and the wine and drinks list is just as brilliant. Chicama’s food concept is based around exploring the coastal cooking and flavours of Peru and enhancing them with more contemporary preparations and unexpected ingredients.

TIP: Ask for a seat outside on their terrace for a gorgeous lunch spot, and try the popcorn monkfish.
https://www.chicamalondon.com


BLIND SPOT
This hidden gem of a cocktail bar mirrors a 1920s speakeasy interior and features a menu of drinks inspired by different cities around the world. As you enter through the hidden door in the wall, you're whisked away from the busy centre of London and into a plush and moody interior. Perfect for dates, after-dinner drinks, or just as a quiet catch-up location with friends.

TIP: Try the "Toledo, Spain" cocktail for something unusual but delicious.
https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-st-martins-lane-london/eat-drink/blindspot


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