We are following our trip with the airstream on the Linen Road. Here we are in London for one day only, Monday 20th July, and we will be based at Duke of York Square in Chelsea.
Let’s all discover this beautiful and vibrant city!
London has a reputation for fashion (Alexander McQueen, Burberry), music (Amy Winehouse, Adele), parks (Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park), arts (Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum) and … food! London has established itself as a haven for excellent restaurants and Michelin starred chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal).
On a more traditional approach, we also have the Queen, Buckingham Palace, changing of the guards.
When it comes to shopping, nothing beats the King’s Road in Chelsea where all the top brands are present. For the most luxurious shops stroll along Sloane Street where you will be met by Jimmy Choo for shoes, Smythson for leather goods, Lulu Guinness for handbags and Yves Delorme for beautiful bed linen in Ellis Street.
Take a tour of Central London from the top deck of its famous double decker buses. The department store to visit is the prestigious Harrods where you will find on the ground floor food from all over the world. A paradise for food lovers.
Then carry on along Walton Street where the interior designers are: Nina Campbell, Katharine Pooley, Louise Bradley and the exquisite boutique Monogrammed Linen Shop which provides bed linen and towels as well as bespoke monogramming. The shop is quintessentially English with its small but charming garden filled with pink and blue hydrangeas, agapanthus, daisies, hanging baskets with multi-coloured flowers. A little paradise in the heart of Chelsea!
Perhaps more than anywhere else, London is synonymous with Afternoon Tea. For an unforgettable experience, Fortnum and Mason is the place to go, you will taste the traditional scones with cream and strawberry jam and the so English cucumber sandwiches. Of course, after such a delicious treat, some shopping is required. Do wander through the different opulent floors, whether you are looking for a dress, a pair of shoes or some towels for your bathroom (where Yves Delorme is represented).
If you are more interested in art and culture, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum will welcome you. If you prefer something a little quainter, the Wallace Collection is a little gem where you can discover Rembrandt, Boucher, and Canaletto, Rubens and some fine and decorative arts. Forget the main roads and stroll in the back streets instead like Hinde Street where all the luxury brands are located (Browns Bride, Yves Delorme to name a few).
Come 8pm and it’s time to see the real London. Feel the buzz, smell the atmosphere and let your hair down. Marylebone is the new destination and one of the restaurants to pay a visit is the Chiltern Fire House, a hotel/restaurant loved by the celebrities as well as the locals.
Immerse yourself in this vibrant part of London and enjoy the rest of the evening.