When I first started this blog, way back two years ago (I think we’ve hit that anniversary, thank you readers!), one of my first blogging buddies was Sally, the gorgeous brains behind Bristol based You Make Me Swoon and Full as an Egg. It took us a good 18 months of chatter before we finally admitted that we needed to meet in person. She booked a train to London and I spent two months planning where on earth to take her.
Being one of the most indecisive people around, I changed the plans at least seven times and the Friday before finally managed to tie up exactly what we were going to do.
We had 12 hours of fun fun fun. We walked a lot, we gossiped a lot and oh boy, we ate a lot.
It started with the trip from Paddington to London Bridge where I took her to my new sort of secret London spot, Maltby Street Market, specifically to have brunch at Bea’s Diner. We both ended up saving our appetites for what was to come later and just stuck with bagels: Sally’s with salmon, mine with the best bacon I have found in London – maple bacon, done really well all sticky, sweet, peppery and savoury. Amazeballs.
A stroll through the market on the way out led us to these:
Thank god we were full otherwise they would have been too tempting.
London was showing off to Sally with a spectacular day, possibly the last day of Summer?
Then we got to London Bridge and decided that rather than brave Borough Market then climb the Monument, that we’d head to Knightsbridge instead.
We got out at Sloane Square and walked through Chelsea. Such a beautiful area.
The highlight of the afternoon was this incredible afternoon tea at Mari Vanna, a new Russian restaurant which has taken London by storm. I’m saving my review of it for another post as it was just stunning, really stunning.
Then we walked a lot more, through Hyde Park, the streets of St James, Trafalgar Square and to Covent Garden where the Chanel Pop-up was waiting for us. Sally stocked up, then we went on to Laduree (again!) where she picked up some macarons for the hubby back in Bristol.
As it was London Fashion Week we stopped at Somerset House before our final stop of the day, Bob Bob Ricard where cocktails and french fries were consumed at the bar and which has some of the best service in London.
We gossiped away, swapped blogging tips, talked about all of our favourite bloggers and some of the not-so-favourite ones, talked clothes, men, make-up, food then laughed until I actually cried… It was basically my perfect girly day out.
Stupidly I didn’t manage to get a picture of Sally, but you should go and read her delightful blog here. In November she gets to show me the best of Bristol. I cannot wait.