Every time I go to London, I find great new places to share with you and this last trip was no exception. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to London, as there is so much to see and do (and EAT!), but these are places I always want to go when I’m in town mixed in with some new places we tried and loved. A little tip if you want to fly nonstop from Los Angeles…Norwegian Air was fantastic. They only have two classes of service—premium and economy. Our premium ticket was about the same as coach on the other major airlines and we got a lot more for our money, including a brand new Dreamliner plane!
IT WAS A VERY FIRMDALE BIRTHDAY!
I finally did it. I spent the night in a Firmdale hotel—the Charlotte Street Hotel to be exact. It was my birthday, after all. For years, I have drooled over Kit Kemp’s boutique hotel masterpieces, but (and I know this shocks you), could not bring myself to splurge for the occasion until now. All Firmdale hotels except one are located in London (the Crosby Street is in New York and one of my favorite places for a cocktail) and they make all my interior design dreams come true.
Since returning from Paris, I have been asked by so many friends for a list of my recommendations—where to stay, what to do, and most importantly where to eat. So…here they are all in one place. You may remember that we were there in August (when so much is closed), but I stand by these choices anytime of year.
A few months ago, I shared that Decorist + Lowes stepped in to give our backyard patio a significant upgrade, and I’m so excited to share the final result! Our friends can never believe it’s all from Lowes because it’s not necessarily the first place that comes to mind when you think of comprehensive decor, but I think our patio proves it should be. I had to keep it under wraps because in case you missed me shouting it from the rooptops, Lonny, one of my all time favorite design/lifestyle magazines, featured the before + after of our home yesterday with my Top Ten renovating tips. Though they did show the patio photos, I wanted to share the details & my shopping list, so you can get the look!
Our last night in Paris came fast and unapologetically, as the end to vacations usually do. Our new friend Nic arranged for us to have dinner at The Bachaumont, a stunning boutique hotel that could not have been a more perfect send off. It also happens to be the sister restaurant to the place where we ate the best steaks of our life at midnight the night before. But, let me back up.