Every year, I sneak away from whatever city I am in to make my annual pilgrimage to Harrods. I especially love going during Christmas time. The city is animated and lively. The cocktails are strong. The afternoon tea is calling my name! After a particularly gruelling few months of pretending to be an adult, all I wanted was a night away from my life in Paris. Charming as it may be, sometimes a girl just needs a glass of champagne in a bubble bath after a hards day shopping. What a dream.

Only have a night away? My itinerary was perfect for a cheeky getaway for one. Happy to share it with you:)

Saturday Morning

10am – Depart Paris Gare du Nord aboard the Eurostar

11.30am – Arrive St. Pancras in London (Remember London is an hour behind Paris!)

Upon arrival, hop into a black cab, practice your British accent and head to the hotel for check-in! This trip, I stayed at the fabulous Athenaeum hotel in Mayfair. It was an absolute delight. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are equipped with a lovely bathtub (such a treat coming from my Parisian studio flat!) Staff is lovely and the barman knows how to make a stellar cosmopolitan. Hands down, if you need to be pampered, go there. It also helps that the Queen doesn’t live too far away (Buckingham Palace is a few minutes away on foot) just incase you need to pop in for a spot of tea. #HeyLiz!

Afternoon – Head straight to Harrods!

After all, Christmas shopping was the excuse for this get-away so off to Harrods I went. I love walking around Knightsbridge to see the Christmas decorations. It makes me feel like a little girl again and puts me in such a great mood. Before entering Harrods, you must mentally prepare for the crowds. Though well dressed, they are a mob of scoundrels and I must admit I was not afraid to shove a Sheikh out-of-the-way to get to the sunglasses. Presents bought, and on cloud 9, I slip into a booth at the Tea Room to enjoy a lovely pot of rose tea (my favourite!) and a dessert – simply sinful.

Evening- Happy Happy Hour

One of the main things I needed, even more than retail therapy, was a hot bubble bath. Parked a bottle of Moet on ice next to the bathtub and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Just fabulous!

Dinner –

Mayfair is a fantastic area for dining out. I had my heart set on visiting Coya for ages. Cocktails and ceviche – what else does a gal need? It was certainly worth the wait! The vibe is sexy and the food is amazing. A win all round.

After Dinner drinks-

Back at the hotel, I enjoyed some after dinner libations while catching up with my best friend. Not sure if it was the atmosphere or the company, but I felt absolutely rejuvenated and completely at ease for the first time in months. Mission accomplished.

Day Two

Morning-

Up bright and early to enjoy some spa services on site. Saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis galore. What a treat! It is also an excellent way to start the day while on holiday.

Afternoon-

Enroute to brunch, I took a stroll through Hyde Park. The juxtaposition of a huge green space amidst the city buildings reminded me so much of being in New York it wasn’t until I bumped into the gates off Buckingham Palace that I remembered I was in London. A quick hail to Aunt Liz (Queen Elizabeth) and I was off to my absolute favourite brunch spot in Chelsea, Bluebird! Eggs and prosecco is the perfect combination to end a fabulous weekend away. Even better when you stroll along the Kings Road, window shopping and making those last-minute purchases.

6.30pm- Back on the train, Harry Potter book in hand.

This go around I didn’t manage to snag tickets to see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  broadway play. The book will have to do for now.

All in all, London is always a good idea!

xoxo

A Happy Gabri

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