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:)
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!
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.
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.
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!
A Happy Gabri