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Links of London

A couple of weeks ago now, my good friend Yvonne and I legged it away for a girly weekend in London. I didn’t take too many pics, but I’m going to share a couple here, along with some links to the pretty, fun, and tasty places we visited.

Eat: Wahaca. Some of the nicest Mexican food I’d had in a long, long time (sorry Pablo, I still love you though). The pork tacos were amazing, as were the cocktails and dessert.

Play: We ticked a big box on my wishlist by heading to Her Majesty’s Theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera. It was an amazing experience, complete with champagne and chocolates (thanks Yvonne!).
After that, we met up with my friend Steve for a few quick cocktails before heading out to Propganda for some dancing. The night (which runs in Dublin as well, at The Academy) provides a brilliant mix of danceable indie pop tunes, which kept us on the floor all night and helped work off some of that Mexican food.
Sleep: We stayed at the Strand Palace Hotel at Covent Garden. It was central, relatively cheap, clean and had hot showers – that’s pretty much all we were after and we got it. The staff were friendly and there was also free WiFi in the bar which came in handy.


Eat: Headed to Cecconi’s in Mayfair for a “power breakfast” with another London friend. It’s a popular trader hot spot and we felt very Wall Street-y. Well, I would have if I wasn’t wearing ballerina flats.
Play: Once we were fuelled up, it was time for a mega shopping sesh where I picked up this little lady, followed by champagne and macaroons in Harrods (I told you this was a girly weekend).
A prep sesh in the hotel and it was off to Shoreditch for tapas and sangria at Amberjack’s in Hoxton Sq. They were delish and highly recommended. We popped into Zigfrid Von Underbelly and Electricity Showrooms, before heading back back closer to home for some cheesy dancing and mojitos at Dirty Martini. To be honest, I wasn’t mad on Shoreditch – too much laid-back cool and not enough fun cheesiness, although I did really like Cocomo (no website sadly), a tiny little Moroccan bar with very nice Mojitos.

Eat and Play: Headed to the lovely Columbia Road, my favorite spot in all of London. I picked up a nice book in Rob Ryan‘s amazing shop (the only piece of his work I could afford really), had a big dirty rasher and relish roll from a local stand and bought this very nice lunch box which is now very far up on my Favourite Things list. I could have stayed and browsed and shopped all day, but we had a flight to be catching.

That’s it! Couple more shots below.

When you’re next in London, I’d heartily recommend a trip to most of the places I’ve linked to. Do let me know how you get on…

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  • Reply
    Patrick Dinneen
    July 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

    lovely idea, gives nice overview of a nice trip to THE city

  • Reply
    Christina Brosnan
    August 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Gorgeous photos. I love your detail shots! I am loving your new site design!

    • Reply
      August 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Thank you! I’m really missing my 50mm for detail shots, although the 24mm makes a good effort.

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