I’ve recently moved back to London and, boy, have I missed it.
My favourite thing about the Capital is that there are so many different parts of it, all with a unique character.
Even now, I’m still discovering new places, new restaurants and new pockets of London.
Last weekend, my mum was visiting from Barcelona. She’s not a big fan of the hustle and bustle of the city, so I decided to take her to a calmer part of town, west London.
Here’s what we got up to:
STAY: CLAYTON HOTEL, CHISWICK
We stayed at the Clayton Hotel in Chiswick, which is half an hour away from central London in the beautiful leafy suburbs with grand houses and quiet streets.
The Clayton is a luxury 4-star hotel, which has just been renovated. It was gorgeous with art deco interiors and cosy beds.
The staff were friendly and attentive, bring up room service at the pinch of a hat, and lending us umbrellas when the English weather inevitably arrived.
We tried to make the most of all they had to offer, including their breakfast – which is a huge buffet of all you could ever want: cooked breakfast, yoghurt, muesli, fruit, pastries, toast… (I’ll stop).
We got a great deal for two nights on Lastminute.com for £150. The Clayton also have deals on their website here.
BRUNCH: THE IVY KENSINGTON BRASSERIE
If you’re out for brunch in west London (which is absolutely the thing to do there, by the way). Head to The Ivy.
They have restaurants and brasseries all over London, all with a swanky 1920s vibe. The Ivy Garden, on King’s Road in Chelsea, is a great place for celeb spotting.
At all the venues, you are treated like a VIP, coats checked in and constantly waited on. We went to the Kensington Brasserie on Kensington High Street which reminds me of a classic Parisian bar.
We had the eggs benedict (natch) and the salmon which was fresh and thinly sliced.
The pricing for brunch is actually quite reasonable – £8.75 for eggs benedict and £9.75 for scrambled eggs and salmon – so it’s worth a trip in the morning as the evening menu is a little pricier.
To find out more, visit the website here.
EXPLORE: KENSINGTON, CHELSEA & CHISWICK
Or, if you fancy shopping, a stroll along the King’s Road will make you feel like an extra in Made in Chelsea. They have high street shops and upmarket shops there, as well as a food market on the weekends.
On a budget? Say no more. Chiswick is populated by wealthy and generous individuals so going treasure hunting in the charity shops on Chiswick High Road is always successful (and there’s less guilt as you’re giving money to a good cause).
AFTERNOON TEA: THE DRAYCOTT HOTEL
When you’ve shopped your socks off, it’s time for a cuppa. I love an afternoon tea in London and Draycott Hotel in Chelsea did not disappoint.
The Draycott is a 5-Star Hotel just off Sloane Square. It was built in 1890 and it has kept that traditional British vibe, it feels as if you are residing in your own stately home.
Wood fires were burning, around cosy armchairs and there were books and papers to read as you enjoyed the delicious afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea consisted of a huge range of homemade cakes and treats: a selection of homemade finger sandwiches on artisan bread, warm summer berry and plain scones served with strawberry jam and thick Cornish clotted cream, as well as little seasonal cakes and chocolate.
To top it all of, you have a bottomless teapot of whatever kind of brew you wished for.
Outside, they had a lovely autumn garden, covered in leaves, perfect for a post-afternoon tea stroll. Which we needed after all that food!
Afternoon Tea at the Draycott starts at £28.95 per person. You can find out more here.
I hope you enjoyed reading about a few of my special spots in West London. If you’ve got some suggestions for me to check out, please let me know in the comments.
We were guests at some of the places featured in the post but all opinions remain my own.