The Bailey´s Hotel – London Part 2
for the second part of our London holiday we decided to stay at the historic Bailey´s Hotel, on 14 Gloucester Road in the beautiful area of South Kensington. Apart from its fantastic location (literally just 10 seconds away from the Gloucester Road tube station), we absolutely fell in love with the traditional and elegant interior. The antique table right at the entrance of the lobby always displays sophisticated flower arrangements and the spiralling staircase feels like a memory from a distant era. The rooms are very spacious and tipically British, with a comfy interior and a big and modern bathroom. The Bailey´s has two main restaurants: Olives, which offers Italian cuisine and Bombay Brasserie (Indian cuisine). Olive´s is also where breakfast takes place every morning. Here you can choose from a buffet with a vast selection of breads, pastries, jams, fruits and eggs, as well as some yummy a la carte plates (we LOVED the waffles with berries and eggs benedict). Attached to the restaurant there´s the chic Olive´s bar. They will serve you delicious latte macchiato for breakfast, but also drinks and cocktails in the afternoon and evening.
If you want to mix things up and don´t want to dine at the hotel every night, you will find loads of interesting places with different cuisines in the neighbourhood. Our favourites were the little French cafe Fait Maison (just a few steps away from the hotel), the Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanais (such a colourful place and menu, right across the street) and the cute and elegant Thai Taste. So definitely make sure to explore the area, as there are so many cool places to see!
KNIGHTSBRIDGE & BELGRAVIA
In the two adiacent areas of Knightsbridge and Belgravia you can find some of the most expensive postcodes in the world. The buildings are truly breathtaking and you will see the sickest cars ever driving by. And of course, if this is where the rich and famous live, you´re guaranteed to find the most expensive shops here as well: we´re talking Rolex, Harvey Nichols, Burberry and yes, Harrods. Walk around and take in the air of pure luxury!
This adorable little pink cake shop is probably the most instagrammable place in London. In fact, if you don´t get there early (we recommend before 9:30 am), there will be bloggers queuing up to take pictures in front of the beautifully decorated entrance. The flower deco changes seasonally or according to special occasions, such as Valentine´s day, Halloween, Christmas and so on. So make sure to be an early bird, grab yourself one of the cute white tables outside and order a cappuccino (lovely foam art included) and a cupcake or a piece of lemon cake (our favourite!!).
A complete contrast to the chic town houses of Kensington and Belgravia, Camden is probably the craziest and most colourful area in London. Camden Street Market is full of little stands that sell t-shirts, souvenirs, sunglasses, cheap jewels and (sadly) fake designer items. It´s super fun to stroll through them, but the quality of the stuff being sold is generally very poor, so it´s not the ideal place to shop. You might find a cute souvenir to take back home, though. The crazy shop Cyber Dog is also worth a visit! But our favourite thing to do in Camden was to just enjoy a fresh orange juice and street food from different countries and cultures at the food market there.
Lots of love,
Mirjam & Viktoria