Not for the first time I talk about London... nor do I believe that it will be the last. Since before live there already hooked me. They say those who know me well that traveling is my vitamin and I would add that London is my top... I believe that it is of the few places in the world in which up to me like rain. I am missing fingers to count of times that I've been there, and not therefore presume know it 100 percent. I would say that there are cities such as this, rather than the live and visit them, by their continuous evolution, adapting to the times and its constant concern, they get to be trend model to imitate the length and breadth of the planet in every way, and therefore does not always show the same profile. There is always something new, now the Olympic Games. Who have not searched some corner of? film or referenced in any song or to buy something taken for some celebrity in the British capital?
There are many London into a single, vibrant, multiracial and innovative. From Asian supermarkets in the outskirts where to collect you spice hard to get here, to the best-known City crowded weekdays from gentelmen taking lunch and tourists trying to decipher the planes of the Tube. Is that many have "secret" places and shops to the last, but I'll take one of the most complete and fascinating tours of the West London, where the bohemian Westbourne Grove and vintage Portobello Road. I join?
Westbourne Grove and its surroundings has become a quiet and exclusive haven residential in character, with small houses, parks, but above all... shopping. The nearest metro leaves us in Notting Hill Gate underground station, Bayswater or Queensway. It is a full area of boutiques signatures elegant and feminine, jewelry stores, cafes, gourmet shops and galleries where to go for shopping It is a pleasure for all the senses. To the South)South side), the 172 is Twenty 8 Twelvestore opened, Sienna Miller with his sister would know that it is so called because Sienna was born on December 28?.
Also worth a go through Mary’s living and Giving shopa store model number 177 to the NGOs Save the Children opened in 2010. A novel concept that unites the best fashion, with a charity shop and much, but that much talent. Do not fail to visit the interior. It is a very original much changing the decoration. There are typically many people and insurance that you will find some fancy vintage, a good complement or any gift back for an affordable price, instead of the usual souvenirs, and also helps this project with a good deed. Write down it in your diaries.
A little further to the North)North side), the 196 and the 236 in the same street, we have a large selection of beautiful and exclusive stores: Joseph clothing for men and women of impeccable cut and design very British. In the store you will find 7 for all Mankind, with the most desired jeans; Tom’san English deli where you can find only 100% British products; LK Bennett boutique where to find the best cocktail dresses; Smythson, a stationery design with leather goods of luxury where it is impossible to avoid the temptation; Nanette Lepore, New York design at the London shopping, and a myriad of brands such as Brissi, a store where you want to buy it all for the House. There are some sites in ecological where chop sandwich, sandwich and drink a coffee or a snack. To eat in the area The Westbournesomewhat more distant, in Westbourne Park Villas, with fresh produce, fine wines and beers, where curiosity is in that lunch menus change daily, something not very typical there. The terrace is enviable, the perfect place for a break along the way.
Whenever I go, I get to spend a full morning. There are plenty of marks established by the District: Ralph Lauren, Emma Hope, Mulberry, Alice & Astrid, Ventilo,... and all of them are scattered between design cafes and art galleries
Since we are going to Notting Hill Portobello Road. All a melting pot of antiques, Bohemian, colorful and flooded retro air that surrounds it. Take the time because it gives for a calm and quiet ride. There are dozens of places where to browse and watch, id calmly. I will tell you my infallible: in 133 of this street is located which has been chosen as best bakery's cupcakes in London, The Hummingbird Bakerywhere you sucumbiréis before his famous Red Velvet, or a Vanilla Cupcake. Everything is usually delicious and is unforgivable to not pass to try one of their delicious cupcakes. But if not the sweet going, nothing happens, a little further on, on the opposite sidewalk is Gail’s Bread, a place where the bread becomes art and the puff pastry creaks. There are a variety of quiches and pies, as well as the originality with which combine the snacks. They are fresh, artisan and very French. Make that there is enough staff Spanish, so do not hesitate to speak in our own language if you have difficulty with English.
The last stop is at 122 Kensington Park Road, to the left of Portobello Road. Here is the Temple of Paul Smith Westbourne House. A Victorian three storey house converted into a shop that is worth a visit if only to be to brighten the view. Do not miss the collections of children that so English that irresistible!... make it touch.
Well, the walk, the walk has ended. We collect. Take advantage of the drawing with the location that you have prepared with everything we have seen:
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Oh! Oh!... I forgot something: is there anything more London than the hour of tea?... come on! Londonizate!. God save the Queen!
Few things are similar to the experience of taking a té inglés... in London, but in the absence of bread... I was not given wrong prepare a snack or afternoon tea, as my I like to call it, at home. It must always be composed of salty foods, first, and sweet then. For this occasion, the menu I've chosen has been:
To introduce you to the English tea, nothing better than a visit in the capital London to Fortnum & Mason the 181 of Picadilly Street. I warn you that if you want that the security guard is you throw up, you do not take pictures, is prohibited.
Fortnum & Mason It is the Temple of the British tea par excellence. That Yes, you have to be willing to pay, although I must admit that it is worth the quality and packaging of its products. Their jams they are the best, and it is considered by his followers, the Summum, for example, has more than four classes of Orange Marmalade depending on the size of cut fruit, incredible!.
The boxes and cans in presenting the products are beautiful and your shopping picnic, may be considered the most beautiful that ever seen (a special edition of it was sent to the ladies of the British Royal family to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee this year). The store It has four floors and a basement, where sold from cakes, chocolates, candied fruits, porcelain, books, kitchen utensils, linen, bedding and home, perfumery, section of Knights and living area, and of course the largest selection of teas and coffees imaginable. You can take a couple of hours quietly because the store is worth, and of course, don't miss a single detail.
Almost opposite the entrance is located to the Burlington Arcadeprobably the place with more English flavor of the area. The Arcade leads to the well-known Regent Street on the other side and I advise you to walk through it, and if you can afford it you, a timeless sweater of camel hair in Berk or in N. Peal you will warm throughout the winter. But if your Pocket not to do so, you can visit the gallery and take a delicious macaroon in Ladurée72 of Burlington Arcade has your store more cool. Looking at just their windows is already a delight, but take a couple of them, an affordable luxury to suit all budgets.
Thus we arrive at the place to which I return without tiring me, the Hotel Ritz where tea is like breakfast at Tiffany's, a special divine experience, a luxury, that Yes, there are willing to afford it. This historic hotel at the beginning of the last century is located in 150 of Piccadilly.
They say the only thing comparable to tea in the Ritz London is to take in the Orient Express, and although it is expensive, ye shall fully satisfied and well full stomach: sandwich and pasta dishes replenished them while you do not say: "enough". And if you choose the option of drinking Champagne to the sensation is total.
The lounge Palm Court It is serving tea, decorated in gold, pale pink and light green. Chandeliers, marble columns, cornices and flower curtains give a clear perspective of the history of this site. Tea is served in fine Chinese porcelain as a pianist sets the soundtrack to this film experience with views of the Royal gardens of Green Park. One can remember the era in which King Eduardo VIII, Winston Churchill or Charles de Gaulle along with aristocrats and nobles were part of the list of regular customers from the famous 5 o'clock tea The Ritz.
Obviously the clothing must be appropriate to the circumstances: no jeans allowed and the Lords should be American, but the tie is not required, so take advantage of because few occasions like this to show us more trendy in the British capital.
Everything at the Ritz is superb. There is that book well in advance (even more than one month if we want to go on weekend). Served more than 17 kinds of tea, a variety of sandwichesa few scones Delicious (sweet buns) and to finish the dish sweet which may include biscuits, cakes, muffins, pastries, macarons...
Just as I started, I discovered long ago the pleasure of a good English tea in home, and a couple of times a year, try to put it into practice. You have a lot of work, but guests surprised faces are worth because everything is new and very spectacular. In winter serve it with hot tea, but in summer I like to accompany it with some iced tea / lemon.
You will see London with other eyes if you have got this far, I enjoyed very much and I have more fun again, meanwhile, encourage one on one special occasion and put into practice an English tea at home, it will be a sure success... Londonizate! Telva He has succeeded with me. Thank you!
Read the blog and see the wonderful pictures has been a real pleasure. The path that you are proposing is delicious and is a real luxury to have a guide like this! I will follow it step by step in the next visit.
Thank you Nuria. Coming from you I take it as a prize to be so specialist that you are in London!. A strong kiss and thanks again.
Congratulations this post is great!
Natalia thank you very much. I glad you like it. Very nice!. A kiss
I'm not much see post and blogs, but doing a search has left me reference this in Telva, and the truth is that I've been impressed, not only the description of London you do but the impressive list of picnic English and amazing photos that you want to join.
The truth is that he had planned to go to Paris in September, after this reading, I've raised real doubts.
It will try to swim in your blog,
Thank you for this approach to London.
A cordial greeting.
Hi Vincent, thank you very much for your comment. I am glad that is liked so much and Yes, Paris is well worth a mass, but London is worth a whole weekend!. Thanks a lot.
It seems out of the Blue Guide French, but much better. This seems designed, presented and by a very skilled professional layout. In this case by a very good amateur/professional. A mi tambien me gusta much London, but this description has an approach to expert that knows what you looking for and just finding because it knows where it has to go. Congratulations for this beautiful work, which has earned Telva post it
Thank you so much!. Is well that you like London and particularly in this area, and the tea?...
How nice... beautiful post Loleta! the same that I always say after reading every one of your recipes, is full of details and reflects a special dedication. And the muffins... yum yum! kisses
Thank you suck! And thank you also for your record. It is very comforting to know that there is always someone there behind that interests you. He has had job, but really I am very happy! Thank you and many kisses!
Brilliant, as always! they have entered me with a desire to return... ;-)))
To which siiii?. To my whenever I remember that time makes me want to repeat it. It was great!. Thank you for being there always. A very strong Kiss beautiful.
go London report! you are superimposed. I have adequate photos, tendre giving snacks as well.Lola, I'm glad for having chosen Telva, te lo merecesssssssss. A big kiss
Alicia thank you very much for your comment!. Upload me much the moral knowing that there are people like you willing to support me. I am glad that you liked. A huge kiss.
Congratulations on your work, is fantastic! I am glad that Telva able to recognize it. In what to my terms, I'm looking forward to returning to London, but this time with good weather. I don't hesitate to take your map and follow your instructions and insurance that will be a memorable visit.
Thank you Elena. I'm happy above all because it is something totally unexpected. A super surprise that has made me very happy. A kiss and thank you again!
A work of art, well written and well seasoned. Congratulations!!
Thanks a lot. Especially coming from who comes is all a compliment!!
Thank you very much for this wonderful blog. A few days I've been sick at home and follow him has been a real breath of fresh air.
I do not know any of the sites (I've only been once in London, two days) and you have made me travel with you and experience as if it had been there.
Thank you very much for sharing your experiences and help to be happy with these little things.
Thank you daisy!
First, improve yourself. I hope that soon you're rather new.
Second: I have cheered the day... week.
Don't know how happy I am to have been able to be a little balm for those days that you have been sick. Comments like yours make that really deserve the penalty that the blog exists. Many times tells me people... but the blog serves you for something? get you some profitability?... as well, the response yourself das more important: your satisfaction and as you say, those little things that help you be happy, are the to my also take me a smile whenever I read as special comments.
Know that there are readers who enjoy them as much as you do, behind the hours, the passion and the excitement that my husband and I are dedicated to this project meets more than all the effort.
Really do not know how I appreciate your words. A pleasure to have you in Loleta
A strong kiss. Lola
PS: I've impressed so much, if you don't mind, I would share the comment that you have done with the rest of the followers of Loleta.
Yes to. of course!.
Grateful for your response.A big hug.
Thank you very much Margarita.
A strong hug!
Hi Loleta, thanks for your very interesting blog. I can see you know your stuff. Have you tried scones with jam and clotted cream yet ? ( it is cream from Cornwall )
At Christmas if you are over you will see mince pies and sherry ( Jerez ) It’s funny but I can’t always get Jerez here in Spain but everybody has it in England. We drink more over there than here.
You have to change the flag when you press for English to the Union Jack please and take down the American flag.
Keep up the good work it is very nice that you are giving some of the essences of the traditions in the U.K. to the Spanish travelling over. And very welcome they are too.
Un abrazo, Marilyn, Alicante.
Hi Marilyn, many thanks for your comment! I am glad you like the blog. Unfortunately I cannot change the flag since this is a fixed programme. Regarding the scones please find here the link to the recipe in the blog
Hope you like them! Many thanks for being around here with me! Take care Marilyn!
I have fallen in love with still more London, beautiful your post and super interesting by the things that you teach in the
Thanks a lot. London is a city that I wonder, and that always rediscover when going. Since I studied there, me dazzled.
Thanks again for your comment.