Vlogmas Week 2 – London Christmas Brunch in Narnia

Call me Mr. Tumnus, because I just crawled through the wardrobe, stole the treacle tart, and had the most fabulous London brunch basically in Narnia.

Lucky for you, I vlogged the whole thing for Vlogmas! Join my friend Riley and me as we enjoy London’s first snow, brunch to our heart’s content at Dalloway Terrace and explore the beautifully decorated hotels of Mayfair, all while somehow managing to avoid wiping out face first on the ice.

Pink Jumper // Pink Beanie

Dalloway Terrace in London is absolutely stunning and perfect for a Christmas brunchIf you’re in London during winter, I highly recommend the seasonal restaurant, Dalloway Terrace at the Bloomsbury Hotel. It certainly lives up to the hype and its poetic name. My eggs benedict was delicious, service was on point, and the winter wonderland decor was magical. London being dusted in snow may have a helped a little too. Book ASAP, as it fills up fast (it’s an intimate space), but I assure you it’s worth an early wake-up call.

The coziest winter brunch spot at Dalloway Terrace in London

So many (croissant-filled) belly laughs today with Riley, that I’ve somehow managed to avoid the Sunday scaries and am utterly content. BIG life update in the vlog as well, plus some of London’s most stunning Christmas trees. Hope your Sunday was just as enjoyable and festive. Only 15 more sleeps until Christmas!

Join me for Christmas Brunch at Dalloway Terrace in London - it's like stepping into Narnia!  

 

Covent Garden Christmas – Vlogmas Week 1

Covent Garden all decorated for Christmas in LondonHey team! I’m participating in Vlogmas for the first time this year over on Youtube! Well, sort of half-way vlogmas, as I have a full time job and can’t film daily. No one wants to just watch me wake up, ride the tube, work, ride the tube home, eat, watch Blue Planet, then go to bed. So, a weekly vlog it is!

As London celebrates Christmas on steroids, I’m trying to do something festive every week  in the lead-up to Christmas, and this week I went to Covent Garden and took in all the baubles and bows – while copiously sipping mulled wine of course. So why not bring all my Internet friends along for the (sleigh) ride? Heh. Also have a chatty little update in case you’re interested in the half-way entertaining saga that is my life.

Covent Garden in London at Christmas

I’m starting to get verrrrrry festive – currently listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack and researching a Christmas market to visit this week. All to hopefully vlog of course. Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to share more videos and Christmas posts with you!

London’s Best Christmas Lights

Christmas is in full swing here in London (I guess that’s what happens when you live in a country that doesn’t care about Halloween or Thanksgiving), and the Brits have already gone full Buddy the Elf mid sugar high. Usually we Americans tend to be the most obnoxious and excessive when it comes to, well anything, but with Christmas, the UK has us firmly beat. They are OBSESSED here. I really can’t complain, though, because London is an absolute wonderland to experience around Christmastime. Think streets adorned with lights, markets on every corner, and mulled wine in every gloved hand.

London's Best Christmas Lights - Some of my favourites at Cartier on Bond Street

On Monday this week, instead of my usual routine of work, tube, dinner, Gogglebox, mindless scrolling, bed (thrilling, I know), I decided to meet up with some friends from my master’s programme and take in the city at its most festive. We pranced around Central London in the thankfully fairly mild weather, took in some of my favourite lights, and finished the evening off like all true Londonders do – with cocktails. How else are we supposed to stay warm in damp and chilly England? I vlogged the evening, so grab a hot chocolate, put on your snuggie, and check out the best of London’s Christmas lights with me!

London's Best Christmas Lights - a local's favourite spots to see in the city

London Cheap Eats: The Beefsteaks

Did you crawl out of the warm comfort of your duvet this morning with a slight wine hangover from last night’s escapades? Craving a hearty Sunday roast, yet lack the funds to satiate your red meat fiending? Well, throw on those giant morning after sunglasses, hop on the Jubilee line as fast as you can, and get your broke self down to Maltby Street Market.  Speaking from personal experience, I’ve found a London Cheap Eat to satisfy any steak lover and more than make up for any weekend regrets. Meet my new bae – The Beefsteaks.

London Cheap Eats - the best steak and chips in London for less than a tenner.

Grass-fed, butcher’s cut British Beef, snuggled on top of triple fried chips, all bathed in some sexy AF Bearnaise. AND all for £8.

You can mix up the sauce and do a Chimichurri, horseradish or peppercorn instead, or you can have some taste and stick with the finger-licking worthy Bearnaise. They had a delish looking sandwich as well, but I wanted to feel fancy and have a budget steak dinner. Nailed it.

Maltby is worth a weekend visit to Bermondsey (check out some art galleries nearby while you’re at it), and Beefsteaks is by far my favourite food vendor there. Plus you get such a value for the price. Sure beats some dry falafel from the other guy.

More deets on The Beefsteaks and their schedule here, but for now they’re every weekend at Maltby Street Market. Hustle your way to the end of the market and queue up (worth the wait) for your succulently grilled heaven.

My Favourite London Art Galleries & Vlog

Sunday morning, after a relatively tame night eating curry and watching Troop Beverly Hills, I was simply starving for some highbrow culture. London is packed with art galleries and museums, so I figured it was time to fully take advantage of the beauty at my fingertips. Roping in my friend, Sasha, we set off to explore some galleries in South London, and best of all – they were both FREE. I vlogged the day, so you can experience the artistic delights (freaky Scooby Doo sculptures, gum murals, and light installations await!) from the comfort of your own home.

Also if you’re ever in London and looking to experience the art scene, the following are my top three favourite free (contemporary art) galleries in the city:

Newport Street Gallery
Newport St, Lambeth, London SE11 6AJ
Nearest Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)

Newport Street Gallery - one of my favourite London art galleries

Damien Hirst owns this haven hidden away in Lambeth. He curates the exhibits featuring some of his artist friends or includes work from his own vast personal collection. We saw the Dan Colen exhibition (featured in the vlog), and I highly recommend it. Dan is from the early aughts art bad boy heyday in New York, and reputation aside, his work was so impressive. Media ranged from sculpture (a full nude self portrait was eerily lifelike), to huge installations like the American flag work above, to murals made of gum and trash. The gallery itself was spacious, inviting, free of pretension, not too busy, and Hirst’s taste was everything I wanted from an exhibition. Can’t wait to go back.

Saatchi Gallery 
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines)

Saatchi Gallery - one of the best art galleries in London

Tucked away in posh Chelsea, the famous Saatchi Gallery is a lovely reprieve from the toffs and tourists in Duke of York Square. Exhibits rotate through, but currently they have an entertaining selfie-focused event on featuring famous self-portraits (some even made to look like Instagrams). Saatchi was the first gallery I’ve visited in London, and I’ve returned several times without disappointment. It can get packed on weekends, so try to go on a week day if you can.

White Cube
144-152 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ
Nearest Tube: Bermondsey (Jubilee line)

White Cube contemporary art gallery in London

A new addition to my gallery girl favourites is White Cube in Bermondsey. It gained its reputation as one of the first galleries to give shows to contemporary British artist Tracey Emin, and has also shown the likes of Hirst and Marc Quinn. Our visit included an awesome light installation by Cerith Wyn Evans and “Playtime” by Damien Ortega – multiple works on game play and chance. White Cube was a bit more sterile (felt like 2001: A Space Odyssey), but the exhibitions, especially Ortega’s, were thought-provoking and the surrounding Bermondsey area makes a lovely weekend day out. Definitely recommend grabbing a flat white from Fuckoffe (yes, that’s it’s name) across the street.

What’s your favourite place to take in art in London? I’m always wanting to try new places, so let me know any recommendations you have!

 

My Favourite London Art Galleries