In order to share some of the places I'm loving in London (because although I'm working on a guide, it may take a wee while)- I thought I'd try and start a frequent series of 'London loves'- be it new restaurants I'm Instagramming (and, of course, eating in- duh ; ), independent shops I've discovered, exhibitions I've visited- or, even on the rare occasion- places I've stayed. For me, the last two weeks have included a mix of Italian food (but let's be honest, which week doesn't include that?), some beautiful views over London and a couple of new hide-outs too! So without further a do...

Ivy Chelsea Garden:
Ivy Garden Chelsea Ivy Garden Chelsea Ivy Garden Chelsea
I'm constantly seeking out the next new way to indulge in eggs, granola and (if you're trendy) avocado for breakfast (not all together, of course)- and discovering the Ivy Chelsea Garden this week was the perfect way to see in some sunshine. Although it's easy (and sensible) to assume the Ivy is typically, y'know, a fancy place to eat (which, don't get me wrong- it is)- this new little West London hub is gorgeous, and it truly doesn't cost the earth to eat there- which is blooming brilliant. The breakfast was delicious (and the all day menu looked brilliant too)- and the outdoor garden has now firmly secured it's position as the place I really want to spend the majority of my summer eating dinner- which can only ever be a good thing.

Ivy Chelsea Garden: 197 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ

George Northwood:
George Northwood London George Northwood London George Northwood London
Hairdressers are scary places aren't they? They're even scarier if they have an ice cool reputation and clientele list including a certain Ms Chung and Huntington-Whiteley too (even though, naturally, that is incredibly reassuring too). So, when I headed to George Northwood last month to get my barnet done I was nervous but massively-omg-I'm-going-to-come-out-a-new-woman excited. Not armed with any pictures (just a clear image...in my head) I (probably badly) described to Amy and Elliot the hair I dreamed of, and with complete professionalism and no questions they did it, and I have never been so happy with a finished look (so much so that I didn't even touch it afterwards). Although this place is a little pricey, it's definitely worth investing in a visit if you truly want a haircut you'll love (plus the tea and milk comes in a cat shaped jug with popcorn. Not that that swayed me).

24 Wells Street, London W1T 3PH

Gigi's:
Gigi's Soho Gigi's Soho Gigi's Soho
Anyone who knows me well (or you know, past first name terms) knows I am a huge Italian food lover. Give me pasta, pizza, meats and fresh vegetables every day of the week and I will be a happy lady. However, the thing I'm not great at- is finding great little Italian's in London. So, after scouring Instagram (and making some lists) and receiving an email to pop by Gigi's in Soho to try their menu- I jumped at the chance. With a menu boasting everything from fresh pastas, fish and meats (as well as a full and delicious vegetarian menu)- I dipped into the truffle spaghetti and crab salad, with Joe opting for the steak- which he said was one of the best he'd had (rich coming from him)! Surprisingly Gigi's was relatively quiet when we visited- so it's definitely still a bit of a hidden gem, but being so close to Oxford Street- it makes a welcome treat for some post shopping dinner.

22 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, London

Cucina Asellina:
Cucina Asellina London Radio at ME London Hotel Cucina Asellina London
... and then there was another Italian! When you got a good thing going and all that! Saying that, Cucina is a little different to your typical Italian restaurant. Although the decor is suitably shiny and decadent, the menu consists of some truly wonderful street style tapas and small plates- ranging from Arancini, traditional gnocco fritto (basically a savoury fried dough which tastes a little like happiness in food form), pizzas and pasta- most of which can be offered as part of their new gluten free range, which is perfect for the more sensitive tummy too. On top of that, their desserts are exceptional- and the views from the Radio rooftop bar are just as special- so pay a visit there after your tea!

Me London Hotel, 336-337 The Stand, London WC2R 1HA



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In order to share some of the places I'm loving in London (because although I'm working on a guide, it may take a wee while)- I thought I'd try and start a frequent series of 'London loves'- be it new restaurants I'm Instagramming (and, of course, eating in- duh ; ), independent shops I've discovered, exhibitions I've visited- or, even on the rare occasion- places I've stayed. For me, the last two weeks have included a mix of Italian food (but let's be honest, which week doesn't include that?), some beautiful views over London and a couple of new hide-outs too! So without further a do...

Ivy Chelsea Garden:
Ivy Garden Chelsea Ivy Garden Chelsea Ivy Garden Chelsea
I'm constantly seeking out the next new way to indulge in eggs, granola and (if you're trendy) avocado for breakfast (not all together, of course)- and discovering the Ivy Chelsea Garden this week was the perfect way to see in some sunshine. Although it's easy (and sensible) to assume the Ivy is typically, y'know, a fancy place to eat (which, don't get me wrong- it is)- this new little West London hub is gorgeous, and it truly doesn't cost the earth to eat there- which is blooming brilliant. The breakfast was delicious (and the all day menu looked brilliant too)- and the outdoor garden has now firmly secured it's position as the place I really want to spend the majority of my summer eating dinner- which can only ever be a good thing.

Ivy Chelsea Garden: 197 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ

George Northwood:
George Northwood London George Northwood London George Northwood London
Hairdressers are scary places aren't they? They're even scarier if they have an ice cool reputation and clientele list including a certain Ms Chung and Huntington-Whiteley too (even though, naturally, that is incredibly reassuring too). So, when I headed to George Northwood last month to get my barnet done I was nervous but massively-omg-I'm-going-to-come-out-a-new-woman excited. Not armed with any pictures (just a clear image...in my head) I (probably badly) described to Amy and Elliot the hair I dreamed of, and with complete professionalism and no questions they did it, and I have never been so happy with a finished look (so much so that I didn't even touch it afterwards). Although this place is a little pricey, it's definitely worth investing in a visit if you truly want a haircut you'll love (plus the tea and milk comes in a cat shaped jug with popcorn. Not that that swayed me).

24 Wells Street, London W1T 3PH

Gigi's:
Gigi's Soho Gigi's Soho Gigi's Soho
Anyone who knows me well (or you know, past first name terms) knows I am a huge Italian food lover. Give me pasta, pizza, meats and fresh vegetables every day of the week and I will be a happy lady. However, the thing I'm not great at- is finding great little Italian's in London. So, after scouring Instagram (and making some lists) and receiving an email to pop by Gigi's in Soho to try their menu- I jumped at the chance. With a menu boasting everything from fresh pastas, fish and meats (as well as a full and delicious vegetarian menu)- I dipped into the truffle spaghetti and crab salad, with Joe opting for the steak- which he said was one of the best he'd had (rich coming from him)! Surprisingly Gigi's was relatively quiet when we visited- so it's definitely still a bit of a hidden gem, but being so close to Oxford Street- it makes a welcome treat for some post shopping dinner.

22 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, London

Cucina Asellina:
Cucina Asellina London Radio at ME London Hotel Cucina Asellina London
... and then there was another Italian! When you got a good thing going and all that! Saying that, Cucina is a little different to your typical Italian restaurant. Although the decor is suitably shiny and decadent, the menu consists of some truly wonderful street style tapas and small plates- ranging from Arancini, traditional gnocco fritto (basically a savoury fried dough which tastes a little like happiness in food form), pizzas and pasta- most of which can be offered as part of their new gluten free range, which is perfect for the more sensitive tummy too. On top of that, their desserts are exceptional- and the views from the Radio rooftop bar are just as special- so pay a visit there after your tea!

Me London Hotel, 336-337 The Stand, London WC2R 1HA



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45 comments:

  1. such a great post, thanks so much ! gigi's looks amazing, definitely need to go there when i'm next in London x

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  2. These places all look incredible. I love cafés and restaurants that have pretty gardens like Ivy Chelsea Garden, it just makes the setting so much more quaint.The gnocco fritto at Cucina Asellina is making my mouth water just thinking about it... it actually sounds like heaven. Thanks for the ideas, I'll have to try out one of them when I'm next in London!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles

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  3. There's so many amazing places on here already, I can't wait to see your guide!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  4. beautiful post

    gafashion.blogspot.com

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  5. Gigi's looks so good! Get in my belly!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  6. all these places look SO amazing Olivia, thank you for sharing them as I'm definitely checking them out the next time I visit London <3 love your photos too as always :)

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I really love this post! I wish I lived in London so I could try all of these places you keep mentioning, but I'm planning a trip for the summer and will DEFINITELY be visiting some of these places. Can't wait for more posts like this :)

    Emily x
    wondersofafairytale.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Very Made in Chelsea! Great idea and look forward to more, particularly any cool boutiques, I love your style :) sabiha

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  9. Ooh, Love that you are doing these posts - I am always looking for new places to go in London. They all sound incredible! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

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  10. What great post!!

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  11. The Ivy Chelsea Garden looks adorable and so pretty. I'm going to have to pop their next time I'm in London xx

    Alana Says…//www.alana-says.blogspot.co.uk//Fashion and lifestyle blog

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  12. Oh that looks lovely! Gorgeous pictures as always xo

    Catherine | Pretty Little Beauty Blog

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  13. Love this post. Going to stay in London for a month in June, so will definately be looking for some places to go.
    Nikki etc. x

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  14. cant wait for more of these, stunning photos Olivia!

    rebekahmaryx.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. These places are so lovely - saving them up for when I visit! x

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I definitely have to visit some of these places the next time that I am down in The Big Smoke.

    Georgie
    xoxo

    TheLipstickDaily

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  17. These pictures are so amazing. Great photography! I could look at these all day.

    Jessica // http://lipsandtrips.blogspot.com

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  18. Ooh what a lovely post - so many ideas for places to go when I'm next there! I love The Ivy and can't wait to try the Chelsea Garden. I've always found it really friendly and relaxing there, not at all like I expected of somewhere that 'fancy'. xx
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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  19. Mmmm, I want that pizza!

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  20. I'm always amazed because of the lovely pictures you always take!

    hannie | chapters like this

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  21. All of these places look glorious - that pizza at ME London and the Ivy, oh wows

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  22. Your photos so beautiful. I love London!

    www.misscurlymermaid.blogspot.com

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  23. Going out for breakfast seems to be the thing to do in London. I must give it a try next time I am down that way!
    Rosie
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  24. Absolutely love this!!! Everyhting is so cute <3

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  25. This post has made me really hungry and excited to visit London. Can't wait for more posts like this!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  26. All of these places look amazing! Love this concept as a post, I'm really interested to see more!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  27. Oh my goodness your photos are always so incredible! That Chelsea Garden looks beautiful, I can't wait to visit it!

    Josie
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  28. love this post so much! stunning photos btw xx

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  29. Such a good post, Im planning on spending a lot of my summer in London so some great suggestions x
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  30. I love your photography :)

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  31. I have been dreaming about London for the past two days and this doesn't help Olivia :p
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  32. Oh what a lovely list of places! I'd especially like to try out Ivy Chelsea Garden - it just looks so gorgeous! xxx

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  33. I enjoy these sorts of posts so looking forward to the potential new series!

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  34. I love the garden and all the food looks great! :)
    great blog :)
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  35. Definitely saving these for my upcoming London trip x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  36. Can't say enough great things about this place! Our server was productive and nice. The appetizers were excellent, as were the main courses. The food from mcdonalds secret menu is indeed as good as its said and they had some solid beer recommendations. I can't wait to come back!

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  37. Fabulous recommendations! I have been meaning to try Ivy Chelsea Garden for ages, have heard great things! Xx

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