There were three men in a shop, an Indian man, Englishman and a Polish man. The shop belonged to the Indian man, who had bought it of Irish brothers. Part of the deal was that the shop will retain it’s name- McCoy. So there they are in a shop full of screws and building materials, and the Indian man says to the English- I cannot believe that in your trade you don’t speak Polish yet!
That pretty much sums up London to me. My beautiful city, full of different ethnicities, inner villages and communities, always tugs at my heart strings. I want to show you my London, it’s little places, shops, cafes and most importantly, its cool and laid back people. What to do in London? Well, I will be showing you different parts of it. on a regular basis and today I will take you on a tour in Covent Garden. Yes, you know it well, yet I couldn’t help taking you there because- how beautiful does it look, all dolled up for Christmas?
On Sunday The French (aka my “Instagram Husband” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFzKi-o4rHw) and I hoped on a bus to town to meander around cobbled streets of Covent Garden. In London even buses are super cool- our old square double deckers are slowly being replaced by vintage looking Route Masters, lipstick red, shiny and very environmentally friendly.
We started our day from a coffee at Somerset House, which every year houses an ice ring and some pretty decorations. Last year it was Coach and the year before, Tiffany. This time it was Fortnum & Mason with their lavish yet chic decor.
After a coffee we moved onto the old market square which plays host to Dior, Burberry and Chanel make up stores, Links of London with their intricate jewelry and Laduree tea rooms, should you feel the sudden need to consume rose scented pick me ups (yes, macaroons, I’m looking at you). Just opposite the tube station there’s Charlotte Tilbury make up empire. I must admit that I’ve yet to try her range of beauty products. I’ve heard of her so much as a make up artist even before her beauty line and stratospheric rise to make up stardom. I’m tempted by her contouring products and thinking about booking a “transformation” with one of Charlotte are up artists – what kind of make up tutorial would you like to see on the blog?
If you after a little bit of culture, you can visit Transport Museum situated on the very Square. Don’t laugh- it’s a perfect bite seize portion of London’s history It’s on a small side but nicely done, with old Route Master you can actually get on. I visited it when I was invited for Doughty Street Chambers annual summer party. Have you heard of Doughty Street Chambers? If not, perhaps you’ve heard of British lawyer Amal Clooney (and wife of George Clooney)? Well, all invited lawyers heard of her too and since she’s in Doughty Street Chambes, we’ve all turned up, ready for Hollywood. Sadly, she didn’t come.
I love shopping in Covent Garden. With an eclectic mix of high street and designer boutiques, I can always find something for myself. Go to Brora for the most covetable cashmere, Mulberry for quintessentially British bags or The Cambridge Satchel Company for a wallet friendly ones or Russel & Bromley for British, beautifully crafted and fashionable shoes. If it’s the French labels you’re after, Agnes B, Paul & Jo or Sandro all await with their cool, Parisian attitude. If high street is what your heart desires, you will find Zara and H&M as well as Accessories, Kurt Geiger or Dune in the maze of cobbled streets. If you are after a vintage bounty, pop in to one of the outposts of Rokit, a treasure trove of vintage pieces.
Getting hungry is one of the best part of being in Covent Garden. One of my favorite places ever is Christopher’s Bar & Restaurant. Just a few steps from Royal Opera House, it’s a place to drink, eat and be merry in decadent surroundings. Situated in grade II listed building (meaning, pretty old even for London standards), it has a sweeping staircase, a Martini bar and upstairs restaurant with a view of Waterloo Bridge. Christopher’s bar used to be my local during my decade in Fleet Street, and it still remains one of my favorite places in London. It’s not an every day dining though, so if you after a quick lunch and like Indian food, try Masala Zone. Prices are reasonable and you will love Rajasthani puppets dangling from the celling.
I wore my taupe coat by Jadzia Doroba, Celine Phantom bag and Isabel Marant suede boots. I wish I could have worn a pair of faux leather trousers from Guess I bought recently. Unfortunately, my pants had plans on their own and on the very same day I got them they went on a train to Gatwick. I went somewhere else. Needless to say, we never saw each other again. So instead I wore my trusted Zara jeans.
We finished off our visit with a festive glass of mulled wine, full of flavors and scents of orange and cloves, before hopping on a Route master to take us home.
Coat- Jadzia Doroba
Boots- Isabel Marant