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There is a strange ritual many Londoners adopt wherein Bank Holidays become an excuse to leave the city.

My thoughts? That’s just more city space for me!

Rather than fleeing, I invited one of my best lady friends – Jen – down from Leeds to spend the weekend exploring Regent Street with me.

Read on for an intimate introduction to The Langham, Aubaine, The ICE Bar, Momo, Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel, tibits, Margaret Dabbs at Liberty, Ristorante Frescobaldi, and more. This is ‘a day in the life’ times two, dear readers: image-heavy is an understatement.

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take away afternoon tea
My last trip to The Park Tower Knightsbridge was almost five years ago. 2009 – and The Park Tower – mark my first-ever business meeting with a designer brand.

Having had so much change, bewilder and humble me since that meeting, The Park Tower holds a very special place in my heart. When welcoming one of my close friends and recent London transfers to the city, it seemed more than appropriate to take a pit stop at the hotel and take away their afternoon tea for a picnic in Hyde Park.

Their ‘Take Away Strawberry Afternoon Tea‘ – as you can see – is beautifully ingenious.

In their three tier cardboard tea platter, The Park Tower include:
– London smoked salmon and green asparagus (sushi style) with keta caviar on nori bread (IT. IS. UNREAL.)
– Norwich farm chicken caesar with baby gem chiffonade on carrot bread
– Surrey peppered beef pastrami with horseradish cream on malted grain bread
– Silver Hill duck egg mayonnaise and mustard cress on viennoise briochette
– Scones with strawberry and rhubarb marmalade
– Strawberry Valrhona white chocolate truffle
– Strawberry marshmallow
– Whole strawberry dipped in Valrhona milk chocolate and nibbed sugar (
– Strawberry pâté de fruits
– Strawberry and crème chantilly pavlova
– Strawberry Victoria sponge cake tennis court and lemon tennis ball
…and…the most amazing pastry I have ever laid eyes on…
– Strawberry petit choux pastry swans with pistachio cream mousseline.

Truth be told, stretching out in the sunshine, listening to an insane Beatles cover band, and devouring the petite platter between us was the most gratifying way we could have spent an afternoon. Quintessential London luxury.

The takeaway afternoon tea is priced at £19.50 per person or £69 for two with a half bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé (GO FOR IT) and available through August 31st. I advise booking 24 hours in advance (by online form or phone) to ensure availability.

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Christmas Instagram
Instagram (@lelalondon) – left to right, top to bottom:
1. Freezing my eyelashes off in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
2. We’re all tucked in.
3. You’re pretty sexy, London.
4. Christmas colours at Trullo.
5. Obsessed. (And therefore broke).
6. A bundle.
7. Job done. Christmas spirit is loud, proud, and bauble-free.
8. Wonderful breakfast with wonderful bloggers and the Fantasy Shopper team.
9. Eating enormous hotdogs in a dress and heels.

metropolitan london hotel

Naturally, the Clarks party at the Metropolitan London hotel offered a fabulous excuse to recline* in luxury for the evening. (*work)

Bordering Knightsbridge and Mayfair, The Metropolitan London’s Metropolitan Rooms overlook the beloved green heart of London – Hyde Park – while keeping you cosy in “pared-back and cosseting” interiors. We’re not talking British B&Bs, here.

To boot, the hotel is literally connected to the Japanese-Peruvian and Michelin-starred cuisine from Nobu. If you’re not a foodie when you arrive, you’ll be a foodie when you leave.

To make financial matters worse, my room happened to be right around the corner from The Metropolitan’s newly expanded COMO Shambhala Urban Escape; a spa which offers holistic, Asian-based therapies. Yes. You can be spa adjacent if you’re a glutton for monetary punishment.

In actuality, the room was spa-like enough to keep me perfectly pleased for the night. A fantastically oversized King bed with goosedown duvet, banquette seating area overlooking the Uptown jungle, rainfall shower, and a contemporary but warm space? You have a happy Lela on your hands.

I would live here if I could. It came equipped with everything I needed for work and play; free wifi, a sprawled out desk space, iPod docking station, a jogging map of Hyde Park, electronic ‘do not disturb’ sign, iron/ironing board, Egyptian cotton linen (I need it, okay?!), COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities, and the all-important front desk/concierge which goes above and beyond.

Looking for luxe in London? The Metropolitan has your back.

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