What The Wife Likes……..I Love London

As you all know last weekend The RMW Team had a mini break for Easter and posted a little less than usual. This isn’t a regular thing I must point out – just occasionally when everyone else is enjoying the national holidays ( such as Christmas and Easter) then well……we need to too.

Sometimes the best ideas come out of absolutely no where especially when you have some decent time to think, and this little holiday provided us with the opportunity to do just that…. Hell do we have some big ideas in the pipeline for the near future! Watch this space folks 😉

So then, what did this wife do for her time out over the bank holiday? Visited one of my favourite cities of course.

The Great Big Smoke.

In typical O’Shea style the trip was all rather last minute so last Wednesday we browsed Mr and Mrs Smith and found The Zetter hotel in Clerkenwell – ” A small hotel with a big personality” not to mention being voted one of the 50 coolest hotels in the world as voted by Conde Nast Traveller.

How very fancy .

Um, just to point out we don’t make a habit of jetting off to flash pads on a regular basis…. but when you have been working your butt off for a fair few months it is nice to really treat yourself.

And we did.

Treat ourselves I mean – the entire weekend.

Some Zetter Cool:


I loved the stylish retro urban decor and the hotel was in a great location – we walked to Oxford Street within 20 minutes. The rooms were spacious, squeaky sparkly clean ( I am a hotel clean freak) and full of light from the huge huge windows. I would highly recommend this little piece of boutique heaven – whether you are looking for some honeymoon wardrobe retail therapy or a sexy spot near vibrant Soho….. It rocks.

For Friday night dining we went to Le Caprice which was great for people watching and general ambience ( not to mention amazing service).

Saturday we shopped until we dropped in Knightsbridge had afternoon tea at The Connaught ( We went there for my Hen and I had been raving about it to him indoors ever since) and later on in the evening we tottered our way ( well ok so I tottered) to Browns in Covent Garden.

*Afternoon Tea at The Connaught – SO WORTH IT. Even if just for the ridiculously lovely raspberry and violet jam…..


And the most impressive eating place of all? Nope – not any of the luxury fine dining locations we tried.

My favourite place was in fact….. SNOG.

Yep you heard me right – SNOG. Makers of ultra healthy ultra delicious frozen yoghurt, my new number one find for a fruity fat-free good-for-you breakfast whilst staying in London Town. We visited the Covent Garden shop but you can also find them in South Kensington, Soho and the Westfield centre.

And if pastries are more you thing pre Midday ( after all you can’t beat a cinnamon swirl from Pret…) then still check out the SNOG website. Adam and I have been in raptures about the amazing design/illustrations and general greatness of it all week.

Yup. We are Web geeks.

*From left A “Natural” Snog, A “Green Tea” Snog and the most gorgeous of all…. the “Chocolate” Snog.

Genius.

And before you know it along came Sunday and well….. we had to come home.

Boo.

Not without a few bags of new shiny delight though 🙂

In the bag(s):

1) Slouchy knitwear from Silence and Noise at Urban Outfitters ( I LOVE Urban Outfitters for winter warmers, excellent quality and doesn’t break the bank)

2) The biggest pair of earrings I have ever seen in my life from Topshop. Think my lobes may drop off.

3) A Marc by Marc Jacobs leather pouch for make-up ( have always wanted a lovely-keep-forever cosmetics bag and this is it)

4) New Perfume, although divine I didn’t fall in love with any Jo Malone unfortunately but did fall in love with ” J’aime le nuit” by La Perla. So gorgeous I want to eat it. From Harrods.

5) Curling Tongs. I will some day be able to do good hair – on myself. I’m hoping these will help.

6) A whole bunch of MAC ( no surprises there then)

You know I said I was more than a bit excited about the Give Me Liberty collaboration? Well it was everything I thought it would be and more. From left – lipstick in “Ever Hip” a great pinky coral that goes amazingly well with “Perrenial High Style” lip glass, I love a coral/pink lip for spring/summer and team it with soft green smoky eyes ( created with MAC Bitter and Steamy eyshadows) and a pop of Sue Devitt blush in Los Angeles ( you can buy Sue Devitt at Harvey Nichols)

Couldn’t resist the unusual grey/green shade of “Blue India” nail polish either so bought me a bottle. Or two. ‘Tis limited edition you know!

And did it end there? Oh no it didn’t. I got me a cremesheen lipgloss ( the best daywear no sticky goop gloss around if you ask me)… in “Just Superb”, a smudgy teal pearlglide intense eyeliner in “Undercurrent” and this amazing brush that makes my powder go on all smooth and air brush like – number 138. I bought it from the MAC Pro Shop on Carnaby Street.

( I have linked to all of the items I didn’t post images of so you can have a butchers)

And now ladies I am after a favour. Or at least some suggestions. We plan to go back to the big smoke the end of May and I would LOVE to hear about your recommendations for great places to stay, amazing places to eat and unusual/quirky/must visit shopping opportunities.

Ta.

Big London Love

Charlotte xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

21 thoughts on “What The Wife Likes……..I Love London

  1. LOVE THIS POST!

    I love the Zetter – – the cocktails are fabulous!! And also loving Snog – Westfield is super near where i work (dangerous!) so i will be checking those frozen yoghurts out this week! (Cant believe i havent noticed it before!)

    I would totally reccomend The Soho hotel – its utterly glam and a tad expensive but oh soooo worth it! (especially if you get upgraded to the penthouse suite like we did 😉 If you go – you have to check out the mini bar – its possibly my favourite thing…. The service is also flawless.

    Last but not least – I must get myself to a MAC now for that Blue India nail varnish – so cool….

    Thanks for the great post!!

    I’ll get thinking about other London places to go!

    Rachie xo

  2. Had me a SNOG last night 🙂 bitter sweet chocolate, although the natural is still my favourite.

    That hotel looks amazing, living in the city I probably should get to know it a bit more!

  3. Love love love this post- London is so one of my fave places to go for the weekend, or indeed anytime really!! And I also love Browns restaurants, awesome food and cocktails! A few recommendations from me:

    food-funnily enough the ultracool wedding you posted this week used one of my fave London restaurants, the Cinnamon Club-it is in the most stunning old converted library in the heart of Westminster and does delicious fusion-type Indian/British food, yum!! Also recommend ‘Old Dutch’ pancake house in Holborn, Le Garrick near Leicester Sq for shabby French chic and not-at-all shabby French food, and, of course the ultimate indulgence-the Haagen-Dazs icecream cafe in Leicester Square!!

    Shopping-Selfridges and Covent Garden Market are my must-dos along with the big Debenhams on Oxford St (I got my wedding shoes there). Also, I love Notting Hill for funky little shops, St Johns Wood for upmarket boutiques (including Stila) and Fenwicks on Bond St for gorgeous accessories!

    Man I want me a London trip now!!

  4. Such a fab post!
    I LOVE London but sadly my H2B does not share the love…he just gets cross with London drivers and refuses to get on the train/tube when we have two perfectly working cars sat on our drive!

    He does treat me on special occasions though; we tend to stay in the Hoxton hotel (https://www.hoxtonhotels.com/index.php) – which is one of our favourite hotels located on Great Eastern Street, just 5 minutes walk from Liverpool St Station. The service is great, the staff are friendly and it’s super cool and chic. I wouldn’t say its relaxing luxury but it’s certainly full of super cool interiors (including paper, scissors, rock cushions and really comfy beds!) and it is super clean and I feel right at home every time I go there! My H2B likes it because it is an up market hotel without the feeling that you need to be dressed up and in your posh gear to be in there. There is a great beauty salon near by called ‘The Parlour’ (https://www.theparlouruk.com/) if you feel like some pampering during your London trip – I have had my hair done there on a few occasions before going out as like Charlotte I am rubbish with the old tongs!

    My favourite restaurant is Sketch (https://www.sketch.uk.com/#) which is also super cool! The food is A.mazing and the themed rooms give the restaurant and incredible atmosphere….I just LOVED the ‘egg’ toilets and gallery staircase leading up to them (sounds odd but really fun!). It is expensive but an experience I am glad I can say I have had! Take a look at the website which is also really funky (Charlotte I am sure you and Adam will love the website)!

    Another restaurant I loved is Hakkasan which is modern Chinese fine dining (https://www.hakkasan.com/). Really beautiful tasting food…but please don’t ask me what I ate because I would not be able to tell you! Again it was expensive but an unbelievable experience and the service was incredible. I tried a very interesting (and very green) cucumber and kiwi cocktail which tasted weirdly delicious!

    I am looking forward to hearing other recommendations…thanks for such a great post!
    Samantha

  5. Ladies, I’m about to share my greatest London secret (which is becoming not-so-secret anymore as they keep getting writeups in places like Vogue). 40 Winks hotel is a town house on Mile End Road, run by the eccentric David Carter, which has only two bedrooms…but the hotel is a dream. It’s this wonderland of soft carpets, mannequins draped with pearls, birdcages, gothic candlesticks, feathers, silk, a mad hatter’s tea party, elegant, shabby chic, the roaring 40s…it’s BEAUTIFUL. And they hold Bedtime Story nights where you turn up, change into your pyjamas or nighties (the more glam the better), you get gin cocktails all night and professional storytellers tell you fairytales and stories….honestly, it’s perfection. Not central though and possibly more a “girl” thing. But it has to be shared!
    https://www.40winks.org/

  6. so so jealous I want a mini break!

    I havent stayed there yet but I have had it recommended to me by friends the hoxton hotel I am going there for my hen party in june. http://www.thehoxton.com in shoreditch it looks very urban sexy and is an amazing price.
    joe allens restaurant in convent garden is great for pre theatre meals or sunday brunch it has a brilliant atmosphere and if you love people watching you might even see a few famous faces.
    My other half and I went for afternoon tea at the ritz (something everyone needs to do at least once) although we did have to book it months in advance but it was well worth it. We felt like celebs in the very grand dining room with tourist standing outside taking photographs through the windows. The tea was amazing,the sandwiches/cakes were to die for and they just kept on coming! xxx

  7. So glad all the other posts are long….
    Surely The Charlotte Street Hotel is a must for you to stay, sip cocktails or eat.
    As the sun will of course be shining Inn the Park at St. James’ Park is great for any time of day, or night. One of my summer time favourites. https://www.innthepark.com/index.asp
    I really want to try this bar out – Alice in Wonderland themed. https://www.calloohcallaybar.com/welcome/
    Also The Long Bar at The Sanderson is great.
    For good French restaurant that’s not too expensive and in good central locations I like Cote. https://www.cote-restaurants.co.uk/
    And if you love Urban Outfitters the newly opened Anthropologie stores. I like the Kings Road one, and super near MAC too.
    Mooching along, up and around Westbourne Grove is great in the sun.
    I’m having a Liberty Love in at the moment.
    Finally get thee a Luxe city guide to London for loads more Lady Luxe things to do, see, taste and shop. https://www.luxecityguides.com/
    Looking forward to hearing where you go.
    Love from London

  8. Rachel, they are fantastic fun, such a gorgeous night in with the girls. Have been twice now. If you email me (anna.m.kasparian at gmail) I can send you their flyers for more details, the Bedtime Story Nights don’t have a website as they want it advertised by word of mouth. It’s £25 but can you imagine snuggling up in your jammys (some girls wear flannel, some go all out with silk negligées, some boys rock up too) with gin listening to stories? So, so good!

  9. I also love London and have stayed at the Zetter which is tres chic (although our room was at the back and we were kept awake until about 4am from a club outside) and its owned by the same people who own my fave London restaurant Moro, just 5 mins from The Zetter. I thought the bar and restaurant of the Zetter would make a very cool wedding reception venue, very NY chic!

    Have recently stayed The Mayfair which is great fun for celeb spotting (well, I use the term loosely, we saw Jordan, The Saturdays, Harvey from So Solid(!), Brendon Cole off of Strictly and Olly Murs). Every time you walk out of the hotel the paps get excited and then realise its just you!

    My favourite hotel though is The Covent Garden Hotel, I’d stay there every time if we could afford it.

    If you are on a bit of a budget a nice boutique Townhouse hotel is the Sumner (bonus is that it is 5 mins from Selfridges) and its really reasonable and stylishly decorated (its basically an upmarket B&B). I stayed there recently and it was lovely.

    I want to go to London now!
    x

  10. London is the best city in the world! I love Browns, always go there when I’m in London. Huge Selfridges fan (more so since it’s where hubby proposed) and my new domestic goddess mission has unearthed a love of Fortnum and Mason. Luxury. The restaurant there is gorgeous.

  11. I work about, ooh, 30 seconds away from the Zetter and still haven’t been there – not even for a quick after-work drink! I may bring up the suggestion at our next team meeting…

  12. Quote: ‘This isn’t a regular thing I must point out – just occasionally when everyone else is enjoying the national holidays ( such as Christmas and Easter) then well……we need to too.’

    Mmmm…no need for this defence!! We understand that time off is needed!

    Love the blog. : )

  13. Great post checking out the make up tips ! We stayed at The Mandeville last time we went to London and it was fab, 5 mins walk from Selfridges and close to bars and restaurants. The hotel was really fab and the afternoon tea to die for ! To eat… our current fave is The Wolseley on Piccadilly, it’s so decadent and serves the best eggs benedict and if you can stomach it the steak tartare is divine ! Finally for drinks, nowhere beats the bar at Claridges for luxury, the cocktails are fab and the champagne list is extensive ! And all these places are in walking distance of another, we had a fab time when we went !! Me and my chief bridesmaid are going in May too for a mini hen do before the big one so will def be heading to The Wolseley I need my fix ! Enjoy x

  14. Love reading this blog

    I live in London and definitely recommend heading East – The Boundary hotel is the new Conran there. Lounge Lover is an amazing bar decorated in mad style, dollhouse, huge fire thingies when you walk in, mismatched antiquey furniture. Saf restaurant in awesome – completely raw food made of vegetables that tastes great!

    In town I love Hakkasan, Charlotte St Hotel, Two Floors in Soho, the roof garden bar at the Trafalgar, Yautcha for dim sum and afternoon tea ooh I could go on all day.

    For shopping nothing beats Selfridges, Libertys, and Spitalfields market xxxxxxxxx

  15. Wow ladies thanks for all of your suggestions! I have written a huge list of places we can stay, eat and shop from your comments and I will go on a manic internet search and have a good look at everything.

    I certainly must check out the Charlotte St Hotel 🙂

    Really thanks so much – I have taken advice from every single one of you and I will look forward to booking LOTS of trips to London so I can experience all these fab hot spots.

    Charlotte xxx

  16. P.S Sarah I wasn’t on the defense – just wanted to explain why occasionally we don’t post and to make sure we explain to our readers that on any given random week we will not just disappear.

    Glad you like the blog Pet 😉

  17. Another fabulous post! This website however is not doing a lot for my bank balance! In every post I find yet another, must have, can’t live without purchase….and this time it’s a weekend in London trying out all of the amazing suggestions (from Charlotte and all you lovely ladies)….unfortunately, living overseas, this is not going to be a cheap trip! Oh well, who needs a savings account anyway!

    Much love, Clare x

    Ps Anna K – I NEED to go to one of those evenings! What a totally brilliant and magical idea!

  18. Oooh well next time you’re in London, I would highly recommend Crazy Bear, near Goodge Street tube station. It has hte most amazing thai food, and the most bizarrely brilliant toilets you have ever seen, super cool decor as well!

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