London – Spring 2018 Update

Since visiting London now a couple times we can truly say its one of our favorite cities!  As seen HEREHERE, HEREHERE and HERE you will learn about the sites we saw, places we ate and hotels we recommend while in London  In this post, you will find some additional recommendations we discovered on our last two trips.


Henrietta Hotel

The Henrietta Hotel is a small boutique hotel in Covent Garden. Inspired by the neighborhood and with a nod to Italian design, this 18 room hotel has a fabulous restaurant, lively bar area and lovely staff.  The location couldn’t be more perfect – Henrietta Street which has shops, restaurants and is literally a 3 minute walk to Covenant Garden Market.  We highly suggest staying at the Henrietta Hotel!


Le Boudin Blanc

Located in Shepard’s Market in Mayfair, Le Boudin Blanc was one of the most quant restaurants we dined at while in London.  Its a good sign when all the diners are locals.  We ordered the French onion soup (devine!), the catch of the day and the British rib-eye steak. To finish, the apple crumble. Everything was perfect about the meal – even the company at the surrounding tables.  We highly suggest going to Le Boudin Blanc!

Neals Yard

Neals Yard isn’t a restaurant, its a small alley in Covent Garden that is home to a coffee shop, wine bar, health food cafe and shops.  We suggest going to Compagnie de Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials to grab a glass of wine and some appetizers or if you need a coffee pop into Jacob The Angel.

Fabrique Bakery

WINNER WINNER! Since having traveled to Sweden, we became obsessed with Kanelbullar or cinnamon buns.  Its hard to find good ones back in California….if anyone knows of a place please let us know!! Fabrique Bakery in London met all the expectations! Originally from Stockholm, this bakery has a couple locations around London.  Luckily we were able to stop into one and order a couple (well maybe more than a couple) buns to go.  They were still warm! (Flavors: cardamon, cinnamon and walnut….Cardamon being our favorite!) Don’t miss out on this bakery – we promise you won’t be disappoint.


We enjoyed dining at Barrafina for lunch and loved watching the chefs at work preparing the food.  As big fans of tapas, we ordered the padrón peppers, chicken and pan con tomate.  Even though we were in London, when we stepped foot into Barrafina, we felt like we were in España !

 The Ivy Market Grill

The Ivy Chelsea was on our previous list as linked above.  We decided to check out The Ivy Market Grill since we were in the area.  Located on Henrietta Street (yes its one of our favorite street now, besides King Road and Marylebone High Street!) this popular restaurant was a great choice for dinner.  We ordered the duck salad to start and lamb for the main dish.  Both choices were lovely! We finished dinner with the flamin’ apple tart – not only was the presentation phenomenal, it tasted good too! The Ivy Market Grill didn’t disappoint!

The Marylebone Bar

Finally – we made it up to Marylebone.  What got us there was a stop at the By Malene Birger store on Marylebone High Street.  So happy we went because that is now another favorite street in London! Filled with chic shops, smart restaurants and lovely bars this area is less crowded than Bond Street and is more like a village.  After shopping, we stopped into The Marylebone Bar to grab a glass of rosé. If a bar could have swagger, this was one of those places! Having been there in the day, I could only imagine how it was at night.  We will be back!

*** Down the street from Marylebone Bar is the Chilern Firehouse which we didn’t get to go to due to time.  We can’t wait to check it out next time we are in London!


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