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Article: Kristy's Travel Guide for Two Days in London

Kristy's Travel Guide for Two Days in London

After landing back in Oz, our creative director Kristy shares her guide to exploring London in a few days. It is complete with her favourite stays and shopping destinations, as well as her go-to spots for the coolest vibes and inspiration! 


Where to Stay: The Ham Yard Hotel in central London's Soho 

The Ham Yard Hotel is one of the Firmdale Hotels' with interiors designed by award-winning designer Kit Kemp. It has its own bowling alley downstairs! We also love the Knightsbridge, another Firmdale Hotel. Both are filled with quirky, eclectic interiors. If you stay at a Firmdale Hotel, make sure you include breakfast - it's delicious! 


 Where to Shop

My favourite place to shop in Soho is Liberty London, a high-end fashion and homewares department store set in a heritage Tudor building. I love it for the architecture and their choice of displays, selection of brands and homewares. A favourite is the curated vintage section and their infamous, eclectic prints. We occasionally collaborate with Liberty Prints at FLANNEL, and they make for the most special pieces. 

From Liberty London, I walk to MATCHES FASHION Mayfair Townhouse. Again, their curation and styling is beautiful, eclectic and quirky but still refined. Near MATCHES is several other beautiful high-end stores, but MATCHES is my highlight. 


 An Afternoon at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone

Now is a good time to grab a black London cab and experience a ride in one. Head to the infamous Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone. We didn't have a booking, but managed to get a spot at the bar for a quick snack and yummy cocktail. Food not my highlight here but great vibe and people watching. 


We then had a wander up and down the street of Chiltern Firehouse for a window shop; some super cool spots nearby. Walk towards Marylebone Lane to Ottolenghi Marylebone - a trendy, lauded cafe of delicious salads and treats like fruit tarts & cakes. Stay on Marylebone Lane for more window shopping. A special mention is Consigned Sealed Delivered, a vintage consignment store, if you are after a beautiful curation of pre-loved high end pieces.


Shoreditch: My Favourite Part! 

I always love visiting the markets in any city. The mix of people, food and textiles is always so inspirational to me. The Spitalfield Market in Shoreditch is great! A very hipster, cool and eclectic vibe. 

Start here. Grab your coffee first from Climpson & Sons, superb! Then we wandered over to the record store and markets. The fashion stalls were a feast for my eyes, such a wonderful mix of old and new, quirky and refined. I bought two kimonos from a Japanese store with the most beautiful colours in them.


And we cannot forget, the most amazing food stalls - so many delicious choices. From there, wander Brick Lane for vintage stores and people watching until you get to Redchurch Street. I love it here, a hive of stylish stores.

Finish at the hip Shoreditch House for lunch or dinner. 

Shoreditch is a must!


And that's all for London! Stay tuned for my next blog on Portugal... X

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