For the final part of London Nights we will take you on a journey to the furthest corners of London, including beautiful historic sites, cosy log fires and a dose of classic suspense.
 

See –  Wrap up warm and take the long and equally enchanting walk from Richmond to Hampton Court. One of the most scenic walks Greater London has to offer, this stretch is packed with history, culture and gorgeous landscapes. You will pass Petersham Meadows, historic Ham House, Eel Pie Island and Teddington Lock and arrive at the majestic Hampton Court Palace for a well deserved cream tea. richmond-hamptoncourt.com


Read – “Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. Get your hands on the Folio Society’s beautifully illustrated and bound version of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express and follow Hercule Poirot on the tension mounting journey to finding not one, but two solutions to the crime.  www.foliosociety.com 


Eat –  Located in picturesque West Dulwich, the Rosendale is a hidden gem when it comes to gastro pubs. Originally a Victorian Coach Inn it offers delicious pub food sourced from their own farm, classic ales and a cosy yet quirky interior. The homemade scotch eggs are a must try. www.therosendale.co.uk

25/11/2014

Mina Milinda

 

Mina Milanda is the beautiful Scandinavian florist hidden away from view in a quiet cobbled courtyard in the Frogner district of Oslo, Norway. During a recent visit we fell in love with their clean aesthetic and use of white floral displays and hand cast pots.

 

Mina Milanda

 

Mina Milanda

 

www.minamilanda.no

Experience London from its glamorous side, with satirical performances, 1930s charm and some of the city's best cocktails.

 

See – Rush to see one of the most talked about West End plays, King Charles III at the small but perfectly formed Wyndham’s Theatre, just off Leicester Square. This satirical outlook of the future monarchy can’t help to amuse but also leaves an undeniable bitter after-taste, with a surprising plot twist.  www.kingcharlesIII.com

Read – Follow governess Miss Pettigrew through her accidental encounter with glamorous night-club singer Miss LaFosse, resulting in a day of unusual incidents and curious conversations. "The sheer fun, the light-hearedness in this wonderful 1938 book feels closer to a Fred Astair film than anything else." Henrietta Twycross-Martin www.persephonebooks.com 

Eat –  Visit one of London’s favourite steak houses. Prime cuts of matured beef and other British classics as well as a list of the most amazing cocktails, all served under the atmospheric arches of an old brewery, make for an unforgettable night out.  www.thehawksmoor.com

 

London Nights (Part 2) takes us on a more serene journey through North London. Filled with city lights, stars, fairy tales and a little bit of Parisian chic.

London Nights 2

See – Wait for the sun to set, jump on the tube and get off at Chalk Farm station. Walk up to Primrose Hill village, past its pretty Victorian houses, cafés and boutiques, then wander up Primrose Hill, settle down on one of the old benches and enjoy a magical view of London’s skyline – all lit up and ready to be admired. Best enjoyed at Christmas time, with good company and a thermos of mulled wine.   

 

Read – An obvious choice for this week's London Nights, we just couldn't resist sneaking in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic children's favourite. The story of the Little Prince will kindle your childhood imagination, put a smile on your face and leave you in awe of the amount of surreal creativity. – “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince  - www.thelittleprince.com 

 

Eat – Hidden away, half way down Baker Street sits Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, the more intimate sister restaurant of Galvin at Windows. With an authentic air of Parisian chic, Galvin boasts a menu of French dishes, from steak tartare and duck confit to soufflés and tarte tatin. All this in addition to a great wine list, friendly waiters in black waistcoats and the most beautiful atmosphere.  - www.galvinrestaurants.com

Over the next few weeks we will take you on a cultural, literary and culinary journey through London. We will introduce you to some of our favourite things to see, books to read and places to eat – each one different but all equally magical in the run up to the festive season.

London Nights (Part 1) is for lovers of Victorian bohemia, eerie romance and the mysteries of historic London.


London Nights

See - Travel to the squares of Lincoln’s Inn and see the Sir John Soane’s museum – the eccentric house-museum of the great neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. The museum holds a vast collection ranging from antiquities to architectural drawings and hasn’t been changed since 1837. Visit during one of the museum’s candlelit evenings for a mystical experience. www.soane.org


Read
- Spend the cold winter evenings immersed in Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. A book that is subtly paranormal and never-endingly magical. – “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn. Le Cirque des Rêves, The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.” www.thenightcircus.com


Eat –
Venture down a Marylebone side street to find 28˚-50˚, Icelandic chef Aggi Sverrisson’s restaurant and wine bar. It’s cosy, intimate, and offers a great selection of delicious and unusual wines – we like the Austrian reds. The menu comprises of simple charcuterie platters, French bistro style food and grilled meats, cooked in a Mayan clay oven. Truly special, in the simplest possible way. www.2850.co.uk


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