I visited London as a proper tourist for the first time in ages a few weekends ago – it was mine and Jim’s fifth anniversary and we thought that now that we no longer live in London, it might be fun to see it through the eyes of a visitor once again and book a hotel stay. We were right: it was so lovely!
I didn’t plan to make a blog post out of our visit (it was a special occasion so I didn’t want to stress about getting content!), but the weather and our surroundings were too nice not to take any photos. So, this is sort of a guide, sort of a “this is what we did” thing – I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride!
By far one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed in (definitely in the top 3!), The Flemings Hotel in Mayfair was such a luxurious experience. I don’t usually get to stay in hotels like this – they’re usually a bit out of my price range – but this was a) a special occasion and b) we found a great deal on Secret Escapes (which is quickly becoming one of my favourite websites ever).
Flemings Mayfair is located in the heart of central London, and just 5 minutes walk away from Green Park tube station. But, even though it’s located so centrally, it still feels like it’s in its own little bubble as it’s located on a quiet (and beautiful!) side street close to lots of local gems.
We received fantastic service from check-in to check-out, and they had even left a little anniversary present in the form of super tasty cake in the room for us. I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable stay!
Also, the bathtub in the room was SO luxurious and big and I want one for our flat, please.
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that Mayfair is a pretty scenic area… It’s one of the wealthiest in London and *filled* with beautiful buildings, luxurious hotels and top restaurants. On top of all this swishy stuff, though, there’s also streets and little areas of Mayfair that feel really quaint and almost village-y.
My favourite discovery recently has been Shepherd’s Market which is a small square and a selection of little streets just 5 minutes from Green Park station (but it couldn’t feel further away!). It has a real historic and local feel with many independent shops, restaurants and Victorian pubs. I absolutely love wandering around in this area.
I also really love the little area and streets around the luxurious Connaught Hotel – there’s real old world charm here that you can only get in Mayfair.
Unfortunately I have no photos of this as it was our anniversary dinner and I really didn’t want to spend all my time snapping photos – I wanted to try and stay in the moment and enjoy the evening properly!
Indian restaurant Chutney Mary is located in St James Street, just 5 minutes from Green Park station and Piccadilly Circus, and it is seriously amazing. It’s fine dining, which is not usually my thing, but the dishes (albeit on the pricier side…) are filling and, most importantly, really, really tasty.
I started with an amazing passionfruit sour cocktail, followed by crispy and spicy fried potatoes and vegetarian samosas for starters. So far, so amazing. For my main I ordered something called Vegetarian Silver Crescent which was basically a collection of four little veggie dishes which were all so, so tasty. I actually couldn’t finish my dish, which was such a shame – if I had still lived in London I would have definitely taken the rest home in a take away box! Oh – another thing not to miss here is their naans breads – they were so good!
This is not technically in Mayfair (I’d say it’s more Marylebone!) but it’s not too far and I just really wanted to give it a mention as the food was really outstanding.
Bone Daddies is a Japanese restaurant specialising in ramen and oh boy it does it well! I’ve not had ramen many times before but this was still by far the best I’ve ever had. They have three vegetarian ramens, of which I had the one called Tantanmen 3 which consisted of a mushroom broth, sesame, chilli, fried tofu (oh my god this was the best tofu I think I’ve ever had!), bok choy & a boiled egg. Seriously tasty.
There’s a few different branches of Bone Daddies restaurants – the one we went to was the St Christopher’s Place one which was super cosy and the staff were lovely too. Another plus is that the area itself is really nice, too, so you can have another one of those scenic walks here afterwards!
Hope you enjoyed coming along to our day in Mayfair – I really enjoyed doing this more casual style post!
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