Lots of color and plush fabrics...
The lobby of The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge has different seasonal flower arrangements. Here, they used roses, hydrangeas and rosemary. Notice the symmetry?
Yesterday, we stopped for a cocktail in the hotel's Blue Bar.
I like the architectural drawings framed on mirrors. The walls are a pretty textured blue with touches of deep red. The petite seats are in dove velvet and white faux ostrich leather.
I ordered the "Costa Esmeralda" with vodka, fresh basil, lemon and Champagne. Delicious. Sparkling lemonade would be fun served this way, too. Nice touch with the linen cocktail napkins...even ordinary potato chips feel fancy in little bowls.
The Grenadier pub, built in 1720, is listed in the book "100 Places to See Before You Die." My husband always likes to stop by here (and it is not easy to find) when he is in London. This was taken just before the rain started pouring.
Another favorite of my husband's is Saloo's Indian Restaurant.
The interior is cosy but light and modern.
We are staying at the Kensington Hotel in South Kensington (booked through Tablet Plus). The hotel is comprised of renovated town houses. They used luxe fabrics like velvet and silk in rich colors like
aubergine in the "drawing room." In the library, tufted peach leather chairs match the color on the walls. Notice the fire in the fireplace? There is a slight chill in the air from all the rain.
Notice the herringbone wood floors.
Here is our room...a pretty mix of ochre and gray taupe with a soft washed velvet coverlet.
Look at our nice view! No rain now but you can see the damp streets.
I have admired my friend, Debbie's, antique fob from a pocket watch that she wears on a chain around her neck.
She bought it on Portobello Road.
Today, in Atlam Watches, I surveyed charms and fobs behind the locked glass case and asked to see this one... it's 18 karat gold and Georgian, circa 1810.
I turned it over and the intaglio was inscribed with "Mary"
(meant to be :)
After a little negotiating (10% off), my husband bought it for me for our anniversary.
Then, we had lunch at The Churchill Arms...
"the best pad thai in London."
Can you believe all the flower boxes?
This pub was built in 1750.
We also stopped in at Kate Forman Designs Ltd.
She carries beautiful linens and velvets with a
country French feel.
You can shop online...I am a little afraid of the
shipping rates to California, though.
We are having a great time and we still have a
couple more days here!
Here is a photo from Lisa's birthday party
last Saturday in Walton-on-Thames.
(my sister, Teresa, Stacey, Lisa and me--elbows out, girls)
There are more photos of the party on