I am spending far too much time reminiscing about this time last year in London … the Christmas windows, the shopping, the Christmas lights and catching up with friends !! I couldn’t help but take a peek at Liberty’s windows this year.
Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty excel with their window display and they simply must be seen to be believed. In Paris it is without doubt Hermes who win the prize.
They sparkle like jewels and are surrounded by crowds of admirers and adoring children, all rugged up against the winter chill.
All this is made that much more atmospheric with the shorter days … the evening closing in by around 3.30pm. This is the cue to head to somewhere smart like Claridges or Browns for High Tea or .. simply champagne.
This is without doubt my favourite time of year to be in London … they do Christmas like nowhere else and I can’t wait to give you a glimpse of London this time last year.
Christmas 2014 is the beach for us … and I can’t wait but am reminiscing !!
My favourite hotel in Paris has always been the very stylish Hotel Lancaster. Interestingly, at the moment, two of the most iconic and glamorous hotels in Paris, The Ritz and Hotel de Crillon, are closed for renovation.
The Hotel Lancaster is all about pared back elegance ..
a sophisticated, muted colour palette ..
its artwork, chandeliers and Louis XV and XVI furniture ..
and of course .. has something for everyone.
Beautiful hotels in Paris, particularly at this time of the year, are for slipping into for a hot chocolate and luxuriating. If you are checking in .. all the better. I can’t wait for the grand openings of The Ritz and Hotel de Crillon.
in my very favourite part of London, was a great find recently.
Both the architecture and orange brick are synonymous with certain areas of London and I have always loved both. This boutique hotel is tucked in behind Kings Road and Sloane Street and only a short walk to Sloane Square.
There is probably no further criteria for me on my hunt for accommodation in London, apart from of course, the style and ambiance of the interior. I have discovered that I can really only relate to classic cosy English town or country house style. Not contemporary minimalist which is prevalent and extremely uninviting !!
Even Kit Kemp with her Firmdale Hotels of which there are many in London, does classic English style with a modern edge, to perfection. If I am in London I like to feel that I am living there, not staying in a hotel .. if you know what I mean !!
The first of the boutique hotels in London to make one feel as if you were actually staying with friends was Blake’s and it remains an icon.
There continues the trend for the earthy and rustic, natural materials, texture and a predominantly monochrome colour palette. On closer inspection it is really contemporary with an industrial edge.
There is a strong emphasis on collections and the owners possessions playing an integral part in the softening of the hard edges. Ones books, paintings and photographs, the decoration and character, without which would be minimalist.
A timeless monochrome palette with the addition and warmth of subtle shades of taupe, faded washed out grey, blue and green linens, leather, worn wood and stone.
There is something rather calming in these modern spaces with vintage detail … the sense that we have been there before.