My last trip to London, which was for business, renewed my love for this vibrant city.

It has the beauty and history of other European cities with the energy of New York- my idea of a perfect mix.

While I did not have time to explore this last trip, I met some of the most interesting wonderful people who gave me their top picks for when I return, which will be soon, I hope.

Food 

Pear Tree Café in Battersea Park – after boating on the lake

Chelsea Physic Garden delicious homemade food in the garden on a Sunday

Le Petite Maison – the best French food (cocktail at Claridge’s round the corner before) 

THE best Steak tartare and chips at Colbert  

Mount Street Deli – for coffee, daily salads delicious cakes etc 

Fashion/Beauty

Alex Eagle - finely honed edit of fashion, furniture, art, design, photography, ceramics and rare books, all hand selected by creative director Alex Eagle

Caramel Notting Hill  uber chic children’s clothing boutique 

George Northwood  for a brilliant cut or speedy blow dry Mortimer Street 

Bamford Haybarn Spa  Skylit yoga and meditation studio, tea infusion bar, crystal healing etc.. super calming chic urban retreat

Fun  

Leighton House Museum 

Grays Antiques Market off Bond Street 

Richmond Park for running with the deer – followed by cake and tea at Petersham Nurseries

Luna Open air cinema at Chiswick House only summer months 

Walking on Wimbledon Common

Flowers at Scarlett & Violet