The First of London

We arrived in London about 10 days ago, and I've been walking the city ever since. From Kensington to Notting Hill, Marylebone to Mayfair, Knightsbridge to Belgravia, I've covered a lot of ground in a short period and have found some neat spots along the way. I'm far from a London expert, but I've gathered a short list of charming places that you may want to visit next time you're here. I have yet to pay a proper visit to sights like Elizabeth Tower, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, but those can be saved for a later time, right? Here are a few spots I want to archive... lots more to come! 

Soane Britain: I walked through this charming showroom off Sloane Square and couldn't help but daydream up a deliciously English home for myself. Every piece is made in Britain and it's beyond lovely. 

Daylesford: After you've redesigned your entire home at Soane, head on down the street to Daylesford for a cup of tea and a bite to eat. 

Wild at Heart: Just down from Daylesford, you'll find this beautiful flower shop. A London favorite and a must visit!

Peggy Porschen Cakes: An incredibly chic and delicious bakeshop located near Sloane Square. It's almost Valentine's Day, so this shop is decorated quite perfectly for the occasion. I'll be taking the husband back to help me sample some more sweet treats.

Daunt Books: I visited their shop on Marylebone High Street and I felt like I was taken back in time a bit (this has been happening a lot... oh London, you're so charming!) Pick up a few good reads for your vacation and flight home. 

Liberty London: Likely already on your list, this department store is a must visit for those interested in fashion. Among beautiful clothes and accessories, there's a cute cafe and stationery shop inside, and a charming flower shop (another Wild at Heart location) out front. 

The Fine Cheese Co.: For all you cheese lovers, mosey on over to this cute shop in Belgravia to pick up some cheese to takeaway. Or, you can take a seat and enjoy some bites inside. 

La Stupenderia: Next door to the cheese shop, you'll find the world's most beautiful children's store. You'll likely spend more on your child's outfit than you would on your own, but motherhood is all about selflessness and making sure your kids look cute, right?

Ottolenghi: Also on Motcomb Street (as the two above), you'll find this delicious deli that is perfect for a takeaway lunch. 

VV Rouleaux: I will always find the local fine ribbon store! I'm a sucker for ribbons and this store has quite the collection. I'll certainly be bringing some home with me.

V&A Museum Ceramics Display: A ginger jar display is my kind of display! The top floor of the V&A has an incredible tile, ceramics and porcelain collection and it's not to miss for those interested in this type of art.

de Gournay: a beautiful shop with the most incredible hand painted wallpapers, fabrics and porcelain. Filing this one under 'dream home'.

The Parent Trap House: Ok, agreed, this one is touristy of me. But I'm such a genuine fan that it really would have been a shame if I didn't pay Annie's home a visit. Plus, the neighborhood is beyond lovely.