I used to live in London Bridge for a year of my student life, approximately a 5-minute walk from Borough Market (just call me Bridget Jones!) and I frequently walked through the market to get to Nandos, but never really explored the market properly. Sometimes I don’t think we fully appreciate where we live or our surroundings when we’re younger!
So after having watched the new Bridget Jones movie (a must see if you haven’t already!), I decided to head back to my student area and check it out properly. I spend the afternoon walking around the stalls, sampling balsamic vinegars and learning about the different types of mushrooms there are. A very different way to how I used to spend my afternoons as a student – probably napping!
Borough market is a foodie’s dream – you can try many different types of meat, for you meat-eaters and for us veggies there are plenty of fresh bread, cheese and funky veggies to keep us happy. It’s just an added bonus that during this time of year, many of the vendors are selling various squashes, gourds and pumpkins, which is bound to make you feel all the autumn feels!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a restaurant review, but I haven’t really been to many new restaurants lately – I blame Prezzo and their vouchers! However, last week I made a trip to the West End to brave the crowds and do some Christmas shopping (a seriously brave decision, two weekends before Christmas!) and I went to Selfridges’ Rooftop restaurant, Forest, for a lunch break.
Each season Selfridges transform their rooftop space according to the season and for the last 2 years, their winter theme has been a ski-lodge in a forest setting. The exclusive lift takes you straight up and as soon as you reach the Rooftop, you get some serious Narnia feels. The walkway, which leads to the lodge itself, is filled with fairy lights amongst narrow tree trunks, which line the walls. The restaurant itself has some serious interior décor goals too, as every corner is detailed with foliage, candles, logs and traditional tartan blankets are hung at the back of every chair. The must haves on the menu are: the gingerbread choctail (gingerbread liqueur, hot chocolate, whipped cream – amazing!) & the blue cheese fondu, which I am still dreaming about a week later!
One word to describe this space – magical. It manages to transport you to a countryside ski-lodge in the middle of a very busy Oxford Street!
Shu-mazing factor – 8/10
Got to love Fashion Week right? The catwalks, checking out who’s on the ‘frow, the after party outfits & the biscuits. No need to re-read that sentence, you read it right; yes fashion biscuits, haven’t you heard? It’s the new thing!
One of my favourite London biscuit brands, Biscuiteers, got in touch with me, to ask if I could style their new Fashionista Biscuit Tin, which is in collaboration with style guru Alice Naylor-Leyland. The collection is based on her staple wardrobe pieces and you can find mini edible shoes, dresses and even a trench coat from designers such as Alice Temperley, Charlotte Tilbury & Charlotte Olympia.
A massive thank you to the lovely ladies at Biscuiteers for sending me the most fashionable biscuits in town with the cutest tea set! Who doesn’t want a mini edible pair of Charlotte Olympia flat shoes for an afternoon biscuit break? Now, to save up for the real thing!