I know it’s cliché to write a blog post when one goes to London, but you can’t go and not have things you want to share! I have been looking forward to this trip since November, when I got my hands on a pair of tickets to see Sam Smith at the O2 (major fan girl alert). Considering the concert was on a Saturday night, my mum and I decided to make a weekend out of it and enjoy our time away.
Firstly, Sam Smith is my absolute favourite artist and I am not ashamed to admit that I cried the whole way through his concert. This was my second time seeing him and he was just as magnificent as the first. To make our weekend extra special, we decided to book ourselves a night of luxury, rather than checking into our regular abode, the trusty Travellodge. I’d seen a lot of posts on Instagram from other bloggers who had spent a night in a boutique hotel called the Artist Residence. The little piece of heaven is located on Cambridge Street in Pimlico and is by far my new favourite place to stay when in London! Each of the 10 bedrooms has a unique design, complete with various pieces of contemporary art work and furnishings, as well as having a quirky restaurant and basement bar. Sadly we didn't get to visit the restaurant or bar, an usual experience for my mother and I, but waking up on Sunday morning was like a scene from Pretty Woman (just without Richard Gear...) – fresh towels, white dressing gowns, a full SMEG fridge to delve into and to top things off, breakfast in bed, because…why not?. We tucked into yoghurt and granola bowls, toast and jam and a pot of tea (we had to bring a little piece of Yorkshire with us to keep steady!), whilst reminiscing how wonderful the night before was!
Now this post isn’t about what we ate and drank in the hotel, it was mainly about the interior design of our room. Being an interior photographer, I couldn’t wait to get my camera out before we unpacked our bags and take some beautiful pictures. We booked a medium room, which included a double bed, free WiFi, complimentary tea & coffee and a flat screen TV. Our room was designed in an industrial style, with an exposed brick wall, wooden floors, wooden crates as bedside tables and a locker room styled wardrobe. The whole place was interior heaven and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a luxuriously affordable night in London!
As well as staying in a beautiful hotel, we wandered around some beautiful places! Saturday morning was spent having brunch at Granger & Co in Chelsea, getting lost in Daunt books in Marylebone, a coffee stop at Daylesford Organics and walking along the Kings road and popping into Aesop to pick up some essentials. Before heading to the O2 arena, we stopped at Borough Market for dinner. The actual market had closed, but we had managed to book at table at the restaurant 'Fish!', which had an Instagram-worthy interior and, of course, great fish. Here are a few extra images I took throughout the weekend!