An Early 'Galentines' Day
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
It's finally February! We can put January (and hopefully some of those cold dreary days) behind us. The month of love is here.
You may remember from last August that my friends Emma, Lucy, Lianne and I took a day trip to London. Well, we had so much fun we thought we were due for a repeat. Seeing as it's Valentines day soon, we had the ideal excuse to treat ourselves to a girly day full of all things pink.
In Knightsbridge, tucked down the side of a rather famous department store, you'll find EL&N cafe. There's a few dotted around the city (they've just opened another branch this weekend).
Even from outside you'll be drooling through the window.
You can't reserve tables, so simply put yourselves down for one at the door and wait a few minutes in the sunshine. Try and visit at off-peak times for a shorter wait. We arrived around noon and didn't have to kill much time, however the queue when we left would have been enough to put me off a little.
Pull up a seat and order yourselves a feast!
Emma and I shared the Sicilian chicken sandwich and the avocado with poached egg on toast, and we can highly recommend both without hesitation.
I have to say, the food far far exceeded our expectations. This string of cafés is all over social media, famous for its pink interiors and dreamy decor, but the food really lives up to the hype too.
We made sure we saved room for dessert...
...because at EL&N they're worth saving room for! We had five to share between the four of us, you do the math.
Each and every one was just divine, my favourite was the rose macaron.
Once full to the brim we snapped a few photos and headed back out to the street.
Dress: H&M (Sold out) Similar here
Just down the road is a rather famous art and design museum.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a huge permanent collection. Unfortunately we were a little too late for their latest exhibition "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams", which I've read some pretty spectacular reviews about. They are sold out for at least the first week, but we didn't let that stop us!
We mooched around the fashion, photography and art exhibits. Taking in all the wonders on show.
After a couple of hours exploring the V&A we made our way back towards Knightsbridge, past the pretty Kensington townhouses.
We caught the tube up to Piccadilly Circus and were treated to a beautiful pink sky as we walked to our next reservations in Soho.
The Blind Pig at The Social Eating House is a place we stumbled across online whilst looking for somewhere to have drinks. It's marked only by a pig door knocker, and I highly recommend booking a table, especially at the weekend.
Their drinks are based upon your favourite childhood storybooks, from Winnie the Pooh to the BFG.
This Paddington Bear 'Lost and Found' cocktail actually tasted like marmalade on toast! I can't explain it, I can only suggest you go and try it for yourselves!
Our last stop of the day was for a glass of fizz at Kettner's Townhouse, a stunning Soho Georgian hotel and champagne bar. We happened to snag a table for four without a booking, quite a feat! The atmosphere in here is really special, with their live pianist tinkling in the background. We laughed, cried and talked the night away, truly putting the world to rights.
Before hopping on the last train home amid a fit of giggles!
How are you planning to spend Saint Valentines Day this year? Have you got plans with your beau? Make time to celebrate the other loves in your life too, the 13th February is Galentines Day after all!