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12 Hours in: London


So you’ve got a short stop-over in the Tea-Drinking capital? If you don’t want to do all the touristy things here’s my advice; after a spot of breakfast and shopping in Notting Hill head straight to Marylebone High Street. Read on for our guide to “12 Hours in: London”.

9 AM: Daylesford Organic

Daylesford Organic‘s breakfast is one of the most wholesome and delicious in London. As I mentioned in a previous post, their Eggs Benedict is hands down the best I’ve ever tasted.

Their ingredients are wholly organic, giving your ethical side a rare peace of mind in a city that is overrun with questionable produce.

  • Daylesford Organic: 208-212 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
  • Tube Stop: Notting Hill Gate (take the “Central”, “Circle” or “District” lines).

10 AM: Portobello Road Markets

P. enjoying Portobello Rd. Markets.

After that nourishment it’s time for some shopping around Notting Hill.

If upmarket flea markets are your thing, and you’re in London on a Saturday, head straight to the renowned Portobello Road Markets. On sale at the markets are antique wares, food markets, tourist junk… anything your heart desires really. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, imagine yourself walking the market beside Hugh Grant in “Notting Hill”.

If you don’t feel like battling the crowds walk down the street from Daylesford and oogle at the lovely fashion boutiques.

  • Opening Hours for Portobello Road Markets: Saturdays from 8 am – 6 pm.
  • Directions Portobello Road Markets walk back up to Ladbroke Grove and follow the signs to Portobello Road.

ACPC Tip: If you buy anything at the markets be sure to bargain with the dealers – they expect you to.

12 PM: Marylebone High Street

If you feel like discovering a new scene walk back to the tube stop and take the “Central Line” to Baker Street. Work up your hunger by popping in and out of boutiques; kitsch knick knacks at Cath Kidston, Oxfam Books and Music and fabulous cooking store Divertimenti.

  • Cath Kidston: 51 Marylebone High Street, London.
  • Oxfam Books and Music: 91 Marylebone High St, London.
  • Divertimenti: 33/34 Marylebone High Street, London.

1: 30 PM: Time for Lunch

Cheese image from Town and Country, La Fromagerie image from La Fromagerie.

In a  previous post I raved about this foodie treasure trove, so when it came to writing this guide it had to fit in somewhere.

La Fromagerie is the perfect lunch spot. Always buzzing with hip foodies and brimming with delicious produce, you won’t find it had to get a nourishing meal here. P. and I visited this cafe/gourmet food market twice – a true testament to it’s out-of-the-ordinary meals and wonderfully fresh produce.

  • La Fromagerie: 2-6 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London.

ACPC Tip: Any of their daily specials are a great choice. They have wonderful cheese platters.

3 PM: Kill the Credit Card

A lovely surprise is in store for the shoppers out there; at the end of Marylebone High Street lies Selfridges & Co. , one of the largest and most quirky department stores in London. They stock a myriad of designer labels and streetware labels (you can get your TopShop fix here too).

  • Selfridges directions: Continue down Marylebone High Street for about 5 mins, turn left down Wigmore Street continue on a few metres, then turn left down Duke Street continue on for 1 minute, turn left onto Oxford Street et voilà! A beautiful less touristy department store for you to run around in.

ACPC Tip: Men are not neglected here, go up to the mens level to gawk at their large assortment of beautiful/unusual ties.

6 PM: Fancy a Tipple? Head to the Beach.

After all that shopping you may need a drink to numb the inevitable credit card debt or a champagne to celebrate the Manolo Blahnik heels you just found on sale – no other place will reward you with better cocktails than Beach Blanket Babylon

The chic Brit set congregate at this Notting Hill bar (it’s an Official Venue for London Fashion Week), but don’t let that frighten you off.

Their cocktails are excitingly alluring, and the interior decoration like sex to the eye. The bar offers small sharing plates to nibble on, but save your appetite for the following restaurant.

  • Beach Blanket Babylon: 45 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London.
  • Contact Beach Blanket Babylon: (+41) 020 7229 2907 or reserve online.
  • Tube Stop: Notting Hill Gate (take the “Central”, “Circle” or “District” lines).

ACPC Tip: Call ahead to reserve a table to enjoy your drinks at – this place can get overcrowded on weekends.

7 :30 PM: The Lonsdale

One Saturday evening in L-town, a friend of P.’s cancelled on dinner plans at the last minute but suggested we take the reservations she had made. Luckily she had good taste. The Lonsdale is just a 5 minute walk from Beach Blanket Babylon so no taxi needed.

P. and I were pleasantly surprised with The Lonsdale. A suburban gem of a restaurant, it offered high quality, fresh and innovative food at completely affordable prices (a gem indeed; London is well-known to be overpriced in every sector of life).

The atmosphere was really great, unpretentious and yet there was an air of chic-ness about the place, like everyone eating there felt as if this delicious restaurant were their little secret.

P. and I both agree that this restaurant is a must eat.

  • The Lonsdale: 48 Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London.
  • Contact The Lonsdale: (+41) 0207 727 4080

ACPC Tip: Book ahead, order a bottle of wine and expect to be surprised by the well-priced meals.

And finally don’t forget to…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/02/2010 6:23 am

    You have used an image of mine without permission. Please remove it. There is nothing on my site authorising third parties to use content without authorisation.

  2. 02/02/2010 6:53 am

    Hello Duncan,

    I apologise for using your image without permission, I did not see your copyright disclaimer.

    Image has been removed from both posts.

    Kind Regards,


  3. Laurianne permalink
    03/02/2010 1:49 pm

    Hey P. & Annie!
    I love this post! When I go back to London i’ll go to that Fromagerie place for sure. Also, i just woke up and im dying for a breaksfast at Daylesford Organic! Keep on posting those 12 hours in ***** texts. I like them!
    Miss u both,

  4. 03/02/2010 2:19 pm

    Time out for tea?

    My pick is Fortnum & Mason for a stylish traditional high tea and only a couple of minutes from the Piccadilly Circus tube station.

  5. 09/02/2010 12:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing these fun & grand adresses in London, from neighbourhood to neighbour hood!

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