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Chupi’s Favourite Places in London

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

This week I’m visiting one of my favourite cities in the world – London. I’m over here mainly for work, but in between meetings I’ll be visiting my favourite places in the city, from markets to restaurants and everything in between. I’m sharing my top places to visit in London, you have to put them on your list if you visit!

Breakfast & Brunch

If I’m in London with family we will just have breakfast at home, but if I’m heading out for a lovely brunch, Sketch is top of my list. The gorgeous pink couches are so instagrammable!

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The art of the dream paints the sky with pink… ______________________________ #sketchGallery #sketchLondon #EATMUSICDRINKART 📸: @george_in_london

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Another gorgeous spot for breakfast is Caravan. They have five locations across London and takes inspiration from around the world. Their menu also caters for vegans and vegetarians, there’s something for everyone.

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The only thing to do on a Saturday! #BRUNCH – come join us for some cracking selection of yummy dishes to start the weekend off with a 💥 . . #welltravelled #brunch #saturday #noboundaries #eggs #breakfastofchampions #breakfast

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If you’re looking for a healthy & delicious breakfast, Farm Girl is the place to go. They use only high-quality and sustainable ingredients in all of their delicious dishes, from superfood lattes to acai bowls. The best bit? They’re dog friendly! You’re sure to see the cutest pooches in London here.

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Eating our way through the week 😛

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Cutter and Squidge is the loveliest bakery, their pastries are delicious too! They use only natural ingredients in their pastries and if you want to know how they make them, they host baking masterclasses too. The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in London!

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Sometimes you just need a slice of the good stuff 🍰

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Lunch & Dinner

One of my favourite things about London is the food, it’s such a melting pot you can get food from anywhere in the world. My favourite pizza is Pizza Pilgrim, they have the most insanely good pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven right in front of you!

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Figs + red wine + honey + spices + heat = DRUNK FIGS! Starring alongside goat’s cheese, toasted hazelnuts and rocket on our Xmas guest pizza. Who’s keen? 🕺

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If I had to give only one recommendation it would be Dishoom. Think incredible Indian food in super pretty surroundings, order the Dal & roti and thank me later! The only downside is that London adores Dishoom too so the queues can be ridiculous, try to go early evening around 6pm or even for lunch to avoid the crazy. 

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It’s NYE. The unfettered city resounds with hedonistic glee and we’re so excited to welcome all guests at our Bombay Vintage Glam soirée. There’s a few tables left in Edinburgh and Manchester – so do call our team (who will gladly help) to book. Happy New Year to all.

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Polpo in Soho is another fave. There are three branches and they do the most divine Italian tapas in the most outrageously Italian restaurant with marble tables, gold fittings and yum wine. I love going out for dinner and drinks so Polpo is a great spot.

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Merry Christmas from everyone at POLPO, may it be filled with great food and an aperitivo or two… or three…🎄 •⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ •⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ •⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ •⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ •⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #italianfoods#warmingfoods#opentoautumn#foodinlondon#italianinlondon#italianfoodies#lovefoods#eatsss#londoneater#theinfatuation#tasteofitaly#londonrestaurantscene#foodinlondon#timeoutlondonfood#onthemenu#eattheseasons#italianlover#firstcourses#pastapizza#londonlifeinc#lovelondonlife#foodiedreams#autumnfoods#venetianfood#golondonfood#apertivoitalianio#toplondonrestaurants#tistheseason#festiveseason

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I’m afraid all of my drinks recommendations come with food attached! Wahaca is my fave Mexican micro chain, they are scattered all over London so if you fancy a life changing margarita and tapas style Mexican food they are the best. Great fun in the evening when the whole city kicks into another gear.

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💐💀🍹💃🏻 Raise a toast to the dead with £5 margaritas all weekend as Day of the Dead comes to life across all of our restaurants

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Sightseeing & Must see’s

A lot of my recommendations are about food! But Borough Market beside the river is the home of gorgeous things, from homemade ravioli to divine cheeses and cider brought from the Somerset (where my family are from) makes for such a lovely afternoon. Arrive hungry so you can sample everything. There are some lovely bars nearby overlooking the river if you fancy a quick drink with a view.

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Good morning everyone, and what an exceptional morning it is ☀️. We’ll be open from 10am–5pm today with a limited market. Who’s planning on popping by? Don’t forget to tag us in your snaps – thanks to @the_traditional_plate for this absolute gem 💐! #boroughmarket #foodmarket

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Another lovely thing to do if you have a spare Sunday is to go to Regent’s Park and take a boat out on the lake, it’s so beautiful and think of all of the gorgeous photo opportunities!

If you’re looking to squeeze in some exercising between all the eating and drinking, Pilates in the Clouds is the most beautiful studio.

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This gal has the right attitude! 😎 . . . . #pilates #fitspo #pilatesreformer #pilatesbody #pilateslover #pilateseveryday #pilatesinstructor #fitness #fitnessmotivation #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #kensingtonandchelsea #workout #nobaddays #nofilter #clouds

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Portobello Market on a Saturday is such fun for a browse, but skip the touristy end and start off from Westbourne Grove. There is the sweetest guy who sells divine cashmere jumpers for £10 near that end of the market, he will tell you his life story starting with Art college in Manchester in the 70s if you ask him!

Notting Hill for a wander is such fun, from the perfect pink doors to the instagram houses of dreams it’s lovely to walk through the pretty streets.

Where to stay

My favourite hotel in the entire world is Hazlitt’s in Soho. It can be expensive but you can get great deals if you book ahead. It’s right in the heart of everything and so very pretty, think decadent four poster beds and freestanding baths. 

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Our so-called Junior Suites look pretty senior to us #GeorgianLondon #Soho #BoutiqueHotel #InteriorsInspiration

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Otherwise, I adore Airbnb, we have travelled the world on using Airbnb and it offers something for every trip and every budget. I love to stay near Shoreditch if we are planning a longer stay as there are so many gorgeous places to eat and hang out in the evenings.

Follow my trip to London over on Instagram at @chupi & @chupisweetman and if you have any gorgeous suggestions for what to see or eat, pop me a DM! I’d love to hear them.

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