Coming to London as a visitor can put one under time pressure and it makes it very hard to fit everything in to that bucket list. However, its always handy to make a short list of the must go places and especially those local gems that would not be available back home and would really give you the feel of how it is spending a weekend in one of London’s neighborhoods.
London is gradually becoming more well known for it’s chocolatiers and one of these is definitely Rococo Chocolates. Founded by Chantal Coady 30 years ago, Rococo has several locations in London such as Belgravia (in my opinion the equivalent of the Upper East Side of New York), Kings Road and Marylebone. My favourite one is the Motcomb Street location as it has a seating area and serves the most addictive handcrafted Volcano Lattes and delicious homemade brownies. Here you can also book yourself in for a chocolate making class. The location makes it very convenient to take a stroll down Sloane Street and up to Harrods.
Ebury Street is another wonderful location in London, close to Sloane Square yet hidden away from the rush of the city and home to Award Winning Chocolatier William Curley and British Perfumers Floris. Floris is a family run perfume house, currently being run by the 10th generation. A true hidden gem of the city and iconically British. Here you can create your own perfume or select from the wonderful existing range. Our favourite is definitely the Amaryllis, a deep sensual floral fragrance perfect for the onset of Autumn and part of the Private Collection.
Some of London’s most Iconic Hotels are also located close to these mini shopping districts. If you are a fan of boutique hotels and are in search for a family run environment yet the discerning service then The Goring Hotel is walking distance from Ebury Street. Having recently celebrated 100 years and owned by the same family, The Goring is loved by the Royals and is located in a lovely neighborhood making Hyde Park and Knightsbridge very approachable.
On the other hand, The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has just opened a new tea lounge, The Rosebery that is serving a great afternoon tea and the views from the tea room are wonderful as you overlook Knightsbridge and face one of the most fashionable department stores, Harvey Nichols. A perfect spot for people watching. Again The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, though part of an international group of hotels, prides itself on it’s British service and ambiance.
Author Bio | Saira Rasheed studied Social Anthropology at The London School of Economics, graduated in 2011 and have been working with 5ive Star London since 2012. She loves discovering hidden gems and really believes in value for money; wanting all visitors to London to really have the best, off the beaten track experience to take back home.