The Pig Hotel | On the Beach, Studland

The Pig Hotel
I can’t quiet remember how I ended up finding this place but finding it made me and my friend really happy. This English country house style hotel right on the beach in Studland is just perfect for a quick get away from busy London. It’s a rough 3 hour drive from west London.
Imagine a beautiful villa with 23 cozy rooms, a stunning view over sea, a beautifully kept garden where they keep bees and grow vegetables etc that they serve in their AMAZING restaurant that is located in their greenhouse and has this amazing light shining in. I loved the interior style; very UK countryside! Reminded me a bit of the Soho House Group. A lot of wood, comfortable armchairs and sofa’s and little corners to relax and drink tea (or something stronger than that), a beautiful cozy lounge with a big fireplace, boardgames up for grasp, a treatment caravan outside that has been transformed into this wood panelled cozy room etc. The staff is super friendly and really care about making your stay memorable. On top of all of this you can go on beautiful long walks in the area (for example in the fields with beautiful views of the Old Harry Rocks). Manor House, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset, BH19 3AU | +44 01929 450288 | £££ | Website

The Pig Hotel on the Beach

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The Brown Cow | London

The Brown Cow
For some reason this amazing pub never made it onto OLBB. Probably because I went here before OLBB was founded and did unfortunately never come back until recently (because there was a lot to check out in between and I do not come in Fulham that often…) So well, just the kind of place that I love. It is an easy place. You’ll have a great ale at the bar while waiting for your brown wooden table with candles. The food is traditional pub food with some real good game dishes (the food is actually fantastic!). The interior is cozy but spacious. They have quite some tables and the pub is also open for brunch! 676 Fulham Road, London | +4420 7384 9559 | Tube; Parsons Green | £££ | Map | Website

Hoxton Hotel, Holborn | London

Hubbard & Bell restaurant Hoxton Hotel HolbornThere is something I love about hanging out at hotels lately.. Especially when they have an open space bar for all day drinks, good work/laptop area and coffees (Soho Grind is next door) and 2 really nice restaurants options situated within the hotel for when you get hungry. You basically have no reason to leave this place. We only tested the Hubbard & Bell restaurant which is on the ground floor, open plan and sort of connected to the bar area so you feel you’re right in the midst of the action (above pic is of the H&B). The other restaurant is the Chicken Shop in the basement – by the owners of Soho House. It tends to slow down a little over the weekends compared to Tuesday-Friday when the after work crowd takes over. Oh and they have a great event/party space called the Apartment – I had a sneak peek and am already thinking of a reason to throw a party. 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD | Tube: Holborn | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7661 3000 | Website | ££

 

 

Barnyard | London

Barnyard
On Charlotte Street (one of my favourite streets in London) is this cute, simple, raw restaurant where I had a good dinner a few weeks back. This would be a place I pick for a dinner on a weekday. Not quite fancy enough for a Friday Night perhaps but still a great spot for dinner with some friends. Charlotte Street is a great hang out so always good to have a few options. The restaurant is tiny with some tables outside on the pavement, some seats at the bar, seats on high stools at high tables and upstairs 6 or so tables squeezed into a small space. It seems like a big trend the past few years in London but also this place has the sharing dishes idea. London would not be a great place for Joey Tribbiani (from Friends – who does NOT SHARE food) The interior is a combination of wood and metal. The only thing I did not like about this place was the charcuterie platter we got (for 2 people); 3 pieces of meat that did not even taste well so I would not necessarily order that. If you want a great charcuterie platter to start you evening with you better go across the street to Vagabond.  18 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London | ££ | Tube: Goodge Street | +442075803842 | No Booking Policy | Website

The Crown Hotel | Amersham, Buckinghamshire

The Crown Hotel Amersham
A huge recommendation for anyone after a break from hectic London but wanting to avoid the hassle of a long journey and traffic jams. The Crown is a typical English country pub hotel located in the Old Town of Amersham – at the very end of the Metropolitan line (!) which means all you need is your Oyster card and about an hour from Central London to get there. The old town has a couple of really cute shops, a few great lunch spots (we loved the Grocer) and lots of opportunity to get out into the country. The reception at The Crown can help with hiking maps and trails in the area and there are also bikes available for guests. The room we stayed in was decorated by stylist Ilse Crawford – she’s been involved with Soho House’s Babbington House etc. The design was still authentic but with a contemporary cool & cosy vibe. Apparently the Courtyard Suite 101 was featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral.. There are a few places around for dinner, but you can also decide to stay at the hotel. A full on breakfast is included with your nights stay. Oh, and don’t forget your wellies! Rooms start at £165. 16 High Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire | +44 (0)1494721541 | Website | £££

Berners Tavern | London

Berners Tavern London Edition Hotel
This restaurant that is part of the Edition Hotel is situated in an impressively beautiful large space with gold framed paintings covering all of the super high walls. It’s very overwhelming and glamorous, but it doesn’t feel stiff – although we did feel a little underdressed. We arrived early for our dinner reservation to have a drink at the bar first which was also an experience. We were taken to a bar in a massive hall next to the restaurant where extremely nice waiters helped us choose cocktails (and charge our phones). For dinner we were sat in one of the corner booths with a great view of the rest of the restaurant. We chose burgers and a lobster salad from the British menu and weren’t blown away but maybe we were expecting too much because of the surroundings?! They also do brunch which I would love to check out. 10 Berners Street | Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Rd | Tel: +44(0)20-7908 7979 | Website | £££

Golborne Road Market | London

Golborne Road London Notting Hill Golborne Deli
Very conveniently, Friday and Saturday mornings on this road are my favourite as I happen to live here! It’s got such a great vibe and I don’t think lots of people know about it. Golborne Road is situated at the very north of Portobello Road, further than most tourists usually make it. With lots of bric-a-brac, treasure/trash stalls, Morrocan & Portugese grocery shops, as well as really great furniture shops, it’s very much Notting Hill for locals. A few of my favourite interior shops are Phoenix & Hutch, they sell vintage and antique homeware, Bazar is also cute, selling charming French style furniture. And 88 Antiques is full of rustic furniture – Elsje and I both bought our dining table here (the owner Dave can get you the exact size you’re looking for!). There are also nice places for drinks and food. Besides a few really good food stalls, there is Pizza East on the corner with Portobello Road, and Golborne Deli with a little terrace outside.. Bluebelles of Portobello and Lowry & Baker are also great for brunch. And I have not even covered everything! You can find out more here. Golborne Road | Tube: Ladbroke Grove

 

Daylesford | London

Daylesford Notting Hill
Another place in Notting Hill that deserves a little bit more attention from OLBB. Especially since it is probably the place I have lunch most often… It is basically a very expensive farmshop with delicious, beautiful organic products and also a cafe. You can get take away coffee, cookies and cakes or enjoy a delicious lunch in the back or at the front counter overlooking Westbourne Grove. Downstairs and next door is a shop with interior items that are beautifully made. The sell really nice baby / children toys, blankets, kitchenware etc. The place looks very stylish, organic and fresh and is located in my favourite street in London so it it definitely a winner!! I absolutely adore their chicken salad and ginger, carrot, apple juice…   208-212 Westbourne Grove, London £££ | Tube: Notting Hill Gate+44 20 7313 8050 | Website 

Hillgate Pub | London

The Hillgate Pub Notting Hill LondonA good local pub just off Notting Hill Gate, and not touristy! I have been living in Notting Hill for a couple of years now and only discovered the Hillgate this weekend. It’s a very spacious and charming pub with quite a few outdoor tables. Although I wasn’t blown away by the food, I felt I had to post about their Snug Bar which is their semi-private room for groups of 10-20 (12 max for dinner I would say). I celebrated my birthday on Saturday afternoon and really enjoyed it. Good vibe, sweet space, easy going staff and the location is super easy for all the guests (2 mins from Notting Hill tube!) 24 Hillgate Street | +4420 7727 8566 | Website££

Social Eating House | London

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This place has got everything for a great Friday/Saturday night out in Soho! Great food, great location, great dark & vintage decor, great prices… It was launched by the people behind the Pollen Street Social and Little Pollen so you know you’re in good hands food-wise. I feel as though this new venture has a more laid back attitude compared to the others without compromising so much on the fresh British style menu. I suggest to book a table at the restaurant in advance, especially for a weekend spot as it gets booked up quickly. Start your evening at the Blind Pig bar upstairs, get the ‘Dill or no dill’ cocktail and you’re all set for a perfect evening. Oh, and the basement has a hidden ‘employees only’ space for 15 people if you’re looking for a private dinner party venue. 58 Poland Street | 02079933251 | Tube: Oxford Circus | Website | £££