I started my day with brunch at Farm Girl Soho. After a weekend of overindulgence, I was craving some nutrition. With outposts in Notting Hill and Chelsea, Farm Girl has teamed up with Sweaty Betty and their newest concession resides on the first floor of the Carnaby Street store, just a short stroll from Oxford Circus.
The bright and airy space was the perfect place to revive myself on a gloomy morning in Soho. Walking up the stairs from the main store you are greeted with neon signs and hanging plants, a little oasis in the middle of Carnaby Street. The communal tables are shared by couples dining and friends brunching. There were also a few individuals working away on their laptops on collective projects over super-instagramable rose lattes.
I was ravenous so decided to go with the Almond and Banana Toast, Acai Bowl and Coconut BLT. Each dish was completely different but equally delicious. It took all my strength to drag myself up from my comfy spot and venture into the drizzly day but I wanted to go and explore more of what Soho has to offer.
Out in Carnaby Street shoppers were perusing in windows of stores including Monki and size?. I love Carnaby Street because even though it is seconds away from tourist hotspot Oxford Street, it still feels like a little slice of secret London. The street is lined in pretty pastel hues and the shops are more quirky than those on the main shopping streets.
Just off Carnaby Street you will find one of my favourite dining destinations in central London. Kingly Court is a three-storey courtyard home to some of London’s best restaurants for the discerning street feast foodie. Some of my favourites include Dirty Bones for some of the finest melt in the mouth beef brisket around, STAX Diner for your chicken and waffle fix and the Detox Kitchen for the clean eaters.
We decided to wander down to Chinatown as it was Chinese New Year. Along the way we came across another favourite with London diners The Ivy Soho Brasserie. Outside this Richard Carring institution, we found a wonderful floral installation made up of the most beautiful pink and red flowers which certainly brightened up the grey day.
En route to Chinatown we stumbled across a super cute new cocktail bar, Soho Residence. Located on Wardour Street, the former Roundhouse building has been restored into a stylish three storey establishment comprising of a cocktail bar, gin parlour and club. As it was 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, we had the place to ourselves! We settled down for a drink and admired the beautiful botanical themed bar. I love finding unknown gems and Soho Residence is somewhere I will be revisiting.
All roads around Chinatown were closed to accommodate the ‘Year of the Pig’ celebrations. We had missed the parade earlier in the day but the area was alive with performers and street food stalls. As Chinatown begins on Wardour Street, endless streams of vibrant red lanterns were strung up down the road and Chinese dragons adorned the buildings. After taking it all in, we moved away from the masses to find a cosy spot for a hot drink.
The Dean Street Townhouse is the perfect destination for brunch, lunch and dinner. It also offers an exceptionally tasty and well-priced afternoon tea. We were just after a hot chocolate but the restaurant and lounge were full with Sunday diners. As there was only standing room at the bar we decided to venture elsewhere.
We finally settled in the Ham Yard Hotel, Soho’s most stylish hotel. Part of the Firmdale group, the Ham Yard features ‘an urban village feel’ with a wonderful array of kitsch fabrics and interiors designed by Kit Kemp. Ham Yard is another fantastic place to while away the day in Soho, you could start with breakfast and still find yourself in the bar well after dark.
The evening was drawing in and it was time to make our way to the tube station, but one final stop…Liberty! Liberty of London is my favourite department store for one reason, the designer vintage selection is second to none. Whilst most of the pieces are unattainable for me, I absolutely love to go in and take a look whenever I can.
Soho is one of London’s most vibrant and unique neighbourhoods in London. When the capital is on your doorstep (I live in zone 4), you often forget to go out and explore your own city!
The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.