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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Girls in London

On Tuesday I caught the train to London, my daughter was covering the Pure Exhibition at Olympia, so I had access to next season's fashion on the catwalks and some serious people watching - I don't think I have ever seen so many people in one place who had put their looks together with so much thought. The trends did not seem too different to those currently available, fashion at least at high street level does seem to have been affected by the recession, no-one taking any great risks, and many of the small boutiques only buying now for Autumn Winter 10.

We had done some serious planning and crammed lots in to our 24 hour jaunt - dinner in Chiswick at the High Road House, sumptious overnight stay at the Pelham in South Kensington, a visit to the V&A to see Grace Kelly's wardrobe, followed by The Enchanted Palace at Kensington State Rooms, then lunch at Zuma and a spot of shopping.

A word about the beautiful Grace Kelly - it was amazing to see the clothes she wore on display, next to the photographs of her wearing them - she certainly knew how to dress. The iconic Hermes Kelly bag was there, as was a collection of Oliver Goldsmith's sunglasses (feel very priviledged to have my own pair of these - think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's). Am going to buy the DVD of High Society and have a girls night in with champagne and cupcakes.
And on the Enchanted Palace - a fairytale visit to Kensington Palace State Rooms - amazingly put together and a perfect girlie hour or so out of the rain.


  1. I love it too now - first visit although my daughter is a regular - we had edamame beans, miso soup, soft shell crab maki, crab california roll and beef skewers - all delicious - what do you recommend? I am going to go again soon

  2. I always have the edamame beans and the soft shell crab LOL ... I think my friends always like the blackened cod but I am not so keen... just dont order this dish that is Tuna.. you get three squares about an inch in diameter and a mil thick on a huge bed of ice .. £26 !!
    I just like the atmosphere I don't think I have ever been there sober xx

  3. Oops forgot one of the loveliest dishes, sea bass sashimi with lime, ginger and truffle oil tiny portion and expensive, but really delicious