La Vida LP 2017 Highlights

I’ve absolutely loved writing this blog the past few months – I can hardly believe it’s the end of the year already! Time flies when you’re eating amazing food and visiting fab places. With 2018 just around the corner I thought I’d revisit some of my fave findings of 2017!

Champagne with a view 

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I visited the Darwin Brasserie at the Sky Garden for the first time with one of my best friends Helen back in January. It’s pricey – but has become one of my favourite places in the City because of the absolutely  amazing views! Definitely worth a visit for a special occasion or if you’re like me, just because.

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Sunset from the Sky Garden

Breakfast in bed at The Ned 

Regular readers of this blog will know about my love for The Ned. Based at 1 Poultry, this new hotel with its 9 restaurants has something for everyone and I was lucky enough to stay there for the first time in June. After smothering myself in the free Cowshed products in my room, I sampled the rooftop bar (complete with pool) and tried the delicious Cecconis for dinner.

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Feeling all-white at The Ned

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Our gorgeous room 

My favourite part though was the next morning when we were delivered the most amazing breakfast in bed. With literally hundreds of free movies available to us in the room, we could definitely have stayed all day. A must visit.

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Can every morning be like this? Thanks 

Sashimi in the sky 

Sushi is pretty much my main food group and I was lucky enough to experience the most perfect and beautiful sashimi at Sushi Samba back in the summer. Almost too pretty to eat!  Amazing cocktails and views across London from the 38th floor make this an essential for any sushi lover.

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Sushi of dreams

Favourite afternoon tea 

St Ermins Hotel by St James Park is not only a lovely and luxurious place to spend the night, it’s also my go-to spot for afternoon tea. At £35 with unlimited prosecco it’s a great deal in gorgeous surroundings – plenty of sandwiches, scones and cakes. Visit in the summer to get a spot on their terrace and watch the world go by over some fizz!

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Afternoon tea al fresco 

New brunch spot 

In November I discovered the amazing Dalloway Terrace on a brunch date with my friend Dan. In a secret garden surrounded by fairy lights we ate eggs and avocado (what else?) and I can’t wait to return in the New Year. A peaceful oasis in the heart of London and definitely a spot to visit if you haven’t made it yet.

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Gorgeous Dalloway

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Saturday morning essentials 

Greek eats on Brick Lane 

In an area mainly renowned for its amazing curry, Suvlaki stands out as the go-to restaurant for Greek cuisine. Their second family-run venue (the other is in Soho) opened earlier this year and I loved it. Visit for delicious sharing plates (the rare white aubergine was one of my personal favourites) and great wine.

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A tiny fraction of the huge Greek feast we ate 

These are just a few of the amazing places I’ve discovered in 2017 – check out the LP List for more!

Happy holidays and stay tuned for more recos next year.

LP xo

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PS – a special mention to this unbelievable banana bread over at Beany Green. It’s the best in London and maybe the world (and that’s coming from a regular consumer of banana bread) Head over there for bottomless fresh mimosas alongside this delight.

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