Autumn tales from London
Here in Finland, it is time to kiss Summer goodbye and embrace Autumn’s creamy grey sky, fresh crisp air and brilliant shades of leaves. I and Pekka, we are both sons of Libra, agreed to celebrate our birthday in London again this year. The question is, can we make it different this time? How about trying to keep ourselves away from the busiest spots or tourist-landing places and enjoy other details of the city that has countless possibilities to offer.
Day 1: I got to spend me-time browsing and shopping in Mayfair and its surroundings. Updated myself with the Brit’s latest trends. Among those, Victoria Beckham flagship store on Dover Street and Acne Studio were on top of my list. I do fall in love with their fashion aptitudes and flairs but I am equally interested in seeing how the brands translate their personalities when it comes to physical shop and interior design. I must admit that these British and Swedish brand icons gave me a total satisfaction.
Day 2: Kicked off our day with long walk from our hotel to Kensington Palace, the house where William and Kate live in, then through Hyde Park. Many say that London is at its best in autumn and I couldn’t agree more- with the combination of light Autumn weather, sunshine and the luck of no rain. We basically kept on walking whole day. Sandwich type of Lunch at Monocle Café (18 Chiltern Street), I can truly recommend for those who love simplicity in Japanese influenced ambience. Evening with all-time favourite Les Misérables Musical and dinner at supernova Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian inspired SushiSamba on 38th floor views completed our day.
Day 3: We went to have breakfast at Gail’s Bakery – just because I miss their scones so much. They have several branches around the city. You can just pick the one closest to you. We even got a taste of Scandinavia at NordicBakery (14A Golden Square). The only Scandinavian café in London run by Swedish owners. If you crave for dark rye bread, this is the place to go. Before flying back to Helsinki, we had a great, Peruvian-inspired lunch at Pachamama (18 Thayer Street). If you are not feeling hungry, why not just stop by at their bar, which focuses on Pisco, the national spirit of Peru.
TIGER OF SWEDEN Venice lambswool blazer
MASSIMO DUTTI scarf
COS t-shirt & trousers