Jodie Kidd, The Wellesley, Wine Tasting
and picnicking in Finsbury Park…
– My Week in Pictures –

Living in London is always an exciting and colourful experience and I share my life in real time as much as possible via Instagram.

Writing a London Lifestyle blog means my experiences are always rather eclectic –   I’m often adding pictures of the latest café I’ve visited, new little shop I’ve discovered or the outfit I’m wearing.. l love the hidden corners of London and when I find a sparkly one, I share that too…

I started the feature ‘My Week in Pictures’ just last week, so this is round two.. it’s a bit longer than last week as it includes two weekends. I’ve loved collecting these moments over the last few days and if you want to hop on board my Instagramtrain to follow in real time, you can find me here.

All the below photos are taken on my iPhone 5s – what a clever phone it is…

Vintage dress in Portobello Market

Vintage dress in Portobello Market

I saw this vintage dress in the market on Portobello on Saturday – loved the shape and the colours – such a gorgeous bold print…

Wine tasting with MBosh with Virgin Wines

Wine tasting with MBosh with Virgin Wines

MBosh and I went wine tasting with Virgin Wines on Saturday afternoon at The Ivy. There is a blog post on the way, but in the meantime, just know that I tasted 50 wines.. and most of my photographs are a bit blurry as a result… (Lightweight.) There were also the most scrummy canapés whizzing around the room – the below was a bit heavenly… I may have had two. Or three. (Four.)

Delicious canapés at The Ivy

Delicious canapés at The Ivy

Cocktails in jam jars at The Shop, Kensal Rise

Cocktails in jam jars at The Shop, Kensal Rise

Saturday night was all about jam jar cocktails at The Shop in Kensal Rise with friends and family. It’s a gorgeous little spot on Chamberlayne Road and the cocktails (and nachos) are a m a z i n g. Such a quirky little corner of fun, yummies and loveliness.

Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

Monday was the day I finally named my KitchenAid ‘Dolly’. This means that I get to sing ‘Hello Dolly’ every morning, complete with jazz hands and the occasional high(isn) kick, and it is completely acceptable. (Not that it’s ever stopped me before…) Here she is, sitting proudly on my kitchen shelves…

Jodie Kidd with Sarah Elton at the launch of her collaboration with Debrett's

Jodie Kidd with Sarah Elton at the launch of her collaboration with Debrett’s

Wednesday was the launch of Jodie Kidd’s new collaboration with Debrett’s – a collection of gorgeous luxe leather travel wallets… and with champagne flowing and mini cupcakes from Hummingbird, whispering to me from the corner of the incredibly beautiful room we were in, it was a perfect way to spend my afternoon…

Teeny weeny Hummingbird cupcakes at Debrett's

Teeny weeny Hummingbird cupcakes at Debrett’s

Green Park looking lovely

Green Park looking lovely

I walked back through Green Park and snapped all the lovely people in the lovely deck chairs… it was such a gorgeous hazy day…

Poppy's feet are out again..

Poppy’s feet are out again..

And then snapped my feet on these stunning tiles, which were gracing the porches of many of the grand buildings in the backstreets of elegant Mayfair…

This mirror is i the main entrance hallway at The Wellesley on Knightsbridge, where I had the most delicious dinner with the annoyingly talented make up artist, Natalie James. The evening was in celebration of The Oval restaurant’s new Executive Chef, Michele del Monaco, and the launch of a new menu. Which, I can now say with confidence and knowledge, is fabulous.

Beautiful art deco light at The Wellsley

Beautiful art deco light at The Wellsley

Blue house in Notting Hill

Blue house in Notting Hill

These pics are from my jaunts around Notting Hill, as I whizz from place to place I snap the pretty things I see.. and these buildings really made me smile. I love the colours and the peacefulness of them.. ‘lucky, LUCKY me’ is what I think to myself every time I find myself walking home… Lucky me.

Look up!

Look up!

A pretty mews in the backstreets of Notting Hill

A pretty mews in the backstreets of Notting Hill

"She believed she could so she did"

“She believed she could so she did”

I discovered this quote on Pinterest.. love it. Love, love, love it.

Brekky with Flo at The Modern Pantry

Brekky with Flo at The Modern Pantry

Thursday morning I met the gorgeous Flo for brekky at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. We had eggs. We had coffee. We had YUMMY things. It’s a gorgeous place to meet and eat and I’ll be writing up a blog post on this place very soon indeed…

Gorgeous blow dry at Easton Regal

Gorgeous blow dry at Easton Regal

After brekky, Flo and I nipped next door to Easton Regal, where I was blow dried into the most natural-beachy-but-also-put-together-version of myself I could imagine.. clever stuff. Such a gorgeous salon with lovely people… with coffee and brownies. BROWNIES. THEY HAVE BROWNIES.

A stroll through Holland Park

A stroll through Holland Park

Later that day I took a stroll through Holland Park to get over to Queen’s Park, where I was meeting pals for dinner – below in Ostuni.

Dinner at Ostuni with pals

Dinner at Ostuni with pals

Ostuni is a very sweet Italian restaurant, with excellent food. It’s not cheap. But the food is so good, you forgive the prices… and if the staff are super lovely too…

King prawns for Poppy

Ostuni: King prawns for Poppy

Fruit and yoghurt for brekky at Pizza East

Fruit and yoghurt for brekky at Pizza East

Friday morning was a lovely meeting in Pizza East, Notting Hill. Fruit, yoghurt and honey for brekky and some very inspiring chats with Freya and Nicole from BIRD. Such lovely girls.. such delicious food. I left with a skip in my step and a desire to move to a hot country and eat mango in the sea every day.

Playing in the sunshine. Top from Dorothy Perkins.

Playing in the sunshine. Top from Dorothy Perkins.

This was me on Friday afternoon, on my balcony in the sunshine. Loved the weather so much that day – Summer was in my eyes and my hands and I was jumping up and down for joy.

Pretty window in Hammersmith

Pretty window in Hammersmith

Later that afternoon I had a meeting in Hammersmith – I snapped this window in one of the residential streets.. pretty flowers get me every time…

Coffee at Golborne Deli

Coffee at Golborne Deli

The weekend was so gorgeous and warm, that I did very little.. and it was wonderful. It began with breakfast at Golborne Deli on Golborne Road…

Messing about in boats in Finsbury Park...

Messing about in boats in Finsbury Park…

And then a little picnic in Finsbury Park among the birds, the trees and the flowers…

Picnic and papers in Finsbury Park

Picnic and papers in Finsbury Park

Flowers in Finsbury Park

Flowers in Finsbury Park

Parkland Walk

Parkland Walk

Sunday was much of the same, with a new discovery for me – have you heard of the Parkland Walk? I hadn’t and I was amazed to discover this 4.5-mile (7.2 km) linear green walkway in the London Boroughs of Haringey and Islington.

It follows the course of the railway line which used to run between Finsbury Park through Stroud Green, Crouch End, Highgate and Muswell Hill to Alexandra Palace… it’s bursting with trees, flowers and birds (and runners and dog walkers) and is the longest local nature reserve in London… who knew?! It’s a largely undiscovered gem and learning about it was really exciting for me…

Breakfast at Coffee Cake in Crouch End

Breakfast at Coffee Cake in Crouch End

We walked along the Parkland walk from Finsbury Park to Crouch End, where we popped out and headed to Coffee Cake for breakfast..granola, yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey.

A beautiful dresser in Coffee Cake, Crouch End

A beautiful dresser in Coffee Cake, Crouch End

And I spied this cake in their window..

I saw it, I loved it and I WALKED AWAY. (Can't stop thinking about it...)

I saw it, I loved it and I WALKED AWAY. (Can’t stop thinking about it…)

Then it was off to Finsbury Park for more lazing, more picnicking and more soaking up the sunshine…

I hope you enjoyed the stroll through my little life!

Don’t forget you can keep up with all my goings on over here on Instagram.

Until next time..

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3 thoughts on “Jodie Kidd, The Wellesley, Wine Tasting
and picnicking in Finsbury Park…
– My Week in Pictures –

  1. You take such beautiful pictures! I’m pretty new to blogging and wish i could take as good as pictures as you do! The food also really yummy! It would be great if you could check out mine and my friend’s blog – lamourdecaitlin.blogspot.co.uk x

  2. I don’t know how you had the will power to walk away from the apple, raspberry and mango cake. You are a lot stronger than I am faced with a gorgeous cake.

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