Our last day as official Londoner bloggers since Charlotte eventually left her flat the day after…It will be the opportunity to develop our London/Paris newsletter and she has already planned to come in August. Phew! The blog will go on. No visit of museum for this special occasion but just a chill and sunny walk in East London. The recipe for some perfect little moments shared with a friend? It can be summarized as below: start with a picnic at Victoria Park, in front of the lake and the Japanese House, talk for hours and explore the surroundings. Find a nice little street, such as Lauriston Road, and chose the tiniest-cutest coffee shop which has a small hidden garden: Loafing. Treat yourself by sharing a chocolate bouchée with your ice coffee. Then, after a 30 minute walk, meet some friends at Old George, a beer garden and a vintage pub close to Bethnal Green. If you still have little time, book a spectacle at the Rich Mix Art Center. Happy East London Day!
Second edition of our newsletter across the Manche. Charlotte succeeds in her new position in Paris but her heart is still in London so I’m lucky enough to see her on a regular basis. With the summer – hot temperatures in Paris / still uncertain weather in London until recently – it’s more than ever the time to get the most of the 2 cities and to start planning your week-end. Look at eurostar.com or snap eurostar (if you’re more flexible) to spot the seasonal promotions. For this summer, we’ll talk about music festivals: Love Box in London/Lollapalooza in Paris, terraces and outdoors – barbecue versus “buvettes” and we mention a famous palace… All the links and details below, happy Summer across the Manche and let us know what you try !
First edition of our new newsletter, we will share with you once a month from now on, our best of in Paris and London. Many of you live between the 2 cities for business or personal reasons and the same goes for us. Charlotte is about to start a new professional commitment in Paris, if you look for a flat to buy she’s the one to contact with. Fortunately, she plans to keep going back and forth , the opportunity for us to exchange cross-looks on 3 main topics: the new foodie places, a cultural outing and the event you can’t miss. The Pergola in London vs Papa cabane in Paris, the 200th anniversary of the Dulwich Picture Gallery vs Cezanne at Orsay, the wine week vs the Jazz festival, which city will seduce you this month? Get the most of it with the description and the links below.
In the South part of London, Dulwich village is a green and protected area far from the hustle and bustle of the Center of London. Easily reachable by train from London Bridge or Victoria, you will discover this “chic village” spirit specific to the English countryside. Get off at the stop “West Dulwich“. 3 minute walking, you will find the Dulwich college, a boy boarding school created in 1619 by Edward Alleyn. More than 1.500 students today, the college welcomed before some famous characters such as Raymond Chandler. Walk through the Dulwich park then and grab a tea to the tiny and charming pavillon located in the middle. After that, you can head off to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Founded in 1811, but the building dated of 1817, by Sir Francois Bourgeois it’s the first gallery, the purpose of which is to open art to public (usually a museum’s mission). To celebrate its 200 anniversary this summer, a temporary outside pavillon will open its doors on June 2nd. Discover the creation by IF-DO, the architect who won the competition organized by the gallery. The exhibition I don’t want miss? Sergent, watercolors. Easy peasy, it will be at the same dates, at the same place…It’s time to hit the road again, ok time to walk to Dulwich village Road, the high street of the area. Excellent lunch at the Italian restaurant Rocca, also present in South Kensington, with a special mention to the parpadelle with rabbit ragu! Get lost in the charming streets nearby to admire the huge houses (Do people own only manors there?), the little churches and the endless schools. Welcome to Dulwich!
One of the first posts of the blog was dedicated to our favorite restaurants in the Farringdon area. I liked a lot the one star Michelin Club Gascon, the delicacy of the mains and the excellent wine list but I had been a bit disappointed by the decoration very classical without a true spirit. I was so happy to discover they have also opened a gourmet bistro/delicatessen called Comptoir Gascon, just 5 minutes away. There, you will find a true tribute to the south-western France. Ochres bricks, large wooden shared tables and a selection of authentic products to take away, no doubt you are in “Gasconnie”. We chose to eat in for a 2 hour-session of comfort food: rillettes, saucisses au couteau with home-cooked mash potatoes, neck pork with Espelette Chilli, a pastis and a languedoc glass of wine, just the perfect match. If you will find the most delicious products coming from this countryside, Comptoir Gascon tried also to reinvent the classic ones. Why not taste the lillet-based Spritz (Lillet is an old french alcohol based on fruit liquor and wine) or the Eton Mess, plum and cointreau? A perfect address for those who are looking for an excellent touch of sun at an affordable prince – they have also the Baranis and the Cigalon for those who prefer the south-eastern France.
Easter weekend is coming this weekend and with it, a lot of bunnies and eggs will invade all the pretty little gardens. And because England does it better, here are some inspirations that we found all around the city to please your loved ones with chocolate. So please indulge yourself this weekend! Happy hunting and happy Easter!
Not so easy to find a charming but relaxing place in the thrilling Trafalgar Square…but we were not afraid by the challenge. Previously, we had confess our admiration for the UK designer Tom Dixon, that’s why when Charlotte has heard the Bronte (not a tribute to the Victorian poetess but to the Admiral Nelson, earl of Bronte, who has his status standing nearby) was the bar and restaurant opened in July 2016, designed by him, we haven’t hesitated too much…. Hopefully, we haven’t been disappointed at all. On this Saturday afternoon, we chose the Afternoon Tea, an exquisite and generous selection at £24. One of the best we have tried until now. High quality ingredients in the finger sandwichs, delicious selection of “petits fours” (lemon tart, eclair, cheesecake, chocolate mousse…) but above all the perfect recipe of scones. With its golden and copper reflects, the lights are welcoming and refined at the same time. For once, you have a lot of room between each table and few stairs on the left, 3 curtains here and there helps to create a cosy atmosphere and an out of time moment. And as an image is worth a thousand words…look at ours pics below.