To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s is a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
I tell you all my secret (and not so secret) spots I found during my latest trip London, are you ready?
My aunt used to live in Italy when I was younger, so I spent so many summer along the Italian cost I stopped counting. That means we also, wherever we go, have try at least one Italian place. As it was my cousins birthday weekend we went all the fancy road, and had an amazing lunch at the yet so classic restaurant Cirpiani. Maybe you know it from NYC in Soho?? For sure a watering whole for instagrammers and Bellini maniacs. Yes they absolutely have the best Bellinis in the entire world.
What to order? Fresh artichoke salad to start with, followed by a Cacio e Pepe (best I’ve tried), and finish up with their famous citron tart.
23-25 Davies St, Mayfair.
Already tried Cipriani? But still want a hell of an Italian dinner?
Then Cecconi’s it’s the place.
What to order?Burrata or their Lobster pasta. Do not skip to order a coffee! The small cookies who comes as a treat with it, is to die for.
5A Burlington Gardens, Mayfair
Not there for the food?
Then the ever so Instagramed place, Sketch, is a great place if you wanna catch some great cocktails (and pics) in one of their really cool bars. The food isn’t really that good, so I wouldn’t spend a dinner here.
9 Conduit St, Mayfair.
Then you at least have to catch Londons best bagel.
Beigel Bake is Londons oldest bagel shop, and it is open 24/7. What more can I say??? Go there if you’re in the area around Brick Lane. I can almost promise you’ll never eat another bagel ever again.
159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch.
Enough about eating. Let’s continue to even better stuff
I threw out a question on Instagram some days before we left, about where to go vintage shopping. And I think 15 out of 20 told us we had to go to Knightsbridge and Cheval Place street. Its just a stones throw from Harrods department store. And yes, I got so so broke. I found sooo many good vintage pieces I almost wanted to cry.
Pandora Dress Agency
This store is literally H-E-A-V-E-N. Designer vintage from floor to roof, it looks like a normal second hand store but it’s only designer pieces. It so much stuff you really don’t know where to start. However. I’ve been looking for these (old) Céline boots since two years back, and have found them here and there, but not in the right size or they’ve just been way too expensive. But suddenly it happens! In my size, and for almost nothing – they are finally mine!
16-22 Cheval Pl, Knightsbridge.
A small store with hand picked pieces, everything from Chanel to Céline to old purple Balenciaga bags. And with very good prices. I found a pair of purple wellies from Chanel for 90 pounds. Isn’t that a bargain or what!!
6 Cheval Pl, Knightsbridge.
Loewe store 41-42 New Bond St, Mayfair
New Bond Street
When not browsing vintage or eating pasta, we always try to pay a stop to a few favorite brands. Which includes Bottega Veneta, Loewe and Miu Miu. Actually not only for the clothes. All the flagship stores along Bond Street is like walking into a museum or an installation. It was of course prohibited to take photos, but the Loewe is a-m-a-z-i-n-g rn. If you are in London within the couple of weeks, you have to pay it a visit.
Regent St, Soho.
But what if it’s raining?? Yes, in London it rains a lot. Surprise! Raining or not, Liberty department store has the perfect mix of everything. Not to speak of there giant future Christmas tree (or what the heck it is) they have in the center of everything. Among that, they have the most amazing fabric department, with their iconic patterns in all colors and combinations. Also a section with hand picked vintage clothing, limited pieces from all high end brands and a very inspiring (and crazy) interior department. For an expample; I have been thinking about this bum vase from Anissa Kermiche for a while now, and knew it was sold at Liberty, and I couldn’t resist when it was as quirky as I hoped for. Early Christmas gift from me to me.
A few other addresses to visit
Chiltern fire house, 1 Chiltern St, MaryleboneLondons best and coziest hotel. Go there for either a cocktail or breakfast!
Dover Street Market, 18-22 HaymarketWant a bit of Tokyo but in London? YES of course. Also an incredible store, where everything is black and white, including all extreme clothes and even more extreme interior.
Isabel’s. 26 Albemarle St, MayfairNo.1 breakfast place if you want both a beautiful environment and really Instagram friendly, and dreamy, breakfast.
COYA Mayfair, 18 Piccadilly, MayfairThere’s no trip without a visit to a South American restaurant and a couple of margaritas when your family name is Eklund. Really good food, and even better margaritas!
Browns hotel, Albemarle St, MayfairLooking for a real and classic English afternoon tea party? Then Brown hotel is the place!