Mother & Daughter time in London

This weekend, my daughter and I spent the weekend in London.  We packed in as much as humanly possible in the two days that we were there. 

Saturday…

We checked in at The Grange Strathmore (which is at South Kensington) where we were staying and dumped our bags and headed back into the West End.  We had tickets to see the show Kinky Boots at the Adelphi theatre.  I was so excited as I had seen the film and loved it.  But first we needed to wet our appetites and have something to eat.  I booked us a pre-theatre meal at Indigo One Aldwych

Showcasing innovative and thoughtful food, courtesy of Executive Chef Dominic Teague, the Indigo menu incorporates the finest seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from the British Isles, and also happens to be entirely gluten and dairy-free. While the menu has an undeniably healthy appeal, it also features substantial dishes to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.

We arrived at One Aldwych which is a hotel and the restaurant is situated on the mezzanine floor overlooking The Lobby bar.  We were early so we decided to have a cheeky cocktail before dinner.  Mine was called ‘For Love’ and Faye’s was called ‘Hairthief’, both were delicious.  They both were quirky, mine came in a mini cocktail shaker with dry ice flowing out and Faye’s came with a paper lid which when she lifted off, scented smoke puffed out of her glass.  You really must try ♥

Cocktails at The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych Hotel
Cocktails at The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych Hotel

We finished our cocktails and headed on up to the restaurant.  We decided to choose from the pre-theatre meal, I was ok as everything was gluten free but Faye could only have the celeriac soup for starter (which she didn’t mind as it’s her favourite) and a salad for main.  The mini loaves were also gluten free but contained egg, so they made Faye some vegan flatbread.  I didn’t much like the bread, it was a bit doughy and reminded me of sage and onion stuffing. Faye’s salad was a bit dull, I made better for my lunch the other day!  All in all I don’t think we will go back to the restaurant, but we will definitely go back to The Lobby Bar ♥

Anyway, off we went to the theatre to see Kinky Boots – this was brilliant!  It was so much fun and we were quite exhausted when we came out, the dancing transgender guys in their six inch heels were fantastic – it’s a must see ♥   We finished our evening with a few more cocktails in The American Bar at The Savoy, to the sounds of a guy who could pass as Tony Bennetts younger brother playing piano!

Sunday…..

After a  lovely night’s sleep at the hotel we got up and had a quick breakfast.  It was only continental, which was fine by us as we were about to embark on a Sunday brunch that would blow our senses….

On Instagram I follow a feed called @therawchef , this is a chef called Russell James who is the creator of The Raw Chef Academy and he was in London hosting a brunch at the Tiny Leaf in Notting hill, London. I was excited that he was in London at the same time we were, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try out some of the food I have been looking at in his Insta pictures and to meet the man himself.  We took a lovely stroll through Kensington Gardens from where we were staying, to the restaurant.

Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens

We arrived just in time and was guided upstairs to the green room where we were greeted by the guys from Rawnatureglobal and The Herball.  It was an intimate brunch and we were thoroughly spoilt by the attention and Michael of The Herball paired the food with some amazing herbal infused drinks which were to die for.

The brunch consisted of three courses and when we had finished, Russell came out from his kitchen and sat with us chatting about his creations, it was just a heavenly experience.

We both left very happy bunnies, and to top off our experience, we shared our tube journey with a very lazy pigeon!

Even the pigeons in London travel by London underground these days!
Even the pigeons in London travel by London underground these days!
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