Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

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Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Happy Wednesday lovelies!  So this post is wayyyy overdue, and I so apologize for that!  It’s bee a hectic few months as you all know.  But that aside, I’m so excited for it because I have a few favorites that you guys need to know about!  If you’re heading to London, this will highlight some amazing places to check out while you’re there.

Favorite Place to Stay

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

So we actually had the pleasure of staying at 2 hotels during our time in London, but Intercontinental Park Lane blew us away with their gorgeous interior, impeccable hospitality, and delicious food!  You might remember we had the pleasure of staying at their sister hotel, the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand during our time in Paris, and we were so happy to find that even though the country changed, the level of excellence the Intercontinental Hotels strives for does not!  From the delicious champagne and lovely fruit tray we found in our room, to the relaxing bubble baths we drew, to the luxe and plentiful lounging areas around the hotel, we felt spoiled and pampered the entire stay!

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Our absolute favorite part of the stay was our meal at the Ella Canta, the hotel’s Mexican restaurant that radiates fresh, authentic Mexican vibes in every way possible.  You wouldn’t expect a British hotel to slay at Mexican food, but wow.  I can honestly say I had the best margarita of my life (thus far) – the Coa de Jima, a delicious concoction of spiced pineapple, passionfruit and rum liquor (pictured right below) – and the tapas were amongst the best Mexcan tapas I’ve had!

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

The presentation was impeccable – one of my drinks, the Corazón de Melón, came out decked with roses and ‘smoke’ billowing out of the dish it came on – and all of the other drinks we shared were just as beautiful, each with a unique glass and garnish.

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Then to finish off the meal, the cutest dessert – authentic mexican desserts presented with one of the traditional toys most children own in Mexico – La rueda de la Fortuna.  The name means “Wheel of Fortune” and the toy is a beautifully hand-painted ferris wheel.

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Intercontinental Park Lane also does a pretty fab job at breakfast – my favorite breakfast was one we had in their tea/dining area.  Everything was presented beautifully and elegantly, and the food was as delicious as expected.

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

 I especially recommend the yogurt parfait (with the besssst granola made in-house) and freshly squeezed juices!

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

The breakfast buffet was also a highlight though, as it offered just about every kind of breakfast food you could hope for, and an incredibly high quality and delicious version at that!  From mini waffles with vanilla bean ricotta topping, to avocado toast with all of the fixings, to cheese, granolas, yogurts, fishes, pastries, juices…we always left satisfied and full!

Favorite Things to Do

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Harrod’s – So, shopping being my favorite part of the trip is probably such a girl thing, but I fell head over heels for Harrod’s!  To be fair, I didn’t make it to Selfridges. However, even if I had and it was better, I’d still say Harrod’s is a must-visit!  Talk about a department store!!  The decor is stunning, reminiscent of ancient Egypt, and the selection, decadent.  I saw Prada and Dior bags I’d never seen before, that were very new or special-edition, browsed clothes from every brand under the sun, and enjoyed delicious truffles from the vast array of gourmet foods available there!

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Walk Around Westminster Abbey – Our first full day in London Ross and I had a whole afternoon to explore.  Unlike Paris, we found some things amazing, and some things disappointing.  For example, Big Ben was under construction annnnd quite smaller than expected  A bit of a let down.  However, we did find the Westminster Abbey quite beautiful and totally worth the walk!  The architecture on some of the buildings is just stunning, and we were so glad we took the time to walk there!!  It was also fun getting to see ‘typical London sights’, like the telephone booths and old pubs.

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Favorite Things to Eat/Drink

(Clearly the Ella Canta is our absolute favorite, but these are also worthy of a visit!!)

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Get Pies at Fuller’s – One thing Ross was sooo excited to try was Fish and Chips.  He regularly orders it at one of our favorite local restaurants, Iron Hill Brewery.  However, we found the fish and chips to be quite a let-down in London.  He ordered the dish 3 times during our London trip, yet the best out of the 3 was the one he had at the airport, and even then it didn’t rival Iron Hill’s work!  While we did’t get to try one of the supposedly ‘amazing’ places for fish and chips, the record from what was tried was disappointing, so I honestly wouldn’t bother trying fish & chips when there..  However, I would highly recommend ordering savory pies.  We sampled 3 at Fuller’s brewery (just a few blocks from Westminster!!) and they were all so delicious!  The beer there was also pretty good!

Granger + Co – If you’re looking for a charming little cafe for a quick pick-me-up, I’d highly recommend this one!  It was so pretty inside, and the matcha latte was delicious!

Crème de la Crème | Our Favorites From London

Our time in London was quite short and the weather rather nasty, so unfortunately we didn’t get out a whole lot.  But I hope these few recommendations help for any of you headed to London soon!  Also, if you’ve been and have any good recommendations, I’ve love to hear in the comments below!

Laurelle

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48 Comments
  • Christine Kong
    May 27, 2018

    I just went to London last fall and I loved it. The food there is amazing and they have so much variety. I am drooling over this Mexican restaurant and definitely need to try it when I visit next. Those drinks and spread look incredible. I need to check out the Intercontinental Park Lane hotel too – it looks lovely. I enjoyed Harrod’s as well (it is so large you can spend an entire day there) and while we didn’t go to Westminster Abbey this time around, I’ve been and it’s beautiful there too. This post makes me want to go back! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • bellebylaurelle
      May 29, 2018

      You must go back at some point! There were just so many wonderful parts of our trip! Thanks for commenting Christine!

      xo, Laurelle

  • Lisa Autumn
    May 28, 2018

    OMG this looks so delish! I want everything!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • bellebylaurelle
      May 29, 2018

      Right?! I want to go back!

      xo, Laurelle

  • Lori Pierce
    May 29, 2018

    That food looks really good. It’s made me hungry. lol

  • Christine McMeo
    May 29, 2018

    London is such a beautiful place to visit. I wasn’t expecting the food to be as amazing as it was when I traveled there.

    I loved reading this post and seeing all of the delicious food! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sheree
    May 29, 2018

    Both hotel’s food looks incredible, I will definitely be adding them to my list of places to stay when visiting London. Your post has me wanting to book a trip now!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  • Tamara M Tanner
    May 30, 2018

    great stuff

  • Kelly Kimmell
    May 30, 2018

    I would love to visit there someday. Looks like some fabulous food!

  • Darya
    May 30, 2018

    Hi dear,

    All places that you visit really amaze me.
    I like the interiors of the hotel and the food that they serve looks terrific! I must check this place too:)

  • Kim
    May 30, 2018

    I lived in England when I was younger. My mom and I would go to London and have a day there. Someday I’ll go back. I love it there.

  • Denise Low
    May 30, 2018

    Looks like a lot of delicious food and drinks. Thank you for sharing.

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      Thanks so much for reading! XO

  • Vanessa
    May 30, 2018

    What a wonderful post girl! London is one of my favorite cities because it is so charming. I love to see a little bit of this magical place through your lens. The food and drink look so tasty and the hotel decor is beautiful.
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience!
    Vanessa

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! London was absolutely amazing + the food and drinks were just the cherry on top!

      XO, Laurelle

  • Michelle
    May 30, 2018

    So fun! I want to know what you got at Harrods LOL. And that food at Ella Canta looks TDF. Looks like you had fun in London!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      Thanks so much for your sweet note! We had an absolute blast.

      xo, Laurelle

  • Erica Luczakowsky
    May 30, 2018

    This is yummy food overload!!! If this is what the food in London looks like, then London is officially on my list of places to see… and eat at! 😉

    Gorgeous photos girlie!

    xoxo,
    E

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      The foooood was amazing! Holy cow. Yep, move it up to the top of your list and eat your way through London!

      xoxo, Laurelle

  • Tandya
    May 31, 2018

    Ahh I loved reading this post! I was in the UK a few months ago and I am thinking of going again in September! It helps that my family lives in such a beautiful country! I love shopping and Harrods and Selfridges. If you are ever a tourist again I would definitely check out St. Pauls Cathedral! So pretty!

    XO
    Tanndya
    http://www.simplytandya.com

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      So many good things! Does your family live in England? That would be amaaazing! Thanks for the recommendation, Tandya!

      xo, Laurelle

  • Eva
    May 31, 2018

    Beautiful post make me turn back to London. The Harris’s is so fascinating and the Westminster is so gorgeous. I like so much the Mexican food too. The hotel is very pretty and thank you to share your tips .
    Xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      I already want to go back to London! Such a gorgeous place. Thanks for your sweet comment, Eva!

      xo, Laurelle

  • Jennifer Dugan Murphy
    May 31, 2018

    I love the British phone booths! Dr. Who fan!

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      Haha! Love it!

      xo, Laurelle

  • Sarah L
    May 31, 2018

    What a great place to visit. Perhaps someday I’ll get there.

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      I highly recommend getting there if you can 🙂

      xo, Laurelle

  • Jacqueline
    May 31, 2018

    So much wow in this post. Serious goals. Omg. Not only am i jealous but I’m seriously going to live vicariously through you. Everything looks so good. Love the architecture!

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      It was such a gorgeous trip! I highly recommend you getting to London if you can!

      xo, Laurelle

  • Stephanie Z
    June 1, 2018

    It looks like you had a fun time. That yogurt parfait looks good.

  • Stacey Roberson
    June 1, 2018

    Great pictures of the food and architecture. Haven’t been to London yet, but it’s on the bucket list.

  • Latasha Ketchum
    June 1, 2018

    OMG! All this looks absolutely delicious. So good!

  • Amanda
    June 2, 2018

    London is on my bucket list!

  • Minta Boggs
    June 3, 2018

    Wow!! I want to have a life like you the stylish clothes and getting to travel and eat at some really awesome restaurants. Everything looked so yummy.

  • Kim Tanti
    June 3, 2018

    The Park Lane Breakfast looks wonderful. I gained weight just looking at it

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 4, 2018

      Haha! It was so delicious.

  • MaryM Harding
    June 4, 2018

    OMG I’m looking at all that good in front of you And you are tiny and Gorgeous…… IM PRETTY IM TOLD …..but Im72yrs old and the food sticks to me Its hard to lose weight at a certain age all I need is a good looking Man For certain things. (ahem) and my mouth wired shut and Ill lose the weight …..ha.ha

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 6, 2018

      Hahaha! Thanks so much for commenting, that made me laugh! Thanks for being here.

      xoxo Laurelle

  • Ting
    June 4, 2018

    We are planning our summer trip to London this hotel looks definitely the one we would stay! Especially the variety of food looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 6, 2018

      Ooooh I bet you are SO excited for that trip! Anything you have on your itinerary so far?

      xoxo, Laurelle

  • Jessie
    June 4, 2018

    OMG this is the cutest lunch place. I was just in London last week with Revolve. Too bad I didn’t have any spare time to check out things and places. otherwise I would totally go there for lunch! it’s so amazing!

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/my-travel-q-a-with-blackcoralxo/

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 6, 2018

      Ah! I wish you had been able to go! I hope you had the best time in London!

      xoxo, Laurelle

  • Mike K
    June 7, 2018

    they got best margarita in the world! 🙂

  • Denise Low
    June 10, 2018

    I would love to see London someday. Looks so beautiful.

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 11, 2018

      If you can get there, it’s a must. It is so beautiful and I’m already wanting to go back.

      xo, Laurelle

  • Tamra Gibson
    June 20, 2018

    Oh WOW!!! What a nice vacation you had. Those meals look absolutely awesome and their deserrt💖 I always try not too ear too much on vacation bc I end up feeling sluggish but I could skip the meal and just hv the dessert. I love that they put a toy In it

  • Eric Masters
    June 22, 2018

    I want to go to that Mexican Restaurant. Marked on my bucket list!

  • Shirley Symon
    September 2, 2018

    I was curious about the fish & chips. I may skip those and concentrate on the pies.