My most favorite little sister came into town this week for two whole weeks of adventure and fun. To kick things off in style, I planned a special day of sisterly sisterness as her belated birthday present.
We started out bright and early with a spinning class at Cyclebeat. After sweating it out, we showered, changed and fruit smoothied before tubing it to One New Change right in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Surprise No. 1: Hershesons Blow Dry Bar
Hershesons is one of my most favorite things in London. Here’s why: you go in looking like a hobo and you come out looking like a celebrity. They wash, dry and style your hair in under a half an hour for £25! Heaven on earth. I have the same thing done when I am in Morocco every day for less than 3 dollars… but that is beside the point. So obvi, I had to take my little sis to have her all dolled up for Sister Day.
After feeling fabulous (spinning) and looking the part (lucious locks), we set off to do a bit of pre-lunch shopping. Quick stop at some of the stores in One New Change and of course, Ted Baker (swoon). The Ted Baker across from One New Change has a men’s barbershop in it AND a brow/nail bar for the ladies! Oh London, you spoil me.
Surprise Numero Dos: Lunch at Bubbledogs
We made our way to Fitzrovia (tube: Goodge Street) for lunch where I had made a reservation for two lovely sisters at Bubbledogs. Bubbledogs is the cutest little restaurant that serves… champagne and hot dogs! For the animal loving (but not eating) people out there, Bubbledogs even has veggie dogs on their menu – hooray!
I obviously opted for the MacDaddy – mac and cheese on a hot dog! As if there was a choice! My little sis went with the BLT (carmelized lettuce, bacon and tomatos with truffle mayo) which was a truffle-y twist on a classic. We split the tater tots which was like a time machine back to school lunches. The bubbles topped off the whole experience.
Surprise No. 3: Shopping in Chelsea
We hopped on the tube and headed to Sloane Square for a bit of afternoon shopping and wandering in Chelsea. We went into lots of cute stores and shops – lots of which had beautiful flower displays out front for the annual Chelsea Flower Show which was going on last week.
Surprise No. 4: Late afternoon tea at the Bluebird in Chelsea
Anyone who is anyone has afternoon tea at the Bluebird. So obviously, we had to make an appearance.
Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, pastries, tubs of tea and two hours later, we had seen and been seen so we grabbed a quick espresso (martini) for the road and headed back to the City to meet up with friends from work for afterwork drinks.
Even though I did not partake in the work (that day), we definitely partook in the afterwork drinks. One of our favorite go-to spots: Tokenhouse (tube: Bank or Moorgate) is always busting at the seems with British blokes in their best suits beginning in the late afternoon on Fridays (swoon part two).
Let the Sister Day tradition begin! Your turn, little kitten – I await your day of sisterly surprise splendor!