To everyone around me, my love for London is not a secret and when I get that faraway gaze which usually indicates an anecdote, family members tend to excuse themselves and scurry off, faster than I can say high tea.
High tea is actually a bad example since that implies posh London in a way and it’s not posh, the London I love.
So what about Veronika’s London?
Here are a few tidbits of the things that matter to me the most and since they all have a little story I may have to break this into a little collection of things to do and places to see in a city t hat was, and always will be, a contradiction onto itself.
My first visit to London in many years and I was desperate to find a place that was not opulent but stylish, not touristy but in a vibrant part of town. The search took a while since I can be selective in that area but then, on Concierge.com, I found it.
The Main House is small, only four rooms, but the feel is that of a stylish home, not a hotel or a B&B.
Caroline Main, the owner, could have easily squeezed in another room or two, but opted for lavish bathrooms instead.
The top floor is a little suite with a separate bedroom, a living space and bath.
Portobello Road being in walking distance makes this the perfect place for both, a romantic weekend and a hub from which to go perusing antiques and thrift shops or taking a slightly longer, but lovely walk through Notting Hill towards Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
Speaking of Kensington Gardens, a brand new exhibit at the Palace showcases rooms designed by various designers and actors, including Vivienne Westwood, to tell the stories of the people who lived there.
Tea and coffee are brought to your room in the morning but breakfast is not available in the Main House. For that we have Tom’s deli, Tom being Terrence Conran’s son, just around the corner. A veritable Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium of foods and chocolates and as much a feast for the eye as a lovely place to sit and take in the Notting Hill crowd.
Not even a glimpse of Hugh Grant by the way… ever.
Caroline, I am proud to say, has welcomed me with open arms at the Main House and remains a very dear friend.
Stick with this blog for more on London, featuring Borough Market, Columbia Road, Spitalfields, the museums and some hidden gems along the way.