Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

It’s always tricky deciding where to eat in London – you’re spoilt for choice but places can be pricey and you probably want to avoid the more obvious tourist traps. We wanted to have a family get together during Mlle’s lunchbreak (my dad had come up with me from Yorkshire for the day). So the …

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Regent’s Park used to be one of our favourite places for a weekend stroll when we lived in London. We would push our elder daughter around in her stroller – she’s now grown up with a family of her own! I also remember trips to London Zoo, which is housed in one corner of the park and …

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The East End of London is a fascinating place to explore – history abounds all over the place!  Around every street corner you’ll find decrepit looking buildings juxtaposed with upmarket modern flats and offices. The Spitalfields area has long been associated with the rag trade and there are so many shops and markets in the …

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After a wonderful month of travels, Monsieur and yours truly arrived back in Perth last week. House, pets and family all well though my body clock still seems to be stuck somewhere in Berlin! Add piles of washing, sorting out correspondence, pets, babysitting grandchildren, work, uploading photos etc to the mix and the holiday is …

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Just a little postscript to the last couple of blogs – a gastronomic addition to Mlle’s Guide To London Eateries in the heart of South Kensington’s Museum district (Exploring London’s Iconic V&A Museum). Mlle, our daughter, suggested meeting her after work and getting a bite to eat at one of the little cafes and restaurants …

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  With Monsieur Le Chic laid low back in our hotel with the flu and Mlle, our daughter, at work I found myself alone one day on our recent London trip wondering how to fill in my time! I didn’t feel inclined to go shopping (and my luggage allowances and credit card wouldn’t have thanked …

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Our home from home during our few days in London was the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel, not surprisingly situated in the famous fictional detective’s stomping ground of Baker Street. It was the perfect location for us, as we wished to be close to the Baker Street Underground for easy accessibility to our daughter, Mlle’s …

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Following on from our brunch at the Wildflower Cafe and our tour round Portobello Road, I’d like to share with you a couple of other eating places that our daughter Mlle took us to during our few days in London. It certainly pays to know a local in a place as large as the metropolis …

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After our delightful brunch at the Wildflower Cafe, I was keen to see the famous Portobello Road markets and our daughter Mlle was equally keen to show me round what has become another of her favourite haunts. Strangely Monsieur Le Chic did not share our enthusiasm and after a pleasant 10 minute or so stroll …

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I still have many more stories from our recent Bavarian travels to write about, but for this week’s post we’re heading back across the Channel to London to share some reminiscences from the few days we spent there earlier on in our trip. Our younger daughter, Mlle, has been living in London since last year …

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