3 places to eat in london

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eat, drink and be merry

If you follow me on snapchat (ID: chevronseclairs), you will find that among all the rubble of strategy sheets, late night work sessions, random dance party break outs and lots of questionably seductive selfies, I like to indulge. Between #tipsysnaps and live selfies of me eating my food, you’ll know that I’m one for a good time. Since days are quite intense with a start-up, I try to treat myself every now and then. What I love about living in London is that you will never exhaust your list of places to go eat, hang and drink. Locals and tourists alike will visit the same institutions and pop-ups are always coming about. So I thought I would make a regular feature here of sharing some places I like to eat in London and around the world (as I have a few months of exciting travel coming up)!
 

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Breakfast at The Orangery

I got off the tube at Notting Hill and started to make my way towards the Kensington Palace Gardens. If you’re not familiar, think gorgeous Victorian like houses and lots and lots of green! Walking down embassy row reminded me of the days I lived in DC, and just at the end the gates open up to the most majestic part of the park. There are swans in the lake in the distant and even in the grey gloom were topiaries perfectly trimmed and aligned. Entering the space opens up to any blogger’s dream (read: white walls, intricate details, pops of greenery). I joined 6 other girls for an early weekday brekkie and it was a nice change of pace from the normal wakeup-gym-desk routine.

We ordered everything off the menu and shared plates. If I went back I would naturally go for the waffles again with caramelized apples and dollop of ice cream on top. I mean it’s calcium, right? The hollandaise on the eggs had a beautiful hint of orange zest that tickled the back of my buds. Be sure to ask for your latte to be extra hot so it doesn’t get cold as you busy yourself taking shameless amounts of instagrams.
 
Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4PX
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Hubbard & Bell’s Sunday Feast

There are three times I like to indulge: after a few long days of travel, post-apocalyptic influenza and #hungover. Hubbard and Bell seems to be one of those “healthy” indulgent options. Packed with the highest quality food, the coolest vibes and lots of options. Not your standard Sunday Feast with wagyu beef, fresh cuts of avocado and oysters to go around.

The restaurant is nestled in the back of The Hoxton hotel in Holborn. It’s cool, chic and the vibes are always suave. I hit the bloody mary menu hard after gulping down a guilt-less green juice to balance things out. This place, naturally, makes for good Instagram content too, so I’ve got you covered there if you’re too concerned. It’s every Sunday, endless eats, and sometime you will spot a famous person or two! (Pro tip: save room for dessert[s].)

199-206 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7BW
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Refinery Bar’s Reef, Beef & Bubbles

It’s no joke that living and enjoying a life in London is rough on the wallet. I’ll go anywhere between spending £10 a week to blowing £100 in a matter of 5 minutes. When it comes to good and quality food in the city, you do have to search high and low for it to fit the bank. Recently, I discovered Refinery Bar at Regents Place. An off the beaten path gem, but totally worth it. I like to find places that have a strong ambiance, so it wasn’t surprising that I fell in love with this place. Lots of cozy seating in the warehouse-like restaurant. A girlfriend and I started our epic Saturday night here.

Every Saturday Refinery Bar has a special offer starting at 5pm. £20 for surf and turf accompanied by bubbles. Hard to miss and let’s reiterate that it’s always a great start to an epic Saturday night.

5 Brock Street
Regents Place
London NW1 3FG
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make at home sugar scrub

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about 12 months

It was winter and the streets were vacant. Completely vacant as people tend to go home. London doesn’t really seem like it is a home to any single person. The residents of my complex, the streets of Oxford Circus and the public parks that are usually adorned with people were bare. One of my flatmates and I, both expats, were sitting at home. I was tending to my own business and calling friends in America who were making their ways to visit their families across states and across the nation. I wasn’t fortunate enough to see mine over the holidays, but I didn’t mind as I was with them just the week prior sipping wine under the California sun.

My flatmate was invited to one of her friend’s homes. A friend, like her, hails from India. To her, that was the closest to family. Though this narrative seems to go in the direction of relationships, but really it is about solitude.
 

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solitude n. the state of being alone

As she left: the door shut, the latch clicked and it was precisely at that moment I realized I had not really been “alone” for about 12 months. We are constantly surrounded by people when you live in a city. On the tube, walking to a client’s, even in my flat that I share with 2 others. That feeling of solitude almost felt as if a heavy weight was lifted from my shoulders. I didn’t realize I was constantly switched on until my shoulders fell, temples relaxed and that subtle view of your chest exhaling is when you notice that you really needed it.

The serenity is absolutely important and something I’m now growing to understand and become more fond of it. My flat has been off-and-on empty as all our schedules seem to clash these days leaving us, albeit the one weekday dinner we have together. I decided to take those moments of solitude and invest in myself.

nails HANNAH c/o ZOYA lips AMAZING GRACE c/o CHARLOTTE TILBURY
shirt c/o BODEN earrings c/o J. LAUREN
 

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relaxing sugar body scrub

This essential oil sugar scrub is made up of equal parts sweet orange and vanilla, a touch of cedar wood and comprised of a whole
lot of beauty. All vital ingredients for comfort, soothing and uplifting.

4 drops vanilla essential oil
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drop cedar wood essential oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups sugar

Combine all the ingredients so it looks like bits of crunchy snow. Place in a bottle and use as you wish. It is the perfect pamper product to lightly rub all over your body and soak in a warm bath. It’s cleansing from the cedar wood, refreshing from the sweet orange
and calming from the vanilla.
 

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spring romance

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…sitting in a tree…

Seldom are the posts where I talk about the romance in my everyday life rather than the romance that surround sweet moments or gestures. The blog community is sprinkled with beautiful bloggers sharing their daily lives with their significant others and though that makes for lovely content, I’ve steered away from that. For one purpose and that’s for a bit of privacy. I share a lot on social media and now with Snapchat {shameless plug: chevronseclairs} in the repertoire, you get a healthy dose as to how my day-to-day operations run. Who I’m meeting with, what I’m eating, where I’m off to, drink choice for the weekend (including #tipsysnapz).

I guess this has been something I’ve always wanted to address on c&é, since the nebulous world of being an Indian girl is both stifling and interesting when marriage is such an institutionalized concept. It also occurred to me to address my “romantic life” when my snap-story included a video at a restaurant with a questionably tanned male hand in the shot and a reader sent a message asking if that was “him.”
 

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what I wore

blouse c/o WALLIS skirt c/o WALLIS purse c/o WALLIS heels c/o WALLIS
lipstick FRANKIE c/o ZOYA nails APRIL c/o ZOYA

Unfortunately, this post won’t answer what you’re looking for and has become more of a billboard advertising my Snapchat handle (remember, chevronseclairs). This look, however, sent over by Wallis was styled for spring weddings and what you will get from this post is the knowledge that there is quite an abundance of styles and silhouettes to choose from their collection. Though I prefer to keep looks simple and elegant, I did find a red off-the-shoulder number that caught my eye too. And just to keep you on your toes, I always take a +1 to the weddings I attend. Insert winky face and a devil face.
 

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3 ways to style culottes

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turning heads with new silhouettes

in collaboration with DOROTHY PERKINS photo assistance ALINA CLARK

My overall impression of culottes when they first hit the concrete catwalks of London (read: I live right off of an art school), I thought that they would look best in heels and heels only. A streamlined, classical approach. I hope to prove myself wrong here. I remember back in high school, proudly after the days of braces and thick-framed glasses, I owned and wore a pair of beige culottes that brought upon change to the silhouettes in my closet (that only really included bootcut denim and questionable DIY-blouses). Every time I wore those babies, heads turned as it was something new and shiny among my repertoire of everyday denim.

Fast forward several years and two stages of glam-ups later you find me in something quite similar. London, though sartorially savvy, has a great way of throwing you among the everyday notions of high-street black-ripped jeans and some sort of minimalist jumper. And as the seasons change, that jumper gradually turns into a t-shirt. Not too grand really. So this is when culottes seemed like a pragmatic choice to spice things up.
 

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look one // summer shoreditch

shirt MASSIMO DUTTI culottes c/o DOROTHY PERKINS sandals c/o DOROTHY PERKINS
watch c/o TRIWA sunglasses c/o BODEN nails ASPEN c/o ZOYA

Right before we started the styling phase for this collaboration, I spent part of the weekend in East London. It’s the part of London where you can get away with wearing a Miami Dolphins beanie in the peak of summer and have no affiliation with the team, let alone the country. My West London persona is immediately replaced by the wannabe hipster vibes and pretty soon I’m dressing in snakeskin high-tops for my corporate meetings come Monday. I want to be cool too, you know? Anyways, a sandal with more masculine features is what I went for. Keeping it true to London nature with calf-hair and hipster with my fedora that I wear far too often.
 

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look two // meet ‘n’ greet

shirt JCREW culottes c/o DOROTHY PERKINS jacket ANN TAYLOR heels c/o DOROTHY PERKINS
purse KATE SPADE lips AMAZING GRACE C/O CHARLOTTE TILBURY

I’m a relentless networker and I think that comes with being an American. Actually, when I lived in America I felt like I was among the masses. My people. My obsessive relationship seeking behavior energy was more apparent when I moved here and from one networking event to the next I worked the floor like doing the electric slide after few too many glasses of cheap rum at an Indian wedding reception. So I dressed this up for a weekly networking event. Fit among the bankers in a collar, cool enough in a Chanel-inspired jacket and obnoxious enough to circle a crowd.
 

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look three // the darker side

blouse ASOS culottes c/o DOROTHY PERKINS booties c/o DOROTHY PERKINS earrings c/o J. LAUREN lipstick MACKENZIE c/o ZOYA

I’ve paired that off-the-shoulder number with a pleated skirl in Paris and some pretty silk trousers for date night. Always for the simple glam look. But remember how I told you I was in East London right before we started the styling process with these culottes? We hit a wall and though paired with some rather comfortable booties and a DIY choker (read: glorified black ribbon) we thought a dark/goth look might be good to change things up here on c&é.
 

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one night away to Bath

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a mini-guide for Bath, UK

When people ask me if I had seen much of the UK, I shamefully inform them that I’ve seen only London and all of Scotland. England is full of natural beauty and history and I didn’t realize all that the country housed until I visited Bath. The Roman influence on architecture and culture is fascinating! It left me thirsty to explore more and let me assure you, this is just the beginning…

Unfortunately the weather was against us as it snowed hard the night before with the most severe winds and some rain that accompanied the next day. That didn’t stop us from trudging along with what the humble city had to offer and that was endless scenery, historical details and the friendliest of people! Here’s a little guide of some of the must-dos and must-eats in the Bath!
 

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cafe au lait

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This was a random find that I saw on Instagram and I’m glad I took the plunge to make it a visit. When you get out of the train station, you might be overwhelmed by the choices of places to grab a quick bite. Some friendly franchises are right at your footstep, but if you cross the road you’ll find a selection of sweet cafes. Cafe au Lait in Bath was one of these corner cafes that caught my attention. We were greeted and immediately steered towards a corner table. We ordered coffees and looked through the menu where we found a selection of salads, homemade pizzas (!) and other specialties. Everything was incredibly fresh, light and exactly what we needed as I wasn’t too hungry. Bonus point is that they also have a baggage storage facility, which we took advantage of!
 

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where to stay

We ended up staying the night at Homewood Park Hotel and Spa as we wanted something quintessentially British and a bit quiet. The hotel included a spa stocked with Elemis products and a restaurant, so I spent the first half day indulging all that Homewood Park had to offer. It was a holiday after all, so why not include a bit of indulgence, right? If I were you, I would take the plunge and go for one of the garden suites as they are super luxurious and has a gorgeous view and private courtyard. It’s a ways away from the city-centre, but worth it and the taxi ride over isn’t expensive.

And if you’re super curious, you can read about my experience with Homewood Park here!
 

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what I wore

leather jacket BOSS-similar trousers GAP jumper C/O BODEN heels CALVIN KLEIN
scarf ASOS purse C/O BODEN
 

trench C/O BODEN jeans C/O BODEN boots TED BAKER purse C/O BODEN scarf ASOS
lipstick AMAZING GRACE C/O CHARLOTTE TILBURY

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Bath Abbey and the Roman Spa

The next day after breakfast, we took a taxi over to the city centre and asked the taxi driver to drop us off “close to Bath Abbey” and not “at Bath Abbey.” I think this was a good idea as it allowed us to explore some of the smaller, shanty streets that taxis/cars are unable to reach. The courtyards are gorgeous as is the architecture, and this is someone who lives in London near Victorian-houses!

We made our way to Bath Abbey and the second I walked away I was blown away. I thought after seeing Notre Dame and Sagrada Familia I wouldn’t be too impressed. The British, folks, know how to take care of their artifacts. We spent a good bit of time in the church looking at every little detail, listening to the children in their Bible study classes and reading bits about the history on informational placards. And then made our way to the Baths. I would definitely plan a visit in the summer time as the Baths are an open venue and probably make for a more joyful visit!
 

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sally lunn’s

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I was trying to do some research on places to get something authentic to eat, authentic to Bath. It wasn’t too hard to find Sally Lunn. One of the oldest eating houses the UK, the buns are basically little puffs of clouds with an assortment of toppings. Either toasted with butter, lemon curd (the best one), cheese, basically a killer assortment. To top off the visit, we had the somerset apple cake and that’s truly not to miss.
 

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Stag Shop

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Right after our lunch we decided to walk around that square a bit and came across a cute, little shop called Stag Shop with an eclectic mix of things. Literally gifts for anyone and everyone was there and we decided to pop in to take a quick look. There were little Bath stationary and maps, some fun candles and some pretty scarves sourced with English cotton.

final bits to see

We decided to get a taxi out to Queen Square, the Circus and the Royal Crescent since the weather was a bit grim. The artistry on the columns and fact that everything is in a rotund shape is quite impressive. From there, the winds picked up and so we decided to head back to Cafe au Lait one last time before catching our train to London. There are lots of bridges and water scenery to see, as well as the Jane Austen museum!
 

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a night away to Bath