The Ivy Chelsea Garden

There’s no denying that Chelsea has hundreds of great places to grab a bite but if you’re looking for some prime people watching, you’ll want to book a table at The Ivy Chelsea Garden.

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Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, The Ivy has expanded from its original West Street venue in central London to include an entire ‘Ivy Collection’ of upmarket grills and brasseries across the city.

Having thoroughly enjoyed our recent brunch at The Ivy Soho Brasserie we were looking forward to the Chelsea experience, especially as the restaurant is renowned for having a gorgeous, blooming courtyard.

You know what they say about the best laid plans though…

The on/off torrential downpours earlier in the afternoon meant the courtyard wasn’t an option but it was hard to complain when the interior is this lovely…

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As Graham and I had both finished work early on Friday, we opted for an early dinner which meant we were surrounded by ladies who lunch, yummy mummies and millennials with generous parents (one table of 5 girls had over £10,000 worth of handbags between them which I can’t honestly believe they afforded on their own…)

Endlessly entertained by the conversations going on around us it took a while to be able to focus in on the menu which boasts ‘modern British dishes drawn from The Ivy’s own extensive menu’.

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We started with the salted sourdough bread, which is always a favourite! (Salt, bread and butter – what more could you want?!)

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For mains, Graham went for the Roast Salmon Fillet with a side of peas, sugar snaps and baby shoots and I opted for a combination of the Tempura Prawns and the Soft Goat’s Cheese Salad.

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It’s always a sign of good ordering when you can barely fit all the food on the table!

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We happily ate, chatted and surreptitiously kept up with what was happening at the neighbouring tables and by the time we were done the rain had finally decided to call it a day.

Happily stuffed, we strolled back down the King’s Road towards Peter Jones for a browse and then caught a bus home. The perfect end to a busy week!

Chelsea Gardens

I was recently wandering along the far end of the King’s Road in Chelsea, killing time before a reservation at Bluebird, when I stumbled on the most gorgeous hamlet of streets filled with blooming gardens.

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Though many of the houses were tucked behind gates only opened with keys granted to residents, we still managed to grab a glimpse of a few of the charming houses which have all shot to the top of my ‘Dream Home’ list.

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Each house was prettier than the next and it was amazing that such a quiet, tranquil area exists a (literal) stone’s throw from one of the busiest streets in London.

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^ My particular favourite. Look at those gorgeous lavender blooms!

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Outfit details:

M&S Coat (old, similar here), Roots Sweater, Asos Jeans, Primark trainers (shockingly comfortable and durable!), Marc Jacobs bag (old, similar here), H&M Sunnies

I took a final moment to savour the fragrant flowers before heading back towards civilisation, which suddenly felt very loud and overwhelming.

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We grabbed our table at Bluebird and dove into a delicious, early dinner before starting the long walk back to Sloane Square.

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No food pictures I’m afraid (sorry, Lucy!) as phones and cameras were quickly forgotten.

Though Bluebird and the west end of the King’s Road are quite a trek from the more central Sloane Square, it’s worth the effort. The food is great, the people watching is fantastic (true Londoners  – and Sloane Rangers, at that! – in their element), there are barely any tourists and you’re only a moment away from one of the most serene corners of London I’ve ever seen.

Happy wandering!

MEATMarket Covent Garden

Love milkshakes? Hot dogs? Burgers and fries? (AKA the staples of the North American diet)…I’ve got a tasty new find for you!

Tucked only feet away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden market you’ll find MEATMarket.

No tourists, no crowds, just delicious food at a great price in a fun atmosphere.

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Take a moment to bask in the glow of the menu and then follow the arrows and step right up to place your order at the counter.

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We opted for the classics – a hot dog (a proper beef dog in a proper bun! – hard to find this side of the pond), strawberry milkshake and fries for me and a bacon cheeseburger and fries for him. The whole menu looks delicious though.

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Not nearly as loud or dark as it’s older brother (MEATLiquor), MEATMarket is the perfect place to take a break from the London crowds and indulge in a delicious feast that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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The Best Pizza is Free

If you’ve been hanging around these here Blonde In Grey parts for any length of time you’ll know that I have a special love…for the delicious delight that is Pizza. (The capital ‘P’ is intentional.)

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