Petersham Nurseries

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If you are ever hiking or passing by Richmond Park, Petersham Nurseries is a must stop by location. Parking in the area isn’t great, I recommend you should approach on foot or by bike. The Petersham Nurseries has a beautifully set restaurant (booking in advance is recommended) as well as a teahouse located at the back of the garden. The teahouse is good for tea, cake, and light lunches, all the good stuff is all gone by 4 pm! Should you wish to dine and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing setting in amongst plants and antiques but don’t have a booking, they have indoor glass greenhouse sitting area with rickety chairs as well as outdoor mismatched wooden dining tables.

Beautiful glass greenhouse and dining areas aren’t the only things that attracted me to visiting Petersham Nurseries. Since I have an obsession with antique and plant stores, they have an open space shops where you can purchase plants, furniture, homeware, dressing, stoneware etc. We had a quick snoop around but found the furniture and homeware were extremely overpriced.

 

19th-Century Office as NYC’s Beekman Hotel

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Previously design as offices for lawyers and small businesses in 1883, this beautifully detailed building has now been transformed into one of the most stunning, must visit spaces to exist. The building was transformed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.  The Beekman hotel is designed so guest can glimpse all the fun without having to walk through the spaces.

I cannot wait until I get a glimpse of my own.

New Spot – The Ivy Soho Brasserie

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My friend and I hand the chance to stop by at The Ivy Soho Brasserie,and I must say we were not disappointed!

After hearing the restaurant was designed by one of my favorite interior designers Martin Brudnizki, we had no choice but to book dinner table for two. The restaurant is apparently set to be one of the new hot spots in Central London, the location at Broadwick Street, Soho cannot be any perfect for Central London busy bees such as myself.

The beautiful interior space pays attention to detail throughout, not one corner has been left out! The restaurant, bar, private dining room are all decorated throughout with colorful framed art prints inspired by Soho’s music scene and the famous poet, William Blake.

Food:

I was blown away with the number of egg dishes that were on the menu, I guess since the restaurant specializes in contemporary British cuisine it should not come as a surprise! Also as an egg lover, I was definitively not complaining. I stared off my meal with salt crusted sourdough bread for my appetizer, wild mushrooms on toasted brioche for my starter and steak, egg & chips for my main.

I was stuffed by the time dessert came calling but my friend on the other hand was not leaving until she had tried the chocolate bombe. The presentation for the dessert was stunning, we both had our phones ready to witness the hot salted caramel sauce fall on the melting chocolate bombe!  The chocolate bombe slowly opened up exposing the milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb that was hiding inside. I took a really crappy video but click on here to watch a similar video. Although I had no room for my own desert, I couldn’t go home without having my usual latte.

 

 

 

 

 

Skógafoss Waterfall

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For travel planning addicts, the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland should defiantly a must see on your list! Getting up close to the powerful high waterfall is an experience that I will never forget. I was overwelmed with the powerful the 60meter drop, I completely got drenched and forgot my camera was not waterproof. Be prepared.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence Cathedral

The typical Italian Gothic building, the Cathedral of Florence, is dedicated to “Santa Maria del Fiore”. The church was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio (c1245-1302) who considerably enlarged the existing religious structure. Finished around 1367, the Cathedral was completely covered by coloured marbles like the earlier Baptistery, except for the façade that remained unfinished and was terminated only in the 19th century.