Napa is an amazing place to live and I’m grateful for the fact that I get to live here, but the allure of new places and new experiences is just too tempting to pass up sometimes. After all, the thrill of the open road is a cliché for a reason and who doesn’t want to have a little adventure every now and then?
Similarly, it is difficult to condense everything that MiMi Mei Fair has to offer in a few sentences. Essentially, it’s a Chinese restaurant set in a three-story Georgian townhouse, where the interior was meant to echo the Forbidden Palace at Beijing, but my words don’t do it justice.
Art enthusiasts should not leave London without a visit to the Connaught in Mayfair, which, in addition to having rooms and suites, houses a distinctive interior evoking English and Irish Cubist art of the 1920s, with a touch of timeless elegance. Their neighbor The Red Room adds a touch of exclusivity, as it is a hideaway that guests are only able to discover by opening a velvet-curtained doorway from the hotel’s Champagne Room. It features a variety of creative works by celebrated female artists.
Also located at Mayfair, the Park Chinois offers exquisite Chinese food set amidst a backdrop of live entertainment, with acrobatics, a cabaret, a live DJ and performers. There is also a dining room if you want something quieter.
Of course, a visit to the world-famous Harrods for a shopping excursion should be on the list. Finally, the Bluebird at Chelsea is a fun destination for brunch. It’s a modern restaurant and bar with outside terraces and a lounge that has earned a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Learning from my friends and family about their favorite parts of a destination is something I love to do before a vacation, which is partially why I write these. The idea being that this could be a resource, or that we could have a lively conversation about the area, if you’ve been there already. Also, what better way to look back and revel in some fond memories?
Please share your favorite parts of London if you would like, I would love to hear from you! And, as always, please let me know if you have any comments or questions.