Where to eat in London when shopping

Where to eat in London when shopping

I have had a wonderful few days with my friend, who is over here from South Africa. We spent many hours whiling away the time, drinking tea/coffee, gossiping and catching up with all our news. Telling stories is an important part of being human, creating communities and expressing who we are. I find that this is especially true of friends who go back to early childhood. We have so many memories of shared experiences. We spent time reminiscing about friends and family we knew some of whom are sadly no longer with us.

We did not however neglect the culinary delights that London has to offer. On Thursday we were joined by another old school friend and had lunch at one of the best fish restaurants in London FishWorks in Marylebone High street.  Highly recommended if you like superb quality fish. 

London restaurants

More delights from the Fishworks menu.

London restaurants

More from the Fishworks restaurant. So colourful and fresh.

Restaurants in Barnes

This morning we were joined yet another old school friend for breakfast in my local village. The OlympicStudio cafe in Barnes. This is beginning to sound like an old girls school reunion. I think you call it “sorority” in America. I have never really participated in formal “get togethers” before. However this was a delightful meeting (after nearly 50 years!). We seem to be doing a bit of “The Bletchley girls” in tracking each other down. It was fascinating to discover what paths we had followed and whether we had fulfilled our teenage dreams. Life does not always turn out the way you expect it too. There are often many twists and turns and ups and downs. However there is nearly always good food to be had on the way. We had a delicious and healthy breakfast to start the day.

London restaurants

Our final culinary stop was at one of my favourite restaurants The Rabbit . It is a really interesting little restaurant situated in the Kings Road. It offers “British wild food” served in delicate portions. Perfect for ladies who shop.

On that note we did not neglect the fashion and sartorial side of our lives. There were several hours of window shopping and some “retail therapy”. I have a big family party that I will be attending at the end of August and I managed to find the perfect outfit greatly reduced in the summer sales. I will get it photographed shortly and hope to share it with you soon.


  1. 29th July 2017 / 15:11

    Fashion, Food and Restaurant Interiors…a perfect pairing for we designers! Happy Weekend-Laurel

  2. Janet McNeal
    29th July 2017 / 15:18

    I am very concerned about the dreadful fires in the South of France, I hope that your domain has not been affected. I am sure that I am not the first person to enquire.
    Janet McNeal Isle of Wight

    • 29th July 2017 / 19:33

      Hi Janet
      Thanks for your concern.Luckily we are safely back in London. Our small apartment is also safe. It is in a small village about 20 mins from St.Tropez and not in a high risk area. We are not in the forest areas which are very vulnerable to fire. We look over the local vineyards in the valley.

  3. 29th July 2017 / 16:05

    Sounds absolutely perfect! I’ve made note of these restaurants for future trip. Thanks Josephine

    29th July 2017 / 17:02

    I NEED TO COME BACK THAT IS FOR CERTAIN!I recently saw a childhood friend as well……….there is a BOND there even if you are two different people now at least with me!

    • 29th July 2017 / 19:29

      You are right South Africa is a lovely country and I hope to travel there to stay with my friend next Spring.

  5. Vanity And Me Style
    29th July 2017 / 23:01

    There’s nothing I like more than having lunc or just a cup of tea with friend in London. I can people watch all day too!

  6. RK
    30th July 2017 / 00:36

    How lovely to catch up with old friends, who have since moved to other parts of the world and walked a different path in life! We are back in the UK in December (from Australia) and have some catch ups planned also. A stroll through Chelsea is on my to do list – I suspect there will now be a stop at rabbit for lunch. Thanks for the recommendations, which I have marked on my trip planner.

    • 30th July 2017 / 11:04

      Hi RK
      Thanks for your comment. If you want to go the The Rabbit I would suggest booking in advance as it is a very small restaurant. The food is delicious, tapas style so you order lots of small dishes.

  7. 4ladyfiftyfifty
    30th July 2017 / 08:32

    I love yours suggestione!

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