Exploring Marylebone

 
Marylebone

Chiltern Street, Marylebone

If you asked me a month ago about Marylebone my response would have included mentions of Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Sherlock Holmes, my beloved Chipotle, and … not much else. It wasn’t until I really explored the neighbourhood with the fabulous welovetobrunch Instagram crew that I really gained an appreciation for marvellous Marylebone.

Just two blocks from tourist-laden Baker Street, we sauntered over to Chiltern Street. Yes, that Chiltern Street of Chiltern Firehouse fame. It was Sunday afternoon and pedestrians (besides our merry gang of snap-happy photogs) were hard to come by.

Chiltern Street

Chiltern Street, Marylebone

The sheer adorableness of this trendy thoroughfare really took me by surprise. Period buildings clad in deep red bricks populated each side of the street. As a pedestrian your eyes are immediately drawn to the ground floor, which featured a neat row of tiny, brightly painted boutiques.

At the end of the road stood the Chiltern Firehouse. If you’ve ever taken a gander at the Daily Mail (oh admit it, you do) or any other celebrity gossip rag, you probably already know that the Firehouse is something of a celebrity hotspot. While we must have looked like a herd of paparazzi with our cameras, there were no celebs in sight during our stroll.

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

Marylebone

Pretty door in Marylebone

Marylebone Farmers' Market

Marylebone Farmers’ Market

Past Chiltern Street we meandered a bit further, eventually making our way to Marylebone Farmers’ Market. The market runs every Sunday from 10am to 2pm and features all sorts of scrumptious looking goodies, including organic produce, handmade baked goods, flowers, cheeses, freshly squeezed juices, and a whole lot more.

After a quick stroll straight through the market we turned the corner onto Marylebone High Street. I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I had actually never been here before. The street is occupied by a range of boutiques, name brands, and British-based brands – it’s probably the best overall mix of shops and cafes I’ve come across so far and I’ll definitely be back.

Marylebone

The Marylebone

Marylebone High Street

Marylebone High Street

Our little Marylebone excursion really opened my eyes to a part of London I thought I already knew. I suppose that’s one of the many things that makes this city so special. It’s not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of place. Everything in London is layers deep. The more you dig, the more you’re rewarded, and after almost five years I don’t even think I’ve scratched the surface.

Thailand Through a Square Lens

 

Well my lovelies, it’s the festive season and that means I’m getting ready for a new travel adventure. I’ll be spending Christmas in Germany this year and will be separated from my beloved laptop. That means, unfortunately, that I won’t be able to post anything to the blog until the New Year.

You’ll be able to follow my adventures through the German winter wonderland on Twitter and Instagram.

In the mean time, here are some Instagram snaps from my latest trip to beautiful Bangkok.

Happy Holidays!

Folk Band at a Talad Nam (Floating Market) on the outskirts of Pattaya.

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If you’ve been to Bangkok before then you’re probably familiar with the city’s distinctive above-street cross walks. Not only do they keep pedestrians away from the [insane] traffic, but they also offer up great views!

Who doesn’t love a good #strideby? This one comes courtesy of a local tuk tuk.

Bangkok is the unofficial capital of street food and it’s easy to see why. Street food stalls are quite literally on every corner!

Speaking of street food . . .

This is my favourite photo of the trip. It may not be the best from a technical perspective, but it just reminds me of the contrast between Bangkok and London.

 

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The Chao Phraya River runs through the centre of Bangkok and if you visit I recommend taking a water taxi through the city. It’s a traffic-free way of seeing Bangkok and there are so many different little areas to explore.

A Walk in Chiswick

 

What happens when you combine a scrumptious brunch, the lovely London neighbourhood Chiswick, and some of the best Instagrammers in the city (present company excluded, of course)? You get a pretty fabulous day. Well, pretty fabulous minus the relentless rain – that’s London for you though.

A few Sundays ago I made the long trek out from Canary Wharf to Turnham Green to brunch and take a stroll with a few fellow London Instagrammers. Cutting clear across London, the scenery transitioned from urban grit to country cool in about an hour and by the time I reached my destination the rain started to come down pretty hard.

We all met at Outsider Tart, an American-owned bakery with adjoining restaurant that serves THE BEST American-style pancakes this side of the Atlantic. We sipped coffee and tea, we ate delicious food, we chatted – it was lovely. With our bellies full of food we then waddled our way to Chiswick House, a beautiful historic home (well, mansion) with an equally stunning garden.

Chiswick House

Autumnal colours at Chiswick House Gardens

Lonely Pathway

The weather being what it was, we essentially had the whole house and gardens to ourselves. Instagrammers Siobhaise and Steffi_daydreamer led us around the grounds and eventually to the River Thames. This is where the rain, which had up until then just been a nuisance, really became a problem. It had apparently rained so much that our route was quite literally flooded, so we were forced onto a much less scenic path.

Flooded road

We reconvened at a riverside pub to warm up. By now my rain jacket had ceased all waterproofing activities and was completely soaked. With the day coming to a close we headed out again only to find that it had finally stop raining. With the sun setting, we walked along the Thames towards Hammersmith Bridge and I took what turned out to be my favourite shot of the day:

Hammersmith Bridge at Sunset

With good food, great company, and fabulous scenery, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Well, I take that back. A little less rain would have been much appreciated :)

For more pictures from our walk in Chiswick, head on over to Instagram and search for #awalkinchiswick.

I also recommend following these fine London and UK Instagrammers:

steffi_daydreamer

siobhaise

roselladegori

whatinasees

juucyn

phoenixx_fire

westlondonlady

crissibeth

juicylucyham

melissachin

rivieiraa

sugarfreegum

An Instagram Tour of Copenhagen

 

I just got back last night from a 3.5 day/3 night trip to Copenhagen and this morning I was greeted by a pile of e-mails in my inbox and a mountain of work to do. As a freelancer, I should be thankful for the work, but it’s left me precious little time to keep you updated on my travels.

In the next week or so I definitely plan on sharing with you guys all the juicy details on Copenhagen, but in the mean time I’ll wet your whistle with an Instagram tour of the Danish city.

The first place I visited after checking into my hotel was Tivoli Gardens, the 2nd oldest theme park in the world. This is the view from the top of the ferris wheel there.

More Tivoli Gardens

Christianshavn is a hippie colony just outside the city centre. It operates independently from Denmark and is one of the most unique places I’ve ever visited.

Copenhagen is famous for its design and architecture prowess. These converted boat buildings caught my eye on a canal tour through the city.

Colourful Nyhavn is probably the most popular tourist attraction in all of Copenhagen.

Smorrebrod (Danish open faced sandwich)

On Sunday I took a half day trip to Hillerod to visit Fredriksborg Castle

Of course, no trip to Copenhagen would be complete without visiting Carlsberg Brewery :)

Carlsberg proved to be the perfect place to spend the afternoon before heading the airport.

Just a reminder – you can follow me on Instagram at girlinlondon_rtw.