Travel

The Christmas Season in Chelsea, London

19th December 2014

I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away…and I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping! ;) I usually finish my online purchases at the start of December, but when it comes to the real shopping from the high street I always leave it till the last week!

Despite dreading shopping all year round, I love doing at least one trip to King’s Road in Chelsea before Christmas. It’s become somehow a tradition to go to Peter Jones to look at the store decorations and buy last minute gifts, then to do some window shopping in Duke of York Square and on King’s Road. Mostly just browsing as a lot of those shops are out of my budget sadly!

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Like anywhere else in December, King’s Road is busy, but it’s also very pretty and I love walking around the back streets and looking at the beautiful townhouses. It’s nice and quiet compared to Oxford Street and if I need some rest from shopping I can head to Tom’s Kitchen for a nice brunch or lunch!

Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea is the informal counterpart to Chef Tom Aikens’ Michelin starred restaurant and I love the bright ground floor brasserie with open kitchen, the cozy upstairs room and their menu of classic British dishes.

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I usually go there for weekend brunch (it’s best to book a few weeks in advance), but now that I am self-employed I had the time to visit for lunch during the week. Two of my high school friends from Rome were in London to do some shopping, so I suggested we meet at the restaurant. I think it’s great for tourists, as they get to try British dishes, made with good quality ingredients and cooked well, in a beautiful and elegant environment.

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I was in a festive mood of course, so I wore my new ASOS Christmas jumper! I love that it’s red and Christmassy, but not silly or tacky. It’s smart enough to wear around Chelsea and for lunch at Tom’s Kitchen (or at least I thought I was dressed well for the occasion!).

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After lunch I wandered through around Chelsea to take pictures of the buildings and homes, hoping not to be told off by the residents! I probably looked like a tourist myself, with the big camera and shopping bags!

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Whilst I wouldn’t like living in Chelsea all year round (as I always feel a bit out of place), I love being there at this time of the year. What is your favourite London neighbourhood during Christmas?

Disclaimer: I received the Christmas jumper as a gift. All opinions are my own.

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