Monday, August 6, 2012
Since the Geeks were only recently in the land of scotch eggs, and it's Olympics week, here's a list of 10 things you could do if you're in the city. To be followed by a what-to-eat list, coming soon...
(Image: Travel and Tweet)
1) If you're Asian (nah, that's racist, change that to "if you're a shopaholic"), then you'll probably want to hit up Bicester Village where there's a Chic Outlet Shopping village. It's a long journey -- 90 mins to 2 hours from the city -- so bear that in mind. A list of brands available is here.
2) Catch a West End show -- Wicked has been garnering a lot of attention lately, and so has Matilda.
3) Take a spin through Carnaby Street and the neighbouring lanes. Stop in at Liberty for chic designer finds, Aqua for bad-ass party dresses, Sketch for afternoon tea. Oh, and Johnny's Cupcakes is not a cupcake shop.
4) Check out the Hirst exhibit at Tate Modern. Skip the permanent collections. Make a donation so that the museum people can buy some better art for the permanent exhibits. Try not to kill the live butterflies that take up one room of the Hirst show.
5) Drop by the food hall at Harrods (and nothing else, unless you want to get stuck/lost in the labyrinthine layout). Pick up some tea, or better yet, jars of hot chocolate mix (basically just choco flakes that you can add to milk). If you can't be bothered to head to Knightsbridge, then go to Fortnum & Mason either, but the wares are slightly pricier.
6) Enter every single Boots store that you pass. This one might have different specials, right? If you're lazy like me and hate washing your hair, stock up on Batiste dry shampoo, only 2.99 a bottle! (Image: The Telegraph)
7) Grab a drink at Bar Boulud (order the Mandarine Spritz or White Cosmopolitan) and dinner at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (get the meat fruit, duh).
8) If you're a Nespresso fan, stop by Selfridges to stock up on your Nespresso capsules. They're half the price of the capsules in Hong Kong. (Image: Retail Week)
9) Hit up Brick Lane and visit Sunday Up Market and the various vintage markets along the street. Watch out for copious amounts of yummy food!
10) Arrive well and early at Heathrow Airport before you depart to hit up the various stores in Terminal 3. Mulberry is about 25% cheaper while Chanel is about 20% cheaper. (Image: BAA Aviation)