I checked in on Friday night after a 15mn cab ride from my Notting Hill flat and as soon as I found myself in the lobby I recognised the unique scent of a Conrad lobby. It brought back memories of my trip to Miami and so I instantly felt at home. After dropping our bags off in our suite, we promptly came back downstairs to the Blue Boar restaurant to meet Monsieur Robot for dinner. Friday night was a bit of a whirlwind as we then had to go to Celestine Eleven in Shoreditch for the launch of our very own Loulou’s jewellery line, in collaboration with Jessica De Lotz, a Team Robot favourite. A couple drinks later, I was back at the hotel, ready for a good night’s sleep to prepare for the next day’s activity… SHOPPING. As a disclaimer I would say I am not a massive IRL shopper, generally preferring the ease of online shopping. However, I must say Conrad’s Shop The City package might make me change my mind…
Last weekend, I was treated to a very special experience by the people at the Conrad St James in London. You may remember last year’s Conrad escapade in Miami for Art Basel, but this time it was all about Christmas shopping!
Imagine the scene: a rainy Saturday in London, 4 weeks before Christmas. Basically a day where you would rather eat a handful of cat’s hair than leave your house. Now add this to the equation: a warm, comfortable Range Rover complete with affable chauffeur, VIP treatment in some of the best boutiques in London and a delicious lunch in the middle of it all. Sounds better, right? Well this is what Conrad St James is offering all of their guests booked for a two-nights stay in a suite until December 21st. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday (or any other day) is it? We hopped in our Range Rover first thing in the morning and were back at the hotel in time for afternoon tea, after visiting the beautiful Paul Smith store on Albemarle Street, discovering many treasures in Fortnum & Mason and receiving the best personal shopping experience at Harvey Nichols.
Returning to the hotel that evening, I jumped straight into a warm bath in our spacious bathroom and dozed off, dreaming of Christmas lights. On Sunday, we checked out happy, minds still filled with the adventures of the previous day.
Cosy living room corner in our suite
Checking out the Penthouse Suite…
Dinner at the Blue Boar, which was my favourite part of the hotel. Truly lovely atmosphere there.
Whole Partridge with Game Chips
Scallops and Mushrooms
The kids’ menu burger made me very jealous…
Out bright and early and ready for a day of shopping in our Range Rover.
First stop: Paul Smith on Albemarle Street
Everything about this store is magical, starting with the façade, entirely designed by Paul Smith as a modern nod to the Victorian era.
In the store, you will find the main line collections for men and women, but also curiosities, artwork and furniture collected by Paul Smith himself on his travels. Everything is for sale.
The shoe room (*scream*) is tiled with dominos.
The store carries exclusive items, such as the cashmere jumpers above, made in specific colours, only for the Mayfair store.
… and of course a robot!
And off we were again… to Fortnum & Mason this time
Tea sets to end all tea sets.
Cute London souvenir charm bracelets designed by F&M’s in-house team
Caron perfumes, silk turbans – a world of opulence.
Before lunch, we were also given a tour of some of the private areas of F&M, which was a real treat.
Our last stop for the day was Harvey Nichols, were I was whisked away in the Personal Shopping lounge and after a quick assessment, I was ready for my wardrobe upgrade! Not many photos of my time in Harvey Nichols I am afraid… I was too busy going wild in every corner of the store.
Back at the hotel, it was time for afternoon tea in the airy lobby lounge
Then a long hot bath…
Mademoiselle Robot was a guest of Conrad Hotels
Special thanks to Chris, Mario, Jean-Charles, Kelly and Rebecca for making our weekend so special!