This is the fourth in a series of articles documenting my recent adventure in London. I planned everything on visitlondon.com, the ultimate resource for everything about this fascinating city.
Day four started wonderfully as I woke up in my amazing luxury serviced flat at Cheval Three Quays, inspired again, like I was each morning, by the postcard views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge that greeted me from the bed. I made myself a bit of breakfast in the full kitchen and enjoyed a few minutes on the balcony, constantly discovering new things to look at. On my last full day in London, I didn’t have a packed schedule and decided to head over to Mayfair to visit my favorite museum in the city.
The Wallace Collection
After a recommendation from the amazing corporate team at The Dorchester Collection (the group of luxury hotels that includes London’s The Dorchester), I have discovered what has now become my favorite spot to visit in London. The Wallace Collection is a free museum that combines Old Master artwork, one-of-a-kind antique furniture and other objects d’art. Add in one of the world’s best armor and weapon collections and it truly is a fascinating (and free) place to visit. The museum is also unique in that it’s the original, intact collection of a single collector, housed in his former mansion, displayed as he wished.
I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Oxford Street, including a stop at Selfridges, my favorite of London’s large luxury department stores. I hopped on The Tube and headed back to the Cheval Three Quays. Each time I returned and was greeted by that beautiful view, I wished I had more time to spend in the suite, something rare on a trip for me.
Dinner at Scoff & Banter
Dinner took me to Kensington and dinner at Scoff & Banter, located inside the very hip Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel. It’s a large, comfortable space with a hint of upscale farmhouse shabby chic. There are six Scoff & Banters around London, each serving hip and traditional versions of classic British dishes. To start I had the Barbers vintage cheddar and chive souffle, served with Meantime ale-braised shallots. I then moved onto the main course, a ten-ounce ribeye, served with watercress and marrow rissoles, a potato puree and winter roots. Wine pairing was a Gentilhomme Cotes du Rhone from Ogier. Overall, dinner was a delicious and comfortable experience.
Snot performs at The Garage
I made my way back to the Tube and headed to Highbury to see my friend’s band Snot perform at The Garage. Something I love about traveling for a living is being able to see friends around the world. Some because they live around the world and some because they travel for a living as well. My rockstar friend Mikey Doling travels for a living as a heavy metal guitar god, shredding with his band Snot and also with Channel Zero. I was happy to discover their European tour would put them in London on my last night. The show was amazing and after hanging out backstage with the guys, I hustled back across the street to the Highbury and Islington Tube station for the ride back to Tower Hill and my last night at the Cheval.
As I did in the morning, I took some time to sit out on the balcony and enjoy my late-night view of London’s greatest landmarks from the Cheval Three Quays.
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