London Trip: Part I

Last week I took a long weekend and flew to London for four days. I had the most incredible time. It was my first time to the UK. My boyfriend and I stayed at The Metropolitan, a fabulous contemporary hotel by Hyde Park. Here’s the short and sweet of what we did during our trip:
My flight from JFK left Thursday evening, so I didn’t arrive in London until Friday morning. All I could do was sleep for the first few hours I was there, but once I awoke afresh, Kevin and I went to

Cadocan Hotel for afternoon tea. For us Americans not familiar to British customs, afternoon tea is not just tea, it is tea served with scones, a variety of pastries, and tea sandwiches (like cucumber sandwiches without crust). It was my first afternoon tea in the UK and it was everything I could have hoped for and more.

“”The Cadogan is the epitome of genteel English luxury. With its prestigious Knightsbridge address, The Cadogan luxury boutique hotel is perfectly located in London amongst famed designer boutiques…Boasting handsome oak wood panelling, original artworks, stained glass windows and comfortable tweed armchairs, the Drawing Room is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy a traditional Cadogan Afternoon Tea in London“” (Cadogan).

After we digested we went again later to a vegetarian restaurant nearby, Tibits. It was a serve yourself buffet style vegetarian restaurant. Unfortunately, nothing was particularly good, but it was still nice to get out of the hotel and see some of the city.

On Saturday after a quick cup of tea, Kevin took me to see Les Miserables. It was SO good. I had seen the 1988 movie version of Les Miserables starring Liam Neeson as Jean Valjean, but it was a different experience seeing the play on stage…it was even better in my opinion. Les Miserables isn’t playing in NYC right now either, which made the choice of seeing it in London even more memorable. Additionally, I was glad I got to hear Alexia Khadime, who plays Eponine, sing. She has an amazing voice (comparable to Rachel Potter who plays Wednesday in Addams Family).

After seeing Les Miserables, Kevin and I stumbled upon a candy shop that I couldn’t refuse checking out. It was an old school candy shop in which the counter girl retrieved each individual jar of the candy you want and scoops pieces into a bag. It’s the little things 🙂

Then we had dinner at Benares, a Michelin starred Indian restaurant. We both had the set vegetarian menu. I am not a foodie, and I do not do much fine dining, but I was blown away by the different tastes. I even had the best cocktail of my life there. Everything was delicious, and the experience as a whole was fun because of the presentation and because I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to be served next.