Aside from Brighton, London is my second home. Some months I spend more time amongst the bustle of commuters and city slickers than I do in my home town. A normal day consists of meetings back to back, with some shoots and a quick whizz through Selfridges (forever coveting the perfect handbag...) but a week or so ago I had an afternoon completely free to roam around. This is where the magic happens.
Where did I choose to spend my free hours? Soho of course, aside from Covent Garden it's one of my favourite central spots. Original I know, but there are some must visit places round there and I couldn't quite help myself...
LIBERTY: Home to some of my favourite beauty and handbag halls (and not forgetting the incredible Jewellery department), Liberty is one of those places that I can't not visit if I pass. There's always something new to see and the flower display outside is always beautiful (and very busy).
BRANDY MELVILLE: I fell in love with Brandy Melville whilst in the states and now find myself visiting every time I'm in the area. The selection is still nowhere near as amazing as it's US counterparts, but there are still a few gems to be found inside.
CARNABY STREET: Another shopping favourite of mine, Carnaby Street is never one to be missed, with Monki plus Mac and Benefit amongst so many others, it's a bit of a beauty lovers dream. If there's any time to go though, it has to be December, once the Christmas decorations are in full swing (or... hang?) then it really shines.
POLPO: Italian food, tapas style. My quick (and possible highly incorrect) way to describe Polpo. The small dishes mean you can choose multiple dishes as your main - my favourite way to eat - and with the amazing food it would be criminal not to taste as many dishes as possible. The desert menu is also a winner. Try the Nutella Pizzetta, I dare you.
Other noteable food favourites in the area go to Dean Street Town House and Social Eating House. MMmmmmm.