As many of you know, I call London home now after moving here 4 years ago when I started university. My favourite time of the year is without a doubt Christmas and as much as I love spending it with friends and family back home, the spirit of the season in London is nowhere on par to any other city I’ve lived in. I’m glad I’m able to use the whole month of December as an excuse that it’s Christmas so I get to go to Holiday parties with friends and walk through Regent Street where the decor is all up and beautiful. And of course, get all my Christmas shopping done too.
This year has been especially special for me. I saw the Regent Street ‘Spirit of Christmas’ lights being lit up from a roof top on Regent Street with fireworks and a stunning view of London in front of me with friends. To start the evening off, I had dinner after at Hotel Cafe Royal’s infamous Ten Room where we stuffed ourselves silly with the Festive Menu. The Festive Menu consisted of really delicious plates that made me feel warm and so at home, my favourites were the butternut squash with truffle risotto and the mince pie ganache. Everything was top notch and cooked to perfection. I wouldn’t have spent my evening any other way. If you’re looking for a Christmas bite to eat over Christmas and the New Year, definitely head to the Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal.
Preparing for the festive season also meant that I could pamper myself at Murdock London on Brewer Street, just seconds away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street in the heart of Mayfair. The grooming salon for men was tailored for me to my personal style where I got the Full-Service treatment – a haircut, traditional wet shave and facial It’s been to go-to for a classic English barber and I always feel reinvigorated and confident to go about my day after visiting. Afterwards, I also got myself some new outfits at Polo Ralph Lauren to go with my new do, and some last-minute Christmas gifts for my dad from their newly opened European Flagship store opened in the middle of Regent Street. The store is amazing and the most stocked PRL space in London – if you haven’t been, it’s the perfect place to pick up your Christmas Day or NYE outfit.
After a morning of shopping, I had a craving and was in the mood for some Japanese food. I’d heard about Sakagura opening on Heddon Street, a hub of restaurants tucked away just off Regent Street. Serving authentic Japanese cuisine in an intimate and stylish destination, I was treated to an extravagant variety of sushi, Lobsters and Wagu beef. I also had the most amazing Asian-inspired cocktail- the Okinawa Dragon Cocktail that consisted of Okinawa rum, almond syrup and dragon fruit. It was honestly mind-blowing and I wanted to hug the mixologist! What I loved about Sakagura is how they exemplify the ideal of Japanese hospitality known as omotenashi, which means to entertain wholeheartedly. It was an experience like no other and I was treated like a king and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spending the holidays in London is a beautiful way to be around friends and family and bring in the new year. It’s a culinary destination like no other with some of the best restaurants in the world and the best shops. Undoubtedly, Regent Street is my top choice to simply do all that and I’m so glad I got to share my experience this season with you guys. Hope you enjoyed the images!