The perks of having young children that like to get up nice and early, is that you can enjoy London in its best hours, before the tourists flood the streets and the crazy rhythm of this city gets to full speed.
We love our breakfasts/brunches and we try to experience a new place each time we go out at dawn, or shortly after that.
In the buzzing Piccadilly, a new glamorous place recently opened its doors : The Grand. It boast a luxurious art-deco interior with golden hues and hedgerow velvety chairs. It is certainly an elegant spot that you might want to add to your list of places to try in the Capital. At The Grand you can enjoy brunch, dine in style or simply pop in for some drinks as the bar offers a liquor selection which is second to none.
As you can see I dug into some pancakes (my latest obsession) while Catherine was working hard at staining her clothes with a huge croissant and Charles had the English breakfast. The staff is really friendly, the atmosphere is “grand” and the prices are very affordable for that neck of the woods so it’s a yes from me!
For your “after brunch” you’ll be spoilt for choice: some shopping in the Queen’s favourite Fortnum and Mason, jewellery window shopping (unless you’re a lucky one) in Bond Street or, if you fancy, a green retreat as you are moments from Green Park.
If you are in for a proper walk (we always are) follow our steps, cross Green Park to Buckingham Palace and then head over to St James Park: one of my favourites in London. It was quite a walk and we had to add a stopover as Catherine wanted to wave at the Queen but it was surely worth it.
Squirrels are hugely popular in St. James’s park, they are so well fed by tourists that don’t show much interest in a screaming toddler waving nuts. Catherine (after few tantrums) finally managed to get the attention of a little squirrel and she was over the moon when she could hand him the nuts. It was a split second before a crowd of Japanese tourists flooded in to take pictures of the scene; luckily I managed to get a quick shoot too!
Well there you go, you are sorted for a lovely morning in central London, grab your comfy shoes (or pretty but uncomfortable in my case) and start to wander!