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I don't have money to buy anything new. I am going to london for 2 nights alone, a day in the spa so only need swimsuit and flipflops for that. What else should I take? - want to take minimal stuff as on last day will have stuff with me after checkout from hotel and have to cart it around. Planning on going out for dinner one night. TIA
Agree with HarryB - something you can wear by day but Posh-up if you need to. Living in central London myself, I would just like to add that the shops and tubes are always BOILING Hot, whereas I often find that restaurants are over-air conditioned and therefore freezing! Personally I can cope with the cold better than the hot so tend to do without coat and cardie but take a brolly in case it rains!
I am going to the sanctuary but have no plans for another child - especially as I am not in a relationship. I would like to go somewhere nice for dinner, so will chuck in a dress, in case. Good idea about the large handbag thanks. Am getting all excited now
Wishingchair, it's magic. We'd been TTC for almost 2 years and was at the stage of facing facts that we should go see a doctor. I remember all day being dead paranoid that I would get my period whilst wearing a white towelling robe. Low and behold, I was preggers.
everyone is terribly casual in London (I am there weekly as live near) so if you dress up too much you will stick out like a sore thumb as "up from the country and in town for a day".
Are you planning on being alone all weekend and eating alone too? Where?
Unless you are going to a dress code place, and even the Ritz allows jeans! ( but not trainers) you should just dress as you would anywhere else. Dark jeans and a pretty cardi get you anywhere, or a casual dress with cropped cardi over?
just be aware that central London is often warmer than anywhere else and you might not need a coat- just cardi and umbrella.
Harry - I think it really is magic! We had a late m/c after DD1 and then had been TTC with no success. Had a lovely chilled out day with a good friend at the Sanctuary, floated out of the place, wandered through Covent Garden across Waterloo Bridge where there was a tremendous sunset and smiled my way back home and ding dong a baby was made
I'd suggest The Wolseley in Piccadilly. smart-casual.
Depends what you want- Saturday night is going to be couples everywhere, so depends if you feel self-conscious about eating on your own,...personally, I'd hate it and would never eat in a restaurant alone, except something like the Brasserie or Bistro in John Lewis!
Which part of London do you want to eat in- near Covent Garden, or anywhere? where's your hotel?
I would add a scarf as well, so you can do the layering up thing, and then stripping off as soon as you step on the Tube.
A good place to eat (though you have to get there early as you can't book) is Barrafina in Soho. It's an AMAZING tapas restaurant (but based around a bar). Food is lovely, staff are lovely, friendly and chatty and one of the waiters is (IMO) incredibly fit.
Avoid anything with "Angus" or "Aberdeen" and "steak" in the title
Don't go to the Wolseley - it is overpriced, the staff are rude and the food is not great either. I have been there several times and it doesn't get any better! Try J Sheekey (in a little street just off Leicester Square), lovely food, great for (famous)people watching and the staff are sooo nice. They also have pre/post-theatre deals.
Stillnorks, if you are staying in the Strand, take a stroll through Covent Garden and on Bloomsbury way, you'll find a lovely little bistro called Savoire fayre. One of my favourite french restaurants, and really reasonablly priced.