July 07, 2019

A weekend in Kensington



Life has been hectic lately, Izaan with his start-up and me with my design course. So when Millennium Hotels invited us for a weekend stay at Copthorne Tara Hotel we leaped at the opportunity! I absolutely love the Kensington area, we actually frequent it quite often and I'd like to think I've become quite the insider when it comes to that part of London. This weekend  we decided it would be a nice change of pace to play the tourist for once and explore some of the more reclusive sights and sounds High Street Kensington has to offer.

TO STAY

What made our weekend was probably our amazing suite at the Copthorne Tara Hotel. Located on the top floor, it had two rooms - a bedroom and living room - and huge windows that just floods the place in natural light. The interiors are super cozy, with warm wooden cabinets and beautiful oriental fixtures that make you feel right at home. The location is incredibly ideal as well, just 2 minute's walk from the tube and the high street, with Holland Park and Hype Park right on your doorstep!

Before I forget, here's a link to the hotel. They have a few promotions going on right now so it's definitely worth checking out if you or your family are thinking of visiting London this summer.


TO EAT

Just downstairs we found this amazing Singaporean/Malaysian restaurant called Bugis Street Brasserie. And no worries guys, I've checked the menu for you and it's as authentic as it gets. They have everything from Nasi Goreng, Hainanese Chicken rice, and even my favourite - Prawn Mee! The full meal is up on my Instagram Stories so I'll just run you through what we ordered real quick: 

Lobster Chilli Crab - pretty dang good. It definitely had us licking our fingers by the end and Izaan just couldn't get enough of the sauce!
Hainanese Chicken Rice - I'd suggest skipping on this one. The taste and texture just wasn't there though this is a notoriously difficult dish to recreate. 
Laksa - Definitely the highlight of the meal. I'm such a huge fan of broths and noodles and this just hit all the right notes in terms of creaminess, spice, and depth of flavour. Probably the best Laksa in London!
Special Monk's vegetables - Super delicious! If my dad was visiting London and wanted a taste of home cooking, this is what I would order for him!
Mango Sago - Not a bad end to the meal. The sago itself was really light and refreshing, though I would have liked it better if there were more pieces of fresh mango in there.

TO DO

The best part about staying at Copthorne Tara is that it's just a stone's throw from the high street and Holland Park! Now apart from all the shopping - which, let's face it you can do anywhere in UK - there's actually quite a few cultural sights as well! 

We've previously visited the Design Museum and the Kensington Palace Gardens (which are both phenomenal by the way), but this time we wanted to try something new, and decided on the Opera Holland Park. Now it wasn't easy to convince Izaan to come see an Opera with me, but eventually we ended up at their little production of Manon Lescaut. Now I'm no expert when it comes to the opera apart from having listened to The Magic Flute as a child, but I just love closing my eyes and feeling the raw power of the singers flow through me. The Opera Holland Park also puts on ballets, talks and plays, so it's worth having a flick through and seeing what they have going on this season! Oh and in case you've got a stubborn S.O. like me, there's a bar at the venue and an extremely indulgent ice cream shop near by. 



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