Are you tired of Bond street’s absolute craziness and lack of any place to sit and relax? Then you are in luck. Its neighbour – Albemarle street, is just the place you are looking for. Beautiful, cosy and private places to have a coffee, brunch or why not even a cocktail? Full of fashion stores and and a bit of sparkle by renowned jewellery brands. I spent a day exploring this hidden gem in the heart of Mayfair, and here is what you can do while visiting.
Start with breakfast at Isabel’s:
Albemarle street’s Isabel has the wow factor. From the grand door entrance, to the shiny interior, fresh flowers and impeccable service. Also, I know this is the weirdest thing to rave about but the toilets. OMG..that is all I can say. The wall paper in each toilet has a different design pattern and they just look so beautiful. See for yourself in the pictures below. I was really creative on the day and had avo on toast with a poached egg, it was delicious. I also recommend the fresh juices and the side of mushrooms. The spices they used on the mushrooms made them so yum.
Head over to Alexander Wang:
Who doesn’t love a little bit of rebel style? I personally love Alexander Wang and the darker, daring kind of lines he creates. I can vouch that the shoes are actually comfy to wear even though they have 110cm heels. The staff is extremely helpful and would cater for all your needs, including a glass of bubbly for inspiration.
Pop in to admire art in Mazzoleni:
We visited Mazzoleni art Gallery, where the exhibition was all about light and colour. Gorgeous pieces by 20th century italian artists Bala, Dorazio and Zappettini were gracing the walls.
The exhibition will bring together key works by each artist to demonstrate their shared mastery of light, colour and perception during three pivotal moments in Post-War Italian art, Futurism, Lyrical Abstraction and Pittura Analitica. The exhibition will include over a dozen works on loan from private collections, never before exhibited in the UK. It is curated by Elena Gigli.
Hear the story of Casadei:
I mean, how star struck do you get meeting one of the creators behind those beautiful creations? We met Arianna Casadei and she gave us a tour of the shoe, the history and the eye for detail that goes into creating perfection. I have never shopped from Casadei as I always thought that I will not be able to wear the shoes, the blade heel, the one they are famous for needs an artist to carry it on their feet. However, spending a bit of time with Arianna and going through the different types of shoes, heels and purposes, I know have added one more pair of shoes on my Christmas wish list (below if anyone is interested in gifting it 🙂 )
Finish off the stroll at Boodles:
We finished the day at Boodles, admiring gracious pieces of jewellery and earning about its craftsmanship. I was very much dazzled by the fact that I was allowed to play with a £1 million pound, yellow diamond ring, and I might have not concentrated on all the rest of the conversations. However, it was a peace of beauty, art and perfection (I think I am actually in love).
In the meantime we were greeted on the second floor of Boodles, where private gatherings and jewellery selection happens. The room was stunning but in its own understated way, not take the attention from the masterpieces on display.
I hope you enjoyed the itinerary and why not give it a go, next time you are in the area?Other Albemarle street residents include Brown’s hotel, the Royal Arcade and a couple of more coffee shops while you are strolling.