Regular readers will know I’m a huge fan of me-time. Every now and then, my best mate and I arrange a Day Of Fun. We take the day off work and organise a nice lunch somewhere, maybe visit a beauty salon or even see a show. A couple of years ago, we went for cocktails at the Covent Garden Hotel and then went to see Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. Best. Day. Ever.
Last week, we decided it was time for another Day Of Fun. We met for lunch at No.11 Pimlico Road – a gorgeous bistro-come-pub a short walk away from Sloane Square and Victoria Station. Over a carafe of Marlborough Savingnon Blanc and some lunch, we caught up on the gossip.
We loved No.11 Pimlico Road – gorgeous mid-century decor, a massive Christmas tree and fantastic service and food. I had a steak with Béarnaise sauce, fries and a side of mac & cheese. Then we shared a cheese board instead of having dessert, which rocked. It would be a great place for a huge crowd (they’ve got a lovely private space upstairs) or a brunch or Sunday roast. I always think a good test of a place is going when it’s not that busy – what’s the atmosphere like? When we went to No.11 Pimlico Road, there were a few other groups but not many, and the place was still buzzing.
It seems very child-friendly too… there was a little one toddling around with his mum and the kids’ menu looked fantastic. I think I’ll be going back with Mr P and the four-year-old for a Sunday brunch soon.
So with full tums and a smile on our faces, we left No.11 Pimlico Road and headed to the Cowshed spa on Carnaby Street for a spot of pampering. My mate had a voucher she’d been given for her birthday and I just wanted to treat myself to a manicure. Cowshed is one of my favourite places to go for a treatment – the staff are always so warm and welcoming, and the big comfortable chairs at the back of the salon mean you can sink into them and properly relax for a while.
Afterwards, we sat at the huge wooden table in the middle of the shop, drinking tea and waiting for our nails to dry. Then, there was only one thing left on our agenda: some shopping. We nipped over to Liberty for a browse (I’m obsessed with their stationery department) and then walked to Covent Garden and St Martins Courtyard where I picked up some Christmas presents in The White Company (have you seen their cashmere bed socks? Heavenly!)
I’d call that a pretty successful Day Of Fun. What are your favourite things to do with your friends?
• Big thanks to No.11 Pimlico Road for inviting us there for lunch. We had a gorgeous time and we will be back!