Sunday brunch

Malmaison London in the snow

If you’ve read this blog for a while you’ll probably know that I love London’s Malmaison hotel and you may also be aware that I’m fond of my weekend brunches. So when I saw on Twitter that the Mal were launching a 4-course Sunday brunch offer I was there (and even a blizzard couldn’t stop me).

We had a midday reservation and prepared well by having a late lunch and no dinner the previous day. Still, we assumed 1 ‘course’ would be tea/coffee and also presumed the portions would be on the smaller side – after all this is a nice hotel in central London and the Mal on Sunday costs just £19.95 (bear in mind London’s average Sunday roast will set you back £15). Oh how wrong we were.

To start I inhaled the best mushroom soup ever, followed by a trip to the Chef’s Table for waffles, pastries and cooked meats and fish; you can actually go up to as many times as you want but I didn’t want to get too full too early. My main course was a huge Mal burger with crispy fries, and I finished off with an incredible hot chocolate, so thick it could almost be a chocolate sauce, topped with marshmallows and ice cream. I don’t even want to consider the calorie-content but, whatever it was, it was worth it. You know a meal is good when you’re still reminiscing about it 5 days later. Our new monthly, post-payday tradition for sure.

Mal London Brasserie @ Malmaison London, 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AH (nearest tube: Farringdon / Barbican). We were guests of the Malmaison but all opinions are honest.

Mal London Brasserie restaurant set up for Sunday brunchMalmaison London table settingsTea and coffee at Malmaison LondonWaffles topped with M&Ms at Malmaison LondonMal lunch burger at the Malmaison LondonHot chocolate at the Malmaison London

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Red and white

AW12 snow day outfit | Wallis tweed coat, faux fur Cossack hat, Hunter wellies

Now that the last of our snow has melted away it’s difficult to imagine the fluffy white streets you see here (and even harder to get my head around the fact these photos were taken so recently). I usually consider winter more of a pain than a pleasure but I’ve really enjoyed these past few days: London looks particularly stunning in the snow!

While my mission to wear more colour is new I’ve always been partial to vibrant shades when the sky is dull. Sampling the Malmaison’s new Sunday brunch (more on that soon!) gave me the perfect opportunity to début a new dress and I just love how much red pops against the freshly-fallen snow (I couldn’t resist posing with this classic postbox – could I have asked for a more perfect, cheesy ‘prop’?). Apparently it was to be a day of red British icons: I later hopped on my first Routemaster bus (not exactly a comfortable ride but fun all the same).

Today saw a little flurry of snow and we’ve been assured there’s more on the way – along with temperatures as low as -8 °C! We’re having a housewarming party this weekend so cross your fingers that my friends from Manchester make it down here safely! I’m of the opinion it’d be quite nice if we got snowed-in so I’ll be stockpiling hot chocolate and sugarific snacks, just in case.

Old red phone boxes and London's National Gallery in the snowLondon's St Paul's cathedral in the snowLondon's Trafalgar Square in the snowAW12 outfit detail | Wallis tweed-coat, Aubin & Wills red dress, Cossack hat, Rimmel red lipstickLondon bus stops in the snowOld London Routemaster bus and black cab in the snowLondon park benches in the snowAW12 snow day outfit | Wallis tweed coat, faux fur Cossack hat, Hunter wellies

What I wore: Aubin & Wills dress | Wallis coat* | Danielle Scutt for Topshop necklace | Hunter wellies | Primark hat | Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 01 | No7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish in Pillarbox Red

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Let it snow

Tweed coat, faux fur hat, Hunter wellies, oversized leather bag

Despite the snow currently blanketing London I had a lovely, action-packed weekend: I moved house, did most of my unpacking, and made time to indulge in a little bit of shopping, treating myself to fancy new pillows for a steal.

CT and I also exploited the fact London was deserted by roaming round some of our favourite – usually busy – areas, including both of our new neighbourhoods. Comfortable footwear was obviously essential and any excuse to wear my Hunter’s is welcome so I could kick myself for leaving my yellow wellies at my parents’ after Christmas (my suitcase just couldn’t accommodate them).

Speaking of winter essentials, I’ve just realised this is a landmark post: my first wearing a hat! They usually look hideous on me but this Cossack hat seems to work, possibly because it’s so OTT it gives me the appearance of a nonchalant, pro hat-wearer…? Whatever the reason, it’s kept me toasty on many occasions and at times like this that’s my priority! Happy Monday!

Blue cotton Aubin & Wills jumper, Zara printed shirt with studded collarHunter Festival welliesFaux fur cossack hat, blue Aubin & Wills jumper, black Jaeger skirt, Hunter Festival wellies

What I wore: Zara shirt | Jaeger skirt | Aubin & Wills jumper | Hunter boots | Wallis coat* | Primark hat | Next bag | Pringle socks (via TK Maxx)

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