December is a beautiful time to explore London. Mayfair in particular is a favourite of mine because every street is lit up with twinkling lights that wink at you as you go by.
It's almost like they're in on a Christmas secret.
From bustling Regent St, to some quieter walkways and courtyards; you've really gotta hand it to London - they know how to do festive spirit.
I took a stroll yesterday to work up an appetite before heading to Gordon Ramsay's Heddon St Kitchen for lunch.
Nestled in one of the little laneways off Regent St (that always seem to be brimming with foodie hotspots!), Heddon St Kitchen has an industrial New York feel with exposed copper pipes and old-world wooden and leather booths.
I settled in and eyed off the menu hungrily while waiting for my friend to join me. The table next to me had just ordered chateaubriand so needless to say my mouth was watering already! In the end, as we were hungry, we opted for the set menu which is available between noon and 6.30pm each day, and at £22 for two courses or £26 for three, it's a bit of steal.
The entrée was definitely my highlight. Rilettes of Scottish salmon served with a delicate avocado puree. So light and tasty.
Next we had slow-braised beef with parsley-infused mash. So soft and tender it simply pulled away with a fork but be warned of devouring the whole thing, it's very rich. Half was more than enough for me.
Finally our dessert arrived in a little surprise pot. Caramel and chocolate mousse with a shortbread crumb. How can you go wrong? Takes me back to the home-made mousse my mum makes. Don't worry mum, I still think yours is better.
If you're in the neighbourhood and you've worked up quite the appetite from Christmas shopping and festive light-wanderings, then I suggest you check this place out. 4/5
Where: 3–9 Heddon St, London W1B 4BE
Phone: 020 7592 1212
Bookings: Recommended for evenings and weekends
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Photos by Krissie.