Hey guys, so finally here is the post about my day out on Oxford street. I was invited to have this really cool food, shopping and fashion experience and I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity! Let me take you through it from the beggining.
A car picked us up in the morning, 9am to be precise. ( I was allowed to take a photographer so I took Amanda). We were then taken to Lanes of London which is a gorgeous hotel just in front of Hyde Park and on the side of Oxford street. We went for sweeter breakfast choices. I had the butter pancakes with berries and cream and Amanda had the waffles with the same toppings. Mmm really craving these right now! So delicious! The hotel itself is so beautiful inside, a lot of marble everywhere, which is the dream for us bloggers! haha. If you want to see more images and info on the place click here. We then walked over to the River Island styling studio, which was super close, approximately 5mins walk. The studio is inside the store, on the second floor. The store itself is huge, seems like one of the biggest I've ever been in actually. And the studio was incredible. Amazing job with the interior and decorations, everything looked so cosy and beautiful. Basically, the studio is a complementary service for anyone. You literally just book and appointment (there is a few different types) and the stylists can help you choose what you want, what suits you. They can make suggestions etc. To be honest I would have never thought that the service is complementary. I had such a great time, and got help and advise from the lovely stylist Danielle. You can leave everything in the changing room in the studio and go wonder around the store, pick up what you like, and go back whenever. But of course there is a certain time slot you have so you need to be quick! :P I was kindly given £150 to spend in store so I picked a shaggy faux fur coat, wax effect trousers and that gorgeous dusty pink hat.
You can book your appointment here.
We lost track of time in the RI studio so then we had to run to Debenhams for our lunch at Chi Kitchen. Chi Kitchen is a new pan-Asian restaurant on the ground floor of Debenhams. Chi Kitchen serves a diverse all-day dining menu influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine, guiding guests on a culinary journey through South East Asia. I really wasn't sure what to expect because I am not the biggest fan of Asian food, at least I thought I wasnt! Now my mind has been changed forever. I think the problem was that I've never tried good Asian food. Everything in this place from the starter to the dessert was so delicious. I was so impressed with the prawn spring rolls with sesame seeds. They looked so different to what I expected and tasted like heaven. I've been dreaming about those ever since that day. We also had fried squid which was also very good. Then the mains followed. Amanda had the Thai green chicken curry and I went for the Sea bass. As you can imagine, that was divine too! And then the manager kindly brought us some sushi to try, I am no expert in sushi and I told him I am not the biggest fan but he insisted I try one of them and surprise surprise, it was wonderful! Anyway guys, literally everything we had was amazing and we were just so happy with the service and the food that we left with the biggest smiles on our faces! Chi Kitchen also serves breakfast so I think I will pop in one morning before work, really want to try their Egg Benedict! You can read more about Chi Kitchen here.
After our wonderful lunch it was time to go shopping! I was treated to a £250 Oxford Street gift card which I could use in any store I wanted on Oxford street. Doesn't that sound like a dream? I wish I had one that didn't have a limit haha. I spent it shopping in Selfridges and Debenhams. You get a pin code with the card so it just works as a bank card which is pretty cool! I had so much fun shopping, got loads of makeup and a pair of trainers from Adidas!:)
The beautiful Oxford street card.
After shopping it was then time for the afternoon tea at Scoff&Banter tea rooms which is located in the Radisson Blue hotel right outside Debenhams. I was pleasently surprised that they also offer hot food, that's great if you're craving something bigger before your tea. Guys, the atmosphere in this place is incredible. There was a few people there, and it felt so quite, classical music was playing, you almost felt like you should whisper! hehe. It was soo relaxing! We skipped the hot dishes because we were still kind of full from our lunch and couldn't wait to try the Afternoon tea with all the cakes and sandwiches! We chose a lot of things from all different types of scones, to salmon and dill cream cheese bagels. I was most impressed with the scones. I couldn't stop saying 'omg' after every bite! haha they were so delicious, we had them with clotted cream. Yum!! I really fancy it now (it's early morning so would be perfect). The tea of course was incredible too and I enjoyed it even more from these beautiful tea cups. Those are by Bombay Duck if anyone is wondering! :)
You can read more about Scoff & Banter tea room here.You can also get a free bottle of prosecco on your first visit! More info on their website.
How did you enjoy this post guys? Let me know in the comments! Have any of you been to any of these places? I am so happy to have had this opportunity :)