Weekend staycation in London: part 1

London in August

Well, despite the near-constant rain we had a very fun staycation weekend. We kicked off on Thursday; after some drinks to see Nicky off to New Zealand, we grabbed a bite to eat at Chaat, a little Bangladeshi eatery on Redchurch Street. Unfortunately the food didn’t really live up to the tasty-sounding menu or convivial atmosphere, and was pretty bland.

Hoxton Hotel
Hoxton Hotel

We checked into the Hoxton Hotel after and found a trendy yet cosy room, with one bare concrete wall, fun cushions on the bed and a lovely luxe bathroom. Despite being just off Old Street the room was very quiet and we had a good night’s sleep – up early off home to feed the cat though!

Nude roastery

On Friday we stayed local, heading to the Hyper Japan expo (disappointingly smaller than expected) then dodged the rain to grab a coffee at the Nude Roastery. Recently opened in an unlikely-looking car park off Brick Lane, it’s the hub of Nude’s small coffee bean roastery, set up to supply their own nearby cafe (who make a mean eggs on toast) and other local coffee houses.

Nude roastery

It’s a great place to stop in for a warming drink, homemade brownie and a chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff – and drool over the sacks of beans and expensive shiny coffee machines.

Malmaison hotel

We popped home to dry off then headed over to Barbican to check into the Malmaison in pretty Charterhouse Square. The room was plushy with a giant bed and lots of nice scented bathroom bubblies. Dinner in the brasserie was just delicious.

We were treated to an amazing little appetiser of pumpkin-filled gnocchi with pumpkin puree and balsamic, followed by goats cheese with roast veg for me and chorizo and squid salad for Josh, and a main of lamb for Josh and a fantastically rich girolle and samphire risotto for me – and some fries which we didn’t order but gratefully chomped down anyway!

Another little treat of cute and tasty macarons followed with coffee. And the English Bacchus wine I chose was particularly delicious too – the best meal I’ve had in town for quite a while.

Part 2 of our weekend (Portobello, Mexican food, cupcakes and a very special ephemera fair) coming soon…!

Note: Parts of this post were sponsored by Massey PR but my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased.

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