Despite her newfound home in Saudi Arabia, Soraya Bakhtiar still remembers her favourite London getaway spots. With her dopamine-filled style, the groovy writer and influencer knows to have fun anywhere in London. No matter the weather, Bakhtiar knows where to go if you’re in the mood for a burst of sunshine (metaphorically and literally). And if you want to attend a fitness or a pamper session during the busiest fashion weeks of the year, Bakhtiar has got the scoop.
From local food markets dating back to the 12th century to vintage shops in Soho, here are Soraya Bakhtiar’s favourite things to do in London town.
Top must visit food spots in London?
Juice Baby on kings Road or Notting Hill for Matcha Latte & Acai Bowls.
Bar des Pres in Mayfair for lunch or dinner
Granger & Co for brunch (Pavillion road location)
Bancone for pasta.
Berenjak in Soho for modern Persian food
And some more…
Best places for vintage shopping?
Beyond Retro in Soho.
“Not a must visit spot but if you are an active person like me and wake up early, I recommend squeezing in a workout at Karve (my favorite studio) or a class at Paola Body Barre at KXU. It will help you start your day right!“
“For hair color, I swear by Marley Xavier at Hershesons Belgravia.“
Best boutique hotels to stay in?
“I haven’t stayed in a hotel in London since ages but I would stay at Chiltern Firehouse or any Soho house. The Ham Yard or Number Sixteen in South Kensington is very charming. Kensington Hotel also cute.“
“Covent Garden. I love this area and don’t spend enough time there when I visit. Borough Market has great food spots. Oakley Court on the Countryside a beautiful spot in spring summer for a little getaway.”
What should you avoid?
“London weather is always unpredictable so I always make sure to pack some layers and comfortable shoes because I like to walk everywhere.”
Any tips and tricks to tackling London Fashion Week given how crowded it gets?