We really packed in London on day one, not sure if we had enough energy for day two! We decided to take day two at a slower pace and decided to walk ( a lot) and do a bit of shopping and people watching.
We started heading towards Chiltern Street, and I fell in love with this quaint shopping district. My husband was especially exited because this shopping street was primarily focused on menswear, sprinkle with giftware and bridal boutiques and a gorgeous flower shop (life gaols). We stopped into the Monocle cafe to grab a coffee and starting scoping out the street. Just to highlight some great stores: Cire Trvdon candle store, Sunspel, Trunk Clothiers and a men's only Club Monaco boutique.
As my hubby took some extra time chatting it up with the staff in the Club Monaco boutique, I sat outside on their bench to take in the view and got my fill of people watching. Right across the street from the Club Monaco boutique is the Chiltern Firehouse.
The firehouse was one of the first purpose-built fire stations in London, dating from 1889. It was restored by hotelier André Balazs, offers 26 elegantly restored bedrooms and suites with one or more working fireplaces. There's also a restaurant attached lead by Michelin star chef Nuno Mendes. As I sipped on my coffee, I sat there watching all the posh and khaki wearing folks coming in and out for bunch. I think I counted 8 men with sweaters thrown over their shoulders and about 8 women who looked like they walked out of a Ralph Lauren ad.
We continued our way towards Oxford Circus, dropping into Liberty (a must do). I just love the old department building, it has so much character. I was also on a mission to drop into a COS and & Other Stories store because we don't have one in Vancouver. I really liked the COS stores, they offered very clean, simple garments. As for & Other Stories, the store was so busy...my head was spinning. There was just too much too look at and too many people to even have a good shopping experience. Tip: Go in the morning!