Covent Garden Afternoon

One of the world’s most fabulous line of boutiques is setting up shop in one of London’s most beautiful neighbourhoods.

I’ve made no secret of my love for Covent Garden.

The cobbled streets are lined with little shops, cafes and restaurants, the place buzzes with locals and travellers alike.

And now Club Monaco are joining the club, with their new store tucked away on one of these very streets.

They asked if I’d spend a day visiting a few of their favourite new neighbours, and well, they didn’t have to ask twice!

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I marched along those cobbled streets in my little suede boots, in search of brunch.

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Soft cotton trench // Knitted camel dress

Gold necklace // Suede booties

Handbag

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Which I found at Canela. A little Portuguese place on Earlham St.

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So took up residence in the best people-watching spot, with a cup of heaven.

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Which I got well and truly stuck into!

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Outside, the autumn sunshine gently stroked the top of each building and bunting fluttered in the breeze.

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I just can’t get enough of the changing seasons!

There’s something so special about London in Autumn.

Especially when it means getting all wrapped up and starting the day with eggs like these…

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Poached egg on prosciutto, rocket, and olive oil toast.

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But the goats cheese scrambled eggs are pretty good too!

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And you simply can’t leave a Portuguese restaurant without a custard tart.

‘Tis the law.

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Fuelled up and ready to explore, we spilled out onto the streets once more.

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We made a beeline for the fresh Club Monaco store, nestled on Monmouth Street.

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Never mind the sumptuous layers of wool, cashmere and silk adorning the walls… can we just admire the space itself for a second?!

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Serious #apartmentgoals.

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When can I move in?

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Oh but let’s not be too hasty getting rid of those cashmere layers, I could do with a few of those too!

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Having thoroughly scoped out the new digs, we made for Covent Garden Market.

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Running into the final days of the Charles Pétillon balloon exhibition.

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The space is often filled with artwork, but I think this may just be the most beautiful yet.

Pétillon said: “The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them.

With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.

Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below.

This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself.”

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Truly mesmerising.

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Sadly the balloons have all been deflated and sent packing now, but it shouldn’t be long until the Christmas decorations are up! And we’ll all have something sparkly to take their place.

Having strolled the streets of Seven Dials and Covent Garden, I popped over to Gelupo to pick up some essentials.

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(Anything that comes in a blue&white pot is an essential.)

Along with a little afternoon sustenance.

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I ordered 3 scoops.

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1 snickers, 1 hazelnut & 1 tiramisu.

One by one the generous gelato gent piled them onto a cone.

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The softest, richest gelato, made from the very finest ingredients.

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Being a grown up can be pretty fantastic at times.

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With ice creams in hand, we trotted over to Academy of Flowers.

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Who are all set for the Autumn season, with baskets and buckets of pumpkins wherever you look!

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Alongside their famous roses, of course.

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I chose my blossoms and the girls tied them with a ribbon.

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The prettiest of bouquets, perfect to take home to mum at the weekend.

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Sealed with a picture, to ensure they last forever.

As the evening drew in around us, we popped to Champagne + Fromage… for champagne, and fromage!

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Here you can sit up at little wooden tables and enjoy a glass (or three) of French bubbles.

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Served with hot, molten camembert.

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With figs, thyme and toasted soldiers.

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Having stuffed ourselves silly and shopped until we dropped, we checked into Club Monaco’s favourite hotel, The Covent Garden Hotel.

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Where we made ourselves at home, and made the most of a little London staycation.

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I can’t think of a more wonderful day, ever!

If my Covent Garden adventures have tickled your pickle, then I have excellent news for you. Why not join me and everyone I’ve mentioned today for a little shindig?

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On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th Oct, pop over to the store for an exceptionally special launch party.

Canela, will serve freshly made Portuguese salads and tarts, Champagne + Fromage will do what they do best! Gelupo will treat guests to rich brownies and hot chocolate, Noble Espresso will supply an assortment of freshly brewed coffee and Academy of Flowers will create custom Club Monaco inspired bouquets.

Pop into Club Monaco’s mini market concept at their Monmouth St shop between 12pm-4pm and fill’yer’boots!

I’m going on Friday so if you see me, grab me, say hello, try and pry the umteenth glass of champagne from my hands if at all possible.

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See you Friday!

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  • Diana Cloudlet

    I’m in love with your outfit and photos!

    Thanks for this map, I’ll try to follow your route on the weekend!)

    Diana Cloudlet
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  • Next time I’m in London I’ll definitely have to visit Covent garden. It always sounds like it has such an amazing atmosphere.

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

  • ninegrandstudent

    Wish I could come join you, but final year studying is taking alllll the fun out of my life. Bring on next summer! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • This is basically a blog post about everything I love, pretty clothes, poached eggs, flowers, champagne and The Covent Garden Hotel, how blissful!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • So disappointed I’m going to miss out on this, I’m not visiting again until November! 🙁 Looks like a great day out though, I hope you all have a lovely time! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • Ah that camel knitted dress is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Unfortunately it’s a little too expensive for me to buy. I’ll carry on my quest to find an equivalent under £100!! I loved all the little Covent Garden establishments you’ve visited Rosie. You always showcase the best of London on your blog.
    Have fun at the launch event.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Ahh I’m so excited they’re opening one in Covent Garden, I love this store! x

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  • Looks like you had a lovely day. I’ve walked past Carnela before but can’t believe I’ve never been in, the food looks delicious! I feel like the Seven Dials area of Convent Garden is so underated compared to the main piazza so I’m glad it featured in your post. The Club Monaco store is the defintion of #goals – if only my rented flat could look like that 🙂 x
    Charlotte’s Road // Beauty, Fashion + Lifestyle

  • Natalia Spyridaki

    Lovely day out! Great post as always! x
    Natalia – thewomaniwantobe.com

  • I love your outfit Rosie! and the camembert looks absolutely delicious, I think I’ll have to go make myself some breakfast soon oh my word. So yummy! I would love to go to that on Friday, although I finish work at 6. Will they still be open then?xx

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  • Victoria

    Gorgeous photos bringing Covent Garden alive!

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  • This is such a fun and amazing post and well you look amazing as always… Loving this outfit! Will def try and pop down but I promise I won’t try to grab that drink from you 😉

    Arianna x

    http://www.ariannasdaily.com

  • This sounds like such a perfect day! The flowers are stunning, and oh boy, that cheese!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Your outfit is so cute!! I always loved walking around Covent Garden and Club Monaco is one of my favorite stores, so this sounds like the perfect day to me!

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  • Ooo that hotel loos amazing!! Covent garden looks beautiful. And please do a meet up in November- I am coming to London for my birthday 🙂

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  • Jade Barnes

    what beautiful photos!!! looks like you had a great time:)
    The baked Camembert <3
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    🙂

  • The perfect day out! Love your Club Monaco outfit and what a treat at the weekend. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • These photos make me antsy for a real fall! Love your pictures of London, as always. Such a beautiful city 🙂

    Ally
    Hustle & Whoa

  • What a lovely day!

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  • The poached egg on prosciutto looks delicious! I recently found out I can’t eat egg or cheese, and they are two of my favourite foods! I’ll have to enjoy them vicariously through your photos.
    I wish I could come to this event, but I’m all the way in Canada. Have fun seeing all your London readers!

    http://www.kellybean.co

  • Ok this looks like the best day ever!!

  • Queenie Lee

    Love the outfit and those flowers are gorgeous! xx

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  • I wish I’m back home! but when I do definitely keeping this map
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  • Ash

    Cheese (my fave of course) and bubbles, heaps of flowers, and the softest neutral cashmere sweaters? Yes, this is quite possibly my favorite post ever from The Londoner. A few things I love all wrapped up in one post. I think I’ll read it again (and then one more time).

    Ash
    http://www.theboardandwire.com

  • Ally

    Such lovely post and I love the beige and nude colours throughout;) lovealeex.blogspot.com

  • I just love your photos….always feel so candid and full go happiness (and style, of course!)

    My blog : AndreaClare

  • Oh my goodness you look stunning. Your outfit is beautiful and these photos are gorgeous! I love Covent Garden and will definitely be visiting these gems! I can safely say they did indeed tickle my pickle (love this!) Really wish I could join you this weekend! Glad you had such a nice time and have a lovely weekend!

    Josie // josievictoriaa.blogspot.co.uk

  • Your food pics always make me hungry, Rosie! The Club Monaco store looks lovely. I hope they open one in Spain some day!

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

  • These photos are all so gorgeous, and I love the twist on a monochromatic look!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  • That photo of you in the window is just perfect – you beautiful girl <3

    Laura | elelibee

  • Sounds like a wonderful afternoon, and Club Monaco’s new store looks very classy – love the hats in particular

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Portuguese cake shop? I’m from Portugal! Loved your post! That camembert looks so yummy! or was a brie??

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  • That outfit looks almost as good as that camembert…almost.

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  • Your photos are lovely as usual, great location shots.
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

  • Madelaine

    Wow, Covent Garden with the balloon installations..AMAZE BALLS! I can’t thank you and your blog enough. This past summer I took my daughter to our very first mother-daughter trip and instead of reading travel books and perused your blog. I love how current everything is. Thanks again…WWW.Jetset-diaries.com

  • Sounds like a fantastic afternoon. Absolutely love your jacket, great style!

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  • Ashlee

    You seriously have the best legs!

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  • Looks so fun, I wish I was visiting London sometime soon! I love Club Monaco (and champagne)

    Laura
    http://www.lauraaimevous.com

  • I adore Canela!! It’s such a fab little spot to meet friends for food and drinks. I’ve never had breakfast there though, and it looks like I’m missing out! Loved this post and have added some new places to try to my list, including Club Monaco – very exciting they’ve got a shop here! The event sounds fab – will def try to check it out. xxx

  • Thanks for the gelato photos! I am now craving a cone at 1:28 a.m. in NYC. It’s far too late for dessert now. I’d best get to bed! http://www.tracysnewyorklife.com

  • This is a wonderful post! <3

  • Club Monaco looks fantastic (added a few coats and cashmere pieces to my wishlist, so divine!) and that gelato – never one to let the cold brush off a scoop of two!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Lucy Kim

    I want to live in london!! I envy you so so much:))

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  • Such a good post! Club Monaco is by far my favorite. Love the neutrals with classic cuts that don’t go out of style.

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  • Katie Homer

    You look beautiful! Covent Garden is definitely one of my favourite places to spend time in London. Photos are amazing.
    Katie x
    http://www.katieprimrose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Isn’t Covent Garden simply fabulous? I love to meander around the streets whilst trying to avoid Eileen Fisher’s cashmere temptation 🙂
    Ana

  • Tasmia Baig

    Thank you for a gorgeous blog post!! I went to the event yesterday and absolutely loved the Club Monaco market! Such a cute concept- the Gelupo brownies were my fave 🙂 <3 xxx

  • Courtney

    Aw man I missed it!

  • I think this is literally one of my dream days. It looks like it was truly perfect! Seriously envious of your autumn tan. Can’t get over how beautiful the Club Monaco store set up is – dreamy! I’d never heard of them before so I’m glad you’ve introduced me – but I’m sure my bank balance is thoroughly furious.

    Beth x

    livingforthegoodlife.blogspot.co.uk