Bluebird & McQueen kind of day

I am a North London girl, through and through. But some days you must to venture down into London, under the Central line and come out around Chelsea. It is one of my favourite parts of London with its beautiful big white houses, fabulous shops & boutiques, coffee shops, sports cars and sports pushchairs on every street. And so when my oldest friend, (we are talking 21 years out of my 23, almost 24 years) finished her Masters (wooo), we decided to celebrate with day on Kings Road – bookending her education, from our first day at Nursery, to the end of her Masters. 

For any other major Made In Chelsea fans, you will know about the Bluebird. It is this beautiful restaurant on Kings Road, where you can either sit in the cafe, the courtyard, the bar, the food store, or the main restaurant and pretend you are very famous and expensive. The MIC lot has done it all. Now this was a celebration so we went all out and headed upstairs to the restaurant.

It is gorgeous up there, very light, modern and beautifully designed. As posh as we were feeling, our budgets don’t always allow us to live our fantasy lives, something we both find very unfair. So we were resourceful and stuck to the starters, ordering 3 to share. And wine.

We went for Steak Tartare, Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi & Smoked var Salmon. Basically we required none of our food to be cooked but just brought to us, and I couldn’t have been more excited about our mutual choices – tuna, tartare and salmon – all my total favourites. 

Look at the little quails egg. Cracking.

The steak tartare was divine. Probably my favourite of the 3 dishes we had. And it was mixed all together in front of us – I love it when restaurants do this. “This is all the carefully chopped ingredients. Doesn’t it look pretty in their individual bowls. Let me just mash them together for you, one second – Ta Da – your meal.”

Oh Hello.

It might not look like a lot of food – but it was just so flavoursome and delicious that I honestly left feeling satisfied. This was only a quick lunch, but we will 100% be returning one day soon to make a proper meal out of it. Plus I need to try their ‘Eton Mess’. If it is messed up at the table like the Tartare – I will be one happy girl.

Outside is just as fabulous as it is in, but more of a tearoom vibe. 

After lunch we headed round the corner to the V&A to see the Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty exhibition that I have been dying to go and see for months.

It was absolutely amazing – if you haven’t already been, go now. It is finishing SO soon – I think as soon as 2nd August. If you love McQueen, or even just kind of like his famous scarfs, go and check it out. I could of spent hours staring at his designs.

There is one room (you can’t take photos in there obviously, but I wish I could have shown it to you all) which has a ridiculously high ceiling and all the walls are painted black & are covered from floor to ceiling with TV screens showing his most famous runway shows, his designs, dresses spinning around, mannequins, shoes, and the creepiest music playing from different parts of the room. I could of stayed in there watching all of his runway shows all afternoon – it was like a weird dream in there.

Seriously go go go. It is beautiful.

Afterwards, we headed into the V&A’s courtyard to stock up some of the London summer sunshine and sip lemonade. It was such a perfect, civilised, London afternoon.

Jeans – Topshop, Top – Zara, Sandels – Steve Madden, Sunglasses – Rayban.

The courtyard is so lovely. You can paddle in the little fountain pond (probably more acceptable for children, but if I wasn’t wearing skinny jeans that I can not physically roll up, I would have been feet in straight away)- or just sit on the platform over it pretending you are by a swimming pool in the South of France.

You will be seeing this face a lot on the blog. Her name is Neva. Hi Neva. We like to go to nice places and eat nice food together. 

The classic “trying to smile without squinting but its too sunny to properly open your eyes” smile.

Some McQueen lusting went on in the gift shop. LOOK at those prints. So gorgeous. The man was a genius.

Then it was back home for us, all the way back up the Northern line where we belong.

Hope you have enjoyed reading. Let me know if you have been to the McQueen exhibition and what you thought. 

Lots of Love

Cocoa Chelsea x