This month, we’re kicking of a new feature: “Insider’s”. Our readership is global and we get queries about new finds and places so often that we’ve decided to cull some of the chicest, brightest and interesting individuals we know and love to hear their take on the who, what and how of a particular city.
—Beauty insider Patricia D. Haimes reveals her London—
Our “Insider” series begins with Patricia Dente Haimes., New Yorker and businesswoman turned Londoner. London’s junior set knows and loves her for I Luv Little BU, the brand Haimes launched to cater to chic little girls (and their mommies!) who want to be able to change their color as often as their moods. Non-toxic, odor-less, compact, washable and on-trend colors have made for a fun collection thst now retails worldwide.
Meet Patricia, and her London.
It’s been three years since New Yorker Patricia Dente Haimes re-located across the Atlantic to England. London is where she calls home these days and while leaving New York City isn’t easy for most, Patricia is officially a Londoner and has already left a stylish impression across London with the launch of her nail polish collection, Little BU. Well-known across the beauty circuit, the new mom formed an exclusive partnership with Harrods of London for the launch of her line, and it’s here one will find the Little BU Collection of stylish nail colors for little girls.
Now settled in Knightsbridge with her family, Patricia shows us her London, in a way only a sophisticated New Yorker can.
Best outdoor and farmers market?
Nobody can dispute that the best outdoor market in London is Borough Market for local and international foods. Lots of gourmands go for the fresh produce, but I’m more of a sweets and baked goods kind of girl. Some of my favorite vendors are Burnt Sugar for their hand-made fudge and Ion Patisserie for its insane range of cheesecakes and brownies!
Best coffee shop?
I’m not a java head, but I do occasionally stop at the French patisserie, Paul, when I need a special treat that doubles as a pick-me-up. Their hot chocolate is beyond divine and to jazz up the flavor, a shot of espresso can be added. It’s unbelievable!
Best gym or workout space?
My husband has been a founding member of the private club KX (pronounced kicks) for the past ten years, so I begged him to sign me on as his gym pal. I love that I can get all my favorite classes like pilates, spinning and xtend-barre under one roof. And as a new mom I need the intense workouts to get the bikini bod back!
Best sushi in London?
Dinings in Marylebone is the best sushi experience in London. The bookings are coveted because of the limited number of tables and delish menu offerings. When you go, it is a must to order the tar-tar chips that are homemade potato crisps filled with Dinings specialties!
Favorite park in London?
Hyde Park is by far my favorite park in London. I take weekly runs around the Serpentine lake and walks with my son Grayson in the rose garden. When the weather is truly perfect, it’s the best place to people watch on a deck chair or even jump on a pedal boat and go for a relaxing cruise on the lake.
Best date spot?
A little gem tucked away in Belgravia is the quaint French restaurant, La Poule au Pot. A totally romantic destination for a date – -you’ll fall in love with the charming interior and perhaps your date! If you’re in town on a warm day there’s seating for dining alfresco.
What’s a typical day for you like?
Since having my son Grayson earlier this year, I love starting my day by waking him up and being greeted with his warm and loving smile! Depending on the day’s schedule I either have time to head to a class at KX followed by Little BU meetings. By evening I get Grayson ready for bed with tub time then put him down by 7:00pm. My day doesn’t end there as I continue to answer emails, finish projects and of course, spend time with my husband.
Liberty or Harvey Nichols?
I seem to frequent Harvey Nicks more than Liberty because it’s closer to home. I like heading to Harvey Nicks because of it’s great selection of D&G. During the bi-annual sales, the prices and selections are incredible.
What to do on a weekend in London…
I’d start my day with brunch at Tom’s Kitchen. Tom’s organic menu is chock-full of yummy dishes (the blueberry pancakes are the best!) made from fresh and local ingredients. After a full meal, a day at the Tate Modern or shopping on Sloane Street is a great way walk off calories!
Pre-dinner drinks at the ultra-stylish Connaught Bar in Mayfair is a great way to kick-off an evening, before heading to my favourite French restaurant, La Petite Maison for dinner. After a perfect culinary experience head to Boujis for a night of dancing!
Back to Blog