VELDA TAN’S LONDON

Velda Tan's London — City Guide

LONDON has to be my favourite city.

I went to school and lived the student life there. Those days gave me the opportunity to live like a local and soak up its atmosphere, its refreshing DIVERSITY. I had such a lovely time in the BEAUTIFUL city — it was quite a memorable experience.

I’d call London my FASHION PLAYGROUND — it features such a good mix of high-street and luxury brands, as well as independent labels.

 

 

Claridge's London

Claridge’s London

WHERE TO STAY
I’d put up at a friend’s apartment and experience London like a local. But if you were to visit, I would recommend Claridge’s for a bona fide British experience. It has a gorgeous view of the city, and they serve one of the best afternoon teas and scones in town.

FAVOURITE SHOPPING HAUNT
Selfridges is my favourite place to shop. It has a great variety of high-street and luxury fashion options. They also have a fantastic food hall which appeals to the Singaporean in me, especially after a shopping spree!

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT
Duck & Waffle, located on the 40th floor in the Heron Tower, is one of the most highly perched restaurants in London. The restaurant’s signature is, of course, their duck and waffle dish — it’s a must-try. Having dinner here is quite an experience, especially at sunset. It is breathtaking.

Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle

My idea of a good pampering is watching a musical and soaking up the pre-theatre atmosphere on Piccadilly Street.

HAVE COFFEE, CHILL OUT & PEOPLE WATCH
Little Venice. There is a café right at the tip of the canal. It’s a gem on a fair-weather day.

WHERE TO GET PAMPERING
My idea of a good pampering is watching a musical and soaking up the pre-theatre atmosphere on Piccadilly Street. I find it to be a relaxing experience. For the occasional beauty pick-me-up, I’d go for a blow-out session to give my tresses a treat.

IF ONE HAD ONLY 24 HOURS IN LONDON…
Make a beeline for some rock oysters at Harrod’s Oyster Bar! It is something that my husband and I would always go for when we’re in London.

WHAT TO PACK
1. A pair of comfortable shoes for lots of walking and exploring the city.
2. An umbrella, because the London weather can be rather unpredictable.
3. A pair of Wellington boots for rainy days.
4. A well-tailored jacket that is functional and fashionable.
5. A good read for days when I just want to chill, hang out at a café and people-watch.

Duck & Waffle Restaurant

Velda Tan is the owner and creative director of Collate The Label, which makes its debut at Singapore Fashion Week on May 15, 8pm. Can’t wait.

[Feature image: Velda Tan/Instagram]

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