A 5.15 wake-up call rang me out of bed last Saturday, but all for a good cause. Hopping on the 8AM Eurostar to participate in this year’s Regent Tweet, the futuristic event combining both shopping and social media, is worth waking up for in the middle of the night, right?
After a hectic morning – no loan bikes left at 6 in the morning equals me sprinting from my place to the station to catch the train to Brussels-Midi – I arrived at my first stop of the morning: the Eurostar Departure Lounge in Brussels. My fave mean of transportation made sure all of the Belgium bloggers arrived safe and sound at St. Pancras station in London. Miss Susie from SisterPR was there to pick us up, and so the adventure begins.
St. Pancras / Euston / Warren Street / Ding: we arrive right in the epicenter of London’s shopping streets: Oxford Circus. Our basecamp for the day is right around the corner, the sparkly Swarovski Crystallized Lounge. We check in, get our ammunition (a totebag filled with redemption cards and discount vouchers) and are ready for the shopping-battle to begin! With every stop we make at all of the participating stores on and around Regent Street, the struggle gets harder. Free goodie bags and glass of champagne in one hand, tote bags filled with gifts and a Dirty Martini in the other. It’s a hard knock life!
Of course I couldn’t resist stopping by Topshop, but thanks to Regent Tweet I also got to discover a few new places. You want a list? You got it!
- Liberty London // quite possibly the coziest warehouse in town. Its distinct architecture -the building’s constructed from the timbers of two ships- functions as a landmark, and it’s a must for lovers of luxurious goods. My fave? The superb smelling skincare products of R.E.N. Find them in the beauty hall on the ground floor of Liberty.
- Sebago // I like boat shoes, so I love Sebago. The flagship store on Regent Street offers a wide range of handcrafted shoes, and I especially loved the warm welcome and entertaining talks with the shop assistants. 10 points!
Superdry // the biggest Superdry store in the entire world, so if you’re a fan of the sporty brand, this place is a must-visit. The five-story shop offers everything for both women and men, and has the friendliest staff ever.
- Anthropologie // more than just a shop, Anthropologie exudes a lifestyle, which makes shopping here an adventure. The living wall, beautiful clothes and cute accessories are sure to make your heart beat faster.
During an intense day of shopping, hydration is key. Don’t forget to fuel up and grab a bite to eat. Where? Here!
- Aqua // how beautiful is this venue?? I imagine this restaurant to be the perfect date-place, with its dark interior, golden details and cozy tables. We indulged in 12 o’clock cocktails on the 5th floor rooftop, overlooking some of the city’s well-known landmarks (Hi London eye! Hi Gherkin!).
- Whole Foods Market Piccadilly Circus // this recently opened grocery store slash restaurant was packed with people, and I can see why. Besides stocking up on groceries, WFM offers all kinds of food, ready to be eaten. Go for the homemade lasagna like Katrin from ELLE België, indulge in pizza or go Asian with sushi like I did. Either way: yumz.
- Freggo // who doesn’t love ice-cream in the summer? Freggo offers its visitors the best in Argentine ice-creams. With a venue just off Regent Street, your ice-cream-fix is nearby! I had the white chocolate and banana split. WHITE CHOCOLATE FTW!
Tibits // Too bad I didn’t got the chance to stop by this place I discovered on last year’s Regent Tweet adventure, but it’s still a recommendation for the hungry shoppers. A vegetarian restaurant with self-service bar that lets you pile up as much on your plate as you want to is a win in my book.
Thanks to the Regent Tweet team for hosting this event, to Susie and the Sister PR-team for the invite and to Karin for being my partner in shopping-crime that day! And thank you for reading :) xo