Spring in London has been good to us, with sunny skies, warm temps and the most fragrant, floral smell that fills the city. Last weekend we strolled around the streets of Chelsea in the sunshine, which is one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in London. It looks even more beautiful right now with all of the fresh blooms glowing against the pastel homes.
One stop I definitely knew I wanted to make was to the famous Michelin House, home to Bibendum & Conran, on the corner of Sloane Avenue & Fulham Road, also known as Brompton Cross.
The Michelin House is a fascinating example of London’s most iconic Art Deco landmarks, originally commissioned in 1909. This former British headquarters of the French tyre company, Michelin, is now base to one of the city’s most stylish dining spaces, Bibendum, and the flagship store for The Conran Shop.
Restored in 1986 by Sir Terrence Conran, the building has retained many details from its original motoring heritage with handpainted murals of classic cars, mosaic floors and stained glass windows with the famous logo.
We sat down for a pair of cappuccinos in the entrance foyer of Bibendum’s Oyster Bar. The restaurant is named after Michelin’s iconic figure, Monsieur Bibendum, also known as, ‘The Michelin Man’. On a sunny day like this, it’s quite a mellow affair and a lovely place to sit and watch people go their merry way.
We haven’t been to the upstairs restaurant, but have heard it’s been recently renovated and the menu is supposed to be a wonderful one.
The Conran Shop offers a carefully curated and dynamic collection of furniture, lighting, kitchen and dining products, bold accessories and gifts from some of the most iconic designers and hottest new talent from around the world.
The Conran Shop’s colour blocked sections become fantasy lands for eclectic interiors – all perfect for sparking your imagination.
BIBENDUM & CONRAN
We then spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and had late lunch at Made in Italy on Kings Road, before heading back home.