Indulging in Me Time at Fernandez and Wells, Soho

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Do you ever find that in among all the hustle and bustle of daily life, between all the rushing around from work, to seeing friends to planning your social life and just keeping your head above water that you’ve not really taken any time to yourself recently? 
Well, I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of some me time. In fact, I insist that I take some me time every once in a while tjust to calm down, relax and just be with myself. 

So last week, when I found myself with a spare afternoon (okay, not really spare – I had a million and one blog posts to write about Croatia and my adventures since I’ve been back in London) I decided that I was going to ignore my to-do list, put away my Instagram and Twitter accounts and do something that I wanted to do.
I asked Twitter what the recommendations were and although I was given a lot of incredible recommendations about exhibitions, galleries and there was the ever alluring possibility of shopping, I really just wanted to scope out a restaurant or cafe that I hadn’t been to before, grab my copy of Porter and a book at sit.
And be, me. 

I’ve always loved Soho; it’s such an exciting part of London and there’s always something fun going on, so I knew that Soho would be my starting point.

As I was wandering around, I caught sight of Fernandez & Wells on Denmark Street and decided that it looked like the perfect place to while away my afternoon.

Now this might not be my classic type of restaurant review, but it would be rude if I didn’t mention the delicious eggs that I had! I ordered a glass of rose wine and Tatouka eggs: a North-African inspired dish that is predominantly based on tomato and roasted peppers and served with a poached egg.

Served, in a cute little frying pan with sourdough toast. It was warming, had a slight kick to it and essentially hit the spot: tasty, but not overly indulgent – and well, I felt it was pretty damn good.

As much as I love my friends and family, and love them I do, I don’t think I’ll ever not want and need some time on my own. Some time to just go to a restaurant, order what I want and sit and read a book or a magazine.

It’s a time when no one else can disturb you: turn your phone off, enjoy your own company and refocus on what’s important – you.

I’ve felt like I’ve been swimming in thoughts for the last week or so: I feel as though I’ve got so much to do, and having just a few hours to myself where I put everything out of my mind apart from what was literally in front of me was pure heaven.

I ordered a great big cuppa coffee and indulged in my favourite offline past time…

Magazines. As much as I love reading blogs, I don’t think I’m ever going to get bored of the feel of a glossy magazine in my hands. Just looking at the adverts, and seeing how beautiful the clothes, the bags, the shoes are, is mesmerizing.

I adore this issue of PORTER as it’s particularly inspiring: especially the story about Nancy Pelosi and her pathway to being the most influential female politician America has ever seen (hint: she was a mother before a career woman, so it seems we can definitely have both, ladies!)

I also couldn’t resist a snap of this rather amazing water jug. I really loved that you didn’t even have to ask for tap water here, everyone is brought a jug of water and then can top themselves up if they want more.

Ideal for those of us who are spending a long afternoon.

I know there will be some of you wondering how I can go to a restaurant on my own; I’ve even had people talk about me sitting in a restaurant on my own before, which is just as uncomfortable as it sounds. But I just don’t see what the issue is.

If you want to do something, then just do it. Forget what other people are thinking. Okay, it’s the easiest advice to give and the hardest to put into practice, but this time it is simple. There’s a new restaurant you want to try? Or an exhibition you want to see? Then go!

You might even surprise yourself how much you enjoy your own company.

I had dinner plans in Covent Garden later that evening and was running early (as always) so I nipped into Covent Garden Market to see the Charles Pétillon exhibit Heartbeat, which is just as beautiful and powerful as it looks from all those Instagrams you’ve seen.

But more on that soon!

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