After convincing myself that a quick stroll around Selfridges would be a good idea before meeting a friend in Soho, I soon realised why this was only my third visit to the store since moving to London last year.
I felt that I’d experienced a hectic obstacle course rather than having some time out window-shopping and so was in need of a break. Although not expecting to find a quiet place near Oxford Street I quickly stumbled upon Brown Hart Gardens on the opposite side of the road to Selfridges, off Duke Street.
The Gardens are raised above street level like an island or peaceful haven. There are wild flowers, colourful grasses, a water features, a dog sculpture and a clear, close-up view of Antony Gormley’s new hotel room ‘without a view’ for the Beaumont Hotel!
This makes Brown Hart Gardens the best place to relax, eat lunch and recover from a stint of (window) shopping.