24 Hours in Edinburgh - Part I

Edinburgh was the first stop of our mini Scottish roadtrip. We arrived around lunch time on Sunday and made our way to the G&V Hotel on the Royal Mile. When I made the booking, the striking 5 star hotel was still part of the Missoni fashion empire, and I have to admit I was a little disappointed to find out that Hotel Missoni would be changing hands before our stay. I needn't have worried. It's in safe hands as part of the Quorvus Collection and our stay was just as fantastic as I'd originally hoped, if not more so. I was extremely impressed with our "bonnie room" on the first floor - the walk in rain shower was a particular highlight! There are still little hints of Missoni dotted around the building - the famous zigzags adorn everything from cushions to mirrors, to kilts worn by some rather handsome Italian doormen. 
(I didn't get a picture of said doormen. I will regret this for the rest of my life.)

We dumped our belongings in our beaut bedroom and made our way across Princes Street Gardens to Princes Street itself...

Juniper was our destination. An innovative and stylish cocktail bar composed of a sharp white interior complimented by vibrant purple furnishings. The main attraction had been the promise of skyline views, oh and I suppose the cocktails were tempting too! Unfortunately I was disappointed by the view but the food and drinks more than made up for it.

The staff made us feel at home and were happy to help with our choices. The cocktail menu is extensive and I struggled to make up my mind. If it had been later in the day I'd of gone for the taster menu (a selection of 4 cocktails + bar nibbles at £30 per person!) but I had shops to get to. Instead I enjoyed the sweet, floral taste of "La vie en rose". The presentation was impressive and it tasted just as beautiful. Juniper's street food menu is much smaller and easier to comprehend. It features 12 mouth watering options, all of which sounded amazing, but it was the lobster mac and cheese that did it for me. They were a bit stingey with the lobster (hey it was only £9) but there was more than enough pasta for me and the flavours complimented each other perfectly. The full mini breakfast caught Gordon's eye. When they say mini, they mean mini. Look at that tiny little fried quails egg, so cute! Luckily he was smart enough to order the shoestring fries too. We hadn't eaten since 7am! 

Our next stop was Harvey Nicks! I headed straight for the shoe department and couldn't resist trying on a few pairs "just for fun"... they didn't have the Sophia Webster beauties I'd been eye-ing up online but they did have these rather beautiful Valentino works of art rockstuds... 


Sorry Gordon, the weddings off. I've spent the entire fund on shoes!

To  be continued...

Christy xx


  1. Not a bad weekend! It all looks fantastic and I'm rather jealous :) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua : Life in Italy

  2. You bought them? Amazing! You go girl. Edinburgh is one of my favourite places in the world and I'm so glad that you had a nice time :)