A week of Birthday Shenanigans

I have a rather naughty habit of extending my birthday well past 24 hours. Initially it was stretched out to 36 hours – using the excuse of expat time differences. 

Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

Then, it became a weekend, which was still fairly reasonable. A few years later when I turned 30 it extended out into six weeks (I blamed the Mandarin Oriental hotel for their refurbishment works schedule) but I’ve since reeled it back into a very reasonable week(ish) of celebrating. 

I just love using my birthday as an excuse to spend time with my favourite people – and this year turned into a gastronomic tour of some of my favourite London restaurants. Lush breakfasts at Dalloway Terrace with two of my fellow birthday celebrators…

Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

…trying the duck eggs Benedict at Duck and Waffle with two of my favourite expats…

Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

…discovered a new antipodean brunch place called Abuelo in Covent Garden with a lovely, lovely friend…

Brunch London Adventures of a London Kiwi

…and tried the epic Timmy Green ‘Fancy Bacon Roll’ (we’re talking poached eggs, crispy onions, bacon, holy f*ck hollandaise wrapped loosely in a roti) with the only fabulous person that I know who smashed the scone cream & jam debate by nibbling at it like a burger.

Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

I slipped two lunches in – a rather tipsy one where my favourite Minnesotan and I tried the delicious new Aqua Kyoto menu… 

…and then later in the week we padded up to the 2 Michelin starred Helene Darroze at the Connaught Hotel for a leisurely, luxurious lunch in beautiful surroundings (for the second birthday in a row.).

Helene Darroze Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

Afternoon tipples at the brilliant Drink Shop Do with friends who have moved up the country…

Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

…and a clinking of glasses in plush local settings like the Dorchester Hotel.

The Dorchester Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

A couple of hungry antipodeans and I explored the culinary offerings of Devonshire Square with an organised restaurant hop – tidbits at Cinnamon Kitchen, Mac & Wild & Pitt Cue…

Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

…and then Mr Kiwi and I enjoyed the panoramic vistas of Galvin at Windows.

Galvin at Windows Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

I was utterly spoilt rotten.

Galvin at Windows Restaurant Birthday Shenanigans Adventures of a London Kiwi

Was it awesome? It most definitely was.

Do you stretch out your birthday celebrations?