Ever since opening the doors of our first European store in London back in 2013, we’ve loved getting to know the city. With Valentine’s Day round the corner, we asked Texan-turned-Londoner, Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy, to share some of the places she loves.

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

“I’ve lived with my husband in England for nearly six years. Since we arrived, we’ve had some kids, grown up a bit, and settled in to our overseas life. While London may be one of the biggest cities in the world, living in Notting Hill (West London) we’ve fallen in love with the community feel the area has to offer, especially as it’s filled with lots of great character-filled independent shops. Keeping it local, helps make London feel a bit smaller. I am naturally endeared to tasty and pretty things so most of our favorite shops in the area are the perfect match for this lovely holiday. These shops, and the sweet people working hard inside of them, are people that have big places in our hearts!”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Melt Chocolates, Westbourne Grove

This tiny shop along Westbourne Grove is a total danger-zone for me. While these might just look like gorgeous chocolates, you’ll find yourself nearly passing out when you take a bite. I can fill up the entire year eating their creations- hot chocolate (made from melting their clever hot chocolate lollies) in the winter, binging on their salted caramel ice cream all summer long, nibbling on Easter chocolates… and, of course, Valentines Day. I couldn’t resist picking up a box of their assorted Valentines truffles from the shop this week. (My favorites were the salted caramel hearts and the white chocolate love note. Holy moly!)”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Jamie Aston Flowers, The Royal Exchange

“I’m a big fan of grabbing a little bundle of fresh flowers from Portobello Road for our kitchen table, but when I need something special, only a real florist can do the trick. And really, Jamie Aston does the prettiest work. His arrangements are the perfect balance of lush extravagance and delicate craftsmanship. (Take note, Londoners! On Feb 12, Jamie Aston will have a little pop-up outside the Royal Exchange for Valentine’s orders.)”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Floris London, Mayfair

Floris is a perfumer in Mayfair that has really grabbed my attention over the past year. Not only do they hand blend private scents for the Royal Family, but they also work with private clients to create bespoke scents, too! My husband and I both had fragrances made together on our anniversary- it was one of the more special dates we have ever had.”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Pedlars, Notting Hill

“If you live in Notting Hill, you’ll most likely know about Pedlars. This small shop has cute gifts and small home furnishings. The coffee shop in back exemplifies their ability to make people feel at home and create a sense of community in the neighborhood. I’ve been eyeing this London Loves print from Pedlars for a while. It’s a special edition print that Matt Blease did for Pedlars that unites all the neighborhoods of London into one heart.”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Biscuiteers, Notting Hill

“If you have read my blog or seen my Instagram at all, you may know that I’m no stranger to Biscuiteers Icing Café in Notting Hill. With adorable hand-iced biscuits for every occasion, they really are the perfect gift to send. Their Valentines “Biscuit Cards” are especially adorable, especially with personalization that is available through ordering online! Also, these lip cookie pops had me cracking up. The style (and price!) make them a great little Valentine gift to pick up for your girlfriends.”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Chegworth Valley Farm Shop

“I’ve been spoiled by having Chegworth just outside our front door. With organic and fresh groceries, it makes hosting really simple. I can run across the street and grab a few simple things- cheeses, fresh bread, flowers – and whip up a pretty spread for guests in, literally, five minutes. I really like stopping by their stall in the Notting Hill Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and drooling over their endless varieties of apples. This Texas girl had no clue there could be so many types and kinds!”

Lauren Knight of Aspiring Kennedy shows us her London hotspots for Valentine's Day | west elm

Texan-born Lauren of Aspiring Kennedy, blogs about her day-to-day life as an American in London with her family. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter , Pinterest and Facebook.

Photography: Ben Clube

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