What's My weekend: Pierre Marcolini

The top chocolatier shares his favourite London haunts

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Friday

London is one of my favourite cities, as there is always so much going on. This weekend I’ll be checking on our new Pierre Marcolini boutique, below, in Selfridges' Confectionery hall (400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB, 0800 123400, selfridges.com), where we will unveil our new concept for our brand next week, so it's an exciting time for us. I will be in London a lot over the next few weeks, as I love meeting customers - nothing is more important than direct feedback.

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After spending the morning eating too many chocolates, I’ll walk down to meet a friend for a light lunch at iconic seafood restaurant Scott’s (20 Mount St, London W1K 2HE, 020 7495 7309, scotts-restaurant.com), on the lovely Mount Street. I love the restaurant’s clean, classic interior design and the delicious seafood, which is second- to-none in my opinion.

 

 

 

Scott's

After lunch I usually walk down Mount Street towards Conduit Street to check out the newly opened Berluti Maison (43 Conduit St, London, W1S 2YJ, 020 7437 1740, berluti.com). I've always been a big fan of their handmade shoes and the new space feels like a gentlemen's club. I think the way the parquet flooring is repeated on the ceiling is very cool.

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In the evening, I like to grab a drink at Claridge's (49 Brook St, London, W1K 4HR, 020 7629, claridges.co.uk), as it's just so quintessentially British, and perhaps have a quick bite before heading back to my hotel.

 

 

 

I always stay at Brown’s Hotel, above, (33 Albemarle St London W1S 4BP,020 7493 6020, brownshotel.com). It is so central, and I love their famous British High Tea, which makes you feel like a Brit yourself, even if it's just for an hour.

On Saturday I ‘ll have breakfast in my room. In Brussels, where I live, I’m constantly creating new recipes and like to get to the factory early to try out new things, so I really enjoy having some time to myself while I am away.

 

 

 

Then I'll head to Borough Market, which is a very local, amazing place for food lovers. I am always on the hunt for exotic fruit and you can find a lot here. Brindisa, above, (Borough Market, Borough High St, London SE1 9AF, 020 7407 1036, brindisa.com) is one of my favourite places for tapas, there really is no better place in town and they have such a huge selection. I love their platos regionale

Ottolenghi's central London restaurant Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE, 020 7494 9584, nopi-restaurant.com, is one of my new favourites now, a lovely simple restaurant where you can share delicious Asian and Middle East- inspired dishes. I like to sit in the basement with its long canteen tables, as it's a fun place to meet locals.

 

 

 

Sundays are usually spent catching up with friends in East London, with a brunch at Shoreditch House (Ebor St, London E1 6AW, 020 7739 5040, shoreditchhouse.com). If you are lucky with the weather, you can loll by the pool after brunch - the most delicious buffet with everything from oysters to a full English to crepes with cream and strawberries – you’ll need a lie- down afterwards.

I’ll slowly make my way back to Mayfair, before jumping on the Eurostar back home.

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