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Marie-Chantal's London Guide
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Marie-Chantal's London Guide

28th June 2021


From the place she used to call her home and still loves to visit, Princess Marie-Chantal shares her favorite spots to visit while in London. All the best places this city has to discover …



RESTAURANTS: 

  • Cecconi’s: Cecconi’s serves up hand-made pastas, seafood and classic dishes from Italy using the finest ingredients. From espressos, classic breakfast dishes and wood oven-fired pizzas, to lobster spaghetti and veal Milanese; Cecconi’s is open for service morning, noon and night, Multiple Locations, www.cecconis.co.uk
  • Daylesford Organic: 40 years ago, they turned their family’s farmland into sustainable, organic farming. First in Staffordshire and then in the Cotswold’s. What began as a simple passion for real food and a desire to feed their children better has grown into the Daylesford you know today…. A beautiful organic eatery and marketplace. Multiple Locations, www.daylesford.com
  • The Good Life Eatery: A place where they encourage you to eat better and healthier, with an array of all day options ranging from cold pressed juices and smoothies, to their delicious menu options of freshly made food that happens to also be good for you. Multiple Locations, www.goodlifeeatery.com,
  • Granger and Co: (photographed above) Every Bill Granger restaurant reflects the spirit they like to think of as ‘Australian’: sunny, easy-going and generous. Granger and Co. is globally loved for its legendary breakfasts (lemon ricotta pancakes), served at a central communal table, where locals and travelers, families and friends, continue to be welcomed, Multiple Locations, www.grangerandco.com,
  • Hakkasan: Founded in London and quickly rising to become one of the world’s most iconic restaurants and bars. Executive Head Chef, Tong Chee Hwee, has led the Hakkasan kitchen since its inception, his team of highly skilled chefs use fresh local ingredients to ensure that their contemporary dishes retain the essence of conventional Cantonese cuisine. With signature dishes from the roasted silver cod with champagne and honey to the Crispy duck salad, Hakkasan’s chefs’ expertise creates an impressive epicurean experience, Multiple Locations, www.hakkasan.com
  • Nobu: The world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, known for its innovative new style cuisine paired with a hip crowd and celebrity following. Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a Japanese celebrity chef praised for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. Multiple Locations, www.noburestaurants.com,
  • Ottolenghi: The food at Ottolenghi is always freshly made and free from preservatives and coloring. They are particularly proud to be working with so many small, local, artisan food producers. From North London beekeepers and meat curers to cheese makers and seaweed harvesters in the West Coast of Ireland, there is just so much energy and passion going into the making of some first-class ingredients, Multiple Locations, www.ottolenghi.co.uk
  • Roka: Serving contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine in a striking yet informal surrounding in the heart of London’s most pulsating neighborhoods. The menu is dominated by their robata grill, fresh fish, poultry and vegetables prepared in full view for their daily diners to see. Multiple Locations, www.rokarestauarant.com,



CHELSEA:

  • Colbert: Inspired by the great boulevard cafes of Paris, the Colbert sits on Sloane Square serving up all day French favorites in a trio of rooms filled with art nouveau, art deco and Victorian influences. 50 – 52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX, www.colbertchelsea.com
  • Cross Keys Pub: Tucked away on a discreet residential street in Chelsea, makes this the perfect regular haunt for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the Kings Road. Enjoy laid back luxury that brings the British countryside to the heart of the city. 1 Lawrence Street, Chelsea SW3 5NB, www.thecrosskeyschelsea.co.uk
  • Daphne’s: Nestled amongst the beautiful Brompton Cross shops, this neighborhood favorite invites a vibrant scene. Dine on their seasonal cooking of Italian classics. 112 Draycott Avenue, London, SW3 3AE, www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
  • The Ivy at Chelsea Garden: (photographed above) Located on the bustling King’s Road in Chelsea, this offshoot of London’s Ivy restaurant is an upscale brasserie with a picturesque garden terrace and orangery. 195 – 197 Kings Road, London SW3 5EQ, www.theivychelseagarden.com
  • La Familigia: Trends have come and gone on London’s iconic Kings Road, but one jewel remains the crown, and that is the World’s End restaurant known as La Familigia. Created by the godfather of Italian chefs, Alvaro Maccioni; it first opened over 35 years ago. The food is made from the finest, freshest, seasonal produce, with game such as wild boar, rabbit and venison. The ‘olio extra vergine di olivia’ is perfected from Maccioni’s own olive groves in Italy,7 Langton St, Chelsea, London SW10 0JL, www.lafamiglia.co.uk,


MAYFAIR:

  • Le Petite Maison: The restaurant features a gorgeous, understated elegant dining room reminiscent of the Cote d’Azur. Framed in palettes of light colors with accents of fine linens, featuring eclectic art and “Belle Epoque” accessories. French Mediterranean cuisine features exceptional pasta, seafood, and meat dishes prepared with fresh Mediterranean produce. 53-54 Brook’s Mews, Mayfair, London W1K 4EG, lpmlondon.co.uk
  • Isabel: Isabel offers a warm welcome and all-day hospitality. The decadent setting and refined menu make Isabel a unique London destination, catering to every occasion, whether casual or celebratory, Isabel provides superlative service and delicious food with an exceptional experience. 26 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4HY, www.isabelw1.london
  • Park Chinos: (photographed above) Serving fine Chinese cuisine in Mayfair. It is a celebration of the romance and etiquette of yesteryear, yet with all the thrills and excitement of the present and the unknown. Hidden behind red doors on Berkeley Street is the expansive world of Park Chinois, with live entertainment paying homage to the opulence and decadence of 1930s Shanghai, 17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA, www.parkchinois.com
  • Scott’s: Located on Mount Street in Mayfair. The restaurant and their menu reflects its glittering heritage, serving the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside a variety of meat and seasonal game favorites in an atmosphere of urbane sophistication. Their house specialty, oysters, are served at the elegant oyster and Champagne bar, 20 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 2HE, www.scotts-restaurant.com,


NOTTING HILL:

  • Casa Cruz: An enchanting and cozy neighborhood restaurant located in the residential streets of Notting Hill. The space is inspired by the tastes and travels of a culinary visionary, blending Argentine charm and Mediterranean warmth, 123A Clarendon Rd, London W11 4JG, www.casacruz.london,
  • Farmacy: (photographed above) “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates. This is the motto at Farmacy. Offering an array of delicious plant-based dishes inspired from around the globe. Farmacy supports both a vegan and vegetarian diets, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals,74-76 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH, www.farmacylondon.com
  • Laylow: A place for creatives, Laylow is where music and food meet exceptional design. This restaurant and club sits on Golborne Road, housed in a former drinking den.10 Golborne Road, London W10 5PE, www.laylow.co.uk

KNIGHTSBRIDGE:

  • Harry’s Dolce Vita: (photographed above) Inspired by its namesake, Harry’s Bar, takes its cues from the glamour of Italy in the 1950’s. This polished establishment serves upscale Italian dishes. 27 – 31 Basil Street, London SW3 1BBB, www.harrysdolcevita.com
  • Zuma: London’s Zuma restaurant located in Knightsbridge offers a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of informal dining. Delivering authentic flavor of the East, while respecting the traditions of the past, 5 Raphael St, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DL, www.zumaresturant.com


SOHO:

  • J Sheekey: An iconic Covent Garden restaurant which serves the best seafood, fish, shellfish and oysters in London. 28 – 32 St. Martin’s, London WC2N 4AL,www.j-sheekey.co.uk
  • Yauatcha: Top-of-the-range, contemporary Chinese dining with expertly crafted dim-sum and handmade sweets (with the best macaroons in London) A contemporary dim sum tea house located in Soho,15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DL, www.yauatcha.com


COVENT GARDEN:

  • Balthazar: In the heart of Covent Garden, Balthazar serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as amazing weekend brunch’s. Great French bistro food, good wine and friendly service are the order of the day. Their American Whiskey Bar is home to a selection of bottles from more than 15 countries, alongside classic cocktails that can be enjoyed pre-dinner or even late into the evening, 4-6 Russell St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ, www.balthazarlondon.com
  • Barrafina: With an open kitchen and a beautiful marble-topped bar where guests can sit and watch the chefs at work. The a la carte menu is comprised of authentic regional dishes from around Spain, and the succinct wine list features the finest Spanish sherries, Cavas and wines. 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden,WC2B 5AJ, www.barrafina.co.uk
  • Louie: (photographed above) The new London hotspot is named after King Louie XIV and Louis Armstrong. Its menu is meant to invoke the soul of New Orleans, the sophistication of Paris and the sass of New York; all set on London’s stage. 13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE, www.louie-london.com


FRITZOVIA:

  • Berner’s Tavern: Under the direction of celebrated Michelin-starred Chef, Jason Atherton, Berner’s Tavern is a gastronomic gem in a truly modern British restaurant in Ian Schrager’s London Edition Hotel. 10 Berners Street, London WIT 3NP, www.bernerstavern.com
  • Circolo Popolare: (photographed above): In the heart of Fritzovia district, this sunny Sicilian Trattoria is meant to feel like home. The chef has created an over-the-top menu from incredible Italian products…delicious pizzas by the meter, scandalous desserts and crazy cocktails. 40 – 41 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HX, www.bigmammagroup.com
  • Meraki: Prepare to be transported out of London and into the Greek islands. Meraki means ‘to create with your heart and soul.’ Their modern Mediterranean menu is filled with unique and traditional dishes inspired by the Aegean Islands. 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QT. www.meraki-restaurant.com


MARYLEBONE:

  • Clarette: (photographed above): A chic, refined, stylish restaurant and wine bar based in a chic and relaxed setting of an iconic mock Tudor townhouse. Clarette brings a burst of life to the London wine scene, where wine loving novices, connoisseurs and enthusiasts can enjoy old favorites and discover new grape types, wine regions and styles. 44 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HS, www.clarettelondon.com
  • Dinings: Opened by Ex – Nobu chefs in 2006, they take the traditions and heritage of Japanese cuisine and mix it with modern European cooking techniques to create a world class dining experience. An Izakaya in the heart of Marylebone, serving modern Japanese plates and sushi. 22 Harcourt Street, London WIH 4HH, www.dinings.co.uk
  • Locanda Locatelli: Locanda Locatelli is one of the finest Michelin-starred restaurants in London. Giorgio Locatelli specializes in traditional Italian dishes, as well as adding his own creative touch. Giorgio is steeped in the history and traditions of Italian cooking, having helped out (and later worked) in the kitchens of La Cinzianella, his uncle Alfio’s Michelin starred restaurant, 8 Seymour St, Marylebone, London W1H 7JZ, www.locandalocatelli.com,

BELGRAVIA:

  • Amaya: Opening to immediate acclaim and awards including a Michelin star. Amaya sits in Belgravia, uniquely presenting sophisticated grills of India, infused with subtle complex flavors, cooked in a theatrical open kitchen and surrounded by dramatic interiors,Lowndes St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JT, UK, www.amaya.biz
  • Motcombs: The fashionable Belgravia restaurant features classic British, European and Asian favorites, prepared with carefully sourced seasonal game, meat and fish and boasting a renowned wine cellar. Guests can be entertained at the downstair bar with live Jazz and DJ’s until late. Their beautiful terrace is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining whilst watching the world go by, 26 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JU, motcombs.co.uk


RICHMOND:

  • Petersham Nursery: (photographed above) A place of beauty and emporium of goods and a celebration of the seasons. A charmingly casual, yet sophisticated restaurant, set within a glasshouse. The ambiance is brimming with bougainvillea and fragrant jasmine and decorated with antique furniture, mirrors and paintings. It’s here they respect the Slow Food philosophy, the Café serves seasonal and Italian inspired food, Church Lane, Off, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7A, www.petershamnurseries.com


CLUBS:

  • The Arts Clubs: The Arts Club was founded in 1863 to provide a haven for those who share a love of the Arts. Members are passionate about art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre and media. It proudly continues to be a hub for creative and entrepreneurial patrons to come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine and participate in the varied events. The Arts Club has reclaimed its place at the heart of contemporary cultural life in London40 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NP, www.theartsclub.co.uk
  • Conduit Club: The Conduit serves as a home for a diverse community of people passionate about social change. Serving as a catalyst platform for individuals tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing us today. Their members share the belief that the world’s most significant problems can be viewed as opportunities for entrepreneurial solutions, and that knowledge, skills, technology and capital can lead to transformative impact. The space has been designed to nurture creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, 40 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2YQ, www.theconduit.com,
  • Harry’s Bar: One of the most elegant and sophisticated private members’ clubs in London. Harry’s Bar is famed worldwide for both the beauty of its décor and the quality of its food. Venetian chandeliers to Fortuny fabrics, Murano glassware and polished wooden floors all help to create an atmosphere of relaxed luxury, reinforced by the knowledgeable and attentive service. 26 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PD, www.harrysbar.co.uk
  • The Hurlingham Club: Bordering the Thames in Fulham and set on 42 acres of magnificent grounds, The Hurlingham Club is a green oasis of tradition. Recognized throughout the world as one of Britain’s greatest private members’ clubs, it retains its quintessentially English traditions and heritage, while providing first-class social and sporting facilities within an elegant and congenial ambience. The Club has made its mark in sporting history through high profile events in the worlds of polo, croquet and tennisRanelagh Gardens, Fulham, London SW6 3PR, www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk
  • Soho House: Founded in London in 1995 as a private member’s club for people in the creative industries, Soho House has since opened restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and stores. Spanning across the country: Electric House, Shoreditch House, White House City, Soho House Dean Street, Greek Street and Little House Mayfair, Babington House, and Soho Farmhouse are all among the locations throughout London and the countrysidewww.sohohouse.com/houses
  • South Kensington Club: (photographed above) A private health and wellbeing sanctuary, with unique spaces to work, exercise, socialize and relax. The club features colonial style sitting rooms, an Asian tea library, health restaurant and south facing terrace. Don’t miss the hammam, the best way to switch off from everyday stress and re-energize. Next door is the Russian Banya; inside you will find veniks: large leafy branches which are dipped into cold water and firmly stroked over the body, encouraging it to absorb the essential oils of birch, oak or eucalyptus, 38-42 Harrington Road SW7 3ND, www.southkensingtonclub.com


TEA:

  • The Berkeley: Known for their Prêt-à-Portea. The Berkeley’s legendary afternoon tea is inspired by the world of fashion, seen through iconic designs like Christian Dior. Each season the collection transforms landmark pieces into exquisite biscuits, cakes and fancies. Your tea also includes a flavorsome collection of miniature savory skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches. To drink, choose a loose-leaf tea from their extensive collection.Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL, www.the-berkeley.co.uk
  • Claridge’s: (photographed above) London’s leading destination for afternoon tea. Claridge’s is proud to continue this English ritual – with a twist of creativity. Their menu faithfully follows the traditional combination of sweet and savory. British specialties such as a variety of finger sandwiches, patisseries and warm scones are accompanied by pastries that change to reflect the fruits of the season. Of course, at the heart of the experience is the drink itself. From a rich Oolong to the refreshingly complex of Claridge’s Blend, you will find teas that complement your food perfectly. Choose from 24 loose-leaf teas, including regional English, rare blends and herbal infusions, served on fine, jade-and-white striped china, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, www.claridges.co.uk.
  • The Wolseley: Combining British heritage with European grandeur, ‘Piccadilly’s Shining Pearl’ (as the building became known during its time as a bank), now opened its doors as what was considered to be London’s first Grand Café. Renowned today for its spectacular interior, classic food and seamless service, The Wolseley has earned its reputation as one of London’s most respected all-day café-restaurants, becoming an iconic institution the world over, 160 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EB, www.thewolseley.com


BAR:

  • Annabel’s: (photographed above) Last year Annabel’s re-opened the doors to its much-anticipated new home, a Grade I listed Georgian mansion house at 46 Berkeley Square. For the first time, Annabel’s now offers an all-day and all-night experience, set across 26,000 square feet, for Members to work, dine and entertain… The space even includes a tequila room and humidor, 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 5AT, www.annabels.co.uk
  • Chiltern Firehouse: Known as the former Fire Station turned Bar in Marylebone that A-listers just can’t get enough of. Andre Balaz has seamlessly pulled off another city hotspot, filled with glitz, glamour and endless style, 1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA, www.chilternfirehouse.com
  • Loulou’s: Located within a Maisonette along Mayfair’s Shepherd’s Market. This traditional London townhouse has been transformed into signature restaurants, a nightclub, several lounges and drawing rooms with an inspiring courtyard. A giant giraffe greets guests as they enter the Madagascan Bar at Loulou’s for nights of debauchery and dancing, 2-5 Hertford St, Mayfair, London W1J 7RB, www.5hertfordstreet.com


COFFEE:

  • Monmomouth Coffee Company: It all started in 1978 when they began roasting and retailing coffee. When they taste a coffee that they like, they want to know where it comes from and who grows, picks and processes it. From single farms to estates and cooperatives. 27 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU, www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk
  • Monocle: (photographed above) This little café on Chiltern Street is the place to pick up the latest issue of your favorite magazine, as well as delicious Allpress coffee, Swedish pastries or Italian wine. Their menu is small and perfectly formed, with Japanese and Scandinavian influences providing a unique and interesting selection of light bites and tasty snacks to eat in or take away,18 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QA, cafe.monocle.com


BAKERIES:

  • Aux Merveilleux: This extraordinary confectionary specializes in tantalizing merguines and the most addicting brioche, 88 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3LQ, www.auxmerveilleux.com
  • Crosstown Doughnuts: (photographed above): Known for creating the doughnut craze in London, their handmade selection of sourdough doughnuts are all made from scratch in their locally based bakery. Multiple Locations, www.crosstown.co.uk
  • Maitre Choux: Maitre Choux is the first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world. They are a modern version of a French patisserie, redesigned to cater to the most discerning of taste buds. Every day with rigorous precision, their three Michelin star-experienced chef bakes the most perfect éclairs, choux and chouquettes. All of their creations are truly unique, and regularly updated with seasonal influences to take advantage of what nature does best, 15 Harrington Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3ES, www.maitrechoux.com
  • Peggy Porschen: Award-winning cake designer, Peggy Porschen, is passionate about creating edible works of art for everyday indulgence, as well as special occasions. Visitors get the chance to step through beautiful fairytale pastel pink doors and into a world of freshly baked delights.116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ, www.peggyporschen.com
  • Rococo Chocolate: They have been making British luxury chocolate for over thirty-five years. Rich in heritage, their expertise has enabled them to bring the best tastes to their customers, while using ethical and sustainable practices5 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JU, www.rococochocolates.com


SEE:

  • Big Ben: The name Big Ben is often used to describe the famous clock and bell tower, but the name it was first given was The Great Bell. The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament and was completed in 1859 and its giant clock could be heard for the first time on 11th of July in the same year,Westminster, London SW1A 0AAwww.parliament.uk
  • Borough Market: London’s oldest food market has been serving the people of Southwark for a 1,000 years. It is a source of genuinely exceptional produce, with many of the Market’s stallholders being producers themselves: the farmer who reared the animal, the fisherman who caught the fish, and the baker who baked the bread. Other traders have built their reputations on seeking out small-scale artisan producers and bringing their wares to Borough. Together, the Market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city, with traditional and regional specialties from around the world8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, www.boroughmarket.org.uk
  • Buckingham Palace: Buckingham Palace is recognized around the world as the focus of national and royal celebrations, as well as the backdrop to the regular changing of the Guard ceremonies. Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning,Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, www.rct.uk
  • Hampstead Heath: The magic of Hampstead Heath lies not only in its rich wildlife and extensive sports and recreational opportunities, but also in its proximity and accessibility to millions of people. There is a zoo, an athletics track, an education center, extensive children’s facilities, three swimming ponds and Lido. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
  • Hyde Park: Set right in the heart of London, Hyde Park offers both world-class events and concerts together with plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind. Dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, brave an open water swim in the Serpentine, or just admire the views across the lake from a waterside café. Have a go at boating, tennis, horse riding, or join the many joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the open air. www.royalparks.org.uk
  • Kew Gardens: A world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and protected. Experience their beautiful botanic gardens and the most bio-diverse place on Earth with 500 acres of woodland and the world’s largest seed conservation project. Richmond TW9 3AB, www.kew.org
  • London Eye: At 135m, The London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. A remarkable fete of design and engineering, it was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and launched in 2000. The London Eye gave London’s skyline a dramatic new addition and has been offering guests a new perspective on London ever since, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, www.londoneye.com
  • Portabello Road: The world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. Visitors flock from all over the world to discover one of London’s best-loved landmarks, which contains the most extensive selection of antiques in Britain. Portobello is really several markets in one, Saturday being the day when all are in full swing. It’s then you can experience a mile of hustle, haggle, color and energy, www.portobelloroad.co.uk
  • Primrose Hill: This park has a character all of its own, at the summit of this grassy hill are some of the most spectacular views across London. Primrose Hill has a clear rounded skyline; at the top of the hill is one of the six protected viewpoints in London. www.royalparks.org.uk
  • The Shard: This 95-story tall skyscraper is designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark. The Shard was conceived as a building with multiple uses: a vertical city where people could live, work and relax. It comprises world-class offices, award-wining restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, exclusive residences and the UK’s highest viewing gallery, offering 360-degree views, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, www.the-shard.com
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral: With its world-famous dome, this is an iconic feature of the London‘s skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral’s awe-inspiring interior and uncover fascinating stories about its historySt. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, www.stpauls.co.uk
  • Tower Bridge: Tower Bridge will transport you to a Victorian London, telling the story of the city’s defining landmark from the very beginning. Immerse yourself in the architecture and engineering and watch city life unfold in panorama from its high-level walkways and glass floors. Time your visit just right, and you’ll even get to experience the magic of a Bridge Lift beneath your feet,Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UPwww.towerbridge.org.uk
  • Tower of London: Explore a fortress, palace and prison all in one day. 1000 years of history at London’s iconic castle and world heritage site. See the crown jewels and prepare to be dazzled by the world-famous collection of 23,678 gemstones. Discover the captivating stories of pain and passion, treachery and torture on their signature tour, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, www.hrp.org.uk
  • Westminster Abby: To this day, Westminster Abby retains a tradition of Christian worship and welcome. Coronations, Royal Weddings, Kings, Queens, Statesmen and Soldiers; Poets, Heroes and Villains – history happens here and it’s all waiting to be discovered. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of more than 17 monarchs. The church we see today was started by Henry III in 1245. It’s one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country and has the Medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, www.westminster-abbey.org


ARTS AND CULTURE:

  • The British Museum: A public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British EmpireGreat Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, www.britishmuseum.org.
  • Electric Cinema: Located on Portobello Road, among the pastel-colored houses is one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain and the best places to screen Hollywood latest award-winning flicks. Grab a burger afterwards upstairs at the members club, 191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED, www.electriccinema.co.uk
  • Natural History Museum: (photographed above) Exhibitions range from vast specimens to various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. From dinosaurs to hands-on science, blue whales to sleepovers, there is something for everyone, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD, www.nhm.ac.uk
  • The National Portrait Gallery:Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture. St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE, www.npg.org.uk,
  • Tate Modern: When the Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today, they have four major sites and a national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, www.tate.org.uk
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewelry, glass, ceramics, books, arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, www.vam.ac.uk


FITNESS:

  • Barrecore: The Barrecore Method is a full body exercise that gives quick results physically and mentally. Their classes focus on strength, posture and mobility to help you feel good in your own body – not somebody else’s. The low impact nature of their method and expert teachers means that they have clients of all ages and fitness levels, Multiple Locations, www.barrecore.co.uk
  • Bodyism: Bodyism is a methodology that links the heart, body and soul, which is guided by four core pillars: mindset, nutrition, movement and sleep. Their framework of services focuses on exercise, mindfulness and nutrition that equip people with the tools to achieve their optimum fitness level and live happier, healthier lives as the best versions of themselves. 222-224 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH, www.bodyism.com
  • Core CollectiveTheir mission is to make working out the highlight of your day. Making fitness fun, effective, innovative and simple… free from the usual gym stigmas and personas. They bring you London’s finest Trainers to give you the best experience and create efficient, results-driven classes. Choose from seven different class formats to create a program that’s bespoke to you each week, 45 Phillimore Walk, Kensington, London W8 7RZ, www.core-collective.co.uk
  • KXU: (photographed above) Offering holistic wellness with a group fitness approach – from Spinning to Sparring, Dumbbells to Dead lifts and over 20 different classes available; covering their core disciplines of strength, sweat, and stretch. Their Medi-Spa offers treatments to help recover and relax including their state-of-the-art Cryotherapy Chamber. If you need to refuel after class, their nutrition bar offers the finest post-workout meals, drinks and smoothies,241 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BPwww.kxu.co.uk
  • Psycle: Psycle is a premium boutique fitness brand that offers a collection of class-based workouts across London. With four different workouts and a team of highly knowledgeable instructors, Psycle classes harness the transformative power of movement to help every individual optimize their fitness and wellbeing. Their mission is to empower everyone, everywhere to own their life’s beat, 76 Mortimer St, Marylebone, London W1W 7SA, www.psyclelondon.com
  • TriYoga: Founded in 2000, Triyoga has become London’s top destination for yoga, Pilates and creating beautiful spaces where everyone can belong. Their aim has always been the same: to inspire and help people lead healthier lives, in whatever way they want, Multiple Locationswww.triyoga.co.uk


BEAUTY:

  • The Abnormal Beauty Company: They are founded on the principle of doing everything others don’t do and are changing the world of beauty based on this principle. Quality to them means being authentic, being different, being functional, being beautiful and being sensibly priced, even to the wealthy, Multiple Locations, www.deciem.com
  • Bamford: (photographed above) Founded on the belief that we need to be mindful of our connection to the earth – to live consciously, respect nature’s resources and the land that provides for us. Bamford is a holistic wellness space designed to recharge, restore and nourish mind, body and spirit. They have brought nature into an urban setting creating a sanctuary of calm in the heart of the city, Multiple Locations, www.bamford.com
  • The Organic Pharmacy: Their skin care is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine with the principles that the quality of the ingredients and the purity of the formulation is paramount, as well as the dosage. This winning combination makes for serious results for healthy glowing skin. Multiple Locations, www.theorganicpharmacy.com
  • Sarah Chapman: Sarah Chapman is widely regarded as the premier authority in skincare, making her one of the most respected and sought-after experts in the beauty industry – revered by clients and industry insiders alike. Using her extensive skincare knowledge to deliver highly effective bespoke treatments, each appointment is tailored precisely to the needs of each individual at the time of their visit. Her results have earned her a long list of loyal clients, from A-list celebrities and beauty editors to socialites and facial obsessives everywhere, 259 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP, sarahchapman.com


SHOP:

  • Bond Street: London’s famous Bond Street is revered throughout the world for its wealth of elegant stores, exclusive brands, designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewels, art and antiques. Set in the heart of historic Mayfair, in London’s popular West End, Bond Street has become a haven for gracious living. Home to some of the world’s most prestigious retailers including: Asprey, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Dolce Gabbana, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co.. Bond Street offers an unrivalled mix of history, traditional elegance and modern luxury.
  • Burlington Arcade: The original shopping mall dates back to 1819 and was designed by Samuel Ware “for the sale of jewelry and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public.” It opened with 51 independent boutiques across 72 units, selling luxuries like hats, gloves and jewelry, with shopkeeper dwellings on the upper level, and had the first public electric lamps in Britain, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ, www.burlingtonarcade.com
  • The Conran Shop: The Conran Shop has since grown into a leading luxury retailer offering a covetable edit of furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts from some of the most iconic and up-and-coming designers from around the world. The Conran Shop is dedicated to providing an unbeatable shopping experience with their carefully curated products – including vintage and modern designs. Simple functionality, considered design and the latest innovation are the foundation of their philosophy, Multiple Locations, www.conranshop.co.uk
  • Fortnum and Mason: Fortnum & Mason is the ultimate destination for unique gifts such as hampers, elegant wines and spirits, famous teas, coffees, and much much more. Founded on the same site in 1707, Fortnum Mason is a unique and beautiful store. It has five restaurants, from an award-winning wine bar to the wonderful ice cream parlor. They sell over 100 rare and exotic teas from India, China, Nepal, Japan and Ceylon, along with their own traditional blends and a new range of green teas, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER, www.fortnumandmason.com
  • Harvey Nichol’s: Since Harvey Nichols first opened in Knightsbridge in 1831, it has led the way in sourcing the most desirable and cutting-edge designer brands. Recognized as the UK’s premier luxury fashion retailer, Harvey Nichols is internationally renowned for its expertly edited fashion and beauty merchandise, premium food and wine and award-winning restaurants,109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RJ, www.harveynichols.com
  • Harrod’s: Harrods, the world’s most famous department store with the latest men’s and women’s designer fashion, luxury gifts, food and accessories. The company’s motto – engraved on the building’s pediment – is Omnia, Omnibus, Ubique (Everything, for everyone, everywhere). Harrod’s is known as the store where anything you could think of is for sale. You can purchase anything from historic eighteenth-century dinner plates or exquisite caviar to giant teddy bears, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, www.Harrods.com
  • Liberty of London: With history hidden amongst six floors of cutting-edge design, unexpected edits and beautiful wares from the world’s greatest craftspeople. The building is now a heritage site and a listed London icon. Today, Liberty is famed for its directional design, cultural collaborations and inspiring curation. Their dedicated in-house design studio is still at the core of all that they do, hand painting and creating beautiful prints, and reworking finds from the 45,000-strong archive. Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5AH, www.libertylondon.com
  • Marie Chantal: (photographed above) Nestled in the picturesque neighborhood of Belgravia on Motcomb Street, the shop houses all of the Marie-Chantal classics: from the brands iconic angel wing onesie to thoughtful baby gifts and seasonal collections for both boys and girls. This new shop embodies the elegance of childhood, whilst also showcasing children’s clothing that are beautifully classic with a playful twist. The shelves and racks are lined with the finest, handpicked fabrics including soft Scottish wools, cashmere and hand designed floral prints on brushed cottons and silks4 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X8JU, www.mariechantal.com
  • Smythson: The premier British manufacturer of luxury stationary, leather goods, diaries, and fashion products based in London. With over 130 years of craftsmanship with the most refined and unrivalled quality, they Endeavour to make the ordinary extraordinary and the everyday timelessMultiple Locations, www.smythson.com


SPECIALTY:

  • Wild at Heart: (photographed above) Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart is one of the most celebrated luxury British florists, known for their exquisite hand-tied bouquets, high profile weddings and events. Renowned for their opulent, visionary and creative approach to flowers, their sought-after style has earned them many accolades over the years. Multiple Locations, www.wildatheart.com



HOTELS:

  • The Berkeley: When it comes to 5-star hotels in London, The Berkeley is one of a kind. Stunning interiors by A-list designers, afternoon tea with a twist, service that raises a smile… Everything about this luxury hotel is refreshingly different. Intuitive service that always seems one step ahead, from the moment you walk in, the hotel begins to work its magic. With many guests returning year after year, it’s a spell that’s hard to breakWilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL, www.the-berkeley.co.uk
  • Blake’s: (photographed above) Located in the stylish neighborhood of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, Blake’s is best known for its inspirational design, sophistication and impeccable service. Created by celebrated designer, Anouska Hempel, who lovingly converted a set of Victorian town houses into a unique lifestyle boutique hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3PF, www.blakeshotels.com
  • The Connaught: Settled in the heart of Mayfair, The Connaught is loved for its winning combination of elegance and world-famous service. Let your butler take care of your every whim and give yourself time to relish the exceptional fine art, Michelin-starred dining, atmospheric Mayfair bars and every creature of comfort you could possibly wish for. Their new contemporary restaurant brings world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature cuisine to London. Stepping into The Connaught feels a little like entering another world. Elegant, yet effortless, Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL, www.the-connaught.co.uk
  • Claridge’s: The hotel began in 1856 and soon attracted royal notice. During the 1920s it became an English institution; an art deco landmark, loved by movie stars and statesmen, fashion designers and global dignitaries. To this day, they continue their dedication to service that made them a byword for luxury. Step into the lobby and prepare to be whisked away to an age of timeless art deco glamour. Whether this is your first visit, or you are making another fond return, you will be treated like an old friend, Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, www.claridges.co.uk
  • Ham Yard: In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, The Ham Yard has an urban village feel. The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centerpiece by Tony Cragg. Interiors are designed by Kit Kemp in her award-winning modern British style. Alongside the hotel’s 91 individually designed bedrooms and suites are 24 apartments, 13 independent stores and a restaurant and bar with outdoor dining. There is a drawing room and library, rooftop terrace, spa and gym, theatre, private event rooms and bowling alley, One Ham yard, London W1D 7DT, www.firmdalehotels.com
  • The Lanesborough: On the doorstep of Hyde Park, just a short walk from Harrods, and London’s most exclusive shopping district; Sloane Street and Knightsbridge, this grand luxury mansion has undergone an inspired renovation by the famed interior designer Alberto Pinto. The hotel is home to 93 luxurious suites and bedrooms, Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant, the vibrant Library Bar, Garden Room and the magnificent Lanesborough Club & Spa, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA, www.oetkercollection.com
  • The Rosewood: An idyllic urban sanctuary, The Rosewood London is amongst the capital’s finest luxury hotels. On arrival, an arch in the hotel’s grand façade draws one into a tranquil courtyard. The hum of the city slips away, replaced by an atmosphere of quiet sophistication and unsurpassed hospitality. It’s a warm welcome to a perfect stay. Blending English heritage with contemporary sophistication, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, www.rosewoodhotels.com

Silver Cross Balmoral Pram, $3,999.00 at Silvercrossus.com; Traditional Vintage Style Paddington Bear, £80.00 at Fortnumandmason.com; Bath to Bed Gift Set, $155.00 at MarieChantal.com; London Twister, $9.99 at Tenderleaf.com; London Taxi Pull Along, £10.00 at Orangetreetoys.com; Iconic Personalized London Bus, £75.00 at Dragonsofwaltonstreet.com; My First Book of London, $17.00 at Amazon.com; Tea and Biscuits Play Set, $32.00 at Normanandjules.com; Ben Shirt Collar Onsie with Owl and Pussycat Embroidery, $49.00 at Mariechantal.com; White Sweet Pea Face Covering for Child, $8.75 at Mariechantal.com

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