London Calling

London Calling

The ultimate travel guide
| September 24, 2015

Now that London Fashion Week is over and we have caught up on life after our travels, we sat down and created an ultimate tour guide for London.




Over 100 years old, the Cannaught is a London classic.

Ham Yard is new and fabulous. And also the most fun.

Ian Schrager's Edition is modern, chic and cool.

The Zetter mixes old and new. 





SELFRIDGES If you spent all day in Selfridges, I would not be surprised. Everyone starts here. But, avoid Oxford Street because it's full of tourists with selfie-sticks.


Marylebone High Street and Marylebone Lane (our favorite street): It's near Selfridges. Check out Daunt's books, an old and quaint bookstore where you can find paper treasures. For Danish modern home accessories and furniture, Skandium has amazing stuff next door. Conran shop is another one not to be missed for modern home furniture. If you're a chocolate lover, you must stop at Pierre Marcolini. Make sure to pick up one of their special edition boxes which were made in collaboration with Industrial Designer Tom Dixon. Amazing chocolate!


Despite being so central, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, Marylebone sits within an oasis of relative tranquillity.

Liberty's: This department store will remind you of old England but has great modern products. Don’t miss the grand staircase! Go buy a beautiful scarf for the misses, a leather watch for yourself or even a made-to-order cologne. Once you are all shopped out, you can walk down Carnaby St. and get lunch at Pizza Pilgrims (quick) or Nopi (sit down). After lunch keep walking to Covent Garden Market and Seven Dials to Regent St.

Harrods: A big department store where you will drop a lot of cash. The food court and grocery section are quite elaborate and famous for their style.

Bond Street: Start from the top near Piccadilly St. then walk down to see big brand luxury stores. You can have lunch at Hush Bistro then walk to Mount St. and Dover Street Market.


Little Venice: You can take the underground tube from Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus to Warwick Ave. station in 10 min on the Bakerloo north line. Walk around the canal, then go to the high street called Clifton Road (5 min walk) and get a snack at Baker and Spice. Stop by Clifton Nurseries.

Primrose Hill: Cowshed Spa in Primrose Hill is a great starting point even if the lady wants a quick nail polish change because it's a lovely atmosphere and has a great breakfast area. This is where the locals go to hang out. Then walk to the top of Primrose Hill and get a stunning panoramic view of London.

Buckingham Palace: Because you are in London.

Big Ben: Again, you are in London.


5 different spaces build up this incredible top restaurant in London: Sketch. It's a restaurant that´s an art gallery, that´s a top social location, that´s a design bar, that´s one of the hottest “must go to" spots in the British capital, and probably in all of the UK as well. Make sure to check out the bathroom.

Breakfast (or a sweet snack)


  • Cafe Royal for an old school charming breakfast near Piccadilly Circus.
  • Sketch (Parlour Room) is great for breakfast or lunch.
  • Nordic Bakery near Piccadilly for a quick breakfast or snack. Great lattés, gorgeous pastries and cookies (especially the cinnamon buns!)

  • Dean Street Townhouse is hipster/vintage cool. 
Brunch gets busy, but breakfast is usually fine. Pre-book if you can. Order the eggs and avocado.
  • Aqua at The Shard. Best breakfast and in the tallest building in London. It's far, but easier if you take the tube. Might be a good idea to go early in the morning just to watch the sunrise.


Lunch

  • Busaba Eat Thai (in Soho or near Selfridges) has fantastic Thai food. Order the squid starter! And if it's cold outside, order their ginger tea and honey.
  • Nopi is a great modern style bistro near Oxford Circus. Their Isreali chef mixes cuisine with modern European. Make sure you leave room for dessert.


Trishna is modern Indian with a twist.


Dinner
: Indian Food (because it's really special in London)


  • Chor Bizaar is an old school Indian restaurant in the Mayfair. Make a reservation! Before dinner you can go for drinks at the Brown's hotel across the street. Their bar is cool and buzzy and the hotel is the oldest hotel in London.
  • Trishna is a modern Indian food with a twist. Michelin Star-rated restaurant. Definitely pre-book early. Before you go there you can have a drink at the newly opened hotel Zetter in Marylebone, or at Chiltern Firehouse (the latter might be crowded if it's the weekend).
  • Amaya (in Knightsbridge) is an upscale Indian restaurant in a very lux part of London. If you go shop in Harrods (and you probably will) and Harvey Nichols, then Amaya is walking distance. The restaurant is Michelin Star-rated.
  • Dishoom's theme is Indian street food. Only downside is they don't take reservations and there's usually an hour wait. Our suggestion: put your name down and walk around the area for a bit.




Other than Indian

  • Restaurant 28-50 (wine bar and restaurant) on Maddox street. Fantastic bistro with a great ribeye steak, amazing wine list by the glass, great seafood starters. Really nice atmosphere. You might find me here after work enjoying some wine and cheese.
  • The Edition Hotel has a very unique, grand restaurant. It's an upscale bistro and the food, atmosphere, and service are all great. Must pre-book early. If you go, we recommend you also book a table for aperitif before dining in The Punch Room (which is a hidden bar and NOT the lobby bar). Of course, order the punch.
  • Scott's is a London institution. Seafood place on a fabulously elegant street in Mayfair. Upscale and elegant. The food is great. It's a short walk to The Cannaught Hotel, a gorgeous hotel, where you can have drinks before or after dinner at Scott's.
  • Roka in Mayfair, upscale Asian. Fantastic food!!! Great atmosphere. On trend. Very buzzy. Pre-book.
  • Hush Restaurant, a bistro in Mayfair, for lunch while you are shopping. In an elegant Alley. Usually don't need to pre-book. Order the Asian-inspired Risotto!



Drinks

Punch Room at the Edition.

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Punch Room at The Edition
  • The Cannaught Hotel bar (Mayfair, Gatsby style) old world
  • Sanderson Hotel - completely modern/trend

  • Brown's hotel bar (oldest hotel in London) 



Afternoon Tea

  • Claridges is the most classic and old school tea service. Avoid wearing jeans. This is a two-hour affair, at least.
  • The Ham Yard near Piccadilly Circus is elegant and fun. 

  • The Langham (Palm Court) - Grand and classic.
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