'THE MAN WHO CAN DOMINATE A LONDON DINNER TABLE, CAN DOMINATE THE WORLD', OSCAR WILDE
THE CITY SHROUDED in near constant cloud cover remains as romantic as ever. Oh London, you will forever have our heart. It is the melting pot in which rockstars, poets and artists are both born and flock to, to create one of the world's most culturally fascinating cities.
As we wonder the many mews of London city, we take a moment to explore some of musts when it comes to eating, sleeping and sight-seeing!
It's no secret that Shoreditch is the place to go for some of the best small bars and delicious food in London. With this is mind, it should come as no surprise that French jaunt, Petit Pois, has found a happy home in Hoxton Square. This is where you go for delicious French fare if a trip to gay Paree is not on the cards for this trip. You won't be disappointed with the simple menu - the Steak Frites with Béarnaise Sauce!
The cool kid of London town is Sexy Fish - the Asian fish and seafood restaurant replete with resident DJ, private dining space and a 2AM close time. This is where you can feel a certain old-school glamour at all hours - all the while eating a sumptuous feast of fresh seafood and gazing at Frank Gehry and Damien Hirst works that complete the incredible space to a tee!
We don't want to get you excited about any one dish at Primeur... the menu changes daily. What we can tell you is that this hidden little gem outside of the CBD is well worth the journey. The fit out is rustic and you feel you've stepped out into the English countryside. Word to the wise, make a booking!
Perhaps this is the only place you need to know about when it comes to finding good coffee in London. It's basically an homage to our Antipodean favourite, the flat white. The owners are originally from south of the equator and they know what it means to have a good brew first thing in the morning! The service is neither nonchalant, nor OTT and you can get a coffee just the way you want it. Enough said.
Note: They do a mean scrambled eggs, on sourdough, with a side of avocado.
This little Pimlico favourite ticks all the boxes - good coffee, good pastries and chic interiors. All coffee from The Roasting is sustainably sourced and the owners know exactly where there beans are coming from.
Grind & Co.
With six locations across London, Grind & Co. is your fail safe option when you want good coffee and decent food, particularly if you find yourself in the more touristy spots of the city. If, after a day of shopping, you'd rather trade in an espresso for a cocktail, Grind & Co. also serve up the martini kind of caffeine!
High Road House
From the maker's of Soho House, introducing High Road House. As stunning and modern as it's sibling, High Road House is that kind of luxurious exclusivity that you want for a special occasion. We're not sure what we love the most - the free Wi-Fi, the freestanding bath or the Egyptian cotton sheets? You know what, we will take it all!
The London EDITION
With hotels in some of our favourite locations (read New York and Miami), the Edition in London is nothing short of stunning. The beds are plush, the bathrooms are beautiful and the show gel is Le Labo... need we say more? Despite having London dining at your doorstep, there is something to be said for Berner's Tavern within the hotel confines. We know, who eats the hotel restaurant? Trust us, you will wish you had done so every night of your stay!
It's the kind of place that makes your heart flutter! What was once an old London firestation has been restored by hotelier, André Balazs and dazzles with the style of a luxurious countryside manor. The hotel joins an incredible lineup of hotels around the world, including Chateau Marmont in L.A.
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
While we absolutely encourage you to venture inside this wonderful space, the architecture is a thing to be marvelled at in and of itself. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the building is described as a "synthesis of old and new". Part of the Serpentine Galleries in the heart of London, venture here for your contemporary art fix.
You're on holiday, treat yourself! In the heart of East London is Hostem. The only place you are going to want to part with your pounds for a serious fashion fix. Loved by celebrities and fashionable folk alike, Hostem is home to some of your favourite internationals and more boutique brands. The fit out of the space favours wooden structures, stone slab floors and bare white walls... and it 100% works.
No sojourn to old London town would be complete without a stop-off at an interesting bookstore - England is, after all, the home of the world's literary greats! This is where Donlon Books comes in. Found in the London Borough of Hackney, Donlon Books is an independent bookshop and publisher where you will find all those rare reads that are hard to come by anywhere else. We would recommend a visit if you are after something a little more unique within the arts, music, counterculture and fashion industries.