This diverse city balances on a tightrope between old and new – a place where Shakespearian legacy is as palpable as the urban music scene. The energy embraces you the moment you arrive and stays with you long after you’ve left. 



What to do… Anyone with a penchant for designer wears should hotfoot it to Dover Street Market. This edgy six-storey boutique-come-market houses Comme des Garcons collections as well as lines from top designers including Lanvin and McQueen. Head to one of London’s famous museums for a late night soirée. These monthly events offer canapés and live music – and not a school group in sight.

Where to eat… Despite gaining an increasing number of accolades (including a second Michelin star), The Ledbury has retained its intimate charm. The simple yet intricate dishes have French and British influences.

Where to stay… Set in one of London’s most exclusive areas, South Kensington, Blakes Hotel has refined glamour down to a T.


Dover Street Market



What to do… Fancy yourself as a bit of a hipster? Hop on the tube, get off at Shoreditch, et voila, you’re home. Explore the indie shops and artisan coffee hangouts before wandering through Brick Lane Market. When night falls, there’s a plethora of uber-cool clubs to choose from. We recommend The Old Blue Last for ‘secret’ gigs from emerging acts

Where to eat… Despite its past as a Victorian warehouse, Beach Blanket Babylon is a French château-themed venue with modern European cuisine and a late license.

Where to stay… The The Rough Luxe Hotel combines unfinished bare walls with high-end fittings. Many of the rooms feature copper bathtubs and handmade toiletries, not to mention original art, which is updated regularly.



What to do… Those looking for independent designers, one-offs and budget-friendly finds should check out Camden Town’s four markets. The home of London’s street fashion scene, Camden is the ideal place to scour stalls for vintage clothing, antiques and outré art. Also be sure to book a show at the West End, one of the thespian capitals of the world.

Where to eat… The Berkeley does English afternoon tea with a huge side order of fabulous. Their Fashionista Prêt-à-Portea features eccentric nibbles such as the ‘Jason Wu’, a coconut hatbox shaped cake-bag sandwiched in retro leopard print chocolate.

Where to stay… We don’t know what we like best about The Ampersand – its Kensington address, its proximity to Harrods, or its townhouse-chic meets retro-luxe décor.


The Ampersand Hotel

Images: Getty, Ampersand Hotel, Dover Street Market