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- American Bar at The Savoy: Classic. Posh. Old school cocktails ($5000 Sazerac, anyone). I visit this spot every time I’m in London to feel like I’m in London.
- The Blind Pig: Yet another bar disguised as an optometrist’s office
- The Cocktail Trading Co.: Small, busy craft cocktail bar in central Shoreditch complete with walk-up window and the best espresso martini I’ve ever had.
- Calloo Callay: A surprise at every turn and award winning menu.
- Connaught’s Bar: Martini trolley. Best bar in 2016. Sexy, large bar and snacks.
- Lyaness: Best bar in the world for every reason – vibe, drinks, menu, DJ, crowd, location… and on, and on, and on….
- 12th Knot: Rooftop at the Mondrian. Crowded, go early. Drinks OK, it’s all about the vibe and views. In same hotel as Dandelyan
- Sketch: An absolute experience. Just go and trust. A fun shopping break.
- Spitalfields Bar: Short rib nuggets (voted one of London’s top 100 bar snacks) in a speakeasy disguised as an optometrist’s office, that was really an old brothel. Yes and yes.
- Adore San Remo: Small Italian restaurant in proximity to Covent Garden, without the chaos.
- Bar Boulud London: Fantastic food and people watching in the Mandarin Oriental. Solid spot for a shopping lunch.
- Bob Bob Richard: Champagne button at every table+no wifi=pricey, delicious date night. Get the beef wellington for two.
- Cecconi’s London: Classic Cecconi’s menu, where the pizza is star of the menu. Located in Redchurch Townhouse.
- Coq d’Argent: Romance in the finance district. Fun views.
- Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon: Classic at Fortnum and Mason.
- Hawksmoor: Incredible food. Upscale, but casual. Oyster and steak- centric. Delicious Sunday roast. Multiple locations and now in Edinburgh.
- Hutong: High-end Northern Chinese at the Shard. Great views aka reserve far in advance.
- Il Portico London: Family-owned Northern Italian, absolutely fresh and delicous. A Kensington gem.
- Mercer Roof Terrace: Sweeping views of London and modernized British fare.
- Palomar: Delicious Israeli small plates. Good luck getting a table!
- Pizza East: Pizza and snacks in an old school in trendy Shoreditch.
- Polpo/Polpetto: Venetian small plates so you can try it all. Mostly for walk ins. Multiple locations.
- The River Cafe: London institution in a divine, though far flung, location for simple, but perfect Italian.
- The Ampersand Hotel: Largely nice hotel that won’t break the bank in an excellent central South Kensington location.
- The Franklin: Italian run boutique hotel. Small, sexy, fun.
- The Kensington: Classic townhouses turned boutique hotel in Kensignton. Top 10 hotels in the UK.
- The Laslett: Lovely boutique if you must be near Notting Hill’s somewhat grimy high street.
- Redchurch Townhouse: Perfect rooms and a bed I wish to own, nestled among bustling Shoreditch.
- Sea Containers London: Trendy, fun in Southbank. Home to 12th Knot and Lyaness. Formerly Mondrian London and just as wonderful.
- Sofitel Heathrow: For when you’re just stopping through and need an airport hotel.
- Vintry & Mercer: Gorgeously well-appointed rooms in a hide away location in the financial district.
- Bourough Market: Meandering indoor/outdoor market near Southbank. Fun place to eat in or takeaway.
- Box Park: Shipping container community turned pop-up shops, restos, bar, and event space.
- Churhill’s Imperial War Rooms: Fascinating. Even for non-history buffs
- Harrod’s: Little bit of a lot of everything. Go for a stroll through the food halls and the jewelry.
- Liberty London: Quintessentially London. Best room in the UK is just past the fresh flowers, on the right where the vintage jewels meet vintage bags.
- National Gallery: London art institution.
- Newport Street Gallery: Damien Hirst’s old studio. Modern exhibits and the Pharmacy themed resto.
- Serpentine Gallery: Interesting installations in Hyde Park
- Sir John Soane Museum: Townhouse chock full of art and a sarcophagus!
- Southbank: Artsy area with theater, galleries, shops, and views.
- Tate/Tate Modern: Institutions with interesting exhibits and lobby.
- The Shard: A bit Vegas-y, but those views! Go early for a drink.
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- Bar Duoro: Portugese small plates near Borough Market
- Bar Termini: Pre-dinner drinks and cheese. Time Out’s fav bar in London.
- Clos Maggiore: Supposed most romantic resto in London.
- Courtauld Gallery: Impressionist museum closed for reno.
- Design Museum: Always interesting exhibits, but a bit far flung.
- Discount Suit Company: Craft cocktails disguised as a suit factory
- Duck & Waffle: Menu as named. Great views. Reserve early.
- Loconda Locatelli: Michilen starred Italian.
- Luca Shoreditch: Brit/Italian from dudes of Clove Club.
- Nightjar: Speakeasy with live jazz. No cover on Monday.
- Padela: London favorite near Borough Market. No reservations.
- Southbank Hotel: Boutique and new in great location.
- White Cube: Gallery in Bermondsey