Macarons and Mayhem Guide: London

MACARONS

MAYHEM

  • 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.
Snacks and Cocktails at the American Bar in the Savoy. That tray!

NOSH

  • 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.
Follow instructions at Bob Bob Richard.

SNOOZE

  • 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.
Spacious, fun rooms at the Mondrian London.

SEE

  • 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.
Pharmacy at the Newport Street Gallery.

BUT, WHAT NOW?

  • 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

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