Travel: London Lives On

London

High-street shopping, luxe hotels and tag-worthy restaurants – London’s iconic travel destinations are the gems in the crown of this capital city

 

EAT

Hakkasan at Hanway Place was the first edition of this Chinese fine-dining restaurant chain, which boasts satellites around the world. The Hanway Place interior is exquisite – a 16m bar and a dimly lit room punctuated by black and gold traditional panels will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to another world in which you would like to remain forever.If you were to picture a pink palace that is also a gallery and a two-Michelin-Star restaurant, Sketch would be it. Sketch was established in 2002 as a destination for great food, art and music. Prepare for sensory indulgence with the mouthwatering menu and highly styled interior.
If you only have time for one brunch during your London visit, it should be at Granger & Co, a small chain of four eateries started by Australian chef Bill Granger. All four branches serve the signature dish of ricotta hotcakes and honeycomb butter…need we say more?

Chiltern Firehouse is not only an iconic restaurant but also a legendary hotel. Whether popping in for a drink at their classy-cool bar area, or settling in for dinner at the vibey restaurant, a trip to Chiltern is a must. If celeb-spotting is what you’re into, this is the place for you.

Be sure to make a breakfast stop at The Wolseley on Piccadilly Street for an indulgent dining experience that includes an array of breakfast delights – from decadent Eggs Benedict to the most perfect croissants. To avoid disappointment, make a booking online.

SLEEP

With luxurious, bold interiors conceptualised by award-winning interior designer Kit Kemp, the Ham Yard Hotel reflects modern Britain: there is a 1950s bowling alley, a rooftop garden and a Soholistic Spa.Discover a home away from home at the Dean Street Townhouse situated on the ever-busy Dean Street in the Soho district. The hotel restaurant and bar is abuzz with patrons 24/7 – the late-night menu makes it almost impossible to head up to your room at a reasonable hour.

Founded in 1971, The Portobello Hotel in Notting Hill has hosted many famous guests over the years. If you love show business, music and fashion, book into this boutique hotel for an upmarket experience.

From mini honesty gin bars in the studio suites to hand- stitched Mattison beds, Flemings Mayfair’s attention to detail is what sets this family-owned boutique hotel apart. Did we mention that it’s within walking distance of the West End and Buckingham Palace?

VISIT

Known for its luxury shopping and exquisitely decorated rooms, Harrods is also home to one of London’s most prestigious contemporary art galleries, The Halcyon Gallery. Take a walk up to the second floor and view pieces by internationally renowned artists including Lorenzo Quinn, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.Opened in 1985 by advertising magnate Charles Saatchi in order to exhibit his art collection to the public, the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road in Chelsea is not to be missed. With ever-changing exhibitions, it’s worth a visit every time you go to London.

SHOP

A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around Carnaby Street. Home to over 100 shops and 60 bars and restaurants, the energy of this area is tangible and infectious. Don’t leave without stopping for sweet potato fries and an Aperol Spritz from Whyte & Brown in Kingly Court.

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Get lost in Liberty London, a luxury department store boasting a stunning selection of top beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands. Liberty begins with an outdoor flower stall and continues through several floors of carefully curated clothes, fragrances and accessories. Go with a strict budget in mind – you’ll want to buy everything you see.

Linking Oxford and Piccadilly streets, Regent Street is never quiet – and with good reason. From luxury retailers such as Burberry, Michael Kors, Longchamp and Coach to high-street shopping – & Other Stories, COS, Massimo Dutti and Anthropologie – a walk down this road will lead to many exciting discoveries.
Starting at Sloane Square in Chelsea, make your way down King’s Road for an array of European boutiques and once-off finds. Take a break at The Ivy Chelsea or the famous Blue Bird Café.

Text by Nicole Newman.

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