CITY GUIDE: LONDON

 

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I just returned from London this week, and I am once again reminded of my love for the city. I studied there a summer in college, and have been back once in between this last visit. Steeped in tradition, yet brimming in sophistication, London is one of my favorite big cities.

It is full of beautiful hotels, ample parks, and fantastic shopping. While they haven’t always been known for their cuisine, the city boasts some of the best restaurants around. The ethnic food is not to be missed. Just pretend the pounds are dollars and the prices won’t be that bad ūüėČ Here are some of my favorite places and spots I love.¬† Others on the list¬†come highly recommended!

Cotswolds guide later this week  on the blog!

 

STAY

Claridge’s

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Rosewood London

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The Dorchester

 

The Stafford

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Brown’s Hotel

 

The Savoy

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The Connaught

 

HAVE A DRINK

The Connaught

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The Goring
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Mandarin Oriental 
bar is open, rooms set to re-open this spring

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Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood
great live music and very fun

 

Berners Tavern

 

Sexy Fish

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HAVE SOME TEA

sketch

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Claridge’s

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The Goring

 

Brown’s Hotel

 

ENGLISH BREAKFAST OR JUST A LATTE

The Wolseley

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Ivy Chelsea Garden (great for lunch or dinner too)
try to get the conservatory or courtyard if it is nice weather!

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Dalloway Terrace

 

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar

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Elan Cafe 

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DINNER

Daphne’s

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Chiltern Firehouse
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Maggie Jones’s

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Berner’s Tavern
Sexy Fish
Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

 

Clos Maggiore (great spot if seeing a show)

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Park Chinois

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Gymkhana
Amaya

 

Sal e Pepe

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Scalini
Cecconi’s
Harry’s¬†Dolce Vita

 

PUB CRAWL

Churchill Arms
great thai restaurant inside

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The Bunch of Grapes

 

The Coal Hole

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VISIT & SHOP

Victoria & Albert Museum
Borough Market

 

Liberty London

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Harvey Nichols (grab a drink on the 5th floor)

 

Fortum & Mason

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Food Halls at Harrods (I’d skip the rest of it)

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Cath Kidson
The Shop at Bluebird

 

Portobello Print & Map Shop

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catch a play
They don’t allow ticket scalping in London, so usually¬†reasonable¬†prices
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