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Shangri-La, The Shard, London Bridge
Wallpaper, Elle
"The UK's first Shangri-La hotel is a surplus of superlatives.  Located in the iconic Shard tower, it is the tallest hotel in Western E ...
Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone
Financial Times
"André Balazs is the alchemist of the luxury hospitality world, and the Chiltern Firehouse, in London, is his latest – and possibly ...
45 Park Lane, Mayfair
British Harper's Bazaar
Harper's Bazaar's pick for where editors most like to stay during London fashion week.  "The restaurant of slick and sophisticated ...
Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch
Financial Times, Elle
The London outpost of the über-hip Ace Hotel group is destined to be a fashion-crowd favourite, says Elle in the attached review. "A floris ...
ME London, Covent Garden
Elle, Elle Decor, Wallpaper, Wallpaper
"Located at the western tip of London’s 1920s Aldwych crescent, on the site of the former Gaiety Theatre, ME London is the latest project ...
Cafe Royal, Mayfair / Soho
Elle, Financial Times
"Restored as a luxury hotel, the Café Royal looks to regain its place at the centre of London’s social scene," remarks the FT ...
La Suite West, Hyde Park / Paddington
Wallpaper
Anouska Hempel, the style guru behind Blakes, designed La Suite West, a new 80-room hotel in a Victorian terrace on a quiet, leafy str ...
Bulgari Hotel London, Knightsbridge
British Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, Elle, Vanity Fair, Wallpaper, Wallpaper
"The name alone screams indulgence, doesn’t it?," remarks Elle. So-slick-it-hurts new hotel in London by the Bulgari clan, in Knights ...
The Athenaeum, Mayfair / Green Park
British Harper's Bazaar, Tatler
Tatler and Harper's Bazaar recommend this smart Mayfair hotel for a family holdiay in London.    The magazine gossips on the Londo ...
Dorset Square Hotel, Marylebone
Elle Decor, DailyCandy
"The latest pad from Tim and Kit Kemp (Covent Garden Hotel, The Soho Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, Crosby Hotel in  NYC) is set in a Regency townh ...
Citizen M, Bankside, near Tate
Financial Times, Wallpaper
Cool new hotel in London, cleverly providing high tech and luxury amenities at an affordable price, starting at 99 pounds a night.  Ci ...
Belgraves, Belgravia
Wallpaper
Slick new boutique hotel in London by hip US hoteliers Thompson Group, located in a landmark mid-century building surrounded by some of Belgravia's most ...
Sanderson Hotel, Oxford Circus
Tatler, Our Friends, Elle Decor
With its swanky interior designed by Philippe Starck,  a restaurant by Alain Ducasse and a great spa, Sanderson Hotel is definitely a rea ...
The Corinthia, Whitehall, overlooking the River Thames
W Magazine, Elle Decor
New luxury hotel in London, located in the former Ministry of Defence overlooking the River Thames in Whitehall. In August 2011, Tatler featured Th ...
The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell
Wallpaper
Cosy, 13-bedroom boutique hotel (just steps from the Zetter Hotel) set in a Georgian townhouse overlooking St. John's Square.  &qu ...
The Goring, Belgravia
Our Friends
Posh, old-world luxury hotel in Belgravia. The Goring was all the buzz during the Royal Wedding as HQ for the Middletons.  Understated elegance. ...
The Grazing Goat, Marylebone
Financial Times
Cosy new boutique hotel/restaurant in London's Marylebone.  "Eight sweet, simple accomodations with French oak floors, wainscotted w ...
Dean Street Townhouse Hotel and Restaurant, Soho
Elle Decor, Tatler, DailyCandy
DailyCandy announced the launch of Soho's Dean Street Townhouse Hotel, a 39-room hotel and restaurant in a Georgian house, by the team from Soho ...
40 Winks, East London, Stepney Green
Tatler, Tatler
Tatler writes, "East London could have never imagined such a roaring revival. Suddenly, there is nowhere hotter to hang out -- to tuck into frog ...
The Connaught, Mayfair
Financial Times
The legendary Connaught has been given a stylish facelift which won the praises of the FT.  Of particular note is the new Aman Spa on the hotel& ...
The Kensington Hotel, Kensington, Queen's Gate
Wallpaper
Wallpaper praised the decor of The Kensington Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in London, set in four grand Victorian townhouses at Queen's Gate in Kensin ...
Sanctum Soho, Soho, West End
Elle Decor
Cool design hotel in Soho, called "hot" by Elle Decor.  "London's Sanctum Soho Hotel features an underground cinema and ...
York & Albany, Regent's Park
Elle Decor
Luxury hotel in London by super-star chef Gordon Ramsay. "Set in a refurbished 1820s John Nash building overlooking Regent's Park, York and Al ...
Brown's Hotel, Mayfair
British Harper's Bazaar, Wallpaper, Town and Country, Elle, Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair writes that Rocco Forte has "whisked the Brown out of it," referring to the prior "chintzy" incarnation of this ...
Haymarket Hotel, Theatre District
Wallpaper, Elle, Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Financial Times, Vanity Fair
Wallpaper's hotel pick for business travellers visiting London. Smack in the middle of the theatre district, the Haymarket Hotel has 55 relaxing rooms/s ...
base2stay, Kensington
Our Friends
Check out this cool, innovative hotel concept in London.  base2stay Kensington is targeting business travellers arriving or departing from the city ...
Charlotte Street Hotel, North Soho
Our Friends, Vanity Fair
Located on a quaint leafy street just north of Soho, Charlotte Street Hotel is "charming, witty, friendly, and very cool." Defi ...
Baglioni Hotel, Mayfair
Financial Times, Elle Decor, British Harper's Bazaar
High luxe "boutique" hotel.  Bazaar writes, "Avid partygoers should book into the slick Baglioni Hotel."  The FT announced ...
Covent Garden Hotel, Covent Garden
Our Friends, Vanity Fair
Charming, very stylish hotel in London by the Kemp team.  Discreet. ...
The Soho Hotel, Soho
Our Friends, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair
Well-appointed boutique hotel right in the middle of London's happening scene.  Discreet, friendly service. A 10 ft cat sculpture by Botero adorns ...
The Sloane Square, Chelsea
Elle Decor
"Spare, but not spartan hotel right in the middle of retail action."  Elle Decor's pick. ...
One Aldwych , Covent Garden
Our Friends, Town and Country
Rave reviews for this boutique hotel with more of a stylish contemporary feel than a trendy one.  A real gem! ...
Andaz (fmr. Great Eastern Hotel), the City
Our Friends
The quintessential English hotel, recently given a majorly hip overhaul and renamed Andaz.  Good choice if you're working in the City. &n ...
Blakes, South Kensington
Our Friends
Anouska's Hempel's hotel in London is still happening and looks as stylish as ever, after an update in 2011. ...
Claridge´s, Mayfair
British Harper's Bazaar, Our Friends, New York Social Diary
Art Deco jewel in Mayfair, recently spruced up. In August 2010, The FT praised Claridge's 20 new rooms by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg ...
Knightsbridge Hotel, Knightsbridge
Our Friends
Small, charming, well-appointed hotel, located on a quiet square away from the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge.  ...
Number Eleven Cadogan Gardens, Sloane Square
Our Friends, Elle Decor
Smart, discreet hotel in a swanky neighborhood. ...
St Martins Lane, Covent Garden
Our Friends
Another outstanding urban spa designed by Philippe Starck. Asia de Cuba in the lobby of St Martin's Lane. ...
The Church Street Hotel, Camberwell Green
Our Friends
A good choice for budget travellers. Cute, boho hotel located in Camberwell Green, an area with a jumping art scene.  Started by two brot ...
The Lanesborough, Mayfair
Our Friends
Super-luxurious hotel in Mayfair, amazing service. ...
The Pelham Hotel, South Kensington
Our Friends
Chic, cozy hotel in London, popular with fashionistas. ...

Where to Eat

Bird, Shoreditch
Wallpaper
"Forget burgers and hotdogs. The latest trend to hit the London foodie scene is a tarted-up version of that British high street staple: fried ch ...
Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone
Tatler
"The hottest restaurant of 2014," according to Tatler.  Andre Balaz's London venture is the spot "for everone who's anyon ...
Byron Burgers, Kensignton
Tatler
The burger joint for London's smart crowd, popular on weekends for family brunches, on Kensington's High Street.  "David and Samant ...
Honey & Co, Fitzrovia
Financial Times, Financial Times
In his FT review of "Best Restaurants 2013",  Nicholas Lander praised "Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, the husband-and-wife te ...
Lan Zhou La Mian Noodle Bar, Leicester Square
Financial Times
FT restaurant critic Nicholas Lander selected this casual, inexpensive eatery as a "Top Restaurant 2013".  "Liangming Qiu is the ...
Duck & Waffle, the City
Elle Decor
"Open 24/7, this modern space atop one of the city's newest high-rises is a spot to see and be seen," remarks Elle Decor about Duck and ...
Brawn, Bethnal Green
Elle Decor
"This corner pub in the hipster enclave of Bethnal Green serves a mixture of rustic British- and European-influenced dishes, with an emphasis on ...
The Clove Club, Shoreditch
Elle Decor
Elle Decor writes about The Clove Club, "Amid the Edwardian splendor of this former municipal building, chef Isaac McHale serves a hearty five-c ...
Social Eating House, Soho
Elle, Tatler, Wallpaper
Swanky new "modern British" restaurant by top London restaurateur Jason Atherton. "Called Social Eating House, the eatery is housed ov ...
Beagle, Hoxton, East London
Financial Times, Wallpaper
Buzzy new eatery in East London by James Ferguson, the former chef of hostpot Rochelle Canteen.   "Named after one of the steam locomotives ...
Coya, Piccadilly
Wallpaper
Hot new private bar and Peruvian restaurant (open to everyone) by Arjan Waney, set in a majestic Georgian building on Piccadilly. ...
Ametsa, Belgravia
Tatler, Wallpaper
Chic Spanish restaurant by father-daughter acclaimed chefs, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak.  Housed in Belgravia's Halkin Hotel, Ametsa boasts a ...
Balthazar, Covent Garden
Financial Times, Wallpaper
Major scene, super-stylish decor, but just okay food, is how stylemakers seem to sum up the London outpost of NYC's Balthazar, situated in Covent ...
Newman Street Tavern, Fitzrovia
Financial Times, Wallpaper
New, "simple, elegantly-designed" eatery in Fitzrovia. "Newman Street sources food from all over the UK but prepares it on site - this ...
Banca, Mayfair
Tatler
"Very smart" new Italian restaurant in Mayfair by the team from Zuma.  Tatler remarks about Banca, "It's precise and elegant, ...
Gail's Kitchen, Bloomsbury
Wallpaper
Gail's Kitchen, spin-off of all-the-buzz Gail's Bakery, "serves up wholesome food made from fresh, seasonal produce," ...
Dishoom, Covent Garden and Shoreditch
Wallpaper
Wallpaper says Dishoom, a hip interpretation of an old Bombay cafe, is a "hit" among Londoners.  After the success of the Covent ...
Honky Tonk, Chelsea
Wallpaper
Wallpaper raved about this hip, new American-style diner by Mark Cutter (of Supperclub) in little Chelsea.  "The menu at [Honky Tonk] ...
Rochelle Canteen, East End
Our Friends
Inexpensive, cool little restaurant in a former school on up-and-coming Redchurch Street in London's East End. Converted from ...
Tonteria, Sloane Square / Chelsea
Vanity Fair
New club of London's young smart set, comprising a bar and Mexican restaurant on Sloane Square, by Prince Williams' and H ...
Dabbous, Fitzrovia
Tatler, Financial Times
Super-buzzy new foodie restaurant on a quiet street in Fitzrovia by young star-chef Ollie Dabbous. Dabbous is always booked. Savvy London ...
The Delaunay, Covent Garden
Tatler
New, grand-style European brasserie and cafe on the Aldwych by the team from The Wolseley.   In August 2012, Tatler named The Delaunay "R ...
Meat Liquor, Marylebone
DailyCandy, Financial Times
The FT's How to spend it says the best burgers in London are to be found at Meat Liquor, a new hotspot among the young set. DailyCandy also prais ...
La Bodega Negra, Soho
DailyCandy, Wallpaper
Fashionable new Mexican eatery hidden behind a sex shop sign on Soho's Old Compton Street. Wallpaper reports in June 2012 that New York nigh ...
Pitt Cue Co, Soho
Financial Times
Pitt Cue, a tiny barbecue shack near London's Carnaby Street. is causing quite a stir among young hipsters, according to the FT's How to spend it in the ...
José, Bermondsey
DailyCandy
Hot tapas-style restaurant in London. DailyCandy writes about José, "Spanish chef/owner José Pizarro (Tapas Brindisa) prepares s ...
Cuisine de Bar by Poilane, Chelsea
DailyCandy
"The light-filled Chelsea space is simple and calming, with communal tables and single seating for those who don’t want to be bothered. On th ...
Zucca, Bermondsey
Financial Times
New, acclaimed restaurant in London serving modern Italian food. "Zucca’s culinary attractions are its range of great-value first courses, pa ...
The Giaconda Dining Room, Covent Garden
Financial Times
Small, foodie destination restaurant in London's Covent Garden district. FT food critic Nicholas Lander writes, "Certainly, nothing could get small ...
34 Restaurant, Mayfair, Grosvenor Square
Tatler, Financial Times
New, super-posh "steak" restaurant on the south side of Grosvenor Square in London.  In its glowing April 2012 review of 34, Tatl ...
The Collection, Chelsea, South Kensington
Elle Decor
In April 2012, Elle Decor cited the re-launch of the Collection, a fashionable London restaurant housed in a former auto-showroom given a "fashion- ...
The Markham Inn, Chelsea Green
DailyCandy, DailyCandy
Hip, all-day dining hotspot on Chelsea Green.   DailyCandy comments about Markham Inn, "Founded by dynamic duo Piers Adam an ...
Ducksoup, Soho
Financial Times, Financial Times
New, cool little dive in Soho, a favourite of FT food critic Nicholas Lander in his attached 2011 year-end global review of best retauran ...
Brunswick House Cafe, Vauxhall
Financial Times, Financial Times
In November 2011, FT food critic Nicholas Lander calls Brunswick House Cafe (an old curiosity shop and café), "one of the most memorable pla ...
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Hyde Park
Financial Times, Elle
Buzzy restaurant in London by Heston Blumenthal, the culinary force behind the destination restaurant, Fat Duck, in the village of Bray.  ...
Spuntino, Soho
DailyCandy, Town and Country
Spin-off to the wildly popular Polpo -- "[Spuntino] serves, incongruously but convincingly, the best New York-inspired Italian food you'll have thi ...
Viajante, East End
Elle
Elle's Jet-setter and Vera Wang president Mario Grauso remarks, "For adventurous fine dining [in London, East End], Nuno Mendes at ...
Galvin La Chapelle, Shoreditch
Tatler, Elle Decor
" A grand 19th-century hall is the setting for London's Galvin La Chapelle Restaurant. Elegant bistro fare is served amid arched windows, soaring v ...
Polpo, Soho
Tatler, Financial Times
Venetian bacaro (casual wine bar) serving Italian small plates and simple northern Italian wines in a relaxed setting in Soho. The man behind Polpo is R ...
Lutyens Restaurant, Holborn
Elle Decor, DailyCandy
"Housed in a 1939 building [on Fleet Street] by the celebrated British architect for whom it's named, Lutyens restaurant in London features French ...
L'Anima, City/Shoreditch
Financial Times, Wallpaper, Wallpaper
Hip Italian eatery in London, located in a "clean, bright space" between the City and Shoreditch.  Wallpaper praised the decor by archite ...
Inamo, Soho
Wallpaper, Wallpaper
Wallpaper admired this pioneering Oriental-fusion restaurant and bar by Danny Potter and Noel Hunwick in London, where control of the ...
The Botanist, Chelsea
Elle Decor
Buzzy restaurant on Sloane Square. "Inspired by the late naturalist Sir Hans Sloane, the Botanist in London serves modern omnivorous British cuisin ...
The Mercer, the City
Elle Decor
Swanky restaurant in the financial district.  Elle Decor writes, "Classic British cuisine like braised wild hare dominates the menu of ch ...
Le Café Anglais, Bayswater
Elle Decor, Our Friends
A London hot spot, according to Elle Decor.  "Buzzy and breezy, this Bayswater dining room is swiftly becoming the new Wolseley. Perfect for S ...
Sake No Hana, St. James
Wallpaper, Our Friends
"Smart Japanese restaurant by Alan Yau (Hakkasan and Yauatcha) in the modern Economist building in St. James. Wallpaper admired the interior featur ...
Tom's Kitchen, Chelsea
Our Friends, Elle Decor
Great pick by Elle Decor, affordable with main courses from 8 pounds. All-day casual dining (and drinking!) in a lovely setting on 4 floors, featuring a ...
The Wolseley, St. James
Tatler, Elle, Elle Decor
"London's most powerful restaurant, the media meets the Establishment," says Tatler in declaring it No. 1 on its list of London's most social ...
China Tang, Mayfair
Tatler, Our Friends
David Tang's restaurant in the Dorchester Hotel scores high marks for its fine decor and simple, yet innovative Chinese food.  It's no. 2 on Tatler ...
Locanda Locatelli, Marble Arch
Tatler, Our Friends
Super hot Italian restaurant serving excellent food.  No. 3 on Tatler's list of the most social restaurants in London.    Signature dishe ...
Aubaine, South Kensington
Tatler
Tatler's No. 4 pick in its survey of the most social restaurants in London. The vibe is "Park Avenue princesses and Euros." Table 3 is the top ...
Zuma, Knightsbridge
Tatler, Our Friends
Swanky restaurant in London serving excellent contemporary Japanese food.  Hard to get a table.   Tatler says Zuma has a & ...
Olivomare, Belgravia
Wallpaper
A down-to-earth seafood restaurant  in London with a bright, modern decor, featuring a Escher-inspired wall of graphic fish.  Most of Oli ...
Benares, Berkeley Square
Elle Decor
"London's swankiest Indian restaurant," according to Elle Decor. Chef Atul Kochhar puts an innovative touch on traditional recipes spanning th ...
Benugo Bar & Kitchen, SouthBank
Wallpaper
Cool  bar/restaurant of the revamped British Film Institute on the South Bank. Modern, well priced British fare. Eccentrically designed, "colo ...
Hakkasan, West End
Our Friends
With its decor redesigned by Christian Liagre, music from Buddha Bar's Claude Challe, waitors clad in Chalayan, this 60- seat lounge is quite the s ...
The National Cafe, Trafalgar Square
Elle Decor
The museum café has been spruced up by restauranteur Oliver Peyton and architect David Collins. Open until 11 p.m. ...
Amaya, Belgravia
Town and Country
Super trendy Indian restaurant, which Town & Country says "takes subcontinental hospitality to unprecedented levels of sophistication.&quo ...
Geales, Notting Hill
Tatler
If you're looking for fish and chips in an upscale setting, then this is your place.  The longstanding restaurant just underwent a facelift and is ...
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Covent Garden
Our Friends, Wallpaper
Excellent French cuisine by the acclaimed chef. Good ambiance but Wallpaper called the interior "dubious, 1980s inspired."  Our f ...
Bumpkin, Notting Hill
Elle Decor, DailyCandy
Brasserie, restaurant, whisky bar "exuding countrified charm."  ...
Arbutus, Soho
Our Friends
Cozy restaurant  in London serving excellent French food in a serene, modern setting incorporating natural materials and colours.   ...
Electric Brasserie, Notting Hill
Our Friends
Great brunch spot in Notting Hill.  Amazing eggs benedict! ...
La Poule au Pot, Pimlico
Our Friends
Robust French country food served in a cozy, intimate setting.  Very charming, very Parisian. ...
Le Caprice, Green Park
Our Friends
Still going strong.   Click here to read the May 2009 FT article The Secret of Le Caprice's sucess. ...
Maze, Mayfair
Our Friends
Excellent French/Asian fusion cuisine at surprisingly attractive prices for Gordon Ramsay.   Sleek, modern interior. ...
Nobu, Mayfair
Our Friends
The first European venture for the celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. ...
Soho House, Soho
Our Friends
Private Club. Must be invited by a member, although accommodations might be available for non-member travellers. ...
Tamarind, Green Park
Our Friends
Chic Indian restaurant in London serving excellent food at attractive prices.   Good spot for both business and pleasure. ...
Yauatcha, Soho
Our Friends
Great spot to meet a group of friends, have drinks and enjoy London's best dim sums.  Relaxing environment, attractive prices. ...