Archive for the 'City Guide London' Category

HÉLÈNE DARROZE AT THE CONNAUGHT GETS A SECOND MICHELIN STAR

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught opened in July 2008 and was awarded its first Michelin star only six months later. Signature dishes include a “Fines de Claire” oyster tartare with caviar from Sologne and a chilled velouté of white beans from Béarn. Designed by India Mahdavi, the restaurant is warm and inviting, designed to be at once grand and intimate. Darroze’s honor further establishes The Connaught as offering one of London’s premier culinary experiences and elevates the Maybourne Hotel Group legacy of fine dining, which also includes Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Koffmann’s, Pierre Koffmann’s new restaurant at The Berkeley and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s.

The Connaught
Carlos Place
Mayfair
London. W1K 2AL
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)20 7499 7070

EDC (LONDON)

EDC’s new Fitzrovia showroom is all about making you feel at home – so much so that it was conceived as an open-plan city apartment. Visitors enter through a heavy wooden door behind which lies a series of living environments, from the dining to the bedroom; over 2000-sq-ft, a trademark EDC eclectic mélange of contemporary and classic furniture is arranged throughout this simulation of the home. Expect to see designs from the likes of Ferruccio Laviani, Mauro Lipparini, Niki Jones, Jorg Zeidle and Philippe Bestenheider among many more, as well as a Limited Edition series created exclusively for EDC.

EDC London,
20 Margaret Street,
London W1W 8RS,
T: 44.20 7631 1090

DRAWING FASHION AT THE DESIGN MUSUEM (LONDON)

Drawing Fashion celebrates a unique collection of some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion, from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.This exhibition showcases fashion illustrators at their creative heights: Lepape at the beginning of the century, Gruau in the 40′s and 50′s, Antonio throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, to current artists Mats Gustafson, Aurore de la Morinerie and Francois Berthoud. Film-clips, news reels, music and photography sit alongside the original illustrations to reflect not only the spirit and the style of the decades but also the wider social and cultural changes of the century.It is the first time this collection, which was put together over the past 30 years by Joelle Chariau of Galerie Bartsch & Chariau, has been displayed.

The Design Museum
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD
United Kingdom

BAR AT THE SAVOY (LONDON)

The Savoy
Strand London,
WC2R 0EU
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 7836 4343

GALVIN AT WINDOWS RESTAURANT (LONDON)

Located on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane in trendy Mayfair, Galvin at Windows restaurant and bar has become one of the most talked about destinations since opening in May 2006. Head Chef Andre Garrett and Chef Patron Chris Galvin have successfully created seasonally inspired menus based around modern French haute cuisine. Renowned for its peerless views over the capital, including iconic sites such as Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, Galvin at Windows is fast becoming a destination restaurant itself. Recently awarded its first Michelin star, Fred Sirieix, General Manager, says, “It is fantastic to gain recognition for the good, honest food that we serve and genuine hospitality,” he says. “We look forward building on this and improving during 2010 and beyond.”

Galvin At Windows
22 Park Lane,
London,W1K 1BE
United Kingdom
T: 020 7208 4021

BARBICAN FOODHALL & LOUNGE (LONDON)

The brand new Foodhall offers a brand new foodie experience with a cafe serving fresh Monmouth coffee and mouthwatering international food.Offering an amazing selection of foods with stimulating and surprising ingredients, deli-tables, counter-top service, restaurant, a stunning ‘jar-delier’ light installation and book bank! Choose from displays of the finest produce – juicy olives courtesy of Olives Et Al, organic oils from the world’s premiere producers, award winning cheeses, chutneys, relishes and pastas. Plus smoked salmon from one of the most prestigious producers in the UK, Severn & Wye Smokery and luxury confectionery from ‘best of British’ sweetie inventors, Hope & Green.

The beautifully designed Lounge boosts fantastic new indoor and outdoor dinning spaces.Step inside to experience the new contemporary space; fusing Scandinavian style furniture with a unique light installation from Beirut designers PS Lab, it shows off the unique décor of the Barbican building.

Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
UK

OUTSIDER TART (LONDON)

A couple of professional guys moved from New York to live and work in London – but discovered that good, wholesome cupcakes, sweet pies and fresh tarts were really hard to come by.Outsiders as they both are, they set about rectifying the situation by turning a favourite hobby into an award-winning business.Outsider Tart is an authentic US bake shop and cafe which is devoted to all things sweet and yummy.

Outsider Tart
83 Chiswick High Road
London W4 2EF, United Kingdom
020 7096 1609

SHAKA ZULU (LONDON)

Shaka Zulu
The Stables Market
London NW1 8AH
United Kingdom
T: +44 020 3376991

WHISKY MIST (LONDON)

From the owners of Mahiki comes their latest venture for clubbing and drinking. Whisky Mist has an option for membership but isn’t members’ only, and is regularly visited by A-listers and Royals.

Whisky Mist
35 Hertford Street
Mayfair,
London W1J 7SD,
United Kingdom
T: 020 7208 4067
reservations@whiskymist.com

GORDON RAMSEY AT CLARIDGE’S (LONDON)

New London hot spot.

Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s
Brook Street
London W1K 4HR
020 7499 0099

COX COOKIES & CAKE


Cox Cookies & Cake

13 Brewer Street, Soho
London W1F 0RH,
T: +44 (0)20 7434 0242

THE SAVOY HOTEL RE-OPENS (LONDON)

The Savoy hotel ready to re-open (10.10.10) after $349 million renovation

The Savoy
Strand
London
United Kingdom
WC2R 0EU

SOURCED MARKET

Sourced Market
St Pancras International
Pancras Rd
London NW1 2QP
UK

LOUIS VUITTON (LONDON)

(Photography: Stéphane Muratet)

New York architect Peter Marino has completed the new flagship Louis Vuitton Maison on London’s Bond Street, featuring glass windows lined with golden chainmail.

Louis Vuitton

17 – 20 New Bond Street
London W1
England

COQUINE RESTAURANT & BAR (LONDON)

Coquine, the latest venture from Dipak Panchal, seasoned entrepreneur and owner of acclaimed hotspot The Valmont Club.Comprised of 2 floors, the intimate 140 capacity venue houses a cocktail lounge and a 75 cover restaurant serving a fusion of French cuisine and international tapas. Open 7 days a week, some of London’s most in-demand DJs will be playing at Coquine from 10pm onwards from Thursday to Saturday.

Coquine
160 Old Brompton Road
Knightsbridge
London SW5 0RA
England

ST PANCRAS GRAND RESTAURANT & CHAMPAGNE BAR

The glamorous ST Pancras Grand Champagne Bar is Europe’s longest and is situated below the magnificent Barlow Shed, allowing a full appreciation of the amazing architecture of the historic Victorian station.The Champagne list is impressive, accommodating the largest selection of Grand Marque houses in the UK, with up to 20 styles available by the glass. The Champagne Sommeliers’ knowledge is extensive and shared willingly. The all day menu is elegant and light. The stylish leather booths accommodate up to 6 people and are heated during winter.A truly unique and stunning venue that lends itself to a host of diverse events from pre-Eurostar breakfasts to product launches and wedding receptions.  If you are interested in booking a private party then please visit our events page.Open Monday to Thursday from 10am until late; Friday & Saturday 7am until late; Sunday 8am until late.

St Pancras Grand
St Pancras International
Upper Concourse
Euston Road
LondonNW1 2QP
England

THE WAPPING PROJECT

Via WeHeart … Located midway between the City of London and Canary Wharf and situated inside what was once The Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, East London’s restaurant come art space – The Wapping Project – is a venue like no other… reminiscent of Tate Modern’s famous turbine hall, yet with a contemporary restaurant at the heart of it all. The Boiler and Filter Houses, stripped back to their 1890 form, provide dramatic exhibition and performance spaces, whist an in-house butchery and carefully sourced produce have defined Wapping Food and it’s place within London’s most serious restaurants…..

The Wapping Project

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station
Wapping Wall, London
Greater London E1W 3ST
United Kingdom
T: 020 7680 2080

LUXX CLUB (LONDON)

Private club. By invitation only.

Luxx
3 New Burlington Street
London W1S2JF
England

SUPPERCLUB (LONDON)

SUPPERCLUB (LONDON)

Formerly known as Neighbourhood, a club that had a streetwise swagger and was more likely to play DnB than have people head-to-toe in D&G, supperclub has transformed the box-shaped space into an impossibly bright white room that is the absolute design antithesis of Gothic. It is an environment so bright, in fact, they should offer sun glasses on the way in for those not used to clubs with nuclear-strength wattage. Once your eyes have adjusted, you may be taken with the overriding feeling that this would be a perfect set for a walk off a la Derek, Blue Steel, Zoolander.

Supperclub London
12 Acklam Road,
Notting Hill
London,W10 5QZ
T: +44 (020) 8964 6600

PATRON SILVER REINDEER POP-UP RESTAURANT (LONDON)

PATRON SILVER REINDEER POP-UP RESTAURANT (LONDON)

Patron Silver Reindeer is a pop-up restaurant from the people behind the acclaimed Bistrotheque. The venue offers tequila and contemporary cuisine in edgy urban surroundings.

Patron Silver Reindeer
29–31 Brewery Road, Holloway,
N7 9QH London

AMAN SPA AT THE CONNAUGHT

AMAN SPA AT THE CONNAUGHT LONDON HOTEL 5 STAR

Aman Spa
Connaught Hotel
Carlos Place
Mayfair
London. W1K 2AL
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)20 7499 7070

LOCK & CO’S PANAMA HAT

LOCK & CO'S PANAMA HAT

Lock & Co.
6 St. James’s Street
London, SW1A 1EF
United Kingdom
T: +44 020 7930 5849

SIX SENSES SPA at PAN PENINSULA (LONDON)

SIX SENSES SPA at PAN PENINSULA (LONDON)

Located in a residential development near Canary Wharf, the Six Senses Spa at Pan Peninsula is a London day spa where Canary Wharf residents and those working in and around East London and the Docklands can escape from their hectic lifestyle.Occupying over 650 square metres, or 7,000 square feet, the spa offers a comprehensive range of Six Senses signature spa treatments and rejuvenating Asian-influenced therapies combined with holistic lifestyle guidance. A unique urban spa concept caters to guests who have limited time by incorporating a circular lounge retreat where express treatments such as foot and hand acupressure, seated massage and luxury beauty treatments are offered. The inner-spa sanctuary comprises eight treatment rooms including a couples treatment room and a luxurious bio-thermal circuit with chromotherapy steam cabin, crystal laconium, traditional dry sauna, sensory shower and a hydrotherapy pool.Treatments are delivered with professional guidance in the hands of internationally trained therapists, using naturally derived and ethically produced spa products. The spa provides guests with access to well-being care through lifestyle consultations administered by specialist visiting wellness consultants, plus spa treatments, spa products and simple and effective take-home advice. Exclusive spa memberships are available.

Six Senses Spa at Pan Peninsula

2 Pan Peninsula Square
London, E14 9 HA, UK
T: +44 207 531 2320

ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM CHAUFFEUR DRIVIN CARS (LONDON)

ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM CHAUFFEUR DRIVIN CARS LONDON

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is hand-built and hand-finished to exceptional standards by the best technicians and craftspeople in the motor industry. It’s this approach that makes every Rolls-Royce so very special. At the heart of the Phantom is its all-aluminium 6749cc V12 engine. Using the most sophisticated engine technology available, including direct petrol injection, variable valve control and variable camshaft timing, it produces impressive maximum power and torque figures – 453bhp at 5350rpm and 531lb ft/720 Nm at 3500rpm – with peerless refinement and unmatched drivability.

Please contact them for rates.

- Holders VC

PAXTON & WHITFIELD CHEESE

PAXTON & WHITFIELD CHEESE LONDON

Paxton & Whitfield has been established in St James’s for over 200 years and in our present premises for over 100 years. A wealth of cheeses and other products awaits you and, of course, you can taste them.

Paxton & Whitfield
93 Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6JE
T: 44 (0) 20 7930 0259
Opening Hours : 9.30am – 6.00pm Mon to Sat

THE VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS

THE VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS BAR CAR LUXURY TRAIN

‘The train against which all other luxury trains are measured’ – Vanity Fair. Revered as a piece of art and an Art Deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train offers a journey unlike any other. Step aboard and you step back into a more gracious, elegant age of travel.Romance, adventure and style are all intimately bound up in luxury train journeys that criss-cross through the sublime scenery of Europe and between some of the continent’s most alluring cities.Ornate luxury train cabins, sumptuous cuisine and attentive personal service make the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train one of the finest travel experiences in the world, full of unforgettable moments.

Famous for its delicious cocktails and welcoming atmosphere the Bar Car is the heart of the train. It is truly a unique, intimate and stylish experience that resounds to the voices of royalty, heads of state and celebrities.Transformed and designed by Gerard Gallet from a dining car, the Bar Car is the ideal rendezvous to enjoy relaxed conversation before or after dinner, and to warm to the skills of our resident pianist.Dressing for the occasion is all part of the experience. Our guide is that you can never be overdressed aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. But whilst you relax in the Bar Car ponder this question – which came first, the baby grand piano, or the carriage that surrounds it?

- http://www.orient-express.com/

OLIVINO DELICATESSE (LONDON)

OLIVINO DELICATESSE (LONDON)

Olivino offers a large selection of fine quality Italian and Sardinianwines as well as specially imported produce mainly from Sardinia.You can also find a selection of cured meats, cured / smoked fishand cheeses as well as freshly made sauces, salads, and sandwichesmade to order, and in true Italian style you can always grab a quickshot of Espresso at the counter.Because of its proximity to Olivomare, Olivino has the added benefit ofbeing able to offer a selection of fresh fish and shellfish which can beordered 24 hrs in advance. Our chefs can also clean and fillet any fish if requested.We also offer various ‘special orders’ such as food hampers made toorder, filled with whatever you choose.And if you buy any case of wine (12 bottles) you will receive a 10% discount.

Olivino Delicatessen
12 Lower Belgrave Street
London, SW1W 0LJ
United Kingdom
T: 020 7730 9042

WALLPAPER CITY GUIDES FOR IPHONE

WALLPAPER CITY GUIDES FOR IPHONE

Wallpapers “top 10 bestselling Wallpaper* City Guides” are now available on iTunes for only $3.99 The international cities include London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Tokyo.

- iTunes

BESPOKE CHELSEA BOOTS by ANELLO & DAVIDE

BESPOKE CHELSEA BOOTS by ANELLO & DAVIDE

The traditional Chelsea Boot was adapted for The Beatles by Anello & Davide in the early 1960’s with the addition of a higher Cuban heel from the Flamenco Boot.This boot became synonymous with The Beatles and many other rock bands of the 60’s era. During the 60’s, customers queued outside Anello & Davide’s shop waiting to get fitted for their very own Beatle boot. Today, many celebrities and rock stars still wear this boot customizing it to their own level of decadent taste and style.

Anello & Davide
15 St. Albans Grove
Kensington,
LondonW8 5BP
England

MURDOCK BARBERSHOP (LONDON)

MURDOCK BARBERSHOP (LONDON)

Via The Cool Hunter

Murdock Barbers & Gentlemen’s Grooming
5B Stafford Street
Westminster, London W1S
T: +44 (0)20 7495 7310

Monday to Saturday: 9am – 7pm

ALL STAR LANES (LONDON)

ALL STAR LANES BOWLING LONDON UK BRICK LANE

Finally a cool bowling alley:-) ….

All Star Lanes was founded by Mark von Westenholz and Adam Breeden who opened their first venue in Holborn in January 2006. Inspired by a passion for bowling and the changing-face of going out in London, boutique bowling was born – a marriage of bowling, cocktails, the finest diner cuisine and unforgettable music. All Star Lanes also offers the ultimate private room experience, a self-contained bowling alley complete with cocktail bar – the perfect venue for private parties, corporate events or just for the truly serious bowling aficionado. Please see venue pages for details.

All Star Lanes
95 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
T: +44 (0)20 7426 9200

PHAIDON POP-UP STORE (LONDON)

PHAIDON POP-UP STORE LONDON

Via We Heart … As you will probably know, Phaidon are one of the world’s most celebrated publishing houses. Beautifully designed, hefty tomes featuring the likes of top chefs such as Ferran Adria to definitive illustrated biographies such as the majestic ‘Le Corbusier Le Grand’ through to their essential Wallpaper* City Guides, Phaidon produce the coffee table icons that everybody wants to own. It’s probably an understatement then to say that their foray into the ever-expanding ‘pop-up’ craze will be nothing short of a sure fire success. Located opposite London’s Royal Academy of Arts, this temporary flagship store will be around until the end of London 2010, catch it while you can.

Phaidon
173 Piccadilly
London, W1

LIBRARY BAR

The Lanesborough St. Regis Hotel Library Bar London

The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel, captures the grace of the Regency period. Ideally located in elegant Knightsbridge, the residence is minutes away from the exclusive shopping of Harrods and Sloane Street.Experience the art of personal service at its best with the impeccable St. Regis Butler. Our staff of consummate professionals act as your personal liaison, ready to fulfill every wish and need with alacrity, style and the utmost discretion.Sometimes every bar feels the same. While retro-minimalism is two a penny and the NY fashion for grafitti-ed crack den bars has yet to hit London – (god help us if they call it ‘retro punk’), the need for a bit of constancy, to a time of classic drinking is required. The Library in the Lanesborough conjures up drinking men’s clubs from regency times, with wall to wall books and high ceilings – but you won’t find old lords snoring in the corner. You will find a standard of service unknown since colonial days, cognacs that pre-date that, tables spaced so that even Spok couldn’t ear-whig and some of the finest Martini’s in town. Go.

Library Bar At The LanesBorough
Hyde Park Corner
London SW1X 7TA
T: +44 (0)20 7259 5599
Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

THE LOFT

THE LOFT BAR CLAPHAM RESTAURANT

The Loft, nestled high above the hustle and bustle of Clapham High Street, is a super-sleek restaurant brought to you by the team from Plan B in Brixton. The open industrial space, candlelit tables, and award-winning cocktails give The Loft a New-York-style vibe, attracting south London’s fashionistas and well-heeled hipsters. The modern-Euro menu is surprisingly robust. Signature dishes include the roasted Gloucester Old Spot pork belly served with roasted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, caramelised apples and home made apple chutney; rabbit rillettes with sourdough toast and chive oil; and the home made Scottish beef burger served with chunky twice-cooked Maris Piper chips.

The Loft
67 Clapham High St
SW4 7TG
T: +44 (0)20 7627 0792

VANILLA MEMBERS CLUB (LONDON)

VANILLA MEMBERS CLUB (LONDON)

Vanilla is a luxury members only club in London and offers a stylish lounge that brings vibrancy and glamour to the London bar scene. The white interior provides a backdrop for the light of subtly changing colours that reflect the bars mood throughout the evening. Delicate drapes surround each contemporary table and chairs, providing privacy but allowing a view of the lively bar. Head chef, Izu Ani simply describes his food as ‘different’ not wishing to follow any particular cuisine but drawing influence from his own culture and putting into practice ideas he has gained from his experiences whilst working in some of the finest Michelin starred restaurants the world has to offer. Vanilla strives to provide an experience for guests, not just a meal.

Vanilla London
131 Great Titchfield Street
London, W1W 5BB
T: +44 (0)203 008 7763

ANDERSON & SHEPPARD (SAVILE ROW TAILORS)

ANDERSON & SHEPPARD (SAVILE ROW TAILORS)

Anderson & Sheppard
30 Savile Row, Mayfair
London, W1S 3PT
UK

SANDERSONS

sandersons hotel london restaurant bar

Sanderson is an extraordinary “Urban Spa” that unashamedly celebrates glamor, opulence and style. It is a classic modern hotel that balances extravagance and simplicity whilst still catering to your spirituality and well-being. With interiors by Phillipe Starck, the hotel is a magical and serenely elegant oasis in the midst of one of Europe’s busiest and most cosmpolitan cities.

Sandersons
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia
LondonW1T 3NG
England
T: 020 7300 1400

(more…)

COCO DE MER

COCO DE MER LONDON

Coco de Mer is an unassuming store front that often has risque window displays upon closer inspection. Get high-quality corsets, the full spectrum of erotic literature and picture books, leather accessories, superior massage oils and all sorts of other goods from feather ticklers to state-of-the-art, er, massagers. It feels like a boudoir, with it’s low lighting and deeply coloured walls but don’t be embarassed; this place has class and takes the tackiness out of the whole sex store experience.

Coco De Mer

23 Monmouth Street
Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DD
T: 0207 836 8882

HOME HOUSE

Private Members Club HOME HOUSE LONDON

Home House is London’s most exclusive ‘Private Members Club’ offering personal service in all areas of the House.The House, with a long and colourful history; offers members the opportunity of being part of something special in the heart of London.Members are encouraged to suggest new ideas for social events.

Home House
20 Portman Square
London W1H 6LW
T: 020 7670 2000

THE ELECTRIC BIRDCAGE

THE ELECTRIC BIRDCAGE

This extravagant cocktail bar and restaurant is positioned on Haymarket in the heart of London’s West End. Complete with carousel bar, lavish Vegas mirrors, stunning monochrome Fibonacci patterned walls and floor, imposing black stallions, giant bird cages, turquoise hand shaped chairs and lashings of fluorescent pink, the exaggerated splendour of The Electric Birdcage creates a magical environment in which to savour a superlative range of innovative cocktails, alongside contemporary Pan Asian cuisine.

The Electric Birdcage
11 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4BP
T: 020 7839 2424

THE BERKELEY HOTEL

THE BERKELEY HOTEL : CHELSEA SUITE

The Chelsea Suite : Indulge and entertain in style with your private cocktail barFrom its decadent black granite bathroom with plasma screen TV, to its king-size bed with silk-padded headboard, this suite is designed to satisfy the senses. The opulently coloured sitting-room panelled in polished wood, with its opulent colours, is perfect for relaxation.Your private bar is set up to offer the ultimate cocktail soirée with Crystal glasses, every essential cocktail ingredient as well as recipes provided by The Blue Bar. Should you wish to make the evening even more memorable, a Blue Bar barman will come up and create your favourite cocktail for you.

The Berkeley
Wilton Place
London, SW1X
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 7235 6000

ARTESIAN BAR

ARTESIAN BAR

Rum cocktails and exotic canapés, combined with striking décor by David Collins Studio, make Artesian a gem in the London bar scene. An intoxicating selection of drinks includes a wide selection of whiskies from the United States, Scotland and Japan, and many specialist vodkas.

Artesian Bar
The Langham Hotel, 1c Portland Place
Marylebone, London W1B 1JA
T: +44 020 7636 1000

PENHALIGONS

PENHALIGONS LONDON

Penhaligons
5 Great New Street
London
EC4A 3BN

L’ARTISAN DU CHOCOLATE

L\'ARTISAN DU CHOCOLATE

£50 … Couture chocolates in a brown box finished with a ribbon or cloth label. “Impeccably sourced ingredients and highly inventive fillings make l’Artisan du Chocolat’s chocolates the best in the world” The Sunday Times. Couture chocolates are made by infusing fragrant flowers, spices, herbs in cream and mixing this cream with chocolate to create a soft ganache. Each infusion is matched to specific cocoa beans to enhance or complement the flavour. The ganache is spread onto marble tables to cool, then cut into individual rectangular pieces. These pieces pass though a curtain of tempered chocolate to protect them and to apply the decoration: fork lines, sprinkle of sesame seeds or intricate and colourful designs. We produce 49 flavours and regularly develop ones. Some are traditional such as pure plantations ganaches, orange, ginger, rose. Many are surprising such as banana and thyme, black cardamom, lumi (sun dried lime), chestnut tree honey, tonka beans, sea salted caramel or even tobacco.

L’Artisan Du Chocolate at Selfridges
400 Oxford Street
London W1

SOHO HOUSE (LONDON/NEW YORK)

SOHO HOUSE (LONDON/NEW YORK)

No, it’s not in Soho, it’s in the Meatpacking District, the west-side warehouse neighborhood that’s suddenly found itself enjoying a second career as something of a dining and nightlife mecca. The Soho House name, rather, refers to its status as the New York chapter of the legendary London members club — the fact that it’s north of Houston is but a footnote. So it’s a hotel, yes, but it’s a private club first. The waiting list for memberships, we’re assured, is miles long, but this being America, it is possible to buy your way in; hotel guests are members for the duration of their stay, with access to spaces that most locals can only daydream about. The membership policy means Soho House doesn’t have to rely on challenging design to put off would-be trespassers. Here the interiors pointedly refer to New York loft apartments, with hardwood floors, brick walls and exposed ceiling beams, and the interior design is noticeably British in character, mixing as it does modern elements like stark egg-shaped tubs with updated versions of country-house antiques, like the occasional chandelier or an ornate headboard topping an otherwise perfectly Zen platform bed. And here membership, however temporary, has its privileges, including 24-hour butler service, the Cowshed spa, and a rooftop pool with views over the Hudson and the West Village. You’re assured an in at the restaurant and bar, normally among New York’s hottest tickets, and a drawing room and games room round out the not-so-public public spaces, perfect for retiring from the always-on Meatpacking District scene.

Soho House (London)
40 Greek St
London W1D 4EB, United Kingdom
T: +44 20 77345188

Soho House (New York)
29 9th Ave, New York,
NY 10014, United States
T: +1 212-627-3647

BETTY BLYTHE : FINE FOOD PANTRY (LONDON)

BETTY BLYTHE : FINE FOOD PANTRY (LONDON)

Betty Blythe – Fine Food Pantry

73 Blythe Rd. Brook Green,
London W14 0HP

T: 0207 602 1177

SKETCH RESTAURANT (LONDON)

sketch-restaurant-london-pierre

Sketch is a well known restaurant on 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, England, which opened in 2003. The restaurant is owned by Morad Mazouz and the Head Chef is Pierre Gagnaire. The cuisine is described as ‘New French’, and is a loose adaptation of the cuisine served in Gagnaire’s three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris and is executed by Pascal Sanchez.

Sketch Restaurant

9 Conduit Street
London

CATCH AND CHAMPAGNE BAR (LONDON)

catch-and-champagne-bar-london

A secluded but popular champagne bar very close to Liverpool Street Station, inside the Andaz hotel. Entrée oh fabulous one and leave the hoi polloi of the bustling city behind. Come sip champagne with us and gobble up some oysters in this oasis of calm. In the grandiose setting of two beautifully restored rooms, comes the elegant 70-seat fish restaurant, Catch, which features a magnificent crustacean display as its focal point and the dramatic 50-seat horseshoe Champagne bar clad in aquamarine and silver mosaic. Mixing old and new both in the interior design and in the composition of the menus.

Catch And Champagne Bar
40 Liverpool Street,
EC27QN, London
United Kingdom

“ANTHOLOGY OF HATS” by STEPHEN JONES

anthology-of-hats-by-stephen-jones

An Anthology by Stephen Jones is a collaboration between the V&A and one of the world’s foremost hat designers, Stephen Jones. This exhibition in the Porter Gallery will display more than 300 hats chosen with the expert eye of a milliner. On display will be hats ranging from an Egyptian Anubis mask dating from 600BC to a 1950s Balenciaga hat and couture creations by Jones and his contemporaries. To show the universal appeal and delight of wearing hats, Jones has included a wide variety of styles including top hats, berets and a child’s plastic tiara.Displayed in a magical, box-hedged, Baroque garden setting, Hats An Anthology will be the V&A’s first exhibition devoted to hats, with many pieces from its extensive hat collection on display for the first time.

- Victoria & Albert Museum
- Buy the Book

FORTNUM AND MASON FOOD HALL (LONDON)

Fortnum and Mason
181 Piccadilly, London,
England
T:+44.20 7734 80

- Fortnum and Mason Online Store