3 Hour Activities


SERPENTINE GALLERY
Kensington Gardens
44-(0)20-7402-6075
serpentinegalleries.org

SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY
West Carriage Dr.
44-(0)20-7402-6075
serpentinegalleries.org

THE MAGAZINE
West Carriage Dr.
44-(0)207-298-7552
magazine-restaurant.co.uk

KENSINGTON ROOF GARDENS
99 Kensington High St.
44-(0)20-7937-7994
virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens

GARDEN-AND-GALLERY-HOP THROUGH KENSINGTON

  • Walk your way through Hyde Park’s contemporary art galleries
  • Break for lunch or afternoon tea at an awe inspiring glass wall café
  • Escape the city at a luxuriant rooftop garden, filled with live flamingos

Meander through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, stopping to check out the latest in contemporary British art at the Serpentine Gallery, which tapped Zaha Hadid to turn a 19th-century gunpowder store across the lake into its sibling Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Have something to eat in its undulating, glass-walled extension—The Magazine restaurant, serving a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea—and if you’re in town between June and October, don’t miss the annual Pavilion commission, which sees a leading foreign architect create a temporary structure on the lawn. Move on to the nearby Kensington Roof Gardens, a 1.5-acre gem owned by Sir Richard Branson, with Spanish and Tudor gardens as well as an English woodland that is home to live flamingos, all above a members’ club. While the space is open to the public, it’s a popular venue for private events, so call before you go.

Get off at Queensway, Bayswater or Lancaster Gate and go for a walk through the Kensington Gardens. Make the Kensington Roof Gardens the peak of your trip. They’re located above London’s skyline and just on the edge of Kensington Gardens.

SERPENTINE GALLERY
Kensington Gardens
44-(0)20-7402-6075
serpentinegalleries.org

SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY
West Carriage Dr.
44-(0)20-7402-6075
serpentinegalleries.org

THE MAGAZINE
West Carriage Dr.
44-(0)207-298-7552
magazine-restaurant.co.uk

KENSINGTON ROOF GARDENS
99 Kensington High St.
44-(0)20-7937-7994
virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens

POILÂNE
46 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7808-4910
poilane.com

THE THOMAS CUBITT HOUSE
44 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-6060
thethomascubitt.co.uk

DONNA IDA
40 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-5811
donnaida.com

STIVALERIA CAVALLIN
57 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-3198-3269
stivaleriacavallin.com

PHILIP TREACY LONDON
69 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-3992
philiptreacy.co.uk

PEGGY PORSCHEN
116 Ebury St.
44-(0)20-7730-1316
peggyporschen.com

TOMTOM COFFEE
114 Ebury St.
44-(0)20-7730-1771
tomtom.co.uk

TOMTOM CIGARS
63 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-1790
tomtom.co.uk

BLO BY REAL HAIR
36 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-3021-9050
realhair.co.uk

STROLL (AND SHOP) AN ELEGANT VICTORIAN STREET

  • Explore Belgravia’s charming little boutiques and cafés
  • Breathe in aromas of a Parisian breadmaker and stopover at a modern pub 
  • Shop curated denim, Italian leather boots and Philip Treacy hats
  • Fuel up with artisanal coffee and cupcakes, then go for a salon blowout

For a quintessential London outing, look no further than Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, a five-minute black-cab ride from the hotel. This charming street dates back to the 1860s and is chockablock with boutiques and cafés. It’s no wonder venerable Parisian breadmaker Poilâne chose to open an outpost here, just a few doors down from The Thomas Cubitt House, a light-filled, modern pub and the de facto meeting place for the whole neighborhood. Donna Ida draws denim devotees for the most highly curated selection of jeans—and the expertise to pick the perfect pair for any body type. Across the street, the new (and super-posh) Stivaleria Cavallin has covetable bespoke boots in every manner of leather and exotic skin, handmade in Italy. For another dose of sartorial luxury, head to Philip Treacy, the renowned British hatmaker. Peggy Porschen’s cupcakes, sold from her namesake corner bakery, are a favorite of Kate Moss (try the strawberries-and-champagne), and everybody loves the flat whites at Tomtom Coffee on the opposite corner (which also operates a popular cigar shop up the block). For a quick blowout, the new salon Blo by Real Hair is just the ticket.

From Victoria Station, walk down Elizabeth Street. You can’t go wrong with the boutiques and cafes along the way. Be sure to make a right on Ebury Street to taste London’s favorite cupcakes and have a flat white at TomTom.

POILÂNE
46 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7808-4910
poilane.com

THE THOMAS CUBITT HOUSE
44 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-6060
thethomascubitt.co.uk

DONNA IDA
40 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-5811
donnaida.com

STIVALERIA CAVALLIN
57 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-3198-3269
stivaleriacavallin.com

PHILIP TREACY LONDON
69 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-3992
philiptreacy.co.uk

PEGGY PORSCHEN
116 Ebury St.
44-(0)20-7730-1316
peggyporschen.com

TOMTOM COFFEE
114 Ebury St.
44-(0)20-7730-1771
tomtom.co.uk

TOMTOM CIGARS
63 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-7730-1790
tomtom.co.uk

BLO BY REAL HAIR
36 Elizabeth St.
44-(0)20-3021-9050
realhair.co.uk

HOSTEM
41-43 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7739-9733
hostem.co.uk

HUNTERGATHER
Unit 1, 19-29 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7613-2684

LABOUR AND WAIT
85 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7729-6253
labourandwait.co.uk

SUNSPEL
5-7 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7739-9729
sunspel.com

A.P.C.
15 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7729-7727
apc.fr

AESOP
44 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7613-3793
aesop.com

MAST BROTHERS
19-29 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7739-1236
mastbrothers.com

BROWSE A FASHION-FORWARD SHOPPING STRIP

  • Find the latest trends on an East End street reborn by fashion
  • Shop cutting edge designers and French and Australian cult-favorites 
  • Break for coffee in a retail-gallery café or visit a fine chocolate maker

Tucked away in overly hip Shoreditch, formerly shabby Redchurch Street now has some of the sharpest concept stores in town. Set in a Victorian townhouse painted off-black, Hostem opened in 2010 as a Dickensian destination for directional menswear (Rick Owens; Junya Watanabe; Visvim) designed by the local artist duo JamesPlumb; the shop has since added a contemporary loft for cutting-edge women’s clothing plus a hauntingly beautiful basement for avant-garde bespoke pieces. Meanwhile, the local fashion collective Huntergather has unveiled a retail-and-gallery-space slash café, stocking its own range of men’s and women’s staples (think bomber jackets and poplin shirts, but updated with unusual materials and bold, limited-edition prints) while displaying specially commissioned artworks. For timeless, well-designed home products—especially kitchen utensils—try Labour and Wait. You’ll also find outposts for the classic English clothier Sunspel, the cult-fave French fashion label A.P.C., and the Australian beauty brand Aesop, plus a gorgeous modern chocolate factory from Brooklyn, New York’s Mast Brothers.

It’s about a 5-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street station to Redchurch Street. Just stroll down the street and pop into the new concept stores to see what everyone is talking about.

HOSTEM
41-43 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7739-9733
hostem.co.uk

HUNTERGATHER
Unit 1, 19-29 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7613-2684

LABOUR AND WAIT
85 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7729-6253
labourandwait.co.uk

SUNSPEL
5-7 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7739-9729
sunspel.com

A.P.C.
15 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7729-7727
apc.fr

AESOP
44 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7613-3793
aesop.com

MAST BROTHERS
19-29 Redchurch St.
44-(0)20-7739-1236
mastbrothers.com

COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET
columbiaroad.info

ANGELA FLANDERS
96 Columbia Rd.
44-(0)20-7739-7555
angelaflanders-perfumer.com

BOB & BLOSSOM
140 Columbia Rd.
44-(0)20-7739-4737
bobandblossom.co.uk

GLITTERATI
148 Columbia Rd.

BRAWN
49 Columbia Rd.
44-(0)20-7729-5692
brawn.co

SPEND SUNDAY MORNING ON A STREET IN FULL BLOOM

  • Journey to the East End for a weekend flower market that’s worth the trip
  • Visit quirky shops of artisanal perfumes, children’s wear and vintage clothing
  • Come together over shared plates at a stylish farm-to-table eatery

The Columbia Road Flower Market is hardly a secret, but with cockney-accented traders hawking everything from buds to banana trees amid browsing hipsters and homemakers, it’s still worth the 40-minute Tube ride to the East End. Lesser known are the quirky boutiques lining the street, many of which are only open on weekends and deserve a visit in their own right. Among our favorites are the artisanal perfumer Angela Flanders, with hand-blended personal fragrances as well as scented candles and bath products; the upscale children’s store Bob & Blossom; and Glitterati for vintage clothing, accessories, and costume jewelry. Feeling peckish? Have lunch at Brawn, a light-filled local favorite from the team behind beloved West End wine bar Terroirs. The short, daily-changing menu focuses on farm-to-table provenance and natural wines.

From the Bethnal Green station, walk down Barnet Grove until you hit Columbia Road. Take a left and you’ll be able to see the beautiful blooms of Columbia Road Flower Market. Walk further down, admiring the little shops and boutiques along the street, and enjoy lunch at Brawn, on the corner of Columbia and Ravenscraft.

COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET
columbiaroad.info

ANGELA FLANDERS
96 Columbia Rd.
44-(0)20-7739-7555
angelaflanders-perfumer.com

BOB & BLOSSOM
140 Columbia Rd.
44-(0)20-7739-4737
bobandblossom.co.uk

GLITTERATI
148 Columbia Rd.

BRAWN
49 Columbia Rd.
44-(0)20-7729-5692
brawn.co

QUAGLINO’S
16 Bury St.
44-(0)20-7930-6767
quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

MR. FOGG’S
15 Bruton Lane
44-(0)20-7036-0608
mr-foggs.com

THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZÉDEL
20 Sherwood St.
44-(0)20-7734-4888
brasseriezedel.com/crazy-coqs

SIP A COCKTAIL WITH A SIDE OF THEATRICS

  • Hit the dance floor at the West End’s best nightspots
  • Sip champagne cocktails over live music at an iconic brasserie
  • Wander into at an eccentric cocktail bar with a tavern feel
  • Share old-fashioned Parisian cocktails with jazz and cabaret acts

A few of our favorite West End nightspots are as much about the cocktails as the spectacle (they don’t call it Theatreland for nothing). Quaglino’s—the historic and recently refreshed Art Deco brasserie—lures London’s most glamorous to St. James’s with two swanky bars, delicious champagne cocktails, and live music on stage almost every night of the week. Over in Mayfair, Mr. Fogg’s has been fashioned as the whimsical Victorian home of Phileas Fogg (the fictional Jules Verne adventurer); stuffed Indian tigers and annotated maps adorn the walls, staffers wear military-style uniforms crafted by Gieves & Hawkes, and sharing cocktails inspired by Around the World in 80 Days are poured into antique punch bowls. And in the basement of Brasserie Zédel (another hit from the team behind The Wolseley), the intimate, Paris-style Crazy Coqs serves old-fashioned cocktails (fancy a Boulevardier?) during throwback cabaret and jazz acts. Book in advance. 

Mr. Fogg’s can be found on Bruton Lane inside the Berkley Square House and just across the street from Berkeley Square. The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel is located in West End. With Piccadilly Circus being the closest station, walk left onto Windmill Street and keep left on Denman until you reach Sherwood Street. Find Zédel here. You can’t miss its illuminated red awning.

QUAGLINO’S
16 Bury St.
44-(0)20-7930-6767
quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

MR. FOGG’S
15 Bruton Lane
44-(0)20-7036-0608
mr-foggs.com

THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZÉDEL
20 Sherwood St.
44-(0)20-7734-4888
brasseriezedel.com/crazy-coqs

TIMOTHY LANGSTON
20A Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7823-4900
timothylangston.com

SOANE BRITAIN
50-52 Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7730-6400
soane.co.uk

ROSE UNIACKE
76-84 Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7730-7050
roseuniacke.com

PIMLICO ROAD FARMERS’ MARKET
lfm.org.uk/markets/pimlico-road

DAYLESFORD FARMSHOP AND CAFÉ
44B Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7881-8060
daylesford.com

HUNT FOR OLD-MEETS-NEW TREASURES

  • Discover London design at its finest, right where the designers live
  • Browse eclectic antique shops and modern, contemporary furnishings
  • Pay a visit to the always interesting Orange Square farmers market

If you consider yourself a true design aficionado, skip Portobello Market (too many tourists) and make a beeline for one of Belgravia’s best-kept secrets: Pimlico Road. Here, you’ll find dozens of tony shops for antiques dealers including Timothy Langston (a go-to for collectors of English and Oriental objets d’art) and interior designers such as the country-chic Soane (think mod floral wallpapers and rattan lamps, all handcrafted in Britain), plus more and more hybrids like Rose Uniacke, who stocks both Midcentury furnishings and her own collection of contemporary fixtures in an airy, minimalist space. Stop at the Saturday morning Pimlico Road Farmer’s Market in leafy Orange Square, or drop in to Daylesford—a posh outpost of the cult-favorite Cotswolds farm shop and café—for fresh-baked quiches, seasonal [see prev graf?] salads, and other organic treats delivered straight from the country every single day of the week. The organic yogurts from Daylesford’s herd of grass-fed British Friesian cows are a must.

It’s best to take the tube to Sloane Square. Then, go left on Holbein Place and walk for about 3 minutes until you reach Pimlico Road. Along the street, you’ll find antique dealers and contemporary interior designers.

TIMOTHY LANGSTON
20A Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7823-4900
timothylangston.com

SOANE BRITAIN
50-52 Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7730-6400
soane.co.uk

ROSE UNIACKE
76-84 Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7730-7050
roseuniacke.com

PIMLICO ROAD FARMERS’ MARKET
lfm.org.uk/markets/pimlico-road

DAYLESFORD FARMSHOP AND CAFÉ
44B Pimlico Rd.
44-(0)20-7881-8060
daylesford.com