Alberto K is the restaurant whose name comes from Alberto Kappenberger, manager of The Royal Hotel during its 25 first years. It offers the best merging Italo-Danish and guaranteed good views. The experience of using the same cutlery (designed by Jacobsen) that the astronauts of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey used is also surprising.
The Vintage House is a bar specializing in whiskey, and it is one of the most charismatic and special shops in Soho. The inside is spectacular with almost all walls covered with wooden shelves completely full of bottles classified by years and types. At the back, there is a room to keep “vintage” whiskies dominated by a board asking customers to speak quietly “to not disturb the whiskies sleeping there”. The Vintage House was establi… Read More
Zetter Town House
The Townhouse is an extension of Zetter modernism. The first Zetter had a clear and modern style, but Townhouse chose antique furniture for getting a bohemian and époque atmosphere. As soon as you enter, you are in a room whose colour, decoration and music seduces and conquers you.
Zetter Town House
This confectionery store is famous in London for doing the best cinnamons of the city. Its decoration follows the aesthetic rules of the Scandinavian style, characterized by harmony and the balance of the elements. Soft colours and loads of natural light for tasting excellent home-made recipes. It has three stores in different parts of the city.
The Secret Tea Room
The famous Coach&Horses bar keeps a valued secret on its second floor: a charming tea room that offers more than 15 tea varieties, home-made bread rolls, sandwiches and teapot covers. Its retro-style decoration is inspired in the 30s; you can have a wonderful time listening to music with a gramophone from the 40s.
The Mecca of Parisian cool has arrived in London. Le Baron is a glamorous venue, hidden away in one of the rooms of the Embassy restaurant and which combines three concepts in a single space: bar, restaurant and concert room. There is karaoke on Tuesday nights which various celebrities have attended such as Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan.
Culture for fashionistas
At London’s famous Charing Cross, the street specialising in bookstores, one can find the bookshop Claire de Rouen Books, a must visit for all of those fashion and photography lovers. A singular space on the first floor of mythical chain Soho books. A discovery for visitors that don’t expect the best is waiting upstairs. An address to have in mind if one is looking for discontinued books difficult to find like prohibitive L… Read More
In Dalston, London, on the side of the canal we find the Towpath Cafe, the perfect place for a quiet breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning. On the water’s edge, they serve coffee and delicious toast. Homemade recipes, and the most requested item being the sizeable “reuben” sandwich and the “diamond fizz” cocktail served in a tin cup. For dessert, the vanilla ice cream is another of their specialities.
The oldest barber’s shop in the world
The oldest barber’s shop in the world is in London. Truefitt & Hill opened their door in 1805 and their shaving products are, according to experts, the best. Their traditional razor shave takes about 1 hour, a complete ritual. Furthermore they have their own, well selected and exclusive range of hair and personal care products for their discerning customers.
With a reservation only
The Late Night Chameleon Café is a new multidisciplinary space that has become the coolest place in London. They show the latest trends in design, music or literature. It doesn’t have a fixed timetable and the curious thing is that one has to phone up and agree a time to discover their treasures. Original, isn’t it?
Gourmet Food in London
We have discovered a route in Maltby Street, London, for insatiable “food hunters”. This area in southeast London is home to a number of independent shops specialized in food and drink products and has become a place of pilgrimage for gourmet treasure hunters as well as curious types who can’t resist the temptation of spending Saturday mornings searching for new gastro delicacies. Sweet things, bread, fruits, ice creams and al… Read More
Persephone Books, the home of the forgotten female writers in London
Persephone Books is a lot more than just a publishing company or book shop where you can find the latest best seller. This is a special place with an equally particular objective: “to rescue” writers, mainly women from the beginning of the XXth century whose work has been forgotten. The Persephone Books collection comprises 90 titles including novels, story collections, diaries an… Read More
In the English countryside
Coworth park. Located in the county of Berkshire (20 min away from Heathrow), this five star hotel has a 100 hectare garden, equestrian facilities and an eco spa, and it features a couture hat collection and organises afternoon snacks in honour of the Ascot Ladies Day. The hotel is new but it is housed in a Georgian property from the XVIIIth century, superbly maintained and surrounded by a garden of over 80 hectares. It i… Read More
A coffee bar with a view in London
No doubt London is the capital of shopping. Besides its shops, there are also food, sweets and wine markets, and lately in every neighbourhood there is a cool cafe or restaurant. One of our favourites, which we recommend to those planning a trip to the British capital soon, is the Roof Top Cafe located in the roof terrace of Alfies Antique Market, in Church Street. It is worth a visit, especially at brunch time or … Read More
Lunch in London
For those who are planning a short trip to London, coinciding of course with some Christmas shopping, we recommend going for lunch to the new Nuno Mendes restaurant called The Corner Room. It looks like a French bistrot and you can enjoy the best squid with jersey royal potatoes and fennel. Our advise: go early because they don’t take reservations.
Around the world in maps
Considered to be the biggest travel and map book shop in the world, Stanfords has 3 floors exclusively dedicated to travel literature, guides, maps, globes and travel accessories.
Located in the heart of London, in Covent Garden, on the basement floor they have everything related to the UK and Ireland plus a digital cartography section where they print personalised maps. On the ground floor they have maps and books on… Read More
Clandestine hotel in London
A rough diamond in a luxurious city. Decorated by the acclaimed Rabih Hage, the Rough Luxe Hotel is connected to the Mews Contemporary Art Gallery, where there is a coffee bar and a tea room. In both places they serve a selection of sandwiches and cakes and a full afternoon tea with homemade cakes from Monday to Friday. The charm of the decoration of this hotel lies in the perfect match between antique furniture and art … Read More
The best jazz in London at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
In The Experience we like to give you recommendations of where you can go to enjoy good music. This time, it’s the turn of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. For us, it’s the best place to go and hear jazz and blues live in London’s Soho, and it’s open every day. Since 1959, all the great legends of Jazz have played in the club, from Bill Evans to Tom Waits. The walls are covered with photos of artists who … Read More
Ephemeral art in London
Every summer the Serpentine Gallery, an art gallery located in Kensington Gardens, within Hyde Park in London, invites an internationally acclaimed architect to create a public space that will remain open for only three months. An initiative that, under the Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales Trust, has become one of the most popular exhibitions in London since its creation in 2000, drawing over eight hundred thousand visitor a … Read More
V&A shop is the web shop at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. We love museum shops because they always have a very artistic selection in deco objects, books, or even fashion and jewellery. We love this shop in particular because apart from its avant garde look, it is part of the largest art and design Museum in the world. A visit to its web is a must.
A secret terrace
“Hush” in English means keep quiet and when something is “ hush hush” it means that it is a secret. This name fits perfectly this small and charming brasserie which is hidden in one of the most surprising squares of this neighbourhood, Lancashire Court. It isn’t marked on any of the maps and it can only be accessed by way of a narrow tunnel/road from Brook Street. When you pass along it for the first time, you arrive at the pretty t… Read More
Be eco centric
Ecocentric is an online shop of sustainable decoration. They are in the UK but their products can be bought anywhere in the world and the delivery costs are very reasonable. All their products are made with recycled and sustainable materials. What’s more, they support young designers who share their philosophy of respecting the environment. The founder is Oliver Heath who as well as being an architect, is a regular writer of articles … Read More
London’s markets are one of the main attractions of the British capital and although many are overrun by tourists, there are still some that are authentic and relatively undiscovered. This is our secret agenda. Broadway market: although it is predominantly a food market, the arrival of design studios, artist workshops and art galleries have converted this area of the East End into a Mecca of unique delicatessens. Some of the most so… Read More
A picnic in London
When someone thinks about a picnic in New York, you instantly think of Wholefoods Market, an American supermarket chain specialised in organic products. For fans in Europe, we recommend to visit the store they have in Kensington High Street in London. Even though it is not as spectacular as the ones in New York, it is still a great place to buy organic and gourmet products which are difficult to find in the regular supermarket, an… Read More
Drink, Shop & Do
Located in an old Victorian house two minutes away from London’s King’s Cross, Drink, Shop & Do is a lot more than just a shop. Going in you feel like being in a friend’s lounge: cosy armchairs and sofas with patchwork blankets, coffee tables on which you can enjoy a piece of cake on a flowery plate, someone knitting next to a stand up light, a walk-in wardrobe from the 60s or a glass cabinet with very kitsch swan figurine… Read More
Sweet and savoury snacks
The trendy places for a custom which is becoming increasingly popular. The latest thing is to meet up to have an early evening snack at one of these charming places where one can taste all type of sweet or savoury specialties such as quiches, lemon pie, Sacher cake or toasted ham, cheese and truffle cream sandwiches.In London, classy afternoon tea at The Berkeley hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge.
Barbican Centre is an arts centre located in London, in the heart of Barbican Estate. Opened in 1982, it is one of the biggest in Europe: it hosts concerts of classical and contemporary music, theatre performances, films and art exhibitions. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The gallery has permanent exhibitions, the majority of them focus on architecture, design and fashion.
London Farmers Market
Located in O’Donnel Court Brunswick Centre, it is a street market where all type of food from farms near London is sold. It’s a very crowded place due to its 100% natural and fresh products.
London Farmers Market
At one of their tables, Kate Moss chats with Philip Green, owner of Topshop. Other regulars include the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Olivia Palermo, Sting or Jemima Khan. What is it that draws the attention of so many celebrities? The total privacy. Harry’s Bar is not just one of the best restaurants in London, specialised in Northern Italian food, it is also a private club where only those with a golden card can get in…Read More
Another corner to be discovered for those who have unconditional love for this city: the Number Sixteen hotel has reinterpreted the British Style. Its abundant charm will conquer those staying in it . It is located in the heart of South Kensington, next to the Victoria&Albert Museum and Harrods. The interior design is a wise mixture of classic British with a fresh Mediterranean style. It is a daring mixture that pays homage t…