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The Ultimate London Guide

London, , United Kingdom
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One of the world's undisputed Alpha cities, London provides the endless bustle of a New York or Tokyo, but with a distinguished English character all its own. From the posh and refined blocks of Kensington and Chelsea to the hip up-and-coming neighborhoods on the East Side, London neighborhoods are packed with character around every corner. Despite having the world's oldest and one of its largest subway systems, one of the city's definite downsides is the cost of transportation. Even on a weekly or monthly transportation pass, one ends up spending much more to get around than in New York. The introduction of the Barclays bike rental system has provided an alternative that may prove preferable in some instances depending where you're headed. All the more reason to spend more time walking and experience all London has to offer. See below for comprehensive recommendations.
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Bars and nightlife

Reason & Mankind
Molecular gastronomy is taken to whole new heights at this over-the-top underground (literally) cocktail den off Oxford Circus, replete with smokes, crystals, foams and gels.
Thomas Cubitt
The quintessential Chelsea upscale pub, try to grab one of the al fresco tables and start with a dozen oysters.
Casa Negra
Perfect happy hour spot in Shoreditch. Don't miss their Coronaritas and Mexican snack menu.
Happiness Forgets
Cocktail lounge right off Hoxton Square for classic cocktails with a twist.
London Fields Brewery
Hip brewpub in London Fields. Great outdoor space and relaxed vibe to enjoy their great beers.
The Boot & Flogger
Incredibly old pub in Southwark that feels like it hasn't changed a bit in centuries. Great for pub favorites like pies and puddings.

Hotels

Ace Hotel Shoreditch
The new standard for hip London boutique hotels
Covent Garden Hotel
Great boutique hotel right in the heart of Covent Garden, with an excellent lobby bar & lounge.

Points of interest

Borough Market
London's ultimate culinary emporium, this outdoor everyday farmers market feature many of London's best ingredient suppliers and popups by leading restaurants. Great for a meal, shopping for raw ingredients or prepared or semi-prepared foods to cook yourself, or just for a walk around to take in the sights and smells.
Brixton Market
Cool open-air agglomeration of all manner of hip restaurants and shops, much rougher and more funky than Borough Market.
BOXPARK Shoreditch
This great popup agglomeration of shops and restaurants stacked in old shipping containers is a great place to get a small bite and drink while over in Shoreditch.
Monocle Café
At the epicenter of the Monocle universe, the cafe is a great spot to stop in for a coffee, pick up the latest issue and browse the selection of exclusive products.

Restaurants

Cambio De Tercio
Excellent tapas in quiet setting
Oddono's Gelati Italiani Ltd
Many say the city's best gelato
MEATmission
Awesome wings, burgers and picklebacks.
Bistrotheque
Great French bistro-inspired menu in cool converted industrial space.
The Swan Shakespeare's Globe
Perfect place for a Sunday roast, overlooking the river, right next to the Globe and the Tate Modern.
Dishoom
A beautifully decorated Mumbai-style diner with delicious snacks, this is a totally different experience than the dime-a-dozen curry houses on Brick Lane nearby.
Raison D'etre
Excellent cafe for French sandwiches and great coffee right by South Kensington metro. Perfect snack while doing a day of the museums nearby.
Jakobs
A Gloucester Road neighborhood favorite, Jakobs serves up great ready-made Persian, Armenian and assorted Middle Eastern food. The large space is perfect for big parties, but is bright and sunny so also great for spending an afternoon working alone on your laptop.
Noorjahan 2
Considered by many to be London's best Indian restaurant, this beautiful location on a quiet corner is the ideal place to enjoy a casual curry dinner al fresco.
202 Westbourne Grove
Great cafe/bar to stop in for a mid-day or post-break spending the day in Notting Hill.

Shopping

Smythson
Treat yourself
Anthem
London's best menswear boutique
Anthem
London's best menswear boutique
Vinopolis
London's largest and most comprehensive wine and liquor selection, interspersed with all manner of tasting rooms and other liquor education mini exhibits. Right by the Tate Modern, so absolutely worth a stop in.
Darkroom
Great selection of homeware and small furniture, beautiful stationary and hard-to-find specialty magazines.
The East India Company Ltd
The successor to the British company that once oversaw commerce throughout the colonies, this incredible store now stocks the finest selection of coffees, teas and chocolates, as well as a huge array of cookbooks, memorabilia of the colonial company, and all manner of coffee and tea gadgetry. Perfect for gifts for the coffee or tea lover.
Liberty London
Skip Harrod's and Harvey Nichols for the much hipper Liberty. Much more manageable but still oozing with Britishness.
Fortnum & Mason
A food shopping emporium, this is the perfect place to buy quintessentially British gifts like beautifully packaged teas, biscuits and preserves.
Cadenheads Whisky Shop and Tasting Room
An excellent rare whisky collection in a cozy small space.
Daunt Books
One of London's most famous bookstores, any book lover can easily spend a few hours in here perusing the impressive collection in a very inviting space.
36 Opticians
London's best eyeware store with an impeccably curated selection of both classics and the latest trends in both reading and sunglasses.

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1 Comment

by amorosonick

09-03-2014

Awesome information