A weekend in London
London, the city that offers great restaurants, amazing hotels and the finest art in Europe. We can easily spend over a week in this capital, we have summed up our favourite sports. Missing any? Please let us know and we might include it in our list!
Chiltern Firehouse, located in the heart of London’s Marylebone, was one of the first purpose-built fire stations in London, dating from 1889. Carefully restored by hotelier André Balazs, Chiltern Firehouse joins the collection of bespoke luxury hotels that include the iconic Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the renowned Mercer hotel in New York and the seasonal Sunset Beach on Shelter Island.
The Firehouse offers 26 elegantly restored bedrooms and suites with one or more working fireplaces and generously appointed bathrooms that provide an experience of grand domesticity contextual to the historic charm of the building. Every guest is looked after by a personal concierge, providing unsurpassed levels of thoughtful and authentic service more evocative of a private house than a hotel.
The 3 London hotels are anchored in their own area with citizens to match. Bankside is favoured by business-minded art buffs while our Shoreditch hotel strikes a chord with foodie fashion baggers who love to party all night. At their Tower of London hotel they combine history and modernity, suits and slacks, outstanding views with high-flying meeting rooms, coffee to go and rooms to stay. Pick your favourite area, then pick one of the hotels in central London to match.
RESTAURANTS – All Day
Chiltern Firehouse celebrates contemporary, ingredient-focused cooking, with an underlying American accent. Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes draws on a career split between the United States and Europe to create a changing menu of reimagined classics and bold new flavours, with an emphasis on seasonality and healthy eating.
RESTAURANTS – Dinner
The Barbary is situated in the iconic Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. The restaurant takes inspiration from the Barbary Coast, Identified by 16th century Europeans as the area settled by the Berbers in the Atlas Mountains (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya), the Barbary Coast was infamous for pirates and (until the beginning of the 20th century) the Barbary Lion. It tells a story of trade, travel and culture – people voyaging along the coast, collecting and sharing ingredients and recipes, gathering influences from areas visited and thus enriching their own culture and heritage.
Since launching in London in 2012, COYA has become one of the world’s most celebrated global Restaurant, Pisco lounge which is known for its unique Pisco Library, Members’ Club and an art showcase space as well as COYA has become famous for its continuous parties. Famed for its bespoke décor, designed by the London based design team Sagrada, COYA links vibrant, contemporary Peruvian cuisine with a cultural experience. Hosting a continuous flow of artistic entertainment in music and the arts all year round, COYA is renowned for its creative cuisine and dynamic dining experiences which start from a moment you walk in to COYA.
sketch is a complex and unique site. Conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz, it has attracted unprecedented media reaction for its myriad food, drink and entertainment styles since it opened in December 2002. Gagnaire’s culinary genius has inspired the menus throughout sketch. His eponymous Michelin three-starred Paris restaurant has a distinctive menu style, which Gagnaire had adapted for sketch. Executed by his acolytes, the food is imaginative, bold, ground-breaking and delicious. These two visionaries have come together to create sketch…
The eponymous Nobu London was the first European venture for the celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Opened in conjunction with partners Robert De Niro, restaurateur Drew Nieporent, and hotel owner Christina Ong, the restaurant occupies the first floor of The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane.
The menu at Nobu London, draws heavily on Matsuhisa’s classic Japanese training as a sushi chef in Tokyo, as well as on South American influences gained during his extensive travels. This innovative “new style” Japanese cuisine has become both his trademark and the foundation of his success.
Only at SUSHISAMBA will you find a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine. SUSHISAMBA is born of the energy and spirit of these three distinct cultures; a tri-cultural coalition that took root in the early 20th century when thousands of Japanese emigrants traveled to South America’s fertile soil to cultivate coffee plantations and find their fortune. In bustling cities like Lima in Peru, and São Paulo in Brazil, the integration of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cultures flourished. This cultural phenomenon launched a culinary coup. Hearty moquecas and colorful seviches found a place at the table alongside simple miso soup and tender sashimi. SUSHISAMBA serves these traditional dishes, plus more inventive fare, including sawagani, tuna tataki and anticuchos. Equal parts imagination and history, the SUSHISAMBA experience is truly unique.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Winter Wonderland @ Hyde Park
You cannot miss the famous Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park when visiting in November or December. From Ice Skating performances to underwater worlds, an ice bar, circus and a giant observation wheel. Both young and old will enjoy themselves when visiting this festive Wonderland.
Department store specialised in luxury goods. Must visit because of it beautiful and lavish building, especially during holidays/festive occasions.
Aesop Store, Notting Hill
Aesop offers skin, hair and body care formulations created with meticulous attention to detail, and with efficacy and sensory pleasure in mind.
The golden mile of Tailoring
Covent Garden Area
Famous for its Covent Garden Market
Notting Hill Area
Walk through the small streets with many shops or drop by Portobello Road antique market.
CULTURE – By area
London Eye; Ferris Wheel by day or night
Buckingham Palace; residence of UK monarchy
Big Ben; Clocktower
Westminster Abbey; Royal Church
Westminster Bridge; Arch Bridge
Victoria and Albert Museum; Art & Design
Kensington Palace; Royal Residence
Hyde Park; Royal Park
City of London Area
Tate Modern: modern art museum
Tower Bridge: famous bridge with partly glass floor
St. Paul’s Cathedral: 18th century cathedral
Covent Garden Area
Somerset House: neo-classisist building close to the river Theems
Trafalgar Square: square surrounded by museums, church and fountains