The beautiful lobby sitting area is perfect for taking afternoon tea with your mum. Read more.
The flat screens built in above the bathtubs make for a very relaxing soak. And complimentary pressing of two garments on arrival ensures that you hit the town in style. Read more.
There's a formal dress code in its public areas (including restaurants and bars, except at breakfast). Gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie; Jeans and/or training shoes are not permitted. Read more.
We love the private dining rooms in the 17th century wine cellar down below. This working cellar hosts wine tasting events (check website). Read more.
With a warm, clubby feel, Dukes is the perfect spot for a martini or a nightcap–they say that author Ian Fleming, the James Bond creator, first conceived the phrase “shaken, not stirred” here. Read more.
We adore The Promenade: By day, it serves all meals including a charming afternoon tea (our fave). And by night, there’s a festive scene with classy but fun music. Read more.
9 Conduit Street also houses two restaurants (The Glade and Lecture Room & Library) and a gallery (The Gallery), which turns into a gastro-brasserie at night. Read more.
It is a hotel bar, so the occasional seemingly out-of-place tourist can wander in. But by and large you'll share intimate company with in-the-know power players or young, hot, but classy scenesters. Read more.
Ask about the 10-gallon Drinking Canoe, but make sure you have more than a few friends to help you out with this! Read more.
With Moroccan decorations and Maghrebi tunes, Kemia Bar is good for a lively drink with friends. Mo Cafe is an outdoor terrace for lounging in warm weather and a souk/cafe during the cold months. Read more.
The kitsch is good, the dance tunes are great, and the hookahs are smokin’! It’s Trader Vic’s for the 21st century. Read more.
Great combination of understated and debonair surroundings, traditional cocktails, relaxed atmosphere, and a chic crowd make this a highly enjoyable venue. The jazz is a lovely touch. Read more.
During the daytime, meals and afternoon tea are served here in a bright, cheery, typically less inebriated (but this is London after all) space. Read more.
This isn't the only bar in the hotel, there's also The Foyer (best for tea) and Le Fumoir (a sexy 1930s style venue). Read more.
Excellent cocktail list in a menu that comes complete with a lesson on the history of the cocktail. Be sure to dress to impress (no ripped jeans or typical tourist gear). Read more.
The fun, old-school glamour feel makes Cecconi's great for a lingering breakfast or brunch, sophisticated drinks, or people watching. And the cichetti (Italian tapas) make for excellent bar snacks. Read more.
Head for a table if you’re looking for a business or intimate ambiance, but otherwise the small sushi bar offers the best views in the house. Can't stay for a meal? Check out their takeaway next door. Read more.
Even though Mr. Ramsay describes the restaurant as serving tapas, it’s really yummy small plates with a weirdly disjointed spotlight on steak. The steak looked impressive! Read more.
The food is definitely not over-hyped, The Square’s cuisine is just as mouthwatering when it arrives at your table as it sounds on the menu. We also love the elegantly relaxed ambiance. Read more.
The Wolseley's ever-glam, eclectic space and the "beautiful people" crowd make for happy dining. Their decadent afternoon tea is one of the most stylish in town. Read more.
Such fashionable scenestering and exquisite eats don’t come cheap, but if you seek to impress, Sake no hana is ideal. Read more.
It’s got a lovely, old-fashioned vibe, and the fantastic service makes you feel like a star. Recommended for dates, with a small group of friends, or an atmospheric business meal. Read more.
As in Victorian days, Asprey still specializes in bespoke services: whether you need custom jewelry, a fold-out mahogany picnic table, or a hand-tooled traveling trunk, they’re on it. Read more.
It’s a British classic: ever stylish and sophisticated, but never taken in by passing fads or trends. A great place to come if you’re looking for high-end luxury from famous labels. Read more.
Bond Street is a British classic: ever stylish and sophisticated, but never taken in by passing fads or trends. A great place to come if you’re looking for high-end luxury from famous labels. Read more.
If you’re looking for something specific, they’ll probably have it, and if you’re looking for new ideas, their creative picks from the season’s top collections are a good place to start. Read more.
British and international fashion favorites located within a couple short blocks. The spaces themselves are worth a gander (especially don’t miss Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney). Read more.
Carluccio’s Caffe and Deli on the lower ground floor is a good spot for a post-shop snack, and there’s a Blink Brow Bar on the first floor if you need a little threading action. Read more.
At Grays, it’s definitely best to go in with an open mind rather than try to hunt for something specific–the best finds here are those you’d never anticipate. Read more.
Matthew Williamson's designs are sexy and fresh–great for sunny weather dressing up. Thumbs up too for the cheery, unpretentious staff in the boutique. Read more.
Their designs are simple, classic, iconic, and best of all, they can hold SO MUCH. A great travel accessory. Read more.
Tucked beneath the shop is Farhi’s first foray into food, a cute Mediterranean café called Nicole’s. If you dig her style (or eats), you might want to also check out 202 in Notting Hill. Read more.
Although they have expanded into an international brand, we like the quaint apothecary feel of their shops, and we dig their fragrances, too. Read more.
We like how classic designs and handcrafted quality meet with a twinge of eccentricity. Pickett’s products are also available from a (very) select range of retailers worldwide–see their website. Read more.
On Sundays they open for browsing at 11:30am, though you can’t make any purchases until noon. Its well-stocked grocery counters and its luscious hampers remain its staple. Read more.
If you dig French macarons (and we do), check out the newly opened Pierre Hermé boutique in their food hall. It’s the only place in the UK you can get your hands on his masterful macaron creations… Read more.
Their diaries make lovely graduation/new-job gifts. If you really dig Smythson, check out the small museum in the back of their store–it highlights key moments and products in the company's history. Read more.
As a high-profile vegetarian activist, McCartney ensures that all her designs are animal-free (no leather/fur), and she’s also been increasingly using green and organic materials in her collections. Read more.
The cute-as-a-button Rose Bakery (on the fourth floor) is a good spot for a post-shopping snack–we recommend the lush cakes. Read more.
The Oxford Street location has personal style advisors available, in case you need someone to walk you through the mammoth collection. Read more.
Visit their convenient and friendly beauty center, Beauty a La Carte, offering one of the widest ranging service menus we encountered in London. Read more.
Leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the sleek navy blue relaxation room post-treatment. Consider extra time for the Spatisserie as well, with its decadent champagne-and-cakes menu. Read more.
They do good hair, and it’s every bit the social hour here as you get coiffed. Good to know: if you can’t secure Mathew for either hair or makeup, his associates are equally capable and charming. Read more.
If you don't mind limited privacy, stop by Blink Brow Bar on the ground floor. You'll get groomed in no time at all and continue merrily shopping on Bond Street. Read more.
As you fill out the questionnaire, you’re given a steaming hot towel before getting taken to your personal treatment suite (with changing room and shower). Finish up in the lounge with fresh berries. Read more.
The décor is perfect for that ultimate relaxed state. Not only that, but the herbal sauna and aromatic steam room reduce you to putty even before your massage therapist gets her hands on you. Read more.
For popular exhibitions, it’s a good idea to book in advance (via website or phone). Advance tickets are timed entry, but once through the door, you can stay as long as you like. Read more.