We love how rooms aren't cookie-cutter; each has its own unique décor that gives it character. From fun color combinations to different layouts, these rooms are special. Read more.
Good to know: One Aldwych has a private contemporary art and sculpture collection of over 400 items displayed throughout the hotel. Read more.
This is a great choice for a hip haunt in the Theater District with a young, hip, party crowd and high-concept design accents, including golden seats and life-sized chess pieces. Read more.
Good to know: There’s another entrance to the hotel via Refuel Bar, which will take you to Wardour Street (much more convenient than the “front entrance”). Read more.
Even though Oscar is a bit of a scene, the hotel itself is quiet and low-key, almost hideaway-esque, and is known for its discretion. The Library is quite lovely for doing a bit of work. Read more.
We liked the classic English décor with a funky twist and found it quite accessible. As owner Kit Kemp put it, the Haymarket is “the England of the present, not of the past.” Read more.
We like the extras more than the rooms themselves–the Aqua Spa, Long Bar, Purple Bar, Billiard Room, and the fantastic courtyard garden are all compelling reasons to love this place. Read more.
Be in-the-know: Non-members need to make a reservation for before 11:00pm, unless going with a member. Make sure you know the address too; the club is unmarked from the street. Read more.
We love this bright, lively venue for a nibble or a drink. Fun fact? Name comes from history of its location: The Soho Hotel stands on the site of a former car park’s petrol pumps. Read more.
The terrace is a fantastic refuge in bustling central London, and the cocktails are first rate. This is a great place to start the evening, before making the walk to the bars of nearby Soho. Read more.
Ling Ling at Hakkasan serves a hot scene with wicked cocktails. And who doesn’t love a little eye candy? Read more.
If you’re going for dim sum, try to get there around 12:30pm-1:00pm and you won’t have to wait long. (Go later and risk food running out.) Read more.
It’s a neat London experience to eat in such a historic spot, and the fish really is excellent. Great place for a sophisticated meal with "local color," and convenient for pre/post- theater dining. Read more.
This is London’s ultimate grease fix, whether you’re looking for a calorific afternoon snack, late night bite, or hangover remedy. Read more.
Scoring reservations at The Ivy is notoriously tough, but you’ll probably have more success if you shoot for off-peak times (we actually were able to walk in, late night). Read more.
The tapas served here really are taste-like-Spain good. It’s definitely worth the wait. Perfect spot for a relaxed yet sophisticated tête-à-tête with friends or a date. Read more.
The dining room is lovely, but the seats at the counter in front of the chef have the best views in the house. Note (especially when booking) that all counter seating is called “kitchen view.” Read more.
Their food and drink are spot on: coffees are expertly crafted, and cakes are exquisitely light. We could never come here without having at least one Portuguese custard tart. Read more.
Great for a yummy quick bite but know that it's cash only! Also, make sure you get in the right queue: there are separate registers for drinks, sweets, and savories. Read more.
The food is absolutely lovely (particularly those phenomenal olives!!) and sensibly priced! The warm, relaxed atmosphere is soothing and welcoming. Oh yeah–and the service is flat out perfect. Read more.
If you need a quick bite but don’t want to have to settle for a burger joint, this is a great option. It’s hip and cool with tasty food. Read more.
The bar is a good hangout if you arrive early, and for after dinner there’s a new bar (Dive Bar) in the basement. Read more.
Hakkasan attracts a sophisticated mix of a crowd from London’s upper crust: foodies, celebs, powerful suits, and fashionistas. Read more.
Free, fantastic art–can’t get much better than that, though they seem to be trying with their excellent tour selection and event offerings. The gift shop is also one of the best in town. Read more.
Great lessons in British history from the Tudors to the present, through the faces of prominent citizens. Be sure to hit the contemporary exhibit featuring portraits of David Bowie by Stephen Finer, Read more.
There is a special candlelit opening on the first Tuesday of each month, 6-9pm, with last entry at 8:30pm. Look out for a range of architectural plans, including many that never came to fruition. Read more.
If you are a history buff or a lover of artifacts, plan for plenty of time here. The sheer size of the collection makes it difficult to see everything that you would like to see in one trip. Read more.
They’ve got a cool collection of contemporary furniture on the fourth floor and a neat little oyster bar tucked away on the lower ground floor. Read more.
Although most of the silver is English, you can find treasures from every corner of the globe. Check out John Surtee at Vault #65–his diminutive shop deals in unique animal pieces. Read more.
This is a good spa for several friends to go together. All of the eight treatment rooms are soundproofed for the ultimate in silence during your treatments. Read more.