Our Field Guide is your road map to our fav spots in London!
Sink into one of Sketch’s velvet pink thrones and enjoy the quirky yet refined artwork à la Wes Anderson as you sip on afternoon tea or an evening cocktail. Be sure to check out the futuristic loo while you’re there! Photos courtesy of Sketch.
Michelin-starred Lyle’s offers a seasonally set menu of minimalist yet complex dishes at its sun-drenched Shoreditch digs. Photos courtesy of Lyle’s.
Inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs where members of high society gather, Gymkhana serves contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients at oak-paneled, rattan-trimmed booths. Photos courtesy of Gymkhana.
Flavoring plates with spices from North Africa and the Middle East, Ottolenghi’s four London locations–two full service, two take-out–are sure to impress. From the mind of acclaimed chef and author Chef Yotam Assaf Ottolenghi, the globally-inspired eateries are a must-visit. Photo courtesy of Ottolenghi.
A no-standing rule calls for a reservation at Happiness Forgets: a small yet impressive Hoxton Square speakeasy. Boasting one of the best bar programs in the city, mixologists shake and pour one-of-a-kind cocktails in unpretentious digs. Photo courtesy of Happiness Forgets.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem,The Jabberwocky inspires the modern yet cozy Shoreditch bar that serves a long list of innovative cocktails. Photo courtesy of Callooh Callay.
Jade, gold, leather and fur welcome guests to Oriole: a perennially warm bar even on the coldest days. Serving creative cocktails to the sounds of live jazz, the reinvented speakeasy is a sensuous feast. Photos courtesy Oriole Bar.
One of London’s oldest jazz clubs, Ronnie Scott’s stage has seen artists from Nina Simone to Curtis Mayfield–and was also home to Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance in 1970. The well-stocked bar has a show playing almost every night, just make sure it’s not sold out before you head over. Photo courtesy of Ronnie Scott’s.
A group of six stellar café-bars across the U.K., Grind serves Shoreditch-roasted coffee in the morning, and famous Espresso Martini’s at night. The Shoreditch location also has a recording studio that has seen the likes of FKA Twigs and Sam Smith. Photos courtesy of Grind.
An incarnation of the magazine we know and love for content and aesthetic, The Monocle Café is worth loving for the same reasons. Impeccably decorated and serving a choice menu of globally-inspired plates, libations, and coffee, stop by the magazine’s first café to kick back with their latest issue. Photos courtesy of The Monocle Cafe.
Sustainable coffee is Origin’s priority at their industrial yet warm digs. Whether you’re grabbing a delicious-as-ethical cup to-go or staying to work, part of Origin’s profits help the communities they employ. Photos courtesy of Origin.
Sourcing, roasting and brewing the most flavorful coffee around, Workshop oversees every step of the process from bean to latté. At their four locations, you can also learn how to brew delicious coffee, with classes offered in home brewing and espresso making. Photo courtesy of Workshop Coffee.
Clean and sculptural like the shop’s namesake finish, Béton Brut is a modern design concept store hosting avant-garde architects and artists, from Tappan Collective to Gavin Turk. Photos courtesy of Béton Brut.
In the heart of East London’s market district, Labour & Wait offers utilitarian knick knacks and quality wares at their timeless corner shop, clad in green brick. Photos courtesy of Labour & Wait.
Built from shipping containers, Boxpark Shoreditch is a pop-up haven of independent designers and global shops as well as cafés and bars. Photo courtesy of Boxpark Shoreditch.
While Liberty London is of course home of the iconic floral and graphic fabric, find so much more at their West End address. Since 1875, Liberty London has been a trove of global and local treasures–setting trends for nearly 150 years. Photos courtesy of Liberty London.
Hoping to create a “world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved,” Kew Gardens is home to the largest and most diverse mycological collection in the world. Iconic glasshouses are scattered about the 132 hectares of botanical beauty, all with their own ecosystems and events. Photo courtesy of Kew Gardens.
Boasting the world’s most extensive antique selection, Portobello Road hosts over 1,000 open-air vendors every Saturday. From fresh produce to vintage gems, the market is well worth braving the crowd of tourists and locals alike. Photo courtesy of Portobello Road.
The former home of Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, the eponymous museum showcases the owner’s extensive and opulent collections of art and antiques sourced from around the world. Photos courtesy of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
From cabaret to jazz, movie screenings to classes, London’s only remaining 1950’s Rivoli Ballroom is good for every night and occasion for a taste of both history and celebration alike. Photo courtesy of Rivoli Ballroom.
A 14th century Victorian marketplace, Leadenhall Market offers an array of shops from meat and produce to Barbour and Diptyque. Another historical survivor, St. Dunsten in the East was built in 1100 and largely destroyed in the second world war. Now, it serves as a public garden, beautifully adorned by trees, ivy and flowers–a testament to regrowth and endurance. Photos courtesy of the City of London.
Tucked in the Ham Yard Hotel, slip on a pair of vintage bowling shoes and grab a backlit ball at The Croc Bowling Alley–a private event venue sure to up your game. The eclectic alley also includes the ‘Dive Bar,’ so you can celebrate strikes and gutterballs alike. Photo courtesy of Firmdale Hotels.