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!
Michelin-starred Lyle’s offers a seasonally set menu of minimalist yet complex dishes at its sun-drenched Shoreditch digs.
Inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs where members of high society gather, Gymkhana serves contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients.
From the mind of acclaimed chef and author Chef Yotam Assaf Ottolenghi, these globally-inspired eateries are a must-visit.
London Shell Co.
Hop aboard The Prince Regent, drift down the beautiful Regent’s Canal in Central London, order a glass (or two) of white wine and a round (or two!) of fresh oysters. It’s a good day.
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.
Happily laid-back and buzzing with eclectic DJ sets and go-to drinks. It’s our favorite place to be any night of the week.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem, The Jabberwocky, inspires this modern yet cozy Shoreditch bar that serves a long list of innovative cocktails.
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.
A no-standing rule calls for a reservation at Happiness Forgets: a small yet impressive Hoxton Square speakeasy.
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.
A group of six stellar café-bars across the U.K., Grind serves Shoreditch-roasted coffee in the morning, and famous Espresso Martinis at night. The Shoreditch location also has a recording studio that has seen the likes of FKA Twigs and Sam Smith.
An East London favorite, enjoy a hearty breakfast canal-side at The Towpath Café.
The Towpath Café
Enjoy brunch from above – Duck & Waffle serves playful British dishes 24/7, 40-floors up.
Duck + Waffle
Grab a delicious-as-ethical cup to-go or stay and work, part of Origin’s profits help the communities they employ.
An incarnation of the magazine we know and love for content and aesthetic, The Monocle Café is worth loving for the same reasons.
The Monocle Café
Labour & Wait
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.
Columbia Road Flower Market
If we could spend all day doing only two things in London, it would be Columbia Road in the morning, Renegade Craft in the afternoon. Located close to the Fair in East London, grab armfuls of crisp flowers and fresh greenery at their Sunday market.
Since 1875, Liberty London has been a trove of global and local treasures.
Béton Brut is a modern design concept store hosting avant-garde architects and artists, from Tappan Collective to Gavin Turk.
Built from shipping containers, Boxpark Shoreditch is a pop-up haven of independent designers and global shops as well as cafés and bars.
Minimal but in an exciting way, find your new pair of go-to trousers while shopping independent and emerging brands.
The Croc Bowling Alley
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.
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.
Boasting the world’s most extensive antique selection, Portobello Road hosts over 1,000 open-air vendors every Saturday.
St. Dunstan in the East was built in 1100 and largely destroyed in the second world war. Now, it serves as a public garden and a testament to regrowth and endurance.
St. Dunstan in the East
Spend the day wandering the Tate’s extensive collection. Currently on view and worth seeing: Martin Parr’s classic series, The Last Resort 23.
Part art gallery, part movie theatre, part performance centre, the Barbican is London’s go-to cultural hub. Expect avant garde installations, performance art, and current and classic movies.