48 Hours in London
12th February, 2020
Voted best destination in the world in TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice awards, London is rightly hailed for its creative energy and cultural vibrancy that stamps its mark on every aspect of London life: food, fashion, arts, exhibitions, shops, and nightlife.
Members of The Hideaways Club have the choice of two London apartments to live their best London life in. One is on Sloane Street, the other nearby on Kensington High Street, overlooking Kensington Gardens; both offer an enviable location surrounded by some of the best spots in the city.
Kick off the weekend with lunch at Spring at Somerset House. Skye Gyngell's team serves sensational seasonal British dishes in a stunning 19th-century drawing room.
Take in one of London's blockbuster exhibitions. There's a major Andy Warhol retrospective opening at the Tate Modern on 12 March, the first there for almost 20 years, while over at the Royal Academy of Arts, Picasso and Paper is on until 13 April.
Pop into Colbert on Sloane Square for a drink - inspired by the great boulevard cafes of Paris, it has some choice wines and champagne available by the glass - before taking a seat in the audience at the Royal Court Theatre next door.
Known for championing new writers, its plays are variously cutting-edge, thrilling, and always worth talking about. Round off the evening with a late supper at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho - each table has a 'Press for champagne' button and the luxury English and Russian menu is served late into the evening.
Have a leisurely breakfast at Chiltern Firehouse, run by Michelin-starred Nuno Mendes, before hitting the eclectic shops on Marylebone High Street. Lose yourself in the words at Daunt Books, browse interior inspiration at the Conran Store or sample the best organic food from the Cotswolds at Daylesford.
Head to Isabel, on Albemarle Street, Mayfair. An opulent, glossy place, it serves a menu of modern South American with Mediterranean-influenced food all day and is one of London's hottest spots to be seen in.
Depending on the time of year, drop into the Frieze London Art Fair (8-9 October), Chelsea Flower Show (19-23 May) or Chestertons Polo in the Park (5-7 June). Alternatively, head to the V&A or the Design Museum, both in Kensington, to immerse yourself in some of the world's greatest art and design.
Head to Core by Clare Smyth. Deservedly named the world's best female chef, Smyth is serving superlative food at her Notting Hill restaurant.
Head to Pavilion Road, just behind Sloane Street - it's one of London's latest destinations for independent, artisan traders and is home to established fashion and beauty boutiques as well as foodie shops. It's a great spot to grab a light al fresco breakfast.
Next, make the most of the fact that 47% of London is green, and head to one of its loveliest parks, Kensington Gardens, to shake off the cobwebs. Seek out the statue of Peter Pan near the Serpentine - it was paid for by JM Barrie and erected overnight so children would think it had appeared magically.
Round the weekend off with lunch at The Wolseley, a London institution. On Piccadilly, it's timeless, traditional and elegant; it's simply the best.
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