Explore London like a local with Reem Hotel
Originally a leafy Victorian townhouse, the Reem Hotel has everything you will want to see, eat and do in London just a few steps away! With trendy Notting Hill to the left and the hustle and bustle of Soho to the right, you're in the perfect spot for exploring the beating heart of London.
Daylesford Farm Shop
A lovely little market and cafe that is perfect for those sunny days. The food and coffee are great but if you want something a bit different, they offer cooking classes, workshops, and events so check out the website for a little slice of the English countryside.
The Magazine is a great place to stop for breakfast or afternoon tea before or after a stroll in Hyde Park. It forms part of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and the futuristic interior, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, has glass walls, so you almost feel as if you're outside in the surrounding garden.
Awarded the world's best bar in 2016 by an international jury, this place is a refined, slick cocktail temple. Agostino, the Director of Mixology is one of the strongest voices of the cocktail world and drives the team like a well trained orchestra. If you love Martinis and cocktails, you can't miss this place.
Representing the hottest names in the art word, like Marina Avramovic, Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and many others, there is always something to see at Lisson Gallery. Aside from the international hits, the gallery represents many British artists who influence the contemporary art world. The gallery hosts talks and discussion on weekends.
Canal Cafe Theatre
The Canal Café theatre sits on the edge of Regent’s Canal, just down from Paddington Station, and is a prime spot to catch new and exciting fringe shows all year round. Countless sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows have started out at the Canal Café while the theatre also manages to book renowned comedians and performers meaning you will find something you like. The theatre sits above the Bridge House pub, a charming spot with excellent craft lagers and reasonably priced food.
Everybody loves a vintage market and the this one is quite a big one. Lining the roads of Portobello, try your hand at discovering old vintage silverware, goods and anything second hand. It's a crowded area, but great for the atmosphere. Take a rest from the shopping and stop for some roadside crepe, Tapas at Galicia or catch a film at the Electric Cinema.
London and Indian food go hand in hand and Dishoom is no exception. With its own take on Bombay cuisine, Dishoom celebrates the old Irani cafes of Bombay and brings it home to us. They serve for every meal so whether its breakfast, tea, or dinner, they got it all. Our two top tips... make a reservation (this place gets very busy) and try the bottomless chai tea!!
The Conran Shop
Situated at the top of Marylebone High Street (closer to the Baker Street side), the Conran Shop has everything. It has books, backpacks, furniture, and the most eclectic selection of gadgets and accessories. You never know what you might find here. Most recently, the Conran Shop has added a cafe to its ground floor, making it even easier to enjoy the spacious white interior, dotted with things you want, but don’t really need. If you want to bring an unique souvenir from London, this shop is the perfect place to look for one.
The Wallace Collection
This is a beautiful museum with rich collections of paintings from the 15th-18th century, jewellery and sculptures, medieval knights and swords, oriental dishes, English heritage jewellery and magnificent paintings from all around Europe. In short, it has it all and best of all... it's free! On the ground floor, there is a nice cafe where you can have a coffee. During weekdays, you can enjoy a traditional tea between 2:30-4:00pm.
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Kyoto Garden, Holland Park
This peaceful garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. There's a beautiful pond and waterfall, and you can sometimes see peacocks roaming around. It's an idyllic setting for a relaxing walk or picnic.
A Swiss vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Perfect for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. They don’t serve the stereotypical vegetarian/vegan food, instead offering everything from the ultra healthy to the not so healthy. It’s a buffet style restaurant, so you can really choose what you want.
Pizza Pilgrims Kingly St
Pizza Pilgrims is, quite rightly, a place of holiness for the pie lovers amongst us. The restaurant serves some delicious takes on classic slices and bakes it to perfection. If you want lovely doughy crusts and fantastic ingredients, this is the place. No bookings so just head on by!
Pastaio is a vibrant fresh pasta restaurant hidden in Soho. This is pasta done right and done well, nothing more to say! The restaurant doesn't take reservations but they do have a virtual queue system so you can stop by, give your details, then head off for a quick drink before your table is ready. Ask for recommendations at the restaurant, they always know where to go!
Royal Academy of Arts
The RA covers the contemporary and the historic: from Ai Wei Wei to Monet & Matisse. A highlight is the annual Summer Exhibition – the world’s largest open submission show – featuring contemporary works by academicians, selected applicants and invited international guests. Each year during the show, the RA courtyard is handed over to a different artist.
A Latin-American restaurant-club (restub) spanning over two floors on Dover Street. The concept being, the restaurant transforms into a nightclub, with a house band, guest DJs and live acts performing late into the night. There are two bars one downstairs, one upstairs and the seating is informal with intimate lighting and a vast array of cocktails infused with the spirits of Mexico (Mezcal), Peru (Pisco) and even some London Hoxton gin! There is another bar downstairs at the back to whet your appetite before dinner. A cute touch is the tables are laid out with everyone getting an individual monkey toy.
Casa Malevo is a homely, warm, restaurant that will transport you to your mother's kitchen with a twist. Here, Argentinian chef Diego Jacquet brings you the best steak in town and no expense is spared. The selection of wines are mouth-watering but be prepared to shell out a little more than usual. This restaurant is great for a special evening.