By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by Rebecca Botin
I’ve been to London more than a handful of times. Due to the fact that one of my best friends has lived there for almost ten years now(!), I have found myself hopping the pond more than I likely would have otherwise. And while popping over once every year or so would seem like a good amount, like any major city, London is changing constantly and staying up with what’s new is a young person’s game. Which is why it helps to have your own personal tour guide (did we say thank you, Christy?).
On our most recent trip, almost every place Courtney and I went was new to me. If you are headed that way, here is what I would recommend.
- The Hari – I love boutique hotels and this one is right in the middle of it all. The location was perfection, the rooms were gorgeous and the staff was lovely. If we ever go back to London The Hari will always be our home. My only hope is our next trip will be during the summer so we can take advantage of the adorable bikes they have available out front for guests.
- The Bulgari – Yes, Bulgari has hotels. And if a good spa and luxury accommodations in the heart of it all is what you are looking for, then add this one to your list.
- Soho Farmhouse – If you book early and have the scrilla, head out to the countryside and spend some time here. We had the most wonderful girls weekend in the tents (yes, we went glamping, although they have cabins). It’s no secret we love the Soho House, but because this particular location was so far removed and was more like a camp than a hotel, it made for the perfect place to relax and focus on people.
- Ivy Chelsea Garden – If you want a chic and modern version of the quintessentially British restaurant, this is your stop. Not to mention, the garden wall at the entrance is so gorgeous and photo worthy it’s worth seeing even if you don’t grab a bite.
- Rivea London at The Bulgari – This was hands down the best meal I have ever had in London. If you are looking to splurge on a night out or just have a hankering for some really elegant food, this is your best bet. Period.
- Chiltern Fire House – Super hip spot. Grab your girls and enjoy.
- Pret-A-Portea at The Berkeley – This was definitely the highlight of our trip. If you love fashion, food or tea (is there anything left??), this is an absolute must. Dubbed the “Fashionista’s Tea,” it features a delicate collection of cakes and fancies inspired by the world’s finest fashion designers. Think Moschino cakes and Charlotte Olympia cookies and a menu that is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.
- Sketch – A visit to Sketch is worth it for the photo-ops alone.
- Harvey Nichols – The London answer to a luxury department store and my favorite place to spend an hour (or two) when I’ve got the itch while in town.
- Browns – I order from Browns even when I’m in the States (their sales can be amazing), so having the opportunity to stop in and peruse the goods myself? Not missing it.
- The Shop at Bluebird – With a well-curated variety of goods, this store is always on our list of must stops. And even if you strike out inside, there’s a cute little restaurant on site where you can grab a cocktail or tea to soothe the pain.
- Gloucester Premium Outlets – We stopped here on our way back from Soho Farmhouse and ended up spending way too much time browsing. But when there are deep outlet discounts on Gucci, Chloe, Stella McCartney (the list goes on…), you’d be silly to miss out.
If you love fashion, food or tea (is there anything left??), this is an absolute must.