Got a well-appointed fellow in your life? Check out T.M. Lewin, Thomas Pink, and Turnbull & Asser among other gentlemen’s shops on Jermyn Street for shirts. For shoes, visit Crockett and Jones and Church Shoes.
Old Spitalfields Market dates back to 1638, but is now a seriously cool place to shop and browse. This is one of London’s finest Victorian market halls and is surrounded by independent shops selling hand-made craft, fashion, and gifts.
The V&A houses the RIbA (Royal Institute of British Architects) collection. there are artifacts from many of the world’s cultures, and the most comprehensive collection of British design and art from 1500 to 1900.
St John Restaurant is London’s original “nose to tail” operation, dedicated to bringing new life to English culinary traditions. It’s not as scary as it sounds--there’s roast lamb for some, and braised goat or duck hearts for others.
Zaika offers a more refined option than a standard London curry house in a building that was previously a bank (a popular option for restaurants in London these days) with high ceilings and grand style to complement the sophisticated menu.
The Wolseley is worth a peek for its grand interior as well as its famous eggs benedict. The building has been a car showroom and a bank\; now the beautifully restored 1920s decor and staff serve surprisingly well-priced, well-executed fare.
London lodgings don’t come cheap, but the Rookery is an excellent option. Located in hipsterish Clerkenwell, the look is all smooth wood and fireplaces\; think of it as the English Gentleman’s Club you never knew you wanted to join--from 222GBP/night.
The first of the Andaz properties from Hyatt, this hotel has bells and whistles like free in-room soft drinks, locally-made toiletries, nightly wine receptions and seven restaurants on-site--from 306GBP/night.
As traditional London hotels go, the Dorchester is the option for when you want the “full English” of hotel experiences with high tea, a location facing Hyde Park, and an “e-butler” to attend to your whims--from 385GBP/night.
Ian Schrager created the concept, Yabu Pushelberg designed the interior, it’s got a smoking hot club (the Punch Room) and a fine location in Fitzrovia. Rooms are small, but the beds are large--because it’s that kind of hotel--from 295GBP/night.