You might think you can sum up London with red double decker buses, rich historical references like Big Ben and Parliament, and, of course, an obligatory high tea. But, there’s a modern side of the Big Smoke that’s just as sought after as the beloved classics. Not to worry, every magical mew still feels plucked right out of Harry Potter — now it’s about the modern discoveries hiding inside these treasured architectural façades that are casting an allure all of their own. And, as this country enters the dawn of a new era of leadership in the monarchy, one filled with modern ideas and timely agendas, we’ve pulled together an unexpected perspective-shift on this refined city. In anticipation of the new and the next, prepare to see London Town through a modern lens.
The Dorchester | Mayfair
We’re kicking things off with a classic, but this lavish landmark has just stepped right into 2023 in style, reclaiming its title as the city’s most-covetable hotspot. Boasting newly restored rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and imagined to echo the classic 1930s architecture and interiors, the Lalique-clad Artist’s Bar and the rooftop Polo Lounge at The Dorchester are also not to be missed. A testament that modern classics do exist.
The Henrietta | Covent Garden
Forgo a flight to Milan and get your Italian fix at this 40-room hidden gem nestled in the heart of Covent Garden. Featuring fashion-forward interiors around every corner of the discrete townhouse, the well-dressed Henrietta hotel offers a private mezzanine and bar at the property’s ever-changing Italian Supper Club — and yes, it’s as chic as it is delicious.
The Laslett | Notting Hill
Tucked into a stately row of Regency-style houses moments from the tube, is Notting Hill’s latest luxury hotel: The Laslett. Welcoming guests in with a modern gallery-like entrance featuring both established and emerging artists, the boutique property also hosts recharging rooms designed to boost immunity through cutting-edge wellness practices.
Sketch | Mayfair
Everything you think you know about British high-tea culture is completely turned on its head inside Sketch London. The distinctly modern and highly artistic approach to the English institution has even non-tea drinkers flocking to its doors for the experience. Whether it’s ballerinas pirouetting tableside or ornate floral installations alongside artisanal cakes (almost) too pretty to eat, this newly refurbished tea atelier is one you won’t forget.
One Aldwych Afternoon Tea | Covent Garden
Get in touch with the child within at this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea. Housed inside the chic One Aldwych Hotel in the center of Covent Garden, Roald Dahl’s magical world comes to life through tea, cakes, and the most incredible edible concoctions. Let your imagination wander during this kid-friendly take on all things high tea.
Wun’s Tea Room | Soho
Though you’re in the heart of Soho, one step over the threshold of Wun’s Tea Room and you’ll be instantly transported to 1960s Hong Kong. The informal takeaway counter dishes up delicious Cantonese style buns, which are worth the trip themselves. But with a little wandering around you’ll find the speakeasy bar-meets-elegant tea room, where the menus are printed on newspapers and the jukebox plays vintage vinyl from Taipei, Singapore, and Hong Kong
Raw Press | CHELSEA
Start the day off right on a healthy (and super delicious) foot with breakfast at Raw Press on Ellis Street. From scrumptious homemade sweet bites like their Millionaire’s Shortbread to the in-demand cold-pressed juices that are 100% plant based, you’ll leave properly fueled for the day ahead. And, the mushroom latte is a must-try!
Lina Stores | Marylebone
One of the early trailblazers in the now-trendy artisanal grocer scene, Lina Stores first opened its Italian imports in 1944. Now, 75 years later, the restaurant-delicatessen debuts its newest London location in Marylebone. The stylish all-day bistro interiors are perfect for quick bites while exploring the city or lengthy catch-up meals — and don’t miss the Art Deco basement bar for a midday aperitivo.
Sessions Art Club | Shoreditch
All the arts appear to collide inside the Grade II listed Clerkenwell building that houses this urban sanctuary. This restaurant-meets-art gallery-meets-performance space feels like it should be members only, but the historically-referenced, flavor-led vibes are welcoming and perhaps a bit of a throwback to a bygone era of entertaining.
KOL Mezcaleria | Marylebone
Mexican spirits meet British Isles ingredients at this not-to-be-missed mezcal bar tucked away in Marylebone. The highly-skilled bartenders are maestros of mixing, whipping up each artisan-crafted cocktail with finesse and showmanship. Must-try cocktail: The Hot & Cold
The House by M.A.H | Shoreditch
Put your dreamer hat on as you head into The House — the stunning new concept shop on Vyner Street in Shoreditch — offers up one-of-a-kind art, objets and bespoke designs. Brought to life by gallerist-designer-arbiter of taste Laura Fulmine, the space is designed to inspire meaningful interactions within the rooms we spend most of our time. Set around a revolving door of inspired works by local artists and makers, the showroom space holds beautiful treasures — but, be warned, it’s very easy to make yourself at home here.
Portobello Market // Stroll the vendor-lined streets for homewares, cashmere, and everything in between.
Camden Stable Market // Hit the stalls for great fashion finds.
Taking its name from Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, plant-rich beauty haven Linnaean epitomizes luxury at every touchpoint. Part beauty-wellness respite part face-and-body clinic, this dreamy pamper zone takes a modern approach on living well through contemporary practices that honor ancient methodology. Currently booking day of self-care.
Pilates in the Clouds // Look over all of Notting Hill on your reformer