48 Hours In London
London possesses such an intriguing mix of history, culture, food, and fashion. My recent too-short business trip to London reminded me of the dozens of reasons why I love this elegant city….
THE GLAMOUR OF A CLASSIC HOTEL:
I love the elegance of Claridge’s. The Victorian era hotel has beautiful marble bathrooms, supremely comfortable beds, and a La Prairie spa. Their traditional English egg and sausage breakfast is the perfect way to start the day.
A DELICIOUS RESTAURANT SCENE:
There are a handful of London restaurants I return to again and again. Tom’s Kitchen is a cozy British Brasserie that specializes in comfort food. La Petite Maison serves family style French-Mediterranean food. Scott’s is a classic seafood restaurant in Mayfair that has the best Sole Goujons with mushy peas. Dating back to 1798, Rules is the oldest restaurant in London. Their sticky toffee pudding is one of my favorite desserts ever.
ANTIQUES AND FABRICS:
Interior designer Robert Kime has colorful fabrics, pillows, and throws at his two London showrooms. Hemisphere in Chelsea features a wonderful selection of mid-century pieces.
Who can resist Liberty of London’s enchanting floral prints? Rachel Riley has the cutest children’s clothes with pretty gold ballet slippers for girls, and classic pajamas for boys. S.J. Phillips is a dream destination for vintage jewelry. Savile Row tailor Anderson & Sheppard is my source for men’s scarves and cashmere sweaters. Men’s tuxedo shirts look so chic with jeans or over a bikini, my favorites are from Budd Shirtmakers. If I really only have time for one stop when I’m in London, Harrods has absolutely everything from Cartier to Paddington Bears.