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Introduction

Lifelong Londoners are still surprised by the speed at which new restaurants, shops and galleries are popping up throughout the UK capital, from its well-heeled west to its aspiring east. It’s a tough beast to tame in a short trip but with our well-honed tips, you’re likely to enjoy trying.

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Essentials

  1. There’s nothing like a London park, whether it’s St James’s, Regent’s, Hyde or the wilds of Hampstead.
  2. Going to the pub is still an important activity. The Jerusalem in Clerkenwell is a good place to start.
  3. The Tate’s two museums (Modern and Britain) are a perfect way to while away an afternoon.
  4. Street-market sweep: Broadway or Maltby Street markets for homegrown Saturday lunch and Columbia Road for flowers and a coffee on a Sunday.
  5. “Boris Bikes”, nicknamed after Mayor Johnson who introduced the city’s cycle-hire scheme, are well maintained and easy to use.

Two-hour tour

  • Sightseeing walk — Start at St Paul's tube station and walk past the cathedral, across the Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern and down to the Globe Theatre.

  • Alfies Antique Market

    13-25 Church Street

    +44 (0)20 7723 6066

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  • Canal cruising — The Regent's Canal towpath has become an axis of leisure and loft conversions. It also leads you to the Olympic Stadium from Islington. Two hours should do it.

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    The Grazing Goat

    6 New Quebec Street

    +44 (0)20 7724 7243

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  • Dependable chain

    Charlotte Street Hotel

    15-17 Charlotte Street

    +44 (0)20 7806 2000

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  • Premium

    The Connaught

    Carlos Place, Mayfair

    +44 (0)20 7499 7070

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Dining

  • Mid-morning coffee

    The Monocle Café

    18 Chiltern Street, Marylebone

    +44 (0)20 7135 2040

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  • Business breakfast

    The Wolseley

    160 Piccadilly

    +44 (0)20 7499 6996

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Donostia

    10 Seymour Place

    +44 (0)20 3620 1845

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Postcard Tea

    9 Dering Street

    +44 (0)20 7629 3654

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  • Late drinks

    69 Colebrooke Row

    69 Colebrooke Row

    +44 (0)7540 528593

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  • Brunch

    Riding House Café

    43-51 Great Titchfield Street

    +44 (0)20 7927 0840

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road

    +44 (0)20 7386 4200

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  • Dinner on your own

    Providores

    109 Marylebone High Street

    +44 (0)20 7935 6175

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    La Famiglia

    7 Langton Street

    +44 (0)20 7351 0761

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Lemonia

    89 Regent’s Park Road

    +44 (0)20 7586 7454

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  • Drink after dinner

    Claridge's Bar

    49-55 Brook Street

    +44 (0)20 7629 8860

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Daunt Books

    83 Marylebone High Street

    +44 (0)20 7224 2295

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  • Newsagent

    Charlotte Street News

    66 Charlotte St

    +44 (0)20 7636 4270

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Thank yous

  • Florist

    By Appointment Only Design

    38 Chiltern Street

    +44 (0)20 7486 7870

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Shopping

  • Something for yourself

    Trousers and knitwear from Anderson & Sheppard

    17 Clifford Street

    +44 (0)20 7287 7300

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  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Menswear from Trunk

    8 Chiltern St

    +44 (0)20 7486 2357

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  • Something for the kids

    Toys from Honeyjam

    2 Blenheim Crescent

    +44 (0)20 7243 0449

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  • Something for someone you love

    Monogrammed stationery by Smythson

    40 New Bond Street

    +44 (0)20 7629 8558

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Liberty

    Great Marlborough Street

    +44 (0)20 7734 1234

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  • Something for yourself

    Notebooks, clothes, scents and bags from the Monocle Shop

    2A George Street

    +44 (0)20 7486 8770

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Transport

  • Buy a pass — An Oyster card (works on underground and buses) takes you across London for under a tenner a day.

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  • Bikes — “Boris Bike” rental costs £2 for 24-hour access and £2 per 30-minute period thereafter.

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Chuan Health Club and Spa

    The Langham, 1C Portland Place

    +44 (0)20 7973 7550

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  • Running route

    Good running route — Hampstead Heath – head over on a weekday to catch the park at its quietest.

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